The charm of Strange Sounds From Beyond is undeniable. It is an intimate and mysterious affair that cropped up for the first time two years ago in Amsterdam’s industrial NDSM docklands, with each edition consisting of a painstakingly well-curated line up that pulls together musical oddballs from around the globe and couples them with a healthy dose of Dutch underground talent.
This year a call was made to have the event stretch over two days. For once, with an array of artists so rich, spilling over into the entire weekend feels like a natural progression as to fit more unusual and exciting acts on the bill, rather than the usual pitfall of unnecessary growth that many festivals suffer. Let’s call it an expansion of love, rather than pocket.
It is truly impossible to mention each of the wonderful acts that will take place on the menu of weirdo electronics over the weekend, but there are for sure some that we can almost guarantee would make us ache if you missed.
On Saturday, the combination of Alessandro Adriani and The Hacker taking over in the tent from the sludgy electronics of JASSS is an industrial dream – pairing the playful french electro legend with the brutal and moody sound of the Mannequin Records boss is likely to cause some truly riotous results. Towards the end of that set, don’t forget to cross over (if you can) to The Rest Is Noise’s stage to catch the enigmatic Mykki Blanco perform live.
Nurse With Wound, an experimental avant-garde project formed in 1979 by British musician Stephen Stapleton performs earlier in the day on Saturday, and you can’t get much more special than that. At a similar time, Vladimir Ikovic, now a firm fixture in the Strange Sounds From Beyond family, is likely to delight and impress as he did last year with a genre melting set. Expect the slo-mo trance (which he himself labels ‘post-goa’) to make an appearance.
On Sunday, there is slightly more laid-back programming but artists that still capable of some serious punch. Letta Mbulu will perform live but it is really the homegrown talent who take the reigns. Local DJ Identified Patient will close proceedings for Red Light Radio – a real master of fun and games, his sets always seem to pack in a bunch of surprises, and we hear that Sunday’s might just contain his biggest yet. He’ll also be helped out that day by current Amsterdam newcomers Strange Boutique and the city’s current wonder girl Mad Miran. Dutch Veterans Young Marco, Antal and Hunee round off in the Rush Hour tent as only they can.
Full report is incoming right after the festival. For now, mark these names into your head and make sure to spend the upcoming weekend wise.