Dekmantel launches Selectors, a new intimate festival and a compilation series. The concept of Selectors focuses heavily on Dekmantel’s support for the art of DJ’ing, celebrating the extra-ordinary DJs that turned collecting and playing music into an art form. The festival will take place at the Garden Resort in Tisno and will host just 1500 people with amongst others Aroy Dee, Carlos Souffront, Helena Hauff, I-F, Traxx, Intergalactic Gary, Juju & Jordash and Motor City Drum Ensemble on the bill. The latter is also responsible for the first Selectors compilation.
The second in the Caribbean reissue series comes this time from Trinidad with an electro-sample Jam for all intents and purposes. The super rare Robot Jam by singer song writing duo Carl and Carol Jacobs is presented in 2 parts and comes with a very special remix via the esteemed Nick The Record, here teaming up with Dan Idjut for a dub-electro work out.
Given the infamous depth of Nick The Record’s vinyl collection, you’d expect this contribution to Z Records’ excellent Under The Influence series to be packed to the rafters with unheralded gems. Predictably, it is, delivering 22 cuts that should be thrillingly new to all but the most dusty-fingered collectors. Picking out highlights from such an excellent and in-depth collection is tough, but try the steel drums-laden celebration of Boogsie’s “Can’t You See Me”, the synth-laden jazz-funk badness of “Keep Your Shoes” by MC and His Great Googa-Moogas, and the fizzing, melody-rich 808 electro of Ronnie Jones “Video Games”. If that’s not enough there’s also a swathe of DJ-friendly re-edits from Nick himself.