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review BLu ACiD In Blues In The South (UK)

BLu Acid – HCN


This is a compilation of six tracks released as singles in 2015 and 2016 by this Dutch duo of vastly experienced guitarist Mischa Den Haring and Black & Tan Records owner/ producer Jan Mittendorp, who decided to carry on working together as BLu ACiD after success with St Louis bluesman Boo Boo Davis. This release is undeniably cutting edge contemporary blues, with a huge sound (listen to grooving ‘Stuck Anyway’ with a monster slide guitar riff), classic soul influences, as the Otis Redding inflected vocal on ‘Silence’ confirms, and the rave styled ‘Things Will Change’. That last title is rather apt for this set – this is the blues for a generation raised on electronic dance music, hip hop, and remix culture. As such, it might not attract much of the traditional blues audience, but my kids actually stopped and listened – and they don’t do that if I play Muddy, BB or Elmore!

Norman Darwen

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review BLu ACiD on KMS musicblog

That moment when handmade music makes you groove on the spot, then all of a sudden makes you feel like dancing. The not-so-new track of Mischa den Haring and Jan Mittendorp, better known as BLu ACiD, gets right into your bloodstream. The two dutch musicians released an album called “HCN” recently which features many of their released singles from 2015 and 2016. Although one of the keyphrases I used for this review is “New tracks”, the track “Money” from BLu ACiD is in fact over a year old, but since I discovered it just today, I thought for all of you reading this the sound IS new.Being a drummer in a krautrock band, I just have a thing for handmade music. Using electronic elements in tracks creates that signature sound which stucks to your head instantly, and that’s one of the things the guys of BLu ACiD do all day long. While “Money” as an example hasn’t that much electro elements in it, it still has that distinctive groovy style coming along with the sound. The electro elements in the other tracks on their album is just the icing on the cake, so to speak. “Money” showcases that the two musicians are able to transmit a certain feel with their music. You just can hear that they are living what they are doing there. Groovy slightly distorted guitar tracks combined with deep bass lines and that unique vocals keep you caught in the music for those four and a half minutes. The track itself is mixed a bit too flat for my taste, but this could be a wanted effect, serving the retro feel of the track. There’s that “fattening” missing where other producers tend to double or triple tracks. Still, I’m not sure if keeping the track slim was intentional or not. Besides this, everything is placed where it should be. The voice isn’t too centered to give room for the guitar and backing vocal tracks. And most importantly: the feeling is real – you can’t mix that in. Most of what BLu ACiD is giving me, I’m feeling it. Whether it makes you move, sing along or thinking “how the hell did they DO that?”, it works to keep you entertained, interested and listening. I strongly recommend listening to the whole album, musicians might learn a thing or two from den Haring and Mittendorp, and the avid listener will just groove along.

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new single BLu ACiD

today we released a new single on BLu ACiD Records:

BA 518 – BLu ACiD feat John Blake – Georgia

The second single from a recording session that BLu ACiD did with singer John Blake. A 21st century take on the work songs that Alan Lomax recorded in Mississippi in the 1950’s. The single will be available on all download and streaming platforms. Here are a few links.

itunes

spotify

deezer

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new track released on BLu ACiD Records

After the succesfull project with Boo Boo Davis in 2014 BLu ACiD did several other projects and here is one of the results:

BA 513 – BLu ACiD – Stuck Anyway

This track will be released digital only and from today available on all major download and streaming platforms (like itunes and spotify):

BA 513

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Mischa den Haring and Jan Mittendorp; two Dutch musicians/producers joined forces in this new production unit. Both of them have more then 25 years of live stage experience and they combine that with 2014 recording and production techniques. Like moonshine, the music was slow brewed in seclusion during all-night-and-day marathons attended only by the two members and the ghosts of the past, who were eager to have their voices echo into the modern world. Preserving the power and originality of american roots music but at the same time not excluding influences from any other musical styles nor any technology that is available today. In February 2014 they released their first tracks on Black and Tan Records and April 2014 their first album production: a new BOO BOO DAVIS release (What Kind Of Shit Is This?) After this succesfull project they did several other projects and new tracks will be released regularly. The tracks are available at all stream and download sites and below you find a list of releases with the corresponding links to itunes and spotify.


Releases

 Titleyearitunesspotify
No Time2017itunesspotify
ba-519Gallows Tree2016itunesspotify
BA 518Georgia2016itunesspotify
BA 517Keep It Burning2016itunesspotify
artwork BA 516Silence2016itunesspotify
BA 515Things Will Change2016itunesspotify
artwork BA 514Caveman2016itunesspotify
BA 513Stuck Anyway2016itunesspotify
BA 512Can't Stand It2016itunesspotify
BA 511Money2016itunesspotify
BA 510Dust On A Wire2015itunesspotify
The First Tracks2016itunesspotify