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.
The Dutch duo Weval impressed with their debut EP Half Age, on Atomnation in 2013, which features the monster track ‘Detian’. Since then, the skyscraper house duo have released their latest EP on Kompakt (hear it below) and the pair are in town on Friday night for a live show in The Pygmalion. You can win tickets for it in the gig guide but here, Merijn and Harm tell us about some of their favourite records.
What’s your favourite track of your own right now?
We’ve made a live edit from ‘Thinking Of’ that we really like. The original is calm; the live version is much more sturdy and it quite a ‘moment’ in the set.
What song have you’ve been opening DJ sets with?
Last time we’ve opened with Four Tet – ‘Your Body Feels’. A good track that builds up constantly.
What’s your go to disco track?
Idris Muhammad – ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This’
What’s your favourite remix of the year so far?
Lucrecia Dalt – ‘Esotro’ (John Wall Remix)
Do you have a favourite song to wake up to?
M. Ward – ‘Clean Slate’, but J.J. Cale is really nice to wake up to as well.
Your first vinyl purchase and what do you remember about it?
Harm: When I was sixteen I started buying vinyl records. I’m not sure if it was the first one, but it definitely was one of the first: Spektrum – ‘Kinda New’ (Tiefschwarz mix).
Merijn: Michael Jackson – ‘Bad’. I was eight, and a really big fan. Still am.
Favourite slow jam?
Son Lux – ‘Easy’
A song guaranteed to get people on the dancefloor?
Floating Points – ‘King Bromeliad’
A track you’ve played that has cleared the dancefloor?
One time we played ‘Versions’ of Moderat, which was way too deep for that moment. The sound system wasn’t that good either, so it just didn’t work at all. Not that everyone disappeared, but let’s say it took a while before we were at ease after playing that track.
A song that’s always likely to get played when you DJ?
Factory Floor – ‘Two Different Ways’
Favourite ambient song of all time?
Air – ‘Run’
Biggest influence on your own music?
That’s a tough one, there are so many but if we have to name one, it probably will be Radiohead. They are one of the few bands who tend to reinvent themselves every time they release an album.
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