Frits Wentink, real name Steve Mensink, has been around since 2012 under alias’s including Felix Lenferink and Urkelle. A couple of years ago, the dutchman released the well known Live Fast, Dwayne Young, the first EP off his Bobby Donny label. A steady flow of music and mixes on the credible online music platforms Boiler Room and Mixmag followed.
Last year saw Two Bar House Music & Chord Stuff Volume 1 appear via Wolf Music, which followed 2016’s Rising Sun Falling Coconut EP on the ever-dependable Detroit Swindle’s Heist imprint. 2017 was all about Bobby Donny though – Frits’s own imprint, seemingly supporting the ongoing Lo-fi wave with recent limited vinyl releases including Wentinks edits of Vertiqua (sampling DRE & Snoop amongst others) and the Homewrecker EP from Scissorwork.
Bobby Donny also displays Fritsie’s eclectic taste for music, welcoming the alternative sounding Hampton EP by Felix Leifur. For us though, the skippy garage flow beneath Low End Activist’s “Park End” is the one. The Icelandic notably brings former Roll Deep OG Trim to the party and has you wondering just how that collabo’ may have arisen. Look out for the trap and bass driven remixes from Fritz and Cassius Select respectively.
It’s Wentink’s own production which will no doubt see his upwards rise continue into 2018. A headline slot for Shall Not Fade in November followed his Doin’ Bits EP via the Lobster Records’ sub-label label in the summer. With further releases expected this year (inc Two Bar House Music & Chord Stuff Volume 2) he’s sure to receive countless invites to perform the daytime festival rounds. Personally though, if his Boiler Room is anything to go by, we’re very much looking forward to seeing him bang the peak time slot of a dark, dingy basement.
Catch Frits at The Waiting Room with WOLF Music for the Two Bar House Music & Chord Stuff Volume 2 Launch on the 2nd Feb, tickets here.
By Maxwell Martini