Gloam, the old-new blossom of Amsterdam’s underground techno, could bring a new momentum to the scene. With a highly qualitative approach, Gloam’s ambitions are clear: as a booking agency, its objectives are to settle Amsterdam on the map, offering an alternative to giants London and Berlin leading the market for years.
If Gloam is new, you must have already heard dark and groovy gems from their artists, fifteen in all. From the late Trouw‘s resident Sandrien, to Juan Sanchez signed on stellar Drumcode, from Argentina’s Flug to the promising Mirella Kroes, the agency could be about to burst onto the scene. And it is well underway: Abstract Division was performing at Concrete earlier this month, while TWR72 was smashing Berghain last weekend!
Indeed, the guys at Gloam have been in the game for years and master the ropes. “With a roster of veterans, well-known names and talents, our imprint showcases diversity while keeping a crystal clear focus on our essence.” Gloam displays a specific vision, deeply rooted in the will of binding both natural and digital aesthetics, oscillating between the depth of landscapes and the nervous patterns of nowadays’ technology.
One artist that embodies that particular perception of techno is probably Jeroen Search. The Rotterdam-native already made himself a name across various countries – Concrete, Berghain, Fuse, or Tresor amongst other, all saw him rocking the house in the past months! His releases always find their way into the bags of the big names of techno such as Ben Klock, Jeff Mills, DVS1, Rødhåd or also Len Faki that signed him on his own imprint Figure Records. The German, that we don’t need to present anymore, was confiding in a RA interview:
“I had the chance to listen to so many great sets this year. But the one that literally blew me away was the live set of Jeroen Search. This was a fantastic ride, captivating me constantly. Very inspiring.”
It is no surprise to see the inevitable Jeroen Search announced to play March 4th on the stage of the MMA Club of Munich for the next Figure label night, alongside founder Len Faki and French talent Roman Poncet. Search has been around since the early nineties and always kept it highly underground, distilling a mental minimal techno. This recording from Les Nuits Sonores festival in Lyon is one of the rare full live-sets available online.
You can catch the guys in the spotlights of HYTE Amsterdam this Friday, supporting their very own Stefan Vincent, playing alongside Chris Liebing, Steve Rachmad a.k.a. Sterac, Radio Slave and locals Jasper Wolff & Maarten Mittendorff! With such kick off, we should surely hear about Gloam again in the coming month…
• Written by Joël •