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Dutch Exotica For Your Cocktail Lounge

Written by Christopher • August 12th, 2009
Dutch Exotica For Your Cocktail Lounge

Exotica music was made popular in the early 1950s and took its name from the Martin Denny album with the same title. The inspiration for the genre came from exotic locations and instruments from places such as Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, Southeast Asia, and Hawaii. The genre was mostly popular in suburban USA with legends such as Les Baxter, Artur Lyman and Martin Denny leading the scene.

But apparently, not all Exotica music was American. Exotica fans Bert and Arjo from Holland have put together a brand new compilation of their favorite Dutch Exotica songs that not only showcases musical history but also the birth of lounge music. Head over to their website for track previews and information how you can obtain this gem.


Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • Royalton

    What an interesting link Chris! Awesome find! Always looking forward discovering new Exotica.

  • Glad you enjoy it! Still in Paris or have you moved on to the Netherlands?

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  • I’ll definitely have to check that out.

  • tikitamba

    A million thanks for that!!! :)
    Got my copy a few days ago and I have to say, this album is pure gold!!!
    Highly recommended for every exotica lover and tiki nut! ^^

  • You should upload this album, i want it so bad and i can’t find it

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