Are summers getting better and better each year?

Monolink releases new album and Lee Burridge plays another outrageousely good set

As summer festivals come to a close and the late night winter raves start to take centre stage, we thought it would be a good time to look back on a phenomenal summer - not only weather wise, but music wise too ;).

From numerous Thuishaven and Pleinvrees one-dayers, to Kings Day and Gay Pride street parties, to an ever growing SONAR in Barcelona, and to our old favourite atmospheric events: All Day I Dream and Gardens of Babylon.

Some epic performances held by the likes of the Secret Sundayz crew, Lee Burridge, MonoLink, Timujin, Olivier Weiter, Alvaro Suarez, Marek Hemmann, Omar S, Motor City Drum Ensemble and much more!

Such a range to delve into and great for diversifying our track collection. Of the names mentioned above, the award for ‘best performance’ has to be shared by 2 artists. MonoLink and Lee Burridge. They were just sheer excellence.

Monolink absolutely smashed the Gardens of Babylon festival, The Monestary. This was the first ever festival put on by the Gardens of Babylon crew and boy did they impress?! An intimate 3,000 strong crowd, with tickets no more than €125 for 3 days of melodic shamanic bliss!

Monolink was one of the few to play fully live, whereas others took to incorporating instrumental elements. With the likes of Alvaro Suarez and Seth Schwarz effortlessly pumping the violin into their act.

Monolink’s sound is very iconic in that his voice is tech and soulful but his tunes are progressive and melodic.

Even more reason to celebrate Monolink’s performance is that he just released his debut album - Amniotic. Our favourite track on the album is Rearrange My Mind. The track is very smooth in it’s progression and Monolink’s voice and lyrics are mysterious and felt.

Now on to Lee Burridge who blew away our minds. A different sort of performance to Monolink, with more of a party feel, as opposed to early afternoon listening. As you would have seen in previous posts, we are a bit All Day I Dream mad at Damdon. But when they put on events like the one at Woodstock 69 in Amsterdam in August, then you really know why we bang on about them. Lee Burridge and his collective are absolute heroes!

Lee bashed out a 5 hour set and could have gone on for another 5. His energy and love that he feeds towards the crowd is something unique to the DJing world. The joy across Lee’s face, stretches to and far beyond the crowd.

The setting matched the performance with a breathtaking view of the Dutch coast line / sunset. You wouldn’t think the Dutch are known for this, but spend a Sunday afternoon at one of the beach parties along Bloemendaal and you will soon change your mind.

Lee played banger after banger whilst promoting numerous new releases by a range of some household and new names of the ADID crew. The label continues to maintain a familiar bass beat but with a hint of freshness and diversity each time. Whether it be more mellow or club focused.

There is one moment in particular from this summer, that we will never forget. And this was at Lee’s gig when he played a club classic: Everything But The Girl - I MISS YOU (Todd Terry Mix)! What an absolute belter! It’s only available on vinyl, so that finally pushes me to get my turntables and start spinning records as opposed to relying on digital.

An incredible summer. We are all very lucky to have experienced it and will look back fondly as the cold dark winter days become normality.

Much love to you all! Enjoy the winter raves!

Sam x

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