Over the weekend at Bristol’s infamous Motion nightclub, two forces collided to create an outlandish trip into the world of house music, making it one of the biggest nights of the In:Motion series. Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep in Sound joined forces with Catalonian psychedelic party pioneers Elrow to create an exceptional, one-off ‘Rowshow’ that all 3,800 attendees could revel in.
Let’s start with the lineup. Hot Since 82, Matador, Butch, Cristoph, De La Swing and George Privatti were announced by organisers, which is probably what triggered the event to sell-out in just 15 minutes. In addition to this, those lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket were treated to some very special guests (as promised).
Elrow took over the Warehouse and got Bristol-based DJ and producer Lukas to kick off the 12-hour rave. The room was adorned with UV paint, trippy peace signs, psychedelic flowers and wall hangings. The crowd itself was a kaleidoscopic fantasy of glitter-adorned attendees, Bristol’s most eccentric characters wrapped in fairy lights, dancing on stilts dressed as fantastical characters while throwing around inflatable objects and dancing in confetti. George Privatti was the next to hit the decks for Elrow. His two-hour set was a non-stop trip into groovy house, making the crowd go wild. Next up, the Menendez Brothers, the Columbian duo who brought some funk and soul to the party. Then wrapping it all up was the incredible Robert James back-to-back with Elrow resident De La Swing, immersing the audience into a mind-bending haze of intergalactic house.
The Main Room was home to Knee Deep In Sound, a passion project of Yorkshire’s own Hot Since 82. With the ethos of creating forward-thinking house for the next generation- the crowd was treated to some seriously good music. Mason Slone kicked the night off, followed by a personal favourite, the incredible Cristoph. Then, Matador took to the stage for a very special live set invigorated the crowd. It didn’t stop there though, a matrix of sound and strobes emblazoned the old warehouse as the experimental force that is Butch came on. The grand finale came from Hot Since 82, as the throng of people came together with their eyes closed, heads up, and minds open, ready to immerse themselves into some wondrous techno.
Not forgetting Amour Ami, Zenzero, Maze & Masters and residents of Bitch, Please! who were in the Tunnel. Then in the Cave, Bedmo Disco and Bakkos added some extra flavour to the evening.
All in all, the event was a psychedelic fantasy of debauchery, free-love, zany characters and a kaleidoscope of spectacular sounds. Brainchild of the Arnau family, Elrow delivered an experience unlike any other. Immersing the audience into the new world, while collaborating with the legendary Knee Deep In Sound, they created an adventure for party-goers which proved their devotion to the whimsical.
Words: Georgia Balch
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The ‘guy from downstairs’; usually the name tag given to a person you may pass by from time to time that may know little or nothing about. Usually there’s a sense of wonder about what they get up to or what their about, but nine times out of ten they remain an enigma within close range. This ‘Guy From Downstairs’ started much the same, in both the literal and fabled sense of meaning. MEOKO got a chance to de-mystify the ‘Guy From Downstairs’ as some insight into his underground odyssey was given…
So… GFD, Guy From Downstairs, Victor? I think your name has to be one of the most original names that people come across when they’re first introduced to your music; I guess i’d like to know how did you get to that name? A guy named Colin told me a story once;
Well, around 2008-2009 I ended up living in England in the same house with friends from back home Romania. I‘d never released music officially at that point and I was getting ready for my first digital EP. The amigo named Colin (which you mentioned - he was living above my room) was the one who simply made a joke that I should use “Guy From Downstairs” since I was living in one of the rooms on the ground floor, making beats all day. Lacking any second option that moment, I said, "sure why not" :) He’s a very special friend of mine, not only did he come up with the moniker that I use today but he was also one of the first people who opened my eyes to the deeper, “special” minimal sound.
Haha… Very original indeed! So Colin first introduced you to the “special underground music”. What were you listening to back then?
Oh man, a bunch of stuff. First, I wouldn’t say I knew too much about that type of techno before getting to England. Of course I would hear the classic house – kind of sound - here and there and I loved that, but I was all about Hip Hop mostly. The turning point was when I met my friends in England that were into the underground minimal scene. It changed my perception of sound, of what you can do with a rhythm and how you can use some elements to create magic. I was already into producing hip hop instrumentals but then I found some records that made me reconsider what I wanted to express in a track. For example, I certainly remember that my brain went really crazy when I heard “Gow - Jiffy Hornswoggle”.
It’s also funny that I started to discover the music that Romanian artists were making when I was living in the UK. I think Ali Nasser, Negru, Livio & Roby and [a:rpia:r] were the first ones that I listened to.
Hip hop seems to have a strong foundation with a lot of Djs and producers in the underground scene. It’s funny that you discovered home grown talent in the UK! So it was production first and DJing followed?
Yes, production was first. My personal experience with the transition was that I could find more room for creativity in the minimal sound. The "trippiness", the oddness, the improvisations that turn into jams, the feelings that you can express through some rhythms and patterns, the analog machines, the people getting together to enjoy the never-ending music. I got hooked immediately, could’t help myself! Of course Hip Hop is still my first love, but my religion is the minimal sound. Or the house sound. Or is it techno? I don’t know, that’s why I always hate to label it. :)
And yes, in terms of labels its all of the above, there are way too many, but those three are just perfect. Your experience is one we all share, so your “religion” is more than appreciated. You’ve had many releases in recent years both digital and vinyl, but this year you decided to launch your own label; GFD. Firstly congratulations, I know the first release GFD001 had a lot of success and initially sold out. What made you take the leap into creating your own imprint?
Thanks! What made me create the imprint? Hmm, well maybe just because it’s fun to release music just the way you want to without any pressure :) At first I didn’t regard it as a label in its traditional term, mostly thinking about releasing a little 12-inch collection with some of the tracks that, I felt, represent my sound to the core. I was really happy to see the positive feedback from the start.
GFD002 was released this November, and hopefully it has the same impact as the first release. It must be a good feeling when you find footage, with the likes of tINI & Bill Patrick, Daniel Bell, Livio & Roby, Tofu Productions and more playing your GFD sound around the world?
Yes, I’m always happy to see when the music gets to the right ears and I know that the infinite hours spent locked in the studio pay off when people are feeling your tracks on a massive sound system somewhere “out there”, whether it’s a dark London club or a tent by the Black Sea.
I can imagine it must be a cray sense of fulfilment?! The GFD label artwork is pretty funky, is that your creative influence or is it all left to the artist?
The dude that creates the artwork, Alexandru Ceaus, is my former desk mate from high school, one of my best friends today. We share a common love for urban art and cartoons; I always loved his style and I could not conceive the label without his drawings. Either he wants it or not,he now has a job for life as visual artist for the GFD label.
Keep them coming! Do you have any plans to collaborate on the GFD label, or will you keep it just for your own productions?
Yes I've been working with a few friends that I connect with very well in the studio; there will also be collaborations featured on some of the upcoming GFD releases. Who/what/where - you'll find maybe sooner than you know :)
We look forward to more from the label :) A quick rewind to 2014; you made a trip to Ibiza to play at Sankeys on the Randall M & friends line up. Was this a massive turning point in the GFD story?
