Show #46 – Yakumo

It has been known that we get a band on the show on the strength of one single. But when they only have one other recorded song in their catalogue, it can feel like you’re on dodgy ground giving them a slot to talk about themselves. No such fear with Yakumo, an electronic duo from Utrecht who’s sound offers distinct influences from Africa, calypso and wrapped up with the dance elements of The Knife. Chris and Atser have previous with well established act Daily Bread and are now gathering a head of steam for their own output. Applying a drip-drip approaching to release tracks throughout the year, by December they reckon they’ll have an album’s worth. And if they match lead track ‘Flamingo’, there won’t be much filler on the way.

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We chatted about getting a following on the back of limited back catalogue, moving on up when your singer has left, finding time to do a Yakumo Orchestra, future plans and a shared love of Yuko Yuko

Listen back to the interview here

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Show #44 – Snowapple

I first interviewed Amsterdam 3 piece, Snowapple 2 years ago on a breakfast radio show. Even at 7am in the morning, they somehow managed to perform music with stunning, luscious harmonies at a time in the day when I personally could barely speak. Overjoyed to have them back in the studio playing live and promoting their soon to be released 2nd album ‘Illusion’.

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The harmonies still astound (my co-host spent the evening with jaw suitably dropped), but their music has developed with more sinister, creepy undertones.

We chatted about being signed to a UK label, the recent shows at Noorderslag and having difficulties trying to swap a batthered old Korg keyboard for a pianetta.

You can hear the full interview from this link here.

Catch them live on 2nd February in the Paradiso to witness them in their live glory.

Show #43 – Kraftwerk gushfest

And we’re back in the room…

It was Sept 11th 1976 when Kraftwerk last played the Paradiso, and since then they’ve whittled themselves down to one member accompanied by 3 robot/humanoids, gone all 3D, seen their creative output diminish to merely a trickle and turn their live show in what some commentators unkindly compare to watching ‘4 eldery men spend an evening sending emails’.

Do not be fooled: seeing Kraftwerk live is a must. This time they are playing 8 consecutive concerts covering their 8 main albums from Autobahn to Tour de France Soundtracks. Choosing the show to see has been the impossible task for the fan to undertake (unless you’re the guy who contacted the show who’s seeing all 8)

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Listen back to our programme where we gave this event an entire show’s coverage (because we can), played some of the classic tracks, gave you some KW-factoids, discussed their importance and generally got all gushy about them for an hour. Boing.

Show #40 – David Douglas

A man so busy  and dedicated to his work, David Douglas totally forgot he was due up for a phone interview with us, hence the somewhat rabbit-in-headlights style of conversation. We were just looking for an excuse to play some stuff off his wonderful album ‘Moon Observations’ (and the subsequent remix album also).

We getting hints of Boards of Canada and more expansive type of electronica than your usual idle knob-twiddling, and for good reason he’s been nominated for album of the year by 3voor12

You can listen to our interview here of a man who didn’t want to be disturbed while making his music 😉

Show #38 – House of Cosy Cushions

Music’s a weird one, innit? Some folk would say House of Cosy Cushions give you the kind of music that creeps up on you and suffocates you slowly with its atmospherics and repetitive haunting melodies. Whereas should you ask Richard Bolhuis, the composer of such tracks, he says he’s not alone in finding the music uplifting (joyous even) and full of hope.

Either way, we’re big fans of the current album ‘Spell’ for its uncompromising originality. You can listen back to our interview with Richard here.

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You can catch House of Cosy Cushions at Le Guess Who Festival in Utrecht on Saturday 22nd Nov (as part of the 24 Hour Drone Fest)

Show #37 – Behind the scenes at the Paradiso

It was about time we caught up with those folk at the Paradiso and sprayed our musky scent behind the scenes at this iconic music venue. Resident charmer and lady of the bar Simone spared us the time to discuss the history, the bands, the state of music venues in Amsterdam and how hiding in the toilet for 10 hours is not a foolproof way of getting into a sold out gig.

You can listen back to a recording of the interview here:

Show #36 – The Great Communicators

The Great Communicators we had on the show last night, were less concerned with presentation skills and filling your potential getting your message across to  others, than giving us a good demonstration of epic, uplifting indie rock. We had Arhend and Gaia on the show for a chat and a play of their EP ‘Bide Your Time’

Recently becoming a 6 piece, they’ve been participants of the Popronde tour in the Netherlands and are planning more gigs in the near future. We talked about how it’s worth a couple of years of struggling before you finally find your sound and then having Broken Social Scene’s producer take that sound to another unexpected level.

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We’ve been playing their song ‘Zoetrope’ on the show frequently over the last few weeks. Why? Cause we think it’s pretty wonderful and it’s our job to tell you this fact.

 

Listen back to the interview we did here