The National Gallery of Ireland has undergone an extensive renovation over the last six years as outlined in the Irish Times, and can be seen via Totally Dublin and The Thin Air and the video below.
The first major exhibition to take place in the gallery is an exhibition of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer entitled Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry and opens Saturday.
I’m DJing at the launch tomorrow of the exhibition in the Gallery and the organisers asked me in the spirit of inspiration to reflect in a playlist and the music played some modern Dutch artists. So here’s a playlist of my favourite Dutch music of an electronic persuasion including Fatima Yamaha, Tom Trago, Young Marco, Kraak & Smaak, David Douglas, Palmbomen, Martyn, Weval, Steffi, Doctr, Laserdance, Legowelt and brand new selections Parc, CUT_ and Klangstof.
For advance ticket booking for the upcoming exhibition, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry at The National Gallery of Ireland, go to Nationalgallery.ie. Entry to the permanent collection is free.
After a quiet year, Douglas is back with news of an album, Moon Observations, coming out on Atomnation later this year but before that ‘Higher’ is a track which repeats the same trick as his previous EP with twisted self-recorded vocal samples forming the basis of the hook while bass reverberates and muted disco handclaps and percussion add up to his unique sound. I recommend listening to it a couple of times in a row to let it sink in.
The track will be released along with remixes from Throwing Snow and Atomnation buddies Weavel and Mattheis on January 27th.
Utrecht-based Dutch producer David Douglas‘ debut EP Royal Horticultural Society is an impressive meld of electronic synth, funk bass, deep disco rhythms with soulful vocal samples and twinkling celestial keys. There’s a vein of analogue dance textures running through the tracks giving the tracks an extra club dimension. Douglas is also a video director (who has directed Daniel “Gotta Get Through This” Bedingfield) and has such the man has made a video for the free-download opening track ‘California Poppy’.
Watch the video and then listen to the EP after the more. A Solar Bears remix is forthcoming. That will be a good match.