Co-founding BAKK and Rubber, Hague-born producer, visual artist and DJ Randstad played a major role in nurturing a notably singular sound with not one, but two labels. Both inspired by the tradition of iconic Hague imprint, Bunker Records, the former serves as an outlet for eerie and off-kilter analogue jams, from the G-funk swagger of SFV Acid to Jeremiah R’s Detroit-leaning electro and peak-time intensity from techno outsider, Legowelt. The latter, presumably named after some recently reissued UK post-punk from 1981, retains the experimental edge of its forbears, packaging oddball electronics from the likes of Mannequin boss Alessandro Adriani with material from linchpins of the Dutch scene, including Hague pioneers Unit Moebius. Sporting visual aesthetics just as bewildering as the music, an irreverent sense of humour coursing through the ‘World of Rubber’ blog also confirms Randstad as a sardonic presence of the internet age.
Now residing in London, he recently earned his first production credit with a menacing appearance on Common Thread Records. Looking forward to 2018, we expect to find Randstad with fingers in as many musical pies as possible, so it felt like a good time to get the man on board for a mix. The resulting podcast sees him turn in a noxious and explosive selection that spans everything from Front 242 and Savage Hymn to Tzusing and Regis.
Photo courtesy of Ruth Bridget Brennan.