A few weeks ago, I blogged about the DJ op de Dom playlist I concocted with legendary Utrecht DJ DNA. It was quite an eclectic selection, moving between Surinamese seventies funk and 21st century dubstep. That playlist is now gone, and replaced by another, equally adventurous compilation of tracks. DJ op de Dom is a party and a DJ and VJ contest, and part of an ongoing campaign to elect the city of Utrecht as European cultural capitol of 2018.
To promote DJ op de Dom, three of the finest Utrecht DJs working today have come up with twenty-two tracks ranging from gently flowing electronica to a solo piano work and some quirky electro-pop, slowly but surely building up to body-moving house and disco beats, before winding down to an acoustic lullaby. Using Boards Of Canada’s year 2000 classic “In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country” as their jump-off point, Pitto, Nuno dos Santos and the 030303 team set the bar pretty high from the start. The way everything flows from one song to the next like it was meant to be sounds so effortless that you can be sure that quite a bit of thought and effort must have gone into putting this together.
The winners of the DJ and VJ contest will perform on 628-year-old Dom, the tallest church tower in the Netherlands, with an expected 7,000 revellers joining in the fun down on the ground.