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!
today we released:
BA 521 – BLu ACiD feat John Blake – No Time
the fourth single from a recording session that BLu ACiD did with singer John Blake in 2016. Released digital-only and available at all the popular platforms. Here are a few links
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.
Die Galgenbäume waren im frühen 20. Jahrhundert beliebte Werkzeuge für abgefuckte weiße Rednecks, um die von ihnen verhaßten “Negroes” daran aufzuknüpfen. Die seltsame Menschengattung gehört – speziell im Süden des Landes – heutzutage in den ach so fortschrittlich-modernen und demokratischen USA immer noch zur Elite. Das Thema hat zahlreiche Musiker inspiriert, u. a. “The Weavers” in den 60er Jahren oder die legendäre Folk Sängerin “Odetta”. Das niederländische Label “BLu ACiD Records” hat sich ein Fieldrecording des US Kult-Musikwissenschaftlers Alan Lomax vorgenommen und es in zeitgenössischer Bearbeitung von JOHN BLAKE singen lassen. “Gallows Tree” kommt als bluesiger Downtempo-Groove (72 bpm) mit starkem Lowdown-Rhythmus und mit etwas Phantasie kann man sich direkt vorstellen, wie die Baumwollsklaven damals zum ursprünglichen Spiritual-Negro-Worksong für ihre Masters schufteten.
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.
Recently BLu ACiD did a recording session with singer John Blake and we captured at least five great new songs. Today we release the first single from that session. The music will be available on all digitial platforms and here are the links to a few of them.
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.
|Keep It Burning||2016||itunes||spotify|
|Things Will Change||2016||itunes||spotify|
|Can't Stand It||2016||itunes||spotify|
|Dust On A Wire||2015||itunes||spotify|
|The First Tracks||2016||itunes||spotify|