STUK RE-START FEEST : CHARLOTTE BENDIKS + INNERSHADES + VICTOR DE ROO + BJEOR
From dusk ‘til dawn with lo-fi synths, African grooves and raw house energy
According to her bio, Norwegian producer Charlotte Bendiks “likes dogs, Jacuzzis, riding a bike, bålkos, å få napp, her own oceans of emotions, hummus, Rhabarbersaftschorle, free WiFi, Mezcal, dark days and dark nights.” She goes a long way in explaining her emotive, and endearing, lo-fi sound as heard on her debut LP 'Hidden Tracks' released last year on Comeme. Her sets (Check out her Dekmantel Podcast!), as you might expect, fuse classic house, disco, African groove, and Latin-inspired beats - and if you’re lucky, might contain dogs, bikes, and hummus too.
Industrial cities, especially those in decay, tend to play host to a melting pot of electronic musicians. As so in the city of Aalst (Belgium), a former textile giant, where Thomas Blanckaert kickstarted a music escapade as Innershades a few years ago. In little time his tracks were picked up by prominent record labels such as Crème Organization, Pinkman and Hot HausRecords, many of which are now of cult notoriety. Strongly influenced by the pioneers of Chicago & Detroit, Thomas created a sound of his own with dynamic productions ranging from raw house and techno workouts to melodic electro gems. A similar eclecticism can be found in his DJ sets which brim with enigmatic selections that will prick the ears of any avid identifier. Needless to say, with productions celebrated by tastemakers worldwide, Innershades is one of Belgium’s most exciting new exports.
As one of Leuven’s finest export products and club STUK regular this dj needs no introduction. You all know the drill: Bjeor selects and plays the finest selection of House records with a smile from ear to ear, we all dance until our feet are on fire!
Victor De Roo, remember the name! Nowadays you can find this Leefdaal raised dissident hustling and recording in Brussels. As well as running parties with Kontakt, Victor also works for the label that can do no wrong: Stroom. Prepare yourself for a synth heaven warm-up!