Yes, it was! I got to see Ibiza for the first time and had a great time playing alongside Randall in the Spektrum room at Sankeys; it was amazing to experience the island, spend time with friends and simply enjoy every moment!
Fast forward to 2016 and the I guess I could say you have been back on tour? The US and Berlin have had the privilege of the GFD sound. Firstly, how was the US?
It was sweet (and super hot!); was really looking for the chance to spin in the US at some point in the “GFD story” and this year, in August, it finally happened. I’ve played a couple of parties in Brooklyn, hosted by my lovely people from Green Room, one in a very colourful ”Brooklnyesque“ location and another one on a rooftop all night long. And. also in Miami at the Electric Pickle for my friends from Unmute which was super lovely!
And more recently your played in Berlin?
Berlin was more recently and it was also an awesome experience and a milestone for me. I was lucky to have my debut at Chalet, from 5am, picking up the decks from Julian Perez, playing through the morning for a few hours. Loved every second of the vibe :)
Sounds like an amazing summer, but one work hard for over the years. What does the Bucharest winter have in store for GFD?
Did you say “GFD showcases”? Or maybe I dreamed about it.
Haha, some weird telepathy going on here… Well?
Bucharest always likes to be surprised. So I will do how Bucharest pleases; surprises will be.
Keep us posted, we’ll be keeping a keen eye on what’s in store & thank you for your time.
And thank you!
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We just got wind of what could possibly be the the worse thing to ever happen to the world of techno music.
With her newly obtained success as a DJ, Paris Hilton is set to headline what has been labeled a “breaking the boundaries of music” event at the infamous Berghain club in Berlin. That’s right folks, you heard right - what was great is now lost.
Hilton, who has been described to be at the forefront of alternative electronic music, describes herself as a master of rolling basslines who brings next level sound with a hint of fragrance to the decks. The set is the main stop of her tour celebrating the achievement of being the most successful DJ to have launched their careers from a porno.
Catching up with Hilton after her previous back-to-back set with her pet chihuahua, she explained how she got on this path. “I just love it you know? There’s something about the way I mix my songs with dirty beats, you know? I don’t know. Smell this!” As she plunged her wrist into my face for a whiff of what smelt like potpourri. “I just get up on the machines and turn the buttons, the people love it! I was born to do this.” Very convincing..
Whilst packing up her Beats by Dre DJ headphones she took some time to tell us what her plan was for the night.
“I’ll definitely begin with my 2006 hit “Stars Are Blind” over some samples of what I’ve been working on lately, I’ll then mix in some basslines and go from there. I always try to find the balance, you know? My voice and the bass needs to be one. I don’t think there are any country music lovers where I’m going so I probably won’t mix any of that in.”
Social media in Berlin is going crazy over the extremely hyped-up event that is bound to leave its mark as one of the most influential techno nights of the past decade. A spokesperson from Berghain has suggested that there will also be a Paris Hilton Perfume shop inside for anyone to complete the experience.
“We are excited to have Miss Hilton perform at our venue, it has been a long time since we sent the request and we are delighted to finally have a booking,” claimed the spokesperson. “We were hoping her pet chihuahua could make it for a surprise back-to-back set but unfortunately he was held at customs.”
Furthermore, catching up with Berliners on the streets, we asked of their feelings towards the event: “I just can’t believe it’s actually happening, first Guetta now this! Thank you, Berghain!” cried an enthusiastic fan. “It’s a great opportunity to bring Berlin techno out of the shadows and into the spotlight” claimed another. It’s clear this is what the Berlin scene has needed and the people are truly grateful for it - whether that may be the demise of techno, or not.
If you have read this the whole way through and still believed it right to the end, we are very sorry to let you down, Paris will infact not be headlining Berghain. As if! We did believe you all needed to smile this morning
Jack Wickham is one of the hottest talents on the British music scene right now. Having worked with notorious labels such as FUSE, Nordik Net, One Records, and Drumma, it's hard to believe this prolific mastermind is only 23 years old. The Leeds-born DJ has worked his way through the underground scene to achieve a growing success and racking up an impressive backlog of venues such as Watergate (Berlin), Fabric (London) and Output (New York). As a MEOKO exclusive, Jack sits down to tell us a little bit more about himself and gifts the MEOKO audience with two incredible tracks.
Where did it all start? How did you know you wanted to become a DJ?
It started with some older friends from where I grew up, they were the first people who introduced me into proper electronic music & DJ’ing. This was when I was around 14 years old I think and was just starting to get excited about the music scene. Then when I was old enough (still underage but looked old enough) I used to go with them to Back to Basics in Leeds where I had some of my best nights, hearing some unbelievable music (which mainly came from the residents) and meeting some great people who I actually now work with and became very close friends. I was lucky to get such good guidance early on and it carries through right up until the present.
Who are your biggest influences?
From the Back to Basics parties, I met Adam Shelton and Subb-an, who’ve become like my big brothers. They fully took me under their wing and have had such an impact on how I’ve approached my music and they put a lot of faith into me right from when I first started sending them music. I owe them massively and it’s great to see the One Records crew doing so well recently, individually as well as collectively. 2017 is looking bright as always for the label and very pleased to be involved in this.
Obviously I have major influences from RPR (aka Raresh, Petre Inspirescu & Rhadoo), Zip, Ricardo. Every time I see them play, I’m just full of ideas for the studio. I like to pick from different aspects of music rather than stick to one style and seeing these guys play really helps me get creative.
And one more thing, SIT and Fabe. The music they make is so unique. They have stamped their own sound within the scene and that’s something I’ve always admired and have strived to do myself.
If you could do a back-to-back set with anyone, who would it be?
There’s a handful I could pick from here. But I’m going to go with Rhadoo. I love to watch him mix records and much as I love listening to them. His technique is effortless and his mixing is so sharp. There is the saying about the most important part of a b2b, “Knowing that the other DJ is in complete control gives you the confidence to push yourself even further.”
Also my good friend from Leeds, Ethan McNamara. We can play records together for days on end. I always say he’s a younger version of Craig Richards and many can agree!
You’ve played all over the place, from Watergate to Fabric, what’s the best experience so far?
Yeah I’ve been spoilt really with the clubs I’ve had chance to play at. But for me, it’s when I played for ReSolute at Output on the rooftop in New York with Dyed Soundorom. It was my first time in America, so I wasn’t sure what to expect musically & from the city of New York. I was given 4 hours to play in the Panther Room when the rooftop had closed. So I had a full club to see me play. The Panther Room sound system is super warm, so I just felt such freedom to enjoy it. It’s been one of my best experiences to date. The view from the rooftop of the Manhattan skyline is crazy good too. Love that club!
What’s your dream venue?
100% Robert Johnson. I don’t think I need to explain why on this one either.
Robert Johnson, Frankfurt
Do you think British Music has it’s own sound, and why?
Absolutely. You don't have to look much further than the FUSE Crew to find a group of artists that have really forged out their own sound in a crowded market. The UK (and London especially) has always had that DIY attitude towards music, and with it being such a fertile place for inspiration, it produces some amazing records. I still play so many of the old school UK tech-house sounds from people like Terry Francis, Eddie Richards, Omni AM and loads of others. It's really timeless, UK club music that works on the dance floor, and it hasn't dated at all.
