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Global Scene Live: Amsterdam – The Fudge, ‘Sweet Little Princess’

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We’ve reached the end of our first week of the Global Scene Live: Amsterdam sessions, and we hope you’ve been enjoying our exclusive sets from some of the most exciting bands around. To fit in with that Friday feeling, we’re going all-out RAAAAWK today with the guitar-powered fury of The Fudge. Check out this storming performance of ‘Sweet Little Princess’.

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Global Scene Live: Amsterdam – Koffie, ‘There Is A Catch’

Global Scene Live: Amsterdam – The Secret Love Parade, ‘Plastic In Plastic’

Global Scene Live: Amsterdam – Avant La Lettre, ‘Floodwater Blues’

Global Scene Live: Amsterdam – Avant La Lettre, ‘Floodwater Blues’

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Day three of our exclusive season of live sessions from Desmet Studios in Amsterdam, and we’re indulging in some indie rock harmonies courtesy of Avant La Lettre. Layered and compulsive but also light and lucid at the same time, this performance of ‘Floodwater Blues’ is the ideal way of kicking back and looking forward to the weekend (it’s on the horizon, folks … almost there … just one more day …)

Avant La Lettre has new tracks coming out next January. Check out their tight performance from earlier this year and then get to know them at http://www.avantlalettre.eu.


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Introducing Global Scene Live: Amsterdam!

Catch up with BAMM.tv’s ‘Global Scene: Amsterdam’

Check out Sufis live at BAMM.tv!

Global Scene Live: Amsterdam – The Secret Love Parade, ‘Plastic In Plastic’

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Our exclusive Amsterdam sessions continue apace! We’re only on Day Two of our Global Scene Live showcase, which means that we have acres and acres of great music just waiting to be unleashed. Today’s performance comes from The Secret Love Parade.

Warm yet raw, melodic yet edgy, with hints of Ladytron, I Break Horses and The Knife among others … The Secret Love Parade’s unique brand of harmonised electronica was a particular highlight of our varied Desmet sessions. Check out ‘Plastic In Plastic’ – and if you love these guys, there’s no need to keep it a secret: tell us what you think below!


OTHER BAMM.TV STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Introducing Global Scene Live: Amsterdam!

Catch up with BAMM.tv’s ‘Global Scene: Amsterdam’

Check out Sufis live at BAMM.tv!

Global Scene Live: Amsterdam – Koffie, ‘There Is A Catch’

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Aaaaand let’s go. Global Scene Live: Amsterdam (our season of exclusive content as detailed yesterday) begins right now!

First up we’ve got ‘There Is A Catch’ by Afrobeat-jazz-funk masterminds Koffie. Inspired by this frenetic Nigerian style, these guys mix endless beats with swoops of improvisation to make a scintillating whole. As you’ll no doubt grasp from the performance above, their live shows have the pumping dynamic of a house party (one at which the DJ has become all but obsolete) …

Come back tomorrow for another great band from our Amsterdam sessions!

OTHER BAMM.TV STORIES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Introducing Global Scene Live: Amsterdam!

Catch up with BAMM.tv’s ‘Global Scene: Amsterdam’

Check out Sufis live at BAMM.tv!

Introducing Global Scene Live: Amsterdam!

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As we recalled last week, BAMM.tv has had its eye on Amsterdam over the past year … and the verdict’s in: the Dutch can bring the goods with the best of them.

As we learned in the third episode of the Global Scene Amsterdam documentary series, the Netherlands produces a considerable amount of English-language output, with diverse influences. Inspiration comes from within, but location matters — even in a small country, with artists in the West tending to “play towards” the UK and the US, artists in the East keeping an eye on Germany, and artists in the South taking influence from Belgium. There is also a “Schiphol sound”, reflective of the large international airport at the heart of Western Europe where everyone seems to pass through at some time or other.

Global Scene is our flagship network program, offering a snapshot of what it’s like to be a musician in the most interesting music cities in the world (as well as Amsterdam, we’ve previously looked at the ultra-cool city of London). BAMM.tv doesn’t necessarily set out to produce “world music”, but we do produce interesting music from different parts of the world – music that we think deserves global recognition.

The diversity of the content we found in the Netherlands was astounding, and we think you’re in for a treat. We’re kicking things off with a week’s worth of singles from our Global Scene Live concert series, recorded in Amsterdam this year, as the documentary series was coming to an end.

For the rest of the week, we’ll be highlighting six outstanding bands. These include Koffie (playing an irresistable Afrobeat-inspired track), Avant la Lettre (the superb Dutch band with a French name playing compelling American indie), The Secret Love Parade (Holland’s answer to The xx), Hit Me TV (essential indie rockers whose albums you can download for free), Horses on Fire (indeed, they were smouldering that night) and the infectious energy and emotion of The Fudge.

