Vondelpark is a 47 acre park in Amsterdam and…that’s pretty much all you learn from a cursory Google search for the elusive London-based three-man. While they’ll have reached new audiences by supporting R&S stablemate James Blake on selected legs of his recent tour, they’re still hard to pin down. If (for some reason) you want a lesson in how not get into the spirit of an interview, check out their exchanges with Vice. Amusing work fodder.
Media training aside, their low-fi dubstep riddims ebb and flow nicely, with their July release, ‘nyc stuff and nyc bags’ showcasing their talents effectively. The stand-out track for us is ‘Camels’, a languid summer tune accompanied by a video of scenesters grooving on a roof (which is fine). The Guardian were typically effusive in describing them as “Sade remixed by the xx, or a UK version of The Weeknd’s enervated R&B” – exaggerated but on the right lines.
They currently have no dates in the diary for 2012 but keep your eyes peeled: if their next record is as good as the last (or indeed Human Drizzle’s trip to the other Vondelpark) then it’ll be worth getting your hands on.