Nobody will argue that Frits Wentink is a fast rising star in the house scene right now. Having already put out records on Rotterdam’s quality Triphouse label, Wolf Music recordings and Detroit Swindle’s Heist label. Behind this alias resides the multi-talent Steve Mensink, and the Frits Wentink moniker is his prime outlet for extremely infectious house meets techno meets bass music.
There are many layers to Frits Wentink. Since his first EP on the Wolf record label, the DJ and producer from Utrecht has risen to prominence for his house productions with tracks such as ‘Mouse’ becoming club favourites. Meanwhile, he has been releasing atmospheric soul and hip hop infused beats under a number of different monikers. And, as he reveals to R$N, he is also a talented pianist, happy to take on tricky composers like Ravel and Debussy.
The title of his new album Rarely Pure, Never Simple perhaps reflects a convergence in bringing these facets of his musical personality together. Wolf was founded in 2009 on house and disco principles so it shows the faith his talent inspires that they are prepared to diverge from their ethos for this release. Featuring gorgeous vocals from Loes Jongerling the album stealthily segues from slower, more profound compositions to intelligent dancefloor winners like ‘Glints’. ‘There Now’ was recently featured on Nemone's BBC 6 Music show.
Wentink is what you would call a cerebral composer, influenced by hip hop innovators like Madlib and Pete Rock. His audio design education at the Utrecht Institute of the Arts has also allowed him to build his own MIDI instruments and engineer the acoustic treatment of his studio. Live performances see him surrounded by a complex array of hard and software, including antique cutlery-box MIDI controllers. As he told website ‘TripHouseRotterdam’: "It is important to work with playful shapes