Amsterdam-based music collective Dekmantel have been on a roll lately. Between the successes of their in-house label, the launch of a documentary series via their new editorial platform and the organising of some of the most celebrated parties across the globe, it seems the dance music powerhouse can do wrong.
At the heart of the brand though, still remains their annual happening on their home turf. Held at the stunning settings of The Amsterdamse Bos, Dekmantel Festival’s 2019 edition marks its 7th year of existence and quite possibly its boldest and most adventurous line-up to date.
Revealing over 100 performances across 5 days one-by-one via their Instagram page, the festival continues to operate with a broad booking policy that plays host to both contemporary favourites and breaking talents, with heavyweights like Jeff Mills, Mala and DJ Storm appearing next to rising forces like Slikback, upsammy and Object Blue.
As always, Hyponik will be making the trip over and we’re that hyped that we’ve have to share with you the five acts that are on the top of our list. Check them out below.
1. Shinichi Atobe
Little is known about the Japanese deep house guru Shinichi Atobe. After releasing music on Basic Channel’s legendary sub-label Chain Reaction back in 2001, he vanished for 13 years before Demdike Stare tracked him down and convinced him to present his wonderfully weird club experiments to a modern day dancefloor via their DDS label. Four albums deep and Shinichi remains as mysterious as ever, which makes his super rare DJ set at Dekmantel a spectacle you won’t want to miss out on.
Dutch selector Carista has been making waves lately. A longstanding resident of Amsterdam’s Red Light Radio, and more recently London’s NTS, Carista learnt her craft via regular trips to record stores like Rush Hour and Distortion, building on a style that champions the most soulful flavours of broken beat, house, garage, disco and beyond.
Her 2018 Boiler Room performance was a festival favourite, so much so that Dekmantel have tasked her with soundtracking Sunday’s main stage. It’s a clever move on their behalf, as her high-spirited and funky selections will be sure to undo any raver fuss of final day fatigue.
3. DJ Python
Releasing music under various aliases since first breaking out in 2015, Brian Piñeyro has always played to his own rulebook when exploring his sonic space on the dancefloor. As DJ Python, the Queens producer blends low slung ambient house and techno with rhythmic ingredients from the southern hemisphere, a style he likes to call “deep reggaeton”.
The hazy club formula was masterfully-executed on his killer debut for Dekmantel’s label series last month, and we’re more than sure his three-hour set on the festival’s main stage will offer the same results.
4. Skee Mask & Zenker Brothers
Munich’s favourite techno squad Ilian Tape have been reenergising rave formulas for over 10 years now. Their twisted club fantasies are stemmed from a core knit family, and between them, label bosses Zenker Brothers and studio craftsman Skee Mask have been blazing a trail, often at the forefront of Ilian Tape’s finest episodes.
Their back-to-back sets are known to explore all angles of the dance, from jungle and grime to breakbeat and techno and back again. Closing Dekmantel’s Saturday session at UFO II with an extended gig, it’s best to find your corner and stay there.
5. Dr. Rubinstein
Once Tel Aviv’s Marina Rubinstein decided to follow her dreams of transforming from raver-to-DJ by moving to Berlin, it didn’t take long before she found herself a regular staple at the world’s biggest techno club, Berghain.
Her fierce blends of hypnotic acid, breakbeat and rave come informed by a sharp awareness for the dancefloor, a quality that’s unsurprisingly now landed her with a significantly busy tour schedule. Catch her closing out the Boiler Room stage on Dekmantel’s Friday session.
Dekmantel Festival lands in Amsterdam from August 1st – 5th.
Tickets and more info here.