In this regular feature, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their Bandcamp crates and share the contents of their digital collections. This week, alongside the release of their new EP, 'Paint A Picture', Dutch duo ANOTR dig out funky minimal rollers, jazz-infused house tracks, and sounds from Berlin, Detroit, and beyond
Clubs around the world are shut, and opportunities to find new music out in the wild have been ripped from under our feet as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While hearing new music played out by your favourite DJs will have to be put on hold due to these unprecedented circumstances, it’s never been easier, or more important, to support the artists and labels putting out EPs, albums and compilations in the midst of all the madness.
With tour cancellations and festival postponements leaving many members of the international electronic music community out of pocket, Bandcamp has become an even more vital platform for supporting the music you love, with 80% of all sales from the online music store going directly to artists and labels. In March, the platform announced it would be waiving its revenue share for all sales for one day, and on Friday 20th, took no cut from purchases made. In total, $4.3 million was spent on music over the course of 24 hours, all going straight to the creators. Throughout lockdown, Bandcamp continued to waive their fees on the first Friday of every month, as well as on 19th June (Juneteenth), when the platform donated 100% of its profits to the NAACP Legal Defence Fund. In July, it was announced that a fee-free "Bandcamp Friday" would take place on the first Friday of each month for the rest of 2020.
In this series, Selections, we’re inviting DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. In lieu of opportunities to discover new records on the dancefloor, Selections – along with radio shows and mixes – will give you the chance to nab sounds from the crates of tastemakers, and support the artists behind them while you’re at it. Win-win, right?
This week, landing on the same day as the release of a brand new EP via their No Art imprint, Dutch duo ANOTR highlight some of their recent selections, from funky minimal rollers to jazz-infused house tracks, as well as sounds from Berlin and Detroit. ANOTR, real names Jesse van der Heijden and Oguzhan Guney, emerged on the house scene five years ago, and have since released records on labels like Defected, PIV, ORIGINS RCRDS, and Solid Grooves. Fusing playful beats, subtle samples and thumping basslines, ANOTR's take on minimal house has seen the DJ/producers performing across clubs in Asia, Australia, and Europe, as well as joining the line-up at legacy festivals from Awakenings and Tomorrowland, to Extrema Outdoor and DGTL.
ANOTR's label, No Art, which has welcomed the likes of Dimmish, Toman, and Sidney Charles to the fold, also hosted their first socially distanced event in Amsterdam earlier this year: No Art Hotel. Taking place in the city's A’DAM Toren and Sir Adam Hotel back in June, attendees were assigned rooms in the hotel for the 24-hour party, each with a soundsystem and Smart TV live streaming sets and performances from A’DAM’s The Loft space. A portion of proceeds from the event were also donated to The Netherlands Red Cross Society. More recently, the duo announced SONA — School Of No Art — an online production school, and will soon be revealing details of two vinyl-focused sub-labels set for 2021.
You can listen to/purchase ANOTR's new EP here, and find out more about SONA here.
Check out ANOTR's selections below.
"Nolga has been on our radar for a long, long time. We really dig his music and think he’s gonna do really well in the future - this record is a killer."
"Picture this: you wake up the morning after a long rave and this is the first thing you listen to in the morning while getting a coffee from the café around the corner of your house. Alci just took simplicity & minimalism to a next level."
"As you might have already heard, we really like jazz & beats. So here’s another one you can add to your collection. Lau Frank is a boss."
"Moodymann is just brilliant. His whole album is a must-listen, but what we like about this track is that he created a sound where old school meets new school. The beats and the repetitive vocals make this the perfect tune to listen to on a Sunday."
"A proper dance floor groover and a great take on a classic from Tuccillo under T-Rwrk, we can’t wait to try this out on the dance floor."
"A cheeky edit by Santierri. We’ve got so many good memories playing this one out, especially when Toman played this one at 7AM during our first 4 hour No Art B2B in the Loft."
"Ragtime: Beats, Drums, Soul, Jazz this track has it all. This is exactly the type of track that we like to play in peak time."
"One of many great tracks released on Phil Week’s Robsoul imprint. We’ve only had the chance to play this one out a few times in the last couple of months, but this timeless track by Calabasa will work at any time, on any dance floor, in the future or as we’ve in the past."