What are your current projects, and what do we have to look forward to?
I’ve been very busy the past 6 months, really got my head down with things. Finished a lot of music for some great labels. I’ve got music coming for FUSE, All Inn Records, State of Flow, Medeia and Seb Zito’s new label 7DB. As well as other labels for remixes and VA’s. I’m thankful my music is getting such great support from my friends & other artists. It gives me so much confidence to make even more music. I’m rarely out of the studio at the minute. Full on hermit.
I’ve recently joined Next AM. I was like a kid at Christmas when that came through, always been such a huge fan of their involvement Next Wave parties etc. So to be working with these guys now means a lot to me. I’ll be working a lot more with the artists on the agency and playing with the crew more regular too. A lot of great gigs coming up. Really excited for the New Year!
You’re still very young, and there’s a lot of opportunity out there, what are your hopes for the future?
I hope I’m still able to be doing what I’m doing now. I want to keep progressing as much as possible with my music, the studio, DJ’ing etc, which is all heading in the right direction. I’m very interested at the thought of a possible live set at some point too (maybe). Hopefully will get to play at Robert Johnson in the near future referring back to the question above! I’m a modest person so I don’t like to get carried away with hopes and dreams but if you put the work in, things will happen.
Credit: Jonny Wilson (JW Photography)
So, tell us a little bit about the tracks you have here for us...
These two tracks were made mid summer when I changed my studio around. Since the change up I've made a lot of music and barely left my new room. My latest EP that I've just finished was with the guys at All Inn Records, which I'm really happy about. So instead of one track, I've decided to give two away. Both of which have had heavy rotation from the likes of RPR Soundsystem and more.
Listen to Jack's excusive tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/meoko/sets/meoko-exclusive-jack-wickham
Words: Georgia Balch
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Sonus has turned five, and to celebrate, they’re having a monumental birthday party. This year, the festival will be held over five days and five nights with some very special guests. The first instalment of acts have been announced, and they are the most impressive to date.
Sonus Festival has established itself as one of the most exciting and influential electronic music festivals in the world. Set in the idyllic Zcre Beach on Pag Island, Croatia, this sun-soaked haven will be home to some of the world’s greatest DJs from 20th-24th August in addition to this, organizers will be hosting club takeovers, boat parties and more, making it the ultimate destination for any house and techno fan.
The first phase of their line-up says it all. Apollonia, Chris Liebing, Jackmaster, Joseph Capriati, Marco Carola, Monika Kruse, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Rødhåd, Seth Troxler, Sonja Moonear, Tale Of Us and The Martinez Brothers, all lead the pack with more still to be announced.
Stockholm-based master of modern techno, Adam Beyer has been announced, along with Parisian supergroup Apollinia, resident to the legendary Fuse London, Archie Hamilton and staple of Berlin's Club Der Visionaere, Binh. Eclectic beats will be brought by the dynamic duo, Tale of Us, followed by a captivating live performance by Vril
The visionary that is Chris Liebing will be joining them with Frankfurt-figurehead Dorian Paic and enigmatic FUSE member Enzo Siragusa. Fabio Florido will bring his own flair, while Richie Hawtin’s ENTER teammate Hito comes along for the ride.
Now for the Brits, Glaswegian heavyweight Jackmaster and Hot Creation's own Jamie Jones and Richy Ahmed have all been announced.
Jesse Calosso will be making his Sonus debut, as will 8bit founder, Nick Curly. Karotte will be returning to festival to bring his own style to the Croatian haven while Joey Daniel will bring uplifting vibes. Then there’s Joseph Capriati, who’s set promises to be nothing other than mind-blowing.
Music: On affiliate Leon will take to the decks with the dazzling Monika Kruse, Berlin’s own Pan-Pot, Dystopian boss Rodhad, and Italy’s favourite techno legend Sam Paganini will be there too to bring his own stylistic experimentation.
Stuttgart party starters SHDW and Obscure Shape join the queen of minimal sound Sonja Moonear on the lineup, with the ever- inexplicable Seth Troxler and fellow American vanguards, The Martinez Brothers rounding things off.
Then there’s the legend himself, famed for crowdsurfing at Sonus 2015, Richie Hawtin will be returning alongside the powerhouse that is Ricardo Villalobos.
This is an event of epic proportions, the likes of which this idyllic island has never seen before Sonus has been dubbed a go-to for all house fanatics across the globe and been the location of some legendary moments in musical history.
Early birds have sold out but first release tickets start at €159, with travel and accommodation packages available on their website. More information can be found on their Facebook page. It’s am unmissable event, with an incredible lineup, in a stunning location- how could you say no?
Words by Georgia Balch
To the bartenders…
Your availability and presence through the night including the embers of the morning (and beyond), has not been taken for granted. You are unsung heroes, delivering fuel to all in need at the most ridiculous of hours, right till the very end. What’s more, your mission doesn’t end with the last track, instead, you soldier on till the station is spotless. You, bartenders, are the real last ones standing.
You have the endurance to allow the night to go forth by motivating everyone that has crossed your path, with the energy and charisma to leave your mark and have the customers return for more, whether that may be for good or for worse… who cares! Your skills at pouring that refreshing gin & tonic amazes me every time, I want it, I want more of it and sometimes you’re even willing to grant me that wish. To me, you are the divine gatekeeper of my foolishness and self-respect.
I’d like to apologise on behalf of all us who enjoy the pastime activity of so-called clubbing. There are many who disregard your expertise as a mere necessity to the operation, but they fail to acknowledge that drinking and dancing have gone hand in hand since… well since forever! You are true patrons to your trade, inheriting and mastering skills from a long lineage of predecessors, bringing the art of bartending through the ages, from the candlelit taverns of the midcentury to the dark and smoky rooms of today. It’s interesting (and scary) to imagine the world without you.
Us party-goers need to acknowledge these individuals for their excellence as industry professionals. We could alter the way in which their work is valued, and perhaps further improve the way they are rewarded...
Words by Alexander Fetokaki
Brett Jacobs undoubtedly represents a homegrown talent who has forged a solid name within the underground music scene; it is therefore with great pleasure that we welcome Brett Jacobs back to the mix series for a rare MEOKO Exclusive. A lot has happened since Brett Jacobs first graced the MEOKO vaults in 2013, with a string of releases under his belt and having played at some of the best venues in Europe, his solid reputation has grown over the years. With sets that fuse minimal clean cut beats with rolling basslines Brett Jacobs continues to feature on some impressive line ups, most recently playing along side DJs such as Cab Drivers, Varhat, Baby Ford, Audio Werner and Pedro for London party Unleash. Without a doubt his approach to DJing sets him apart from many other artists of his calibre, defining him as a unique talent, which in hand has lent itself to his success.
As a producer Brett Jacobs has released music on taste making imprints such as Luna Records, Act Natural and Nima Gorji’s NG Trax to name a few. His EP Law of Averages on Abarktic Records, which was released earlier this year, features a selection of stripped back percussion and minimal groove conveying Brett Jacobs signature style.
Most recently Resident Advisor ranked Brett Jacobs remix of Nice N Track’s Balansoars on Bodyparts Records in its Top 10, confirming that Brett's versatility and unique sound is fast becoming a favourite amongst music lovers and selectors around the world. With several tracks yet to be released, there is without a doubt many more gems in the pipeline from the man himself who approaches production with a mixture of skill and class.