Stay with BAMM.tv this week and next – because once you hear these songs, you’ll want to find out more about the artists. We’ll be releasing exclusive documentary interviews with all the bands all next week, alongside the world-famous International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)! We’ll also be rolling out more great videos from even more Global Scene Live artists, filmed at Amsterdam’s Desmet Studios, throughout the end of the year.

Oh yeah, musn’t forget (as if we would) …

Nobody would doubt that one of the most warmly received music groups in Amsterdam is the band Jungle by Night. Playing Afrobeat-inspired self-envisaged musical journeys, we had the privilege of working with them as they released their first full-length CD at the temple of Amsterdam music performances, Paradiso. We’ve captured the moment with an hour-long documentary introducing you to this unique musical collective, sharing the celebration on the happy occasion of their CD release party, and showing a good long set from Paradiso. That comes out next Monday, and we’re telling you: you won’t want to miss it.

Incidentally, if you’re in Amsterdam, you can pop by the Melkweg cinema on November 24th (time TBC) to catch a live screening!

So keep BAMM.tv on your musical radar in November. You’re going to like what you see and hear.

Catch up with BAMM.tv’s ‘Global Scene: Amsterdam’

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Next week we’re launching a great new season of musical goodies entitled ‘Global Scene Live: Amsterdam’ – a selection of the very best bands in Amsterdam, who we filmed at the legendary Desmet studios earlier this year. Why not put yourself in a BAMMsterdam frame of mind by catching up with (or maybe revisiting) our in-depth ‘Global Scene’ documentary series on Amsterdam’s music scene? Every episode below:

BAMMsterdam Review: Yoshiba 87 – ‘Beaming Flowers From India’

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Pascal Terstappen must be a happy man. Despite still being a student, his productions under the Applescal moniker have been widely acclaimed throughout the global techno community, gaining Applescal attention from influential blogs such as XLR8R and Pitchfork (not to mention his tracks being played by dance music icons such as Sasha, Hernan Cattanaeo and Laurent Garnier). In between playing live sets at the 5 Days Off festival among others – and readying his third Applescal LP – he’s also found the time to deliver a nine track album under his new Yoshiba 87 alias: Beaming Flowers From India, a loose collection of tunes that wouldn’t fit the mould he created for Applescal in recent years.

Despite the many styles collected on this album, two principle qualities attributed to Terstappen’s work remain: texture and melody. The album’s cohesion comes from using a pallette of warm synthpads and ringing leads that flow freely throughout this album no matter what rhythmic patterns drive the tracks. Meanwhile Terstappen tries his hand at inert trip-hop beats , glitches, chiming ambient house … all while mixing programmed and live drums with ease. There’s no four-to-the-floor kicks to be found anywhere on the album, a clear indication that this is not Applescal territory. Yoshiba 87  is the perfect moniker for Terstappen to really show the full scale of his production skills.

Perhaps the most notable track here is his collaboration with singer Pien Feith, an artist widely known for her enthusiasm when it comes to collaborations. You’re The Best Thing Ever largely revolves around her cut-up and processed vocals, built upon a looming trip-hop groove that could be mistaken for a Floating Points production. A Message From Tuvalu is a foray into glitch-hop, while Nineteen 8 + 7 is a lighthearted UK bass production. Both are well executed and fun to listen, but somehow lack context here. Terstappen is keeping so close to respective stylistic boundaries that they become a little anonymous in the process. Meanwhile, the uptempo electronica of Earthly Vibes and the ambient We Are Still Alive hug a little closer to Applescal territory, but fit much better with the ambient intermezzo’s on the album. Gravity Hackers takes a few cues from M83’s Midnight City and Walls’ Heat Haze but turns out much less overstated and baroque than its progenitor. It’s the perfect blend between ambient and indiepop aesthetics.

In the end, Beaming Flowers From India does much more than simply kill the time in between Applescal albums. Rather, one could call it Pascal Terstappen’s coming out as a full-fledged, boundlessly unlimited producer. It opens up a whole new field of possibilities, ranging from Damon Albarn-esque (or Pien Feith-like) artistic promiscuity to the kind of pop-electronic crossovers we’ve seen from the likes of Apparat, Air and M83. These are big big names in the field of electronic music, but based on his recent output, Terstappen isn’t far behind. With this album and the new Yoshiba 87 moniker Terstappen takes another big leap towards the zenith of electronic music making. Hopefully the positive reception of Beaming Flowers From India will prompt him to flex his muscles even more.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get my pompons and start cheering under Terstappen’s bedroom window. (Editor’s note: BAMM.TV takes no responsibility for any nightmares incurred by the thought of Jasper dressed as a cheerleader).

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