Brintex Collective, the creative collaboration of young musicians from Rotterdam led by keyboardist Brenn Luiten, has made a significant impact in recent years during North Sea Jazz, Tweetakt, and Motel Mozaïque. The band now consists of 5 or sometimes even 6 musicians who bring a lot of color to Brenn’s compositions. Inspired by jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music, the result is a fresh sound that immediately energizes the audience.
Brenn himself calls the band UK-influenced jazz music – they also consider acts like Alfa Mist and Robert Glasper as their influences.
Their first single, “Anthem,” was released in October of last year and was enthusiastically received by outlets such as NPO Soul & Jazz and Sublime. The latter also nominated them for the Sublime Dutch Jazz Award 2022. Additionally, they can be heard on the second compilation album “Modern Intimacy Vol. 2” by United Identities, the Utrecht-based record label of DJ Carista. This put them on the radar of various radio shows, including NTS Radio and Studio Brussel, as well as media outlets like Resident Advisor, DJ Mag, and 3voor12.
In January, they released their second single, “After Twelve,” and a week later, they performed at Noorderslag, where they left a strong impression on the Dutch press. NRC described them as “a strongly grooving layered calling card,” and 3voor12 included the band in their top 25 of the festival, stating, “Jazz is undeniably cool with Brintex Collective.” In the spring, the band visited various places, including Grasnapolsky, Paradiso as an aftershow for Ezra Collective, and events like Injazz, Transition, and Jazz in Duketown. On April 28, their self-titled debut EP was released. The summer was packed with performances, from RAUW in Rotown and sold-out shows at Het Concertgebouw to festivals like Valkhof, Wildeburg, Noorderzon, and Into the Great Wide Open, the last one for thousands of attendees. In 2024, new music is expected from the band, and they already have a series of shows scheduled.