Very happy to announce we have signed a deal with the lovely people at Cloud 9 Music, marking the birth of our new venture ‘Mink Music Publishing’. We have a lot of respect for Cloud 9 as a company – and all they’ve achieved in dance music, and look forward to being their gatekeeper for alternative indie music, and exploring the crossover potential in our respective specialisations and network. The news was featured on EntertainmentBusiness. Thank you Pieter van Bodegraven and the team for the trust and enthusiasm. Big things coming!
Big thanks to Lauren Laverne for playing The Visual’s single ‘Figure’ on her ‘Recommends’ show on BBC Radio 6 Music!
‘It’s a very stylish one this, it’s a Dutch band formed by musicians Anna, Timon and Tim – Anna an Timon met whilst studying at Amsterdam’s Conservatory, they have a whole aesthetic going one that I’m very much enjoying, and a debut album called ‘Moments of Being’, which is due out at the end of March, on Mink Records. This track is called ‘Figure’, and they are called The Visual.’
‘Figure’ was premiered alongside a video clip on U.K. blog Gigwise back in November, who said:
“Anna van Rij’s voice, cool and evanescent as the morning dew, veers between melancholy lethargy and emotionally wrought upper-register bends. Partner in crime Timon Persoon does his ‘voodoo soundman’ bit on keys, crafting an proper three-dimensional sound landscape at the tender locus of soundtrack and songwriting.”
And with the new year come fresh, exciting promises of potential… one of which was voiced by 3VOOR12 today, whom we wholeheartedly agree with in naming The Visual one of the 12 Dutch upcoming talents expected to break through in 2019. ⭐
“Zo beklemmend – en tegelijkertijd wonderschoon – is de duistere dreampop van de Amsterdamse/Antwerpse groep.”
Catch The Visual at European music showcase festival Eurosonic Noorderslag in January, supporting Tamino in February & March, at their album release show at Bitterzoet, Amsterdam on March 31st, and touring The Netherlands in April.
Their recent singles ‘Figure’ & ‘Under My Skin’ are available on streaming. New single coming soon!
Big news! The Hazzah have just announced the release of their debut album ‘POST’, with a show in their hometown The Hague, at Paard on March 16th! Check out the Facebook Event here. You can now pre-order POST on 12” heavy weight vinyl in our webshop – click here.
We would like to invite you to the celebration of the release of ‘Post’, debut album by The Hazzah. These boys from The Hague have played in every corner of the city and added close to 100 shows throughout the rest of The Netherlands and France in the past 2 years. During the release show at Paard the band will perform their new material and the album will be available for the first time on 12” vinyl.
The Hazzah’s music is a reflection of the warm comfort of existential freedom experienced through a smoke break during a long road trip. Refining their post-psychedelic roots for their upcoming debut album, The Hazzah’s songs have become louder, deeper and shorter.
‘Post’ was recorded over the summer of 2018 together with producer/engineer Michiel Mutsaerts. The album came into being in recording spaces varying from high-end studios like Wisseloord in Hilversum, to a DIY temporary self-built studio in the headquarters of a scouting group in the North of Holland. The Hazzah recorded their new song without any restraints, resulting in an album that beautifully combines the members’ diverse music tastes.
Backed by acclaimed Dutch live agency Friendly Fire, The Hazzah have toured extensively throughout the Netherlands, performing at festivals like Le Mini Who, Dutch Design Week, Life I Live, Crossing Border and Paaspop, and supporting acts like Mattiel (CA), Pale Waves (UK), Alex Lahey (AU), St. Tropez (NL), CFM (VS), Hallo Venray (NL), Equal Idiots (BE), The Glücks (BE), Phobophobes (UK). Their music has been featured on 3FM, in Spotify playlists like ‘New Alternative’, and on music/film blogs like Noisey, The Daily Indie and Booooooom TV.
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.