Amsterdam’s prodigal son is heading over to our shores this weekend, taking control of XOYO’s second room as part of their latest residency curated by Bicep. A resident at the legendary Trouw and a notoriously dusty-fingered digger, his sets travel are like a rapid musical world tour, with acid traxx rubbing shoulders with Ghanaian disco gems, and we were lucky to hop for the ride last weekend at Dekmantel.
When digging for gold, sometimes the first thing to jump out is a great record cover, so we asked the dynamic Dutchman to take us through some of his all time favourites.
Tickets are still available for tomorrow’s XOYO show with Bicep, Nick Hoppner, Zenker Brothers, Young Marco & Alexy Bradley. Head here for more info.
1. Roland Bocquet – Paradia
I love records that depict a kind of microcosm where the music exists. This is a perfect little dreamworld in both the awesome floaty music and image, and you just want to stare at this surreal space while listening to this album.
2. Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra
I’m a huge fan of Sun Ra, but to be honest, I don’t put this on that often while I’m having dinner or something, but it is a pretty grasping soundtrack to the beautiful chaos of the universe. And the abstract illustration is just that, a perfectly balanced chaos.
3. Cybotron – Clear
I can’t even tell if this sleeve would be cheesy to the objective eye or not, which is the great thing about record sleeves, the image and your emotional connection to the record create a personal relationship to the object. But for me this is a perfect depiction of how this record sounds. Stretching type like this is offensive to a lot of designers but for me things like this add to the naive and honest character of the record.