We present you the fourth podcast in collaboration with Straf_Werk Festival on the 11th of August. This time the talented duo Detroit Swindle took over the decks.

Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets, 2 guys that, without actually growing up together, have had practically an identical musical upbringing. These 2 guys form the very successful duo Detroit Swindle. A vibrant mix of soul, funk, hiphop and jazz inspired them from an early age on and you can hear they put their swindling soul in every inch of their records.

They’ve had support from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Deetron, DJ Sneak, Justin Martin, Jimpster, Eats Everything, The Revenge, Till Von Sein and many more. A place in RA’s top charted DJ’s of 2012 shows only the tip of the attention iceberg they’ve been on this year. To top it off, DJ Mag has elected Detroit Swindle as talent to watch in 2013 and the boys even got the mayor of Amsterdam so excited that he played their track ‘Brotherman’ at the launch of the new 24 hour permit for Amsterdam’s prized night club Trouw.

Recently they played a set at the infamous Boiler Room together with Jimpster, Nebraska and Mic Newman, which was a big success. Everything they touch seems to turn into gold and nothing will stop these guys from what they are good at. Soon they will dive into the studio for a project from the Red Bull Music Academy together with Motor City Drum Ensemble and that is not the only new project they work on. Their label, Heist Recordings have seen the lights very recently, starting off with an EP from the boys themselves. In September a new EP will appear from talent Max Graef.

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Straf_werk is an initiative that started 2 years ago actually as an afterparty but soon moved to the ‘Melkweg’ and since then has grown massively. With names such as Jamie Jones, David August, NOIR, DJ T, Daniel Bortz, Amine Edge, Todd Terje, Laura Jones, Ben Pearce and some of our own dutch talents such as Prunk, Homework and PONY. The future is looking bright for this still young organization. With a coproduction named DGTL and many great events coming up they are not to be stopped.

On August 11th they will play at Straf_werk Festival, for now you have to warm up with this groovy set!


11th of August | Sportpark Riekerhaven Amsterdam | Straf_werk Festival | Tickets

01. Max Graef – Kaese Schinken Floete
02. Ross Couch – Somebody Like You
03. Pablo Valentino – Nuff Thangs
04. First Wentink – Mice
05. Montel – The Necter Collector
06. Deetron – Can’t Love You More
07. Nebraska – The Mountains
08. Detroit Swindle – The Break Up
09. Detroit Swindle – To Your Love (demo)
10. Pablo Valentino – One (Detroit Swindle Remix)
11. Floorplan – Baby, Baby
12. Leon Vynehall – Brother
13. Lone – Airglow Fires (Detroit Swindle’s Idiot Edit)