Pure Donzin is the debut solo offering by Amsterdam-based Donald “Donny” Madjid - also a member of The Mauskovic Dance Band. On a pandemic-induced break from his usually busy touring schedule, Donny, armed with a 60’s drum machine and a few synths, made the most of his time off by experimenting with new sounds which he then home recorded. This resulted in the fully fledged 9-track album Pure Donzin, under the artist monicker ‘Don Melody Club’.
Whilst many of his local peers tend to turn to sounds further from home for inspiration, Madjid felt. drawn to honour the literary and musical tradition of The Netherlands, following in the footsteps of classic and lesser known Dutch troubadours such as Ramses Shaffy (a cover of ‘Laat Me’ features on the album) and Ronald Langestraat. Don drew inspiration from bard-like storytelling and for the first time started writing in his native tongue, craftily forging lyrics that his rich tenor voice delivers with a sincerity that translates regardless of whether or not you understand Dutch. This intimacy is balanced evenly with synth and drum machine grooves, recalling Dutch New Wave legends Doe Maar - merging ear worm pop hooks and infectious danceable beats to these otherwise pensive ballads.