“Roughly ten years ago—if we pretend the peak pandemic year-and-a-half doesn’t count—Lars Dales and Maarten Smeets first came together as Detroit Swindle, before changing their name to Dam Swindle towards the end of 2020. The original name was meant as a tribute to one of their favorite musical legacies, but recognizing that it didn’t come across how they meant it, the duo changed their name to pay homage to their other favourite place: Amsterdam. Dales and Smeets have become core parts of the Amsterdam house scene in their time, especially with their excellent Heist Recordings label, which they started back in 2013 (hey, now *that’s* literally ten years ago). It’s easy to understand why the duo have become so popular. In person and onstage, they’re goofy, funny guys, the kind of people you might describe as the life of the party. And musically, they’re massively appealing, marrying a European tech house strut to deeper and more soulful inspirations, a preoccupation reflected in Heist’s impressive artist roster: Ge-Ology, Demuir, Byron The Aquarius, Matthew Herbert and more. Their RA Podcast comes at a time of reflection and change, looking back on the decade-plus history of both act and label and plotting their new album, which they say will expand their horizons even more. The mix is eclectic but smooth, pulling together tracks from the likes of Omar-S, Lil Silva, Ruf Dug and Genius Of Time (with one of last year’s most underrated tracks). It’s always a treat to hear consummate club DJs in a more relaxed mode, and this one’s no exception.”
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