This Sunday We welcome Belgian DJ Lander Lenaerts back to Jazz Meet DJ box for what promises to be another essential date in our ongoing event diary. Of course, we are no stranger to the man himself, with Lander having guested at only our second party at Floripa just under a year ago and of course, he’s also completed two mind-blowing mixes for us in our continuing mixtape series under his old DJ moniker Blast Kid. With his impending arrival back on London soil though, we thought it was about time we caught up with him once again to inquire what was currently floating his musical boat. And what a boat it must be, as after more than a decade of DJing and collecting vinyl in his native Belgium and occasional trips across Europe, checking dusty record stores Lander has accumulated a serious wealth of the black stuff and the comparable knowledge that goes with it.
Attracted first by the lure of hip hop, Lander later embarked on the well-known route of a collector and ventured into the vast realms of funk, soul, Latin and over the past few years jazz, of which we understand Belgium has a strong heritage. It was within his parents’ own collection that he unearthed his first jazz finds and subsequently caught the bug, Miles Davis’ revered soundtrack to the Nouvelle Vague masterpiece ‘Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud’ and classic recordings from the likes of Blue Mitchell and Cannonball Adderley proving suitably interesting enough to peek his early interest, and soon enough he was hosting his own jazz show on the local Radio Scorpio station in his hometown of Leuven. Since then he’s DJ’ed at various spots around Belgium, mostly in Leuven and Brussels (where he’s guested at the brilliant Strictly Niceness party) as well as finding himself involved with the Laid Back Radio project, an online platform for which he has written several articles about European jazz and hosted a radio show called Snap Your Fingers. He can now add to his roll call a brace of appearances at The Jazz Meet, joining a select band of London’s finest in the process! Check out five of Lander’s picks below and then make sure you pop by Floripa this coming Sunday to see what else he’s brought through customs.
Eric Dolphy With The Latin Jazz Quintet – Mambo Ricci (From the album ‘Caribé’ on Prestige)
A great album that I only recently got hold off. I love the odd combination of the Latin sounds and Dolphy’s tone.
Hein Huysmans – Marakesh (From the album ‘Hein Huysmans Kwintet-Septet’ on A.D.S. Records)
Funky jazz with percussion and vibes out of Belgium. A record that’s also special to me personally, as I had the chance to interview Mr. Huysmans a few years back.
Mayafra Combo – Iffilah Ha-Ha (From the album ‘Mayafra’ on Carosello)
Groovy electric jazz with West-Indies influences, released in Italy – a sublime record of which I finally found an original copy of during a digging trip in Amsterdam.
Sail-Joia – Go For The Others (From the album ‘Sail-Joia’ on Carnaby)
Supreme Bossa /Jazz/ Fusion tune that builds up to a fantastic climax. An all-time favorite that keeps growing on me.
Bryony James – Feeling Good (From the album ‘Feeling Good’ on Mercury)
There are plenty of versions of this classic around, but this is probably the best in my opinion.
If you’re looking for a few more special platters from our man in Leuven, then you can of course also check his latest mix for us below. With over a 1000 hits so far, you don’t need to be told by us about its quality and if you’re still wanting more than listen to his earlier effort here – it’s a deep as the hills European jazz special! He does of course also have his own Mixcloud page which is chock full of other good stuff, we wouldn’t even know where to begin!
It’s not all about the DJ box this week though, as we’ve also got a special showcase from Jazz Meet and Incognito drummer Francesco Mendolia. Anyone who’s passed through one of our nights or indeed a recent Incognito concert will attest to Francesco’s amazing talents and this week, he’ll be bringing with him a few friends for a little jam session to remember. And for all you movie buffs out there, early doors from around 3.30pm we’ll also be showing the Mod classic that is Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘Blow Up’ complete with an effortlessly hip Herbie Hancock composed soundtrack as part of our Domingo Cineclub collaboration with Floripa.