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New Signing:
Moon Tapes from Amsterdam

We’re very happy to finally announce our new addition to the Mink family: Moon Tapes from Amsterdam! We’ll release the first single 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 Finalise Recording Debut Album

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.

New tunes coming soon! We can’t wait

The Visual’s Album to be Mixed by Grammy Award winning Darrell Thorp and Alain Johannes

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.

Mink at the Abbey Road Institute

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.

Read more about the institute on their website.


New Material by The Visual Coming

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

The Visual at de Academie voor Theater en Dans
The Visual at de Academie voor Theater en Dans
The Visual at de Academie voor Theater en Dans
The Visual at de Academie voor Theater en Dans

Boka de Banjul Summer Tour

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

Reviews: Pitou at The Great Escape

We’ve just returned from a great weekend at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton (big thanks to HPC Music Support!), where Pitou played two shows. Here’s what the press had to say about it:

The 405:
”Back inland, Amsterdam songwriter Pitou has found a beautifully appropriate setting for her set in the form of the Greek-style chapel of the Unitarian Church, a stunning building that alas is currently clad in restorative scaffolding. Inside though, the history and mystique is still in full exposure. Pitou is performing just days after the release of her excellent EP I Fall Asleep So Fast and the pews are filled for her arrival. She is flanked by two seraphic backing singers, the three spinning and diving in sophisticated vocal formations that reveal Pitou’s background in classical music. She introduces ‘Give Me a Glass’ by telling us that it’s a song about alcohol, so we’re likely all going to hell, but at least we got a little slice of heaven here first. These arrangements will work everywhere, but by the rousing reception at the end of this set, there is an understanding that this was a little special”. Full article here.

CLASH Magazine:
“Over at Komedia, rising Dutch star Pitou is absolutely sensational, layering harmonies with her two backing singers that one can only soak up and applaud.” Full article here.

God Is In The TV Zine:
“The front of the stage is lined with photographers ahead of Pitou’s Dutch Showcase which would be enough to make anyone feel a little like a lion at the zoo. But as soon as the first crisp sounds of her vocals cut through the PA, the singer’s in her element with a crowd mesmerised. Much like fellow earnest pop purveyors, Peggy Sue, Pitou’s four-strong band are her choir of echoes atop minimalist folk strings. The drummer plays tentatively at first, just hands and fingers, a primitive kind of percussion; fitting for a sound that clearly comes so naturally to them all. There are tUnE yArDs’ levels of dizzying details in the layered whimsy of recent single ‘Problems’, as the Amsterdam-born artist follows the song’s protagonist into the dark. Back to the limelight, she thanks the crowd for joining her: “You all have nice faces but the soul is more important. I can’t see your souls so I’ll have to assume you all have decent souls”. After all, there is dark and light but it’s what’s inside that really counts and Pitou is intelligently crafted folk-pop to the core.” Full article here.

Bloop Magazine:
”Dutch indie-folk sensation Pitou framed her emotionally intelligent commentaries within hypnotic harmonies and a wistful gaze. Komedia centre stage was her barstool at the pub, where she gushed to her crowd about how proud she was of her new EP and how grateful she was to us for abandoning the sunshine to listen to her play in a sweaty, underground basement. A charming smile flickered across her face as she layered harmony upon harmony for ‘Give Me a Glass’. It’s a curiously intellectual pop-folk song that explores how we see ourselves and the outside world after drinking, with its excellent production quality lending itself to stand out in a live set. It would be unfair to compare the Amsterdam-born musician’s sound to the likes of Laura Marling or Daughter, because her music is totally individualised by her spellbinding church-choir tone, intelligent lyricism that perfectly balances the darkness and light of human emotion, and way she uses multiple tiers of vocal harmonies as an instrument by themselves. ” Full article here.

For Pitou’s interview with Line Of Best Fit, see here.