'Dam Pop' scene from Benelux releases Never Mind the Stars debut
Not since the days of Belgium New Beat in the nineties has the Benelux scene been at the forefront of European music but that is set to change in April with the first release from the Dam Pop genre’s foremost exponents NEVER MIND THE STARS. The folk , funk fusion sites the likes of Joni Mitchell through to James Brown as it’s key influences and comes straight out of the Netherlands’ hot bed of music, Amsterdam.
Further influences that also permeate through the scene and the soon to be released landmark debut album include A Guy Called Gerald and Future Sound of London as well as unavoidable comparisons with the seminal Daft Punk. Undoubtedly a sound that is likely to become a real import for those heading to Europe this Spring and Summer as the sexy groove laden Dam Pop sound penetrates the UK holiday goers and clubbers alike.
The new album, Aeroplane, sets the scene perfectly for what the growing scene epitomises combining electro synth dynamism, sassy bass lines reminiscent of funktastic Bootsy’esque riffs and vocals that make the back of your neck wish it could grow more hair. The amazing thing about the new Dam Pop sound is that as explained it does not emanate from the streets of New York but the chilled canal lined streets of Amsterdam , where the club scene has embraced the sounds that leading light of NMTS , Simon Little ,has honed and nurtured over many years; performing on the same stage as some of the jazz greats such as George Benson at esteemed events like the Montreux Jazz Festival right through to the the clubs of the Central Station area of Amsterdam. Simon has also worked with the likes of Candy Dulfer , Coati Mundi , Scumfrog and Sam Obernik not to mention Lady Gaga’s creative partner Chew Fu.
Highpoints of the album without doubt include the likes of the hypnotic ‘Holiday’ through to the totally dirty sound of ‘Green’ not to mention the slick delivery of ‘Let Me Inside’ which gives a definite nod to some of the classic soul of the early Nineties. The other ironic aspect of the album and the Dam Pop scene is that it’s leading innovator and founder of Never Mind the Stars is infact British born and has taken many of his influences to the lowlands and melded them into a sound which has a distinct anti pop sound which adds to the irony of the Dam Pop scene.
Already having been tipped by the leading lights at Radio 1 , the future is looking bright for the growing scene and the next few months will see new exponents releases and the trailblazing Simon Little import the Dam Pop vibe into the UK and take things to another level.
Watch out for the debut album from Never Mind the Stars ; Aeroplane is out at the beginning of April.
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