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Part of the SuncéBeat takeover
Mr. Mendel has been shooting up the ranks in recent months, and for good reason. His ability to move you emotionally and physically through his soulful sets have gained him much-deserved recognition outside of his hometown of Amsterdam over recent years.
Following his first love of hip-hop, Mr. Mendel found himself working at Waxwell Records where he was introduced to a world of different music, from Brazil to Afro, Soul and Disco to House. It’s these styles (evidently those much sampled in hip-hop) that truly gripped Mendel, who is driven by a philosophy of playing beautiful music with an uplifting spirit.
Over the past few years Mr. Mendel has been touring extensively through Europe and beyond, bringing together records from all corners of the globe that could have been released any time in the past half a century. This may sound like a car-crash of an formula, however his skill lies in creating a mood and a journey that maintains continuity in groove and soul from start to finish.
Mendel has also made his fair share of popular edits, including his hugely sought after version of Trio Ternura’s ‘A Gira’. His ethos when it comes down to playing with old tracks is probably why they have gained so much acclaim, “I like simple edits that keep the soul and dynamics of the song intact, but emphasise something different to the original.” he said in his recent RA podcast interview. His most recent production offering is his remix of Seven Davis Jr’s ‘Rude’. You can check out all Mendel’s mixes and productions over on his Soundcloud.
Mr. Mendel is one of the many talented soulful selectors to be gracing Suncébeat Festival this July. Here, he joins our feature and digs for the Dalmation coast!