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review ElectroBluesSociety on The Wizard

ElectroBluesSociety are a Dutch-based “Organic Dance music” duo mixing electronics with raw, vintage live Blues-based sounds; self-described as “two guys and a bunch of junk with a broad taste and an open mind. Together, they are mixing modern technologies with 30+ years of live stage experience.” ElectroBluesSociety (EBS) consists of drummer and bassist Jasper Mortier and guitarist and Black & Tan Records owner Jan Mittendorp. Mortier has worked with the likes of Paul Oscher, Preston Shannon, “Sax” Gordon Beadle, Philip Walker, and Boo Boo Davis, while Mittendorp has toured extensively across Europe & The US with artists such as Percy Strother, Smokey Wilson, Boo Boo Davis, Erskine Oglesby, and Roscoe Chenier. Jan Mittendorp personally, worked with American R&B singer and guitarist Roscoe Chenier for nearly 20 years and released two of his critically-acclaimed albums—Roscoe Style (1998) and Waiting for My Tomorrow (2006)—on Black & Tan Records. Chenier’s rendition of traditional Gospel hymn, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” was originally released on Waiting for My Tomorrow in sparse, stripped-down acapella form. Now, nearly 12 years after its initial release, Black & Tan Records have properly re-released “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” with a newly-orchestrated backing track arranged by EBS to accompany Roscoe Chenier, who, unfortunately, passed away in 2013. Jan Mittendorp said, in an exclusive statement sent to The Witzard, “Jasper and I and both terrible singers (to put it mildly) but [on the other hand], we love Blues and Roots music, mainly because of the vocals.” Mittendorp enthusiastically continued: “so, instead of doing some bad singing ourselves, we prefer to use something good that is already existing. We have some more projects coming up, where we use new vocal recordings of guest singers that we invited for a recording sessions.” ElectroBluesSociety’s “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” personally, reminds me of Jamie xx’s 2011 full-album remix of Gil Scott-Heron’s 2010 return-to-form I’m New Here, fittingly re-titled We’re New Here. “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” has been released as a digital-only single on Black & Tan Records, now available on Apple Music, Deezer, Soundcloud, Spotify, and similar like-minded digital retailers.

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first review for new ElectroBluesSociety single

Dutch Blues act ElectroBluesSociety release a hauntingly spectral musical accompaniment to the late Roscoe Chenier’s acapella rendition of gospel standby “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”. Interestingly, ElectroBluesSociety, a Dutch blues act, comprised of Jasper Mortier (drums, bass) and Jan Mittendorp (guitar, production), who worked with Roscoe Chenier on several releases and several European tours decided to pay tribute to their late friend by adding a spectral and moody arrangement Chenier’s vocal that’s appropriately bluesy yet subtly modern, while retaining the timeless vibe of the original vocal take.

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new single ElectroBluesSociety

Today we release a new single

B&T 966 – Will The Circle be Unbroken – ElectroBluesSociety feat Roscoe Chenier

The original acapella recording of this old gospel tune was done by Roscoe Chenier and released by us in 2006. On this brand new release ElectroBluesSociety adds a musical background to Roscoe’s voice. We had the luck to work with Roscoe on several releases and tours in Europe from 1993 on and he was one of the nicest guys to work with. Unfortunately Roscoe died (far too soon) in February 2013.

This new track is released digital only and available on all the download and streaming platforms. Here are the links to a few popular ones.

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Boo Boo Davis – European Tour

Next week we (Boo Boo Davis, John Gerritse and myself) will start our next European Tour. First ten shows in Spain and that another fifteen shows in Holland, Germany and Switzerland.

Oct 19, Cangas (E), Sala Son
Oct 20, Zamora (E), La Cueva del Jazz
Oct 21, Ermua (E) Auditorio
Oct 22, Segovia (E), Auditorio La Carcel
Oct 23, Sevilla (E), Sala X
Oct 24, Estepona (E), Louie Louie
Oct 25, Valencia (E), 16 Toneladas
** Oct 26, Madrid (E), Tempo
Oct 27, Mataros (E), Clap
Oct 28, Tarazona de la Mancha (E), Sala Star
Nov 1, Wetzikon (CH), Kulturfabrik
Nov 2, Zug (CH), Chicago Music Bar
Nov 3, Sommeri (CH), Loewen Arena
Nov 4, Dinslaken (D), Brio’s Beat’n’Eat
Nov 5, Veghel (NL), CHV Noordkade
Nov 6, Passau (D), Cafe Museum
Nov 7, Obing (D), zur Post
Nov 8, Munchen (D), Garage de Luxe
Nov 9, Heilbronn (D), Cave 61
Nov 10, Maastricht (NL), Magisch Theatertje
Nov 12, Amen (NL), Cafe de Amer (almost unplugged)
Nov 17, Haarlem (NL), Haarlemse Bluesclub
Nov 19, Deventer, De Hip (almost unplugged)
Nov 24, Bielefeld (D), Bielefelder Jazzclub
Nov 25, Winnweiler (D), zum Donnersberg

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new single / Jimmy Reiter remixed

yesterday we released a new single on Black and Tan Records :

B&T 963 – Instinctively Wrong (remix) – Jimmy Reiter & miXendorp

Jimmy Reiter is a guitarist, singer and convincing songwriter, firmly rooted in the tradition of Blues and R&B. For over 10 years Jimmy was lead guitarist with US Blues singer/harmonica player Doug Jay as well as supporting player for numerous international Blues artists on their European tours, such as Larry Garner, Big Daddy Wilson, Albie Donnelly and Memo Gonzalez. In 2011 Jimmy started working under his won name and so far he released two albums.  Last month Jimmy and his band received the German Blues Award for Best Band of 2017.

