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A City Guide to Amsterdam by Deltawerk


Deltawerk is the highly rated collaborative project from Amsterdam residents Pascal Terstappen (Applescal) and Hessel Stuut (Polynation). Their debut album ‘Passages’ is out on 16th June via Atomnation as a beautiful 4 piece vinyl collection, with artwork designed by Hessel Stuut. The album delivers underground house with a warm analog feel and also translates into an immersive live show with 270 degree visuals. The concept is based on a fly-by where, through ‘Passages’ you enter unearthly new worlds as the music progresses.

As individual artists both have real pedigree. As Applescal, Pascal has released on the likes of Ghostly International and Traum Schallplatten, while also focusing on building his respected label Atomnation. Hessel Stuut is one half of Polynation known for their live approach to electronic music, playing at the likes of EKKO, Red Bull Sound Select, Pitch Festival, Secret Garden Party and many more.

With support for Deltawerk project already coming in from a wide range of DJs, including Laurent Garnier, James Zabiela, Nick Warren, Ame, John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Sasha, Jonas Rathsman, Dusky and many more, we thought now would be a good time for these fast-rising producers to give us their personal city guide to their hometown, Amsterdam.

– Best place to buy records…

Black Gold! It’s situated near de Nieuwmarkt at a very quiet area. It’s not a typical record store with lots of records, their stock is small but most records there are amazing. The owner has a good taste, especially in the hip-hop, jazz, electronica and disco genre. You won’t find many known records there. Unknown stuff mostly. They also serve the best coffee in town.

– Best big club…

Shelter is the place to be right now. The sound is great, as well as the location – it’s situated below the big tower in the North of Amsterdam. It’s open until late and they have already had one of the best DJ’s playing there. It’s a new venue, but very promising. But there are many clubs to choose from though, we also really like Marktkantine. Which is a bit bigger but the small room there has such a good vibe. Go to both!

– Best underground party…

These are the ones that don’t have a name we guess… Haha… What’s underground these days? There’s so much going on in Amsterdam and DJ’s fly in every weekend. So if we would mention an underground party, it would not really be underground anymore. Not because we mention it, but because we already know about it. Can’t really say that our Amsterdam venues are that underground. Electronic music is pretty mainstream here these days, in a good way though. There are definitely also small events – for example in OT301. They recently had this evening with Ametsub and Daisuke Tenabe a few weeks ago, two of our favorite Japanese artists. This is very underground. We love to play OT301 because it’s so underground and non-profit.

– Best Coffee Shop…

Definitely Boerejongens at the Utrechtsestraat. They sell this weird bio weed. Good stuff, no toxic.

– Best pre-club bar…

Cafe Chris is our go to, a very authentic Dutch pub in De Jordaan with a barkeeper that knows his profession. It’s a really small bar but you can sit outside and have a drink there (or two). All kind of local Amsterdammers you’ll find here. Old people, young, alcoholics mostly we think 😉 But maybe that’s why we like it there so much.

– Best restaurant…

Bella Storia for Italian food, Viscafé De Gouden Hoek for fish & chips, Geisha for Thai food. Another place we’d like to recommend is Bak. It’s close to central station and the food (and view) is good. Be on time to book a table.

– Best boutique hotel…

We have never slept in a hotel in Amsterdam to be honest. Haha. Volkshotel is fun though, been there in the lodge often and studios of many Amsterdam-based artists are there. They also host these nice events sometimes and in the basement, there is Doka (a club) and on the top floor, there is Canvas (also a club and restaurant). Across the street is where the legendary Trouw club used to be. The location is not in the touristic center of Amsterdam, that’s the place you have to avoid really. There’s also this nice spot near the Amstel river on walking distance where you should go if the weather is nice.

If you need a soundtrack to this city guide to Amsterdam, Deltawerk ‘Passages’ LP is out now via Atomnation, you can grab a copy here

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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