Customer Picks | Abel (A.V)

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First timer, customer picks on the blog! Abel Vlaanderen a.k.a. A.V is a common and beloved face in the shop. Next to deejaying he contributed textual magic to platforms such as THUMP, De Volkskrant and De School. Below he'll share with us some of his shop favourites.

LENA WILLIKENS | SELECTORS 005 (DEKMANTEL)

Abel: ''..The German DJ and producer Lena Willikens is without a doubt one of the most singular artists of the past five years. Willikens often draws for slow and spooky records with the consistency of fermenting syrup. Her selections have a unique hypnotic effect on dance floors across the world, from Düsseldorf to Dekmantel’s São Paulo Festival. Now Willikens has compiled a strong compilation for Dekmantel, with wonky weirdness by old and new producers alike. Especially the contributions of JASSS, who featured in numerous end-of-year lists in 2017, and young British producer Chekov are worth checking out. This 2LP is not only a must for DJs, but also for folks who like to close their curtains, pour a glass of cheap Scotch and dream of small, sweaty and smokey clubs. Looking at you Marnix.''

ARCTIC MONKEYS | TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL + CASINO (DOMINO)

Abel: ''...While we’re on the subject of Scotch, smoke and relishing in miserable humanity, make sure to check out the latest album by the Arctic Monkeys, in my humble opinion a modern equivalent of The Beatles or Nirvana. As an avid electronic music fan I’m not ashamed to admit that my knowledge of guitar-based music is incredibly limited. That said, I’ve listened to this concert by the Monkeys over and over again, so much so that I just need to promote their new record on here. Apparently frontman Alex Turner swapped his guitar for keys as well, but yeah, I’d buy this if he played a frog.''

CARLA DAL FORNO | YOU KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE (BLACKEST EVER BLACK)

Abel: ''...As a DJ, I can’t shake the desire to combine certain sounds with each other, and believe me, I’ve tried. However, in this case it’s a fortunate affliction, as I was drawn to Carla Dal Forno’s seminal You Know What It’s Like, since it ALSO FEATURES A GUITAR. This album was released in 2016 on Blackest Ever Black, and it remains a beautifully hazy collection of love songs, custom built for millennial break-ups. Dal Forno’s voice is something else, and the music is incredibly organic and original, something that impressed me immensely when I saw her perform at Rewire a year ago. Check out the soul-crushing Fast Moving Cars after the jump.''

SW. / SVN | SUED 19 (SUED)

Abel: ''...SUED is, like Lena Willikens, quintessentially idiosyncratic. The Berlin label releases mostly hardware jams by extended family like Dynamo Dreesen, SW. and SVN, without giving a single fuck about DJ-ing trends. This makes them one of the most in demand labels from Germany today, while their tunes feature often in sets by Call Super, Ben UFO and Shanti Celeste. On this particular EP they present two deep cuts by their core artists, all heavy-hitting drums and deep pads. Both sides feature ambient-ish sketches as well, for the adventurous DJs amongst us. ESSENTIAL.''

RAMZi | Pèze-Piton (12TH ISLE)

Abel: ''...And finally for this first selection: another must-have hit record! RAMZi’s LP for Scottish label 12th Isle is an amazing and visionary work by Phoebé Guillemot, equally appealing to fans of Jon Hassell’s ‘Fourth World Music’ as to those who like their club music a bit more adventurous than your standard copy-paste lo-fi biz. Expect songs and sceneries with a collage-like quality, incorporating strange vocal snippets, field recordings and a tropical touch in more than one place. Guillemot ‘likes to immerse the listener in the RAMZi world’ and is even thinking of designing maps to accompany the music she makes. Also check her sets as DJ FATi if you like what you hear. In my opinion RAMZi is one of the current artists showing that there’s so much more to explore within the already varied realm of electronic music.''

Thanks a lot Abel! Check the full customer picks selection on our Discogs.