The new release is a miXendorp remix of one of the songs from Jimmy’s latest release. The music is released digital only and available on all the download and streaming platforms. Here are the links to a few popular ones:


information Jan Mittendorp

Born in 1959 and started playing music (guitar) when I was 14. First acoustic blues / jazz / skilffle and later on electric blues and jazz. Started booking my own bands and others in 1988 and founded Crossroads blues agency. Since 1993 my main focus was booking European tours for USA blues / roots artists. In 1997 I founded my own record label (Black and Tan Records) combining the tours and releases of the same artists. So far I released 43 CD’s, 1 LP, I DVD plus a lot ‘digital only’ music.

Over the years I worked with all these great artists: Arthur Adams, Arthur Williams, Big Boy Henry, Billy Flynn, Bob Stroger, Bobby Parker, Boo Boo Davis, Boyd Small, Burton Gaar, Byther Smith, Chicago Bob Nelson, Chris Millar, Clara McDaniel, Clarence Walker, Clifford Curry, Dave MacKenzie, Deitra Farr, Derek O’Brien, Doug MacLeod, Earl Gaines, Earl Poole Ball, Eddie Stout, Elliott Chavers, Elvin Bishop, Ernie Durawa, Ernie Payne, Erskine Oglesby, Frank Frost, Frankie Lee, Fred James, George Rains, Grady Gaines, Harrison Kennedy, Hosea Leavy, James Wheeler, Jody Williams, Johnnie Bassett, Johnny Jones, King Brothers, King Alex & the Untouchables, King Ernest, Larry Garner, Lee Shot Williams, Levi Williams, Lightnin’ Wells, Li’l Brian & the Zydeco Travelers, Little Arthur Duncan, Little Hatch & the Houserockers, Little Smokey Smothers, Long John Hunter, Lou Ann Barton, Matthew Robinson, Michael Burks, Mississippi Heat, Percy Strother, Preston Shannon, Ray Sharpe, RJ Mischo, RJ Spangler, Rockin’ Johnny Burgin, Roscoe Chenier, Roscoe Shelton, Roy Roberts, Sam Carr, Sista Monica, Smokey Wilson, Soul Drivers, Speedy Sparks, Studebaker John & the Hawks, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Tail Dragger, Teddy Morgan, Teresa James, Thornetta Davis, Zora Young.

I also played guitar and recorded with several of them (Percy Strother, Smokey Wilson , Byther Smith, Burton Gaar, Roy Roberts, Larry Garner, Boo Boo Davis, Erskine Oglesby, Jody Williams, Roscoe Chenier, Clara McDaniel, Billy Jones, Hosea Leavy). With Boo Boo Davis I recorded 10 CD’s and since 1998 more then 1000 live shows at almost all big European blues & jazz stages (among others at Montreux Jazz Festival, Northsea Jazz Festival, Jazz a Juan and Peer Bluesfestival).

My latest projects are:

A duo project together with Jasper Mortier; we both have a broad musical taste and an open mind. Together we are mixing the old with the new; combining 30+ years of live stage experience (on the European blues/roots stages) with modern technologies (loops, samples), video projection and other musical styles. Our musical input ranges from Alan Lomax to Roxy Music and from Led Zeppelin to techno. On stage you will find computers, a double bass, foot pedals, vintage amps, midi controllers, guitars, an old drumkit, a beamer and lots of cables. All of this handled by the two of us.

miXendorp – bluesbeat DJ (thank God not all dutch DJ’s play EDM !!)
Expect no ‚music for the millions’ but an original and eclectic mix of blues, jazz, world, funk, techno and all kind of other great music with a beat. BLUES always had a strong BEAT and was intended to get people to dance. The blues used to be party music; now it can be played again at the hippest modern parties, festival and clubs ..…. and still feel down home. If there is a possibillity I also like to add some live authentic blues guitar and video to the music.

Blu AciD
together with fellow musician / producer Mischa den Haring I joined forces in this new production unit. In February 2014 we released our first tracks and April 2014 our first album production: a new BOO BOO DAVIS release (What Kind Of Shit Is This?) After this succesful project we did several other projects and these tracks will be released individually on BLu ACiD Records, a subsidiary label of Black and Tan. We try to preserve 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.

I have a deep love for American roots music and with all my musical activities my goal always has been KEEPING LIVING MUSIC ALIVE.

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review new single ElectroBluesSociety

Here is what TUNED UP wrote about the new single of ElectroBluesSociety feat Kim Snelten (and we take the aging hippies as a compliment 🙂 ) :

If you’re in the mood for something easy listening but not sleep-inducing, this song hits the spot. I’m not particularly into jam bands but for some reason I got lucky this afternoon when clicking through promo emails. This was the first song in a unread Tuned Up email that popped up, and it’s suiting my Saturday afternoon summer coffee shop mood perfectly. I think this band should play Columbus’ ComFest in the future. All the aging hippies and young guns will love it.