As well as DJing and focusing on his productions, Brett has recently signed to forward thinking Paris based agency Yoyaku who have the likes of Vahar, Zendid and Andrey Pushkarev on their Roster. The agency also houses a record shop as well as playing host to a number of events in France. Brett’s move to Yoyaku marks the next step in his career, which will surely push him to the forefront of the underground scene in Europe where his sounds have been greatly received. As a busy year comes to a close Brett is currently focusing on launching his own label which will no doubt be a huge success. Constantly evolving and with lots in store for the new year I'm sure we will be hearing a lot from Brett Jacobs in 2017. But for now I'll let this MEOKO exclusive take over, believe me it really is something special.
Words by Mahala Ashley
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Over the last two years, Swedish festival Into the Valley has gained a global following. This is due to its meticulous curatorship, stunning scenery and astonishing line-up of the world’s most up-and-coming artists. The spirit of the festival has stayed the same; have a unique experience in an unexpected location, however, this year the festival has moved from Dalhalla to a surprisingly enchanting quarry in Rummu, Estonia. Now, organisers have announced the first artists in what promises to be a mind-blowing line-up.
In addition to this, organisers have also announced the first acts for its new sister festival Into the Factory in Stockholm, after announcing 2018’s Into the Castle festival in Cape Town. This passion- project by Music Goes Further is all part of a much larger plan to revolutionise music festivals across the globe, and by 2019 they hope to have six new festivals up and running.
Let’s start with Into the Valley, after reaching phenomenal success over the last two years and gaining a reputation as one of the world’s best new festivals, they have decided to switch it up and change location. A 45-minute drive away from Tallinn, Estonia lies the mystical Rummu Quarry, the new home to this spectacle which boasts a stunning landscape of crystal-like waters and lush green scenery.
However, it’s not just the beautiful environment which makes the festival so electrifying. Only 8 out of the remarkable 60 artists performing have been announced, and it’s already looking impressive. Praslesh (the musical love-child of Raresh and Praslea), Cassy, Renaat of R&S records, Anna Hanna, and the one-woman force that is The Black Madonna are all tipped to fit the bill. They’ll be joined by one of dance’s most influential artists, Marcel Dettman, Estonia’s own KASK and Midland, who’s track Final Credits was one of this Summer’s greatest hits. These artists will all be performing from the 29th June-1st July 2017, showcasing the festival’s ability to provide an unforgettable experience with some of the globe’s best established and new artists.
Not forgetting Into the Factory, a new festival set up by Music Goes Further in Nynäshamn, Sweden. Visitors will get to explore Stora Vika, an industrial park that will be emblazoned by cutting-edge electronic dance music, culture and an all-inclusive atmosphere. The artists confirmed for the event, which runs from the 10th- 12TH August 2017, are: Cari Lekebusch, Dasha Rush, DVS1, Headless Horseman (live), Ion Ludwig (live), Joel Mull, Mathew Jonson (live), Nastia and Shanti Celeste, who are all some of the globe’s hottest new talents.
The organization, Music Goes Further, runs on seven key principles which are all equally balanced to create the best adventure possible for all attendees to their events. These principals are: unique locations, advanced electronic music, pioneering technology, innovative art, food and bar architecture, holistic awareness and social equality. The project intends to continue to grow and host six major festivals by 2019. After the announcement of Into the Castle in 2018, and hopes to hold events in Southern Europe, Asia and South America, it seems that this is one of music’s most ambitious and exciting ventures of the moment.
Early-bird tickets for both festivals have already sold out, however first release for Into the Valley are on sale here, and so are ones for Into the Factory, along with a variety of camping and accommodation options and special under 23’s tickets. With more incredible acts still to be announced, they are guaranteed to go quickly. So, act fast to ensure that you can also experience one of the most innovative explorations into modern music, food, technology, art and culture.
Words by Georgia Balch
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Separating itself from other parties within the underground music landscape, Toi Toi has always followed its own path, their less is more approach is very much about letting the line up do the talking and in turn keeping it all about the music. With promotion being kept to a minimum (you’ll rarely be bombarded with multiple Facebook notifications and email flyers) Toi Toi preserves is uniqueness and works off the loyal following it has built over the years. The London party, now an agency and record label, has grown immensely over the last six years. Founded by Claus Voigtmann and Isis Salvaterras in 2010 as a series of warehouse parties, Toi Toi now throws regular parties in London and across Europe as well as hosting a successful booking agency with the likes of Audio Werner, Cab Drivers, Daze Maxim, Ion Ludwig, Junki Inoue, Loaoul, Nicola Kazimir and Voigtmann their Roster.
The next event will be taking place on 25th November hosting Toi Toi agency maestros Voigtmann, Junki Inoue and Audio Werner alongside Daniel Bell, Herodot and Loren, the event will also mark founder Isis Salvaterras birthday so double celebrations are in order. Taking place in an undisclosed warehouse location this party is guaranteed to be one you do not want to miss!
Words by Mahala Ashley
Toi Toi - Presents Daniel Bell, Audio Werner, Herodot & More - 25th November @ A Warehouse Location N15
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Breaking: Fabric will reopen.
Fabric nightclub will reopen following it's lengthy dispute with Islington Council.
The club had its licence revoked in September and since them has raised over £300,000 to pay for legal fees, in an attempt to appeal the decision. Today, Fabric and Islington Council have agreed a set of conditions under which the club can reopen.
Fabric will need to pay for Islington’s costs but this will not come from their crowdfunding, says judge. In addition to this, under 19s will be banned, there will be constant CCTV monitoring, ID scanners and a lifetime ban for anyone asking for drugs.
This deal is based on 32 new licence conditions set out in a 155 page document on new procedures that was submitted to the council.
Judge Robin McPhee has finalised the decision, saying: "I am satisfied that the council and Fabric pulled together to get a set of workable conditions to prevent drug use and supply future."
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Before we get started we would like to say a huge thank you to every single last person that has got behind this competition so far. The kind contributions from such an amazing array of artists, labels, PR teams, and distribution companies has paved the way for us to create something truly wonderful, together.
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Who knows what you might find. Some tasty treats arranged by Dispersion’s PR team is for sure, Romanian duo Ada Kaleh and Sepp bringing there sincere hypnotic minimal sound in their recent collaboration. A perfect blend of artists in Akbals VA – Ten years of AkbalAkbal, celebrating this milestone with the likes of Doubting Thomas, Sascha Dive, and Ray Okpara. Italian producer Katal proves his natural ear for groove in his Diamond Ep with a much deeper remix from Tijn. London based Pierre Codarin’’s exciting second release on his own imprint, as he continues to make waves amongst the scene.
Julien Sandre and Italian duo Konstress combined make the successful brand called Blindbox. We have for you the third release on their own imprint, coming from themselves, and the legendary Chris Carrier and Hector Moralez who are on remix duty. The 4th release they step aside and let new kid on the block Lopaski show what his got, including a dreamy twist of ‘Bon Voyage’ from the SIT boys. The Neapolitan combo of Konstress have their first release on the label, smooth grooves accompanied by some crazy pizza artwork.
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Cab drivers are always a winner, the Correspondance EP rocking with a huge Audio Werner remake on the flip side. Talking of remixes Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love is giving a once over by innervisions leader Dixon and Luke Abbott on the b side. MR KS taking you on a trip in his release on Music is Love last year, Point G also making an appearance. Rumbling sidewinders from Dan Farserelli & Seb Zito as they form for a second release as their alias F&Z. Swing recordings boss Mark Henning’s ‘Skip the wine’ screams the signature sound we are so familiar with from the German producer.
Two underground classics have been dug out from the depths as Lazar Cezars ‘Om Vede’ released on Praslea’s Understand label back in 2014 could be on its way to you. ‘Polhammer’ by Alex Celler has been thumped out by top selectors ever since its’s release, two powerful but trippy masterpieces in this EP.
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Natural and raw. Outer space crew Planetary notions ‘Search the Skies’ slick minimal sound, in comparison to the B side ‘Lovers Fall’ with some powerful vocals. Abartik, a Swiss label with an outstanding third release, this time from Brett Jacobs, familiar rolling beats in ‘Law of Averages’ with iO (Mulen) laying down his interpretation. The OdD boys bring their chunky sound in ‘Tapes of Old 2’ a deep delve inside the vaults of the London based duo. Under the OdD umbrella comes Urgent, after a handful of releases on the label Deego Fresh provides us with four sweet sounding Dj tools. Italian artist Lorenzo Chiabotti, turning it up with bouncy obscure movements, on the latest Amaniel release.
Oshana’s multiverse ep is a dynamic release, as she dabbles with tough sounding rhythms, undeniable talent from the NYC gal. Another female mover Julia Govor makes an appearance on BP Mind Series with the driving ‘Open Possibility’. Two hefty remixes from Kamran Sadeghi and the Wizard himself Ricardo Villalobos add to this mega release.
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Known for its forward thinking outlook Tzinah Records have prepared a fantastic VA of after hours material, featuring Nima Gorji, Adrianho, U-More and Posh111. Young label making movements in within the underground HUND Records has a bright future, Dubfluss & Phatool team up, whilst they have Fabe and Alci doing things their way. Inspiring Romanian producer Faster, with the next instalment on his own label, smooth minimal magic, from himself and the legendary Rhadoo. An analogue heavy affair in ‘Selfless machines LP sampler’. from British Producer T. Wiltshire, a sample of eight different sounds really proving his mature capability in the studio. First album on London based Tender Hooks.
Old School Rules!
We couldn’t have something this special without some retro sounds. Starting off with some 20:20 Vision love from ’95 and ’97, ‘Lifeforce’ is ready for all dancefloor situations. ‘The Future Remembrance EP’ has some real gems especially the Lifestyle Mix. SSR records, released the ‘Glyph Remixes’ in ’96 with a moving deep mix from one of the most appreciated producers in the scene, Herbert.
Alola Records has been running for over 20 years, providing hypnotic house for music lovers all over the world. 16B Productions came through with ‘Secrets’ in 1996, mellow house beats. Loudeast’s ‘Afterdark EP’ and Vince Watson’s ‘beneath the sound’ both came in 2001. In 2006 Omid16B also provided us with a soundtrack on Sex On Wax, a gripping EP with dark funk influences. Also from this label we have ‘The idiots – Dogman’ ferocious basslines, warehouse vibe. Such a special VA is included from ’98 on plank records, 8 tracks of dubbed out house tracks, and crowd pleasers from the likes of Bushwacka! & Nathan Coles.
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Since 2000 Robsoul Recording and main man Phil Weeks have been at the top of their game. Blissful house grooves blended perfectly with the French flair their natives seem to have. A handful from their huge catalogue, ‘It Put Me Well remixes’ has a serious party feel to it with Fred Everything and David Duriez doing the business. On the tech house side of life ‘Feel like Dancin’ EP’ is ready to go in the club, ‘Jack03D’ is a real swinger. 2004’s Candela Remixes from DJ Sneak and Yousef provide a true feel to what house music really had become by this time. Classic Sneak. A mystery white label rounds off the Robsoul package, who knows what’s in store with this one.
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Based in France, Adult Only is known for its fresh grooves, and this is no different with these two releases. In 2001 The Logic Box came by with ‘Morph Cross’. Super in your face sounds. More recently the killer combination of Apollonia’s Dan Ghenacia & Chris Carrier ‘Just a Sin EP’ caught attention from dancefloors all over the world. Diego Krause remix is special. Rhythm Operator’s typical Garage/House sound in Illuminate your soul on the fantastic Axe On Wax. Includes Liam Geddes remix. Keeping it Axe, we also have a VA from last year, ‘Raw Axes’ containing two tracks each from Cera Alba and Rosenhaft. Only on its second release so far Frame Sounds have already began to make some serious movements with huge support from top artists, we particularly love KOKO-OKOK, tripped out minimal magic.
Now we have some extra special debut releases from labels we already begun to love. Roche Madame 001 created by C.S.R getting deep and groovy, dreamy percussions in T-Jam. The extremely talented Mariano Mateljan brings together Kladdkaka Parts one & two on Gilesku Records, tight productions as always from the Croatian. An infectious vibe throughout. Five Finger Records first release is from Chris Geschwindner, intelligent arrangements triggering off dub grooves. Heavier vibes coming from Art of Memory with Nico Purman as he takes us on another two part journey, thumping spaced out rhythms.
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On the cards are two releases on Semper Memor, true reflection of techno ambience throughout ‘Lights of the Neu Detroit’ by DLS and ‘Isyan’ by Kader Yani. Founder of Bass Cadet Records Arcarsenal creating an uplifting EP made for the trip, and it goes by the name of Hoodoo Spell. Also from this label, Tolga Fidan has curated some deep down dub ready for the peak time party with ‘Fra-B-C’. Birdsmakingmachine are always pushing their sound to unique boundaries and their fifth and sixth release are up for grabs. ‘Inland Sickness’ has gained huge support in the last few years. After party material with Blkmarket Membership. Sergio Dimoff with ‘Black Cell’ and Todd Sines producing ‘Envelop’. Both EP’s are beautiful in their own right, definitely for trained ears. Discobar has picked up such a great reputation amongst the underground heads, Toba’s curious sounds breathing life in to the wings of some punchy percussions. Oh and it’s a 10” special.
As if this wasn’t enough so far, we continue the vibrations only of the sweetest variety. Half Baked Records have become an integral part of not only the London scene but have also gained worldwide recognition. 007, 008 and 009 from their label could be yours. That signature HB sound, with Rainer, Pap inc and the legendary Mike Huckaby. Manimal from the three residents has an amazing feel, for all situations. Is also very hard to let go of the ‘Shifting Gears’ from Mike Huckaby as the wax is the print of their famous bicycle logo.
Always encouraging exploration Archipel, give you the chance to see what they have on offer in three mega releases. Pineland (Giash and Pheek) curate an immersive sound, taking over your mind body and soul. BJNJ’s abstract environment is presented in ‘Preludes’ six interpretations all under one name. Chunky minimal movements from EEEB in ‘Spiruline’.
East End Dubs ‘Tools Vol.5’ is one release from the huge series he has created, the tracks are untitled leaving it all to the listener’s imagination. No surprise that each track tell its own story so perfectly. On his very own imprint ‘Eastenderz’ the London based producer with three tracks showcasing his raw talent for tight drums and wobbling basslines. ENDZ006.
Leftback Records have a fine eye for up and coming artists emerging through the underground. Volume 1 sampler part 1 And 2 create a platform for a terrific range of records, typically minimal is the word, but each track will take you down a different road. Featuring Harry McCanna, Tijn, Ittetsu, Matthew Burton and more. The 9th release from the creative imprint comes from Romanian producer Groovesh, groovy rolling beats, ‘Glowing’ will kick up a fuss at any party. Dudley Strangeways and Michael Mclardy take care of business on the tenth release. As co-founders of the label they create a personal feel, charming sounds, welcoming you to the world of Leftback. ‘What’s Wrong’ BOMB!
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With Berlin based Lucidflow, neatly wrapped up amongst this huge package of wax. Founders Klartraum deliver the goods in Secret Moon Wax Edition pt. 2. A raw vibe in ‘What Will We Become’ from Justin Berkovi, creating special dancefloor moments.
Special sounds, from the eclectic Nima Gorji on his own imprint NG Trax, ‘Nima Gorji & Friends’. A side ‘Midnight Ridazz’ would rumble through the right system. On the flip he teams up with friends Kevin Cook and Ody Arts. Gorji also runs his label Welt Recordings. Pascal Benjamin ‘No Limit’ and Kamran Sadeghi ‘Feel Human’ could also be one. Artistic, abstract, taking your mind far away. After hours time.
A back catalogue like no other, a pioneer of the deep house sound, Enrico Mantini’s Milestones album is a perfect release on his own label, Down Da Mountains. 2 x 12” made up of songs he released in between 2012 & 2014. Serious grooves. Pink and Purple wax looking great when it spins. Howl Ensemble, ‘Tre’ uses trippy vocals and breaks, creating an atmospheric sound, punchy grooves keep you in line. On the fantastic HOWL. Straight up techno cuts from Greek Producer Nikola Gala, Komplex 1 & 2 made for the big room. Jansons dabble in the house side of things on the remix. London based Moodtrap dropping crunching drum beats, and unique chords, ‘Make it Better’ on Lower East. We love the Gerd rough sounding dub, straight to the point kicks. The label boss Cozzy D’s analoque driven sound in ‘4d’ complimented by a Trikk edit.
Fun Records third release coming from boss, Barem. ‘Nuf’ lives up to the fun expectations, super sounding dancefloor cuts, warm and charming. Always ready to roll. Christian Burkhardt also bringing his sound to the table. The debut release from Nathan Oye ‘The Weirding Module’ is even more special than first appears as it is the first release on his own sound movement ‘Echoes_’ a follow on from the successful Belgian party. Covering all corners within all things minimal, intelligent sounds.
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First comes Blaq Numbers, a platform for experimental vibes, smooth, jazzy, house you name it. Blaq Satin trax a VA for all aspects of life, from the living room to the club. Funky flavours in Kings & Queens from Matthias Fiedler & Carlo. Sweet sax taking you on a journey, five versions of speakerbox, all perfect in their own way. Then comes Whyte Numbers the sister label. Diverse house cuts all round from Interstate. ‘Want this groove to never end’ sounding mega.
An unknown group of artists combine for Organic Transmission on the prestigious techno label Vakant. A journey to space and back. Watergate Records is known for welcoming new projects on board, a prime example of this is the debut release of LoYoTo. The ‘Lonely Young Tourist Ep’ is a blissful blend of classic house vocals, and uplifting rhythms. CB Sessions, a concept from the famous artist Christian Burkhardt, a string of releases of live jams and studio time with close friends and fellow producers. ‘Non Stop’ bouncing dancefloor moments created by the German, opening track has to be one of the smoothest tracks we have heard in a long time.
Constantly going from strength to strength, and an integral part of the underground scene, Dana Ruh is involved amongst many different projects and labels. Her release earlier this year on HOWL was extremely popular, deep and powerful, with the groove at the heart of every track. ‘The Red Tapes’ on Cave Recordings, will have you shaking your hips, all three tracks perfect peak time vibrations. Can’t single out just one track we love here. New and curious label Growin’ Music always keeping it fresh with release from S.A.M and DLSK. A certain atmosphere is created with this imprint and both of these releases capture just that.
No introduction needed as we round off this section with two major releases from long time popular brand Moon Harbour Recordings. Featuring ‘Moon Harbour Inhouse Vol.7’ and ‘Ten years – remixed’. Family at its finest. Part of the ‘Inhouse’ series there is a collection of beautiful variation, party tunes, big build ups, and the classic tech house sound they have made us so familiar with. Debuts on the label from Anja Schneider and Ninetoes. An incredible ten years have passed with Luna City Express, and to celebrate this a very special release was curated, containing a selection of remixes of the German duos greatest records. Einzelkind remix sounding super.
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The innovative label has been running for over ten years, setting the bar in all strains of electronic sound. Due to their kind hearted nature and ability to maintain their classy feel, in and outside the club, we are able to make a package of some of the greatest releases the label has to offer from over the years. A fantastic mixture artists, friends and collaborations.
Crunching drum kicks, in Dan Curtin’s Beat Fiend from 2009. Laced with broken vocals in ‘Amphibian’. Martin Czubala’s ‘Berolina’ is a dark track, with euphoric pads carrying the track. The voices in control grasp the ideas of the listener. Russ Gabriel remix. Venezuelan wizard Argenis Brito teams up with Miguel Toro for ‘Black Shoes’, lively percussions swinging the funk in both tracks. ‘React’ is a two track EP from Russ Gabriel. ‘The Fall Guy’ stays true to its name, a serious sound sucking the listener in from the off. Fulfilling the dancefloors desires is Hector Couto ‘What the Hec?’. Full of energy, setting the mood right. Household name of the UK Scene Geddes has a long term relationship with Mobilee. The 99th release ‘you gotta be’. Outer space vibes ripple through the tracks, as Geddes keeps it grooving.
Label favourite Ray Okpara, proves his ability to produce at all kinds of levels in ‘Good Time Part II’. Eight tracks from the German, hypnotic, setting a special atmosphere. In 2013 Re.You released both ‘Anyways’ and ‘Do I Know You’. The title track of the ‘Anyways’ EP is an uplifting journey, genius. Rampa on the B side, providing his trademark tribal feel. And.ID continues to make appearances amongst all the Mobilee commotion, ‘Eternal Return’ is an 8 track album showcasing his organic talent. Work (90’s pressure mix) sounding heavy with an industrial feel. ‘Isalos’ is a bonus track on the wax version.
‘Amber – Waves of Grain’ oozing the fresh Mobilee feel. Timeless music, ‘Space’ will be rocking any given party. Dutch live specialist William Kouam Djoko came through in 2014 with ‘Satisfied’ a truly special release, ‘Mold Trip’ setting the tone before ‘Like the sun you see sound’ comes through with some nifty funk. Most recent from the MEOKO loves MEOKO parcel comes co-founder of the label Anja Schneiders ‘Circle Culture’, her ability to read the listeners needs prevails again in this three track EP. Heady techno tracks, with a hint of euphoric breaks for your pleasure.
The set wouldn’t be complete without a couple of records from Mobilee sub label Leena. The year it launched Holger Zilske left nothing to the imagination in ‘Enduro Disco’. Dan curtin’s ‘Pull Up’ and ‘Louder Elvis’ from Agnes & Lee van Dowski give a true reflection of the sound this imprint pushes, and represents worldwide. Feel the funk in Belgian producer Jona’s ‘This Time EP’. One you could show your dad and it would still be appreciated. Three interpretations of ‘Waiting for Nina’ give the listener the chance to swan down whatever route they fancy. C-Rock & Patrick Kunkel with the Night, Noon and day mix.
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Flare Audio are bursting through the market with their revolutionary PA systems, rivalling the big players like Funktion-One, Martin Audio and Void. You might have heard of them by now and if you haven’t then maybe their new product will grab your attention. It’s not a speaker, in fact, quite the opposite... Protective earplugs! However, Flare Audio’s ISOLATE® are not like other earplugs you may have come across in the past. Typically, earplugs are fluorescent yellow or orange and stick a fair bit out your ear whilst not really delivering an all-round great experience. The music sounds unevenly muffled, your eardrums significantly feel the lower frequencies, and there’s always the one that decides to take a trip out of your ear onto the dancefloor, annoying the most patient of venue goers. ISOLATE® have gone in a different direction to that of the current industry standards and have come out with a product that actually sets out to accomplish what it’s designed to do!
The founder and innovator of Flare Audio, Davies Roberts, took the problem upon himself to correct what everyone else in the industry was doing, apparently using plastic, silicone and foam is not the best sound insulation. Roberts describes how those kinds of materials resonate their own sound so you’re pretty much listening to the foam muffling the music and the plastic resonating against it. They also fail to block lower frequencies and you’re left with, in the words of Davies, “a world of booming bass and sub-sonic pressure”. Which actually sounds pretty awesome if we aren’t aware of how unpleasant and damaging those things can be. His solution was to isolate a small piece of metal in soft foam that fits neatly into your ear, by doing this, sound waves can’t penetrate due to the composition of air, and it becomes a super effective isolator, who knew!
There are plenty of earplug products that have hit the market recently, from the standard foam plugs to battery powered devices and even some bizarre playdough-like wax material which I had some real trouble with… messy. But Flare Audio’s ISOLATE® are simple to use and that’s really grabbed my attention. It’s as easy as plug and play or I guess in this case, plug and muffle. The foam is size-adjustable and replaceable for when the material wares, but the coolest part is probably how it comes in a wide selection of colours including two special editions: gold plated or platinum plated. They’ve also done well to reach out to professionals by introducing the ISOLATE® PRO, which use titanium instead of aluminium; this way it maximises isolation and can also withstand serious abuse.
Flare Audio have really gone the extra mile to make sure they produce a quality product with huge significance in the music industry. An example of this is how they use an aerospace certified supplier to manufacture the metal components which give a quality look and feel far superior to most competitors. A piece of aerospace manufactured titanium inside your ear, pretty damn cool! This sort of thing has been long overdue, there is a significant problem in venues with distorted PA systems at high volumes that leaves a lot of us coming home with ringing in our ears. That is direct ear damage, no escaping it, and even if you try you’d most likely end up with something half decent. We should all agree that music should be amazing to experience and safe to listen to, and if need be, the option to isolate ourselves from noise that is harmful or annoying. In the words of Davies Roberts “hearing is an incredibly important sense that should be cherished and respected”, let’s take that to heart.
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Fuse resident and one third of Deep End Soundsystem, Samuel Bellis has built a name for himself amoungnst the underground scene in London over the past decade. With a recent release on Fuse Records as well as a number of production projects underway Bellis has been busy in the studio. We caught up with him ahead of the highly anticipated Fuse 8th Birthday at Village Underground, where he will be playing alongside the rest of the Fuse family this Sunday 20th November.
Hi Sam, first of all, thank you for your time. Not long left now until the final leg of the Fuse 8th anniversary tour, back on home turf at Village Underground. How does it feel to be celebrating another year with the crew?
Hello and thank you for inviting me. Yeah I cant quite believe it's been 8 years already, I’m really looking forward to Sunday as the birthdays always bring a special vibe to Village Underground and I'm sure the guys have thought about every last detail to make it a great party
You have been amongst the Fuse journey for many years now, as the brand has gone from strength to strength. Has there been any stand out moments for you personally? Any particular parties or memories you would like to share with us.
I think it was only inevitable that FUSE was going to become the brand that it is today. Enzo and Tony have worked endlessly to make it so successful, as well as all the DJs and people behind the scenes who have played their roles. There's been so many great memories made over the years as well and friendships. The 93 Feet East days were pretty crazy haha it was such a special atmosphere in there but the same can be said about village underground. Each party has been unique its own way, but the party earlier this year at Studio 338 is the one that stays in my memory.
There is always an infectious vibe and atmosphere with Fuse, whether it is in London, or somewhere in Europe. What do you think it is that makes it feel so special? And the key to the success of the story?
A lot of detail goes into the sound at the FUSE parties; it definitely plays a huge part in creating the right atmosphere. I think it’s one of the most important aspects of the party.
This year saw your successful debut release teaming up with Antony Difrancesco as DB Productions, clearly a great chemistry between you guys. As a duo is there anything else you have in the pipeline? We hope so.
Yeah me and Antony are great friends and that always helps, he's taught me a lot in terms of my own production skills. Musically we’re very much on the same page so when we make music it just makes it that little bit easier to create a workflow. We have got quite a few unreleased tracks and even more unfinished projects ha hopefully some will be released in the future.
Over the years you made plenty of appearances at Fabric with the Wet Yourself team. What are your views on the closing of the club? And the effect it has had on current nightlife in London?
It’s obviously a massive blow for London; fabric has been an integral part of London clubbing culture for the last 17 years. It’s a shame the way things have been going, it’s been a recurring theme in London venues for some years now.
Alongside Dan Lively and Nice Guy Eddie, you continue to play an integral part in the London Underground scene as D.E.S (Deep End Soundsystem), is there any advice you would give to someone or a group of friends looking to make a break in the city or somewhere similar?
Deep.End.Soundsystem was just something that was born naturally between 3 friends, some of my favourite sets I've played have been with Dan and Eddie - there’s nothing better than playing records with your good mates and we have always stayed true to ourselves and just done our own thing. I suppose the best advice I can give is to play the music you love and to enjoy yourself.
You all have your individual sound that bounces off each other perfectly. Musically, what would you say your main influences have been to find your sound?
We all have our own individual styles and influences for sure, I think over time we have just learned to know what records we all like and try not to really stick to any one genre or sound. I think we have all influenced each other in one way or another we have all bought something different to the table and each have our own distinctive sound .
Thank you for making a mix for the series. Is there a certain vibe you wanted to go for? Any unreleased gems from yourself?
It’s mainly some new records I have bought in the last week or two, as well as a few older ones I’ve collected over the years. I tried to go through different styles and genres as I like to play a wide variety of styles, but unfortunately none from myself as I don’t have a CDJ at home.
On the production side of things, is there anything from you we can look forward too? Any particular equipment you like to give a run out in the studio?
One of my tracks "Solstrole" has just been released on the 5 Years Of Fuse EP and I have been working hard in the studio over the last year working on my own music and also some collaborations with friends. I will always consider myself a DJ who makes music but I’m enjoying the whole process of making my own music a lot more recently. I plan to buy an MPC in the near future for sampling old records, MPC's just have a special sound and it makes sampling and chopping up old music a lot more fun.
Is there anything else you have lined up?
Dan Lively and I have been working on a number of tracks together, as well as a label to release them on. I think it’s important to have our own platform to release our music, the music that we feel best represents our style and sound. Hopefully in the future there will be a Deep.End.Soundsystem release on there too.
Again, Thank you very much for your time, and thanks for the mix. Have a cracker on Sunday.
Thank you :)
Samuel Bellis MEOKO Podcast 232
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From time to time, we see Lithuania being mentioned in the underground music scene; but recently the scene has been brought up to our attention more often. This country is no longer an undiscovered land, but still not as open or well known as other Western European countries. In the past few years, it has started to become one of the Western ravers’ favourite destinations to visit. This is definitely not for no reason.
Lithuania is well known for its natural beauty, but the spooky alternative scene still holds mystery. It is home to the ‘Boso’ label with big exports such as Ten Walls, Gardens Of God and Few Nolder to name a few, and constantly vibrates a whole spectrum of experimental sounds. Vilnius has been seriously developing its scene during the past few years by establishing a variety of nights, opening new places, and encouraging more and more artists to come up from under the radar.
Within the past few years, the younger generation of Lithuanians started looking out of the box toward other musical cultures. A frustration came with chart music and post-Soviet influences, which lead to a shift in wanting to discover something new.
A huge growth can now be noticed in the techno, minimal and house scene. Most of the bars, pubs and hangout places own a pair of CDJs and have regular guests offering a wide variety of electronic sounds. It does not matter if it’s a Monday or Friday, you will always find a place to wear your dancing shoes. This is all because of hardworking promoters such as the minimal.lt community who are bringing techno, minimal, dub, experimental, IDM, ambient culture and organizing lots of different nights including; Black Wave, COSMOS, Moon Safari, Grid and Friday Fuck. In addition to the night events, they run one of the top rated festivals in Eastern Europe called ‘Supynes’ (Swings).
Another prominent figure is Rookas. He started running DAI nights five years ago, and since then they have grown into a very well respected party driven by solid and dark-fringed techno line-ups. To show their diversity, they have booked artists such as Peter Mannerfelt, SNTS, Kobosil, Max M and Violet Poison, alongside Rookas himself and residents INNER and vjsu~y. You can find more info HERE.
Not to be forgotten is the label ‘Partyzanai’. It was established way back in 2005 by duo Gvidas B. and Mantas T who are now focusing on helping artists from Baltic countries, releasing vinyl records and organizing local parties as well ones abroad, in places such as Iceland. There are also other well-respected local DJs who have been in the scene for a long time such as Pakas, Anna Hanna, Monocell, Saulty (Downtownpartynetwork), Calli and Pupa.
Lithuanian artists were always attracted to the UK scene, but it was not easy to get hands-on records and experiences until they joined the EU. A free pass to the UK is no longer an issue, and partnerships have started to grow. Now the Lithuanian community is working hard back and forth; looking for ways to improve, get inspiration and gain knowledge to run well-organized events. One of the new labels managed by a Lithuanian couple, called ‘On The 5th Day’ has grown into a massive German techno project, supporting young up-and-coming artists and dropping parties all around London. They’re now settled in Corsica Studios. You can find more information for their latest events on the official Facebook page.
It’s also well worth mentioning the Sandbox Music crew who are tirelessly working on parties in London, Vilnius and beyond. Even though he is only 20, one of the 2 resident DJs Evonii, has already played at London's beloved underground parties and more gigs confirmed in Ireland. The crew has also recently hosted London-based party, Keep on Going, at the Cult club where they now have recidency to do parties once a month with resident DJs Stinson and Evonii. You can find more information for their latest events HERE.
The drive in this distinctive sound throughout the last several years has helped the popularity growth within the clubbing scene. More venues have started to open and more new nights are coming out every month. The biggest nights so far have been held in Opium Club. Hosting well-known DJs from around the world including Eats Everything, Steve Bug, and Recondite to name a few. Alongside Lithuanian residents Manfredas, Vidis, Kandy Killers, Ernestas Sadau, Mantas T and Andrius Alien, they are all active in promoting and helping to push Vilnius’s nightlife in the right direction.
Opium Club runs different nights on a weekly basis. Manfredas and 12 Incu Po Zeme (12 Inches Underground) host the well-received and popular ‘Smala’ party (check their podcasts above) and ‘The Sneekers’ music project (Evaldas Mikalauskas/ Justinas Jarutisis) which is held under the same roof, working with local and British labels to bring new talent on stage. Check Opium’s page for upcoming gigs, as it’s absolutely a top spot to visit in Vilnius.
(Photo from Opium Club)
There are numerous places around the centre of the capital that offer tasty food, craft beers and welcome local DJ’s to perform during their nights. A great example is Studio 9, offering, dub, minimal, deep house and sometimes-even jazz.
Monday is probably one of the worst words in a dictionary, but not in Vilnius. minimal.lt host a party called ‘Minimal Mondays’ when the cold hits Eastern Europe, in a post-Soviet temple-looking building called ‘Kablys’ (The Hook), and during beautiful Summers in ‘Vasaros Terasa’ (Summer Terrace).
(Photo ‘VasarosTerasa’ (Summer Terrace)
Kablys is a popular place in Lithuania that helps all sorts of young people to progress. It is a home for dancers, skaters (they’ve got an indoor skate park, running classes and teaching kids), fashion, acting, live music events, performances and as you know, hosting different nights there. DAI label showcases are usually held there, and it’s just the perfect combination between the building and nights held there to experience unforgettable moments. You can hear Minimal Monday’s podcasts here, and usually they have a live stream from the venue. To see more info: minimal.lt
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You can back me up on this one. What’s the question coming up after every night out? Yeah, you guessed it right! ‘Where’s the after party?’ And Vilnius delivers! One of the good examples is club called ‘Opalocka’. It’s probably the main after-hours destination, which turned into a new project named ‘Cult’, introducing a more house-y sound to the public with the globally known Function1 sound system. Hosting regular locals as well as international guests, it is a guarantor of a great night out. One of the past events was headlined by Fabio Florido and hosted by the Cult family, just proving how Lithuanians work together with artists from all over the Europe to bring the best to their country.
To sum it up, Lithuania is becoming a bigger and bigger attraction to ravers. We can see amazing lineups appearing at the capital’s clubs and festivals, as well as healthy and sustainable growth in this alternative scene. Promoters are pushing new sounds and more and more people responding to that. It probably would be useful to know a local to show things around, but that is not essential to see how wicked the Lithuanian underground scene has become and it’s still growing.
Words by Matas Balta
The Berlin Sessions Vol.1 is the 19th release from London based label Moscow Records, known for their