In the era of fast media, an overload of information and short attention spans, we figured it would be a good idea to create a news outlet other than social media, to keep those interested in our artists and the label informed about everything that’s going on here at Mink. From releases to new signings and events, the Mink newsletter will be the most concise and clear overview of everything we do. We expect to do about 6 news letters a year, depending on the amount of news we have for you! If you’d like to sign up, you can do so below. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Gambian Rotterdam-based Afrobeat group Boka de Banjul’s album ‘Lu Jot Yomb’, released on Mink back in April, has been nominated for best album at the Rotterdam Music Awards, powered by 3voor12 Rotterdam! Thank you, Popunie! VOTE HERE.
We’re very happy to finally announce our new addition to the Mink family: Moon Tapes from Amsterdam! We’ll release the first single ‘Tonight I’ll Write The Saddest Lines’ from their upcoming album ‘Speculation’ on Friday, November 2nd! We’re teaming up with Radar Agency on the live front.
In drawing inspiration from artists like Serge Gainsbourg, Françoise Hardy, The Stone Roses and The Smiths, but also 70’s film scores and the Art Deco movement, the group’s album will have a different sound to their previous releases. Expect lush strings quartets combined with dream pop, brought to life through vintage and modern production techniques. Moon Tapes have previously performed at Sziget Festival, London Calling Festival at Paradiso and Melkweg, and on shows like ‘De Wereld Draait Door’ and Radio 1 and 2.
The Hazzah just finished recording their debut album with producer Michiel at Wisseloord Studios and their self built studio in an empty scouting building somewhere in the North of Holland. They also got a nice French review from indiemusic france:
‘… son troisième EP qui évoque une rencontre fortuite entre la nonchalance absurde des Black Lips et la décontraction des Growlers. Les deux titres de ce maxi sont des petits bijoux de concision, branleurs mais pas branlants, que la joyeuse bande entonne avec beaucoup de cœur.’ – read the review here.
We can hardly wait for the release of The Visual’s debut album. It’s currently being mixed by Darrell Thorp (Grammy award winning producer who worked with Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Beck, Ray Charles, Jay-Z and Radiohead) and Alain Johannes (who worked with Queens of the Stone Age, PJ Harvey, Chris Cornell and Arctic Monkeys). ✨ First single out in September! Image is a still from their upcoming video… stay tuned.
Last week founder of Mink, Marieke McKenna gave a second guest lecture at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, the educational branch of the world famous Abbey Road Studios in London. It was a lovely day chatting about setting up your own record label, and independent music in general.
Something beautiful is brewing in the world of The Visual. New music and accompanying visual pleasure coming soon in collaboration with the Academie voor Theater en Dans ✨
‘What a suiting name this Jeff Buckley, The XX, Nick Cave-like collective chose for themselves. Upon closing your eyes to their music you find yourself in the cinematic universe of David Lynch.’ – OOR Magazine, 2017
Groove to some Gambian Afro-beat & Mbalax this summer!
After Movies that Matter, BIRD, The Life I Live, Bevrijdingsfestival, Ruigoord, FullMoon Babylon our Afro-beat/Gambian Mbalax supergroup have some more dates coming up for you in The Netherlands and Belgium:
22 June: Oerol Festival, Terschelling
23 June: De Ceuvel, Amsterdam
29 June: North Sea Round Town at Jazzcafé Dizzy, Rotterdam
30 June: Dias Latinos Festival, Amersfoort
7 July: Zeehelden Festival, The Hague
8 July: Onderstroom Festival, Vlissingen
13 July: Zwarte Cross, Lichtenvoorde
14 July: Afro-Latino Festival, Bree, Belgium
21 July: Blijburg Aan Zee, Amsterdam