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Concrete's infectious groove

Concrete's infectious groove

29-06-2013 | 13.51

This Sunday, the Parisian guys from Concrete are our guests in the Trouw. A unique experience, not just because Concrete launched the comeback of the Parisian underground scene, but also as it’s pretty rare to hear the French minimal sound at the Wibautstraat. This sound found its way back to Amsterdam.
 
It’s safe to say that this music is probably more suitable to dance to than to listen to. The alterations in the music are relatively small, so it’s usually better to hear the total image and not just one fragment. The music creates a certain atmosphere, and when you’re in, you’re in. You could call the sound an infectious groove, a repetitive approach with very little elements. It’s more about losing yourself in a feeling rather than actively perceiving the changes. 
 
In their way of making music, Ark, Cabanne, Ben Vedren and San Proper are all relatively related. In a wider perspective, their sound is comparable to the ones of more famous deejays like Ricardo Villalobos, Zip and Raresh, who, according to us, all are linked to the same sort of minimalistic sound and scene. Of course there are a lot of different sorts of minimal music. This one is marked by a deep bass, chopped percussions and notably long sets. 
 
Ark and Cabanne are both from France and made big marks in the Parisian electronic underground-scene. Since the early 90’s, together with Pepe Bradock, Ark has been a very active musician. He was there during the infamous Katapult events and is still well-known in the present sunday-scene, which is being created around Concrete. Also Cabanne, who started as a trained jazz-guitarist, has a large history in Parisian electronic music since the late 90’s. To give an example, he was a part of the live project Narod Niki. A release on Perlon in 2001 resulted in them being a musical duo under the name of Copacabannark. Since then, they are hard to distinguish, even though their sound is very different. Cabanne makes very bold and minimalistic music while Ark uses a lot of peculiar and organic samples.
 
This is the second time Trouw is going to be open for more then 24 hours, which guarantees a very unique atmosphere. We definitely advice you to pay a visit. With this diverse program, there will absolutely be something there that you’ll admire. 

Text: Max van Bremen and Ruben Leter