After a memorable edition last August, Straf_Werk Festival is back again this year at Sportpark Riekerhaven. Those attending can expect to dance and chill to their heart’s desire and enjoy the range of cookery found at the diverse range of food stands. Topping the line-up among others is German-born Tensnake. The disco enthusiast with a love for the more funky side of house music. Check out his mix to get into the right zone for Saturday.

Funk inspirations

Born in Hamburg in 1975, Marco Niemerski grew up listening to disco, soul, boogie, funk and the finer cuts of 80s pop, from Prince, to the more Balearic tracks from Simple Minds to  Prefab Sprout. His older brother also introduced him to other influences like freestyle and boogie to Italo-pop. As he grew older he went through a Mod-period before finding and embracing more dancefloor-inspired influences from Larry Levan to Junior Boys Own, Romanthony to Masters of Work.

After starting the Mirau label with friends in 2005, Marco’s first record was ‘Around The House’, which he felt was “a lucky strike” at the time, but still sounds fresh six years on. The Mirau motto is ‘Not mass but class’ and over the years it has steadily grown into an international label, and released their first compilation album last year, as well as Erdbeerschnitzel’s excellent album “Tender Leaf’. It was the all-conquering ‘Coma Cat’, which first made Tensanke’s name known to the global public.The following cinematic and laidback ‘Congolal’, and ‘Mainline’, Marco’s 2012 collaboration with UK vocalist Syron, and storming remixes for everyone from Aloe Blacc and Friendly Fires to Lana Del Ray clearly showed the depth of Marco’s range.


His 2014 album Glow stands alone as a complete, cohesive piece of work. One of those rare beasts, a dance music album that makes total sense if you sit down and listen to it at home from start to finish. Glow features collaborations with Fiora, Stuart Price, Jamie Liddell, MNEK (British singer Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike), Jeremy Glenn, Gabriel Stebbing (Nightworks) and of course the mighty Nile Rodgers from Chic, who plays on two tracks. A dream come true for him

Tensnake is praised in Holland and its capital and his tracks have made many dancefloors tremble in the past. He’s finally returning this week, however, so if you are into some fine, disco-inspired artistry, then Sportpark Riekerhaven will be your disgnated location for the weekend.

This mix is a Deep House Amsterdam exclusive and is the 5th and latest addition in Tensnake’s ‘On Repeat’ podcast series. Enjoy!


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Straf_Werk Festival 2014:
Jamie Jones | Ame | Tensnake | Agoria | KiNK | Breach | Huxley | Noir | Shadow Child | Gerd | Ten Walls | Pional | Finnebassen | Waifs & Strays | Amine Edge & DANCE | Maribou State | Homework | De Sluwe Vos presents Kontra | Prunk B2B Pony | Job Jobse | Tsepo | KERK! | D-Ribeiro | Kevin Duane |

August 23 | Straf_Werk Festival | Tickets | Sportpark Riekerhaven |

Tracklist Mix:

Legowelt – Visions In My Mind
Bruno Be – Hideaway
Drew Hill – Talk To You (Groove Armada Remix)
Roman Iv (Aka Roman Flügel) – La Paloma
Lawrence – Tangled Track
Dennis Ferrer – Sinfonia Della Notte
Jenny Whackson – Nobody
New Musik – Warp (Ilo Edit)
The Revenge – Mdmf
Koko (Aka Kornel Kovacs) – 1985 Ivan Edit
Discodromo Feat Hard Ton – Build A House (Tensnake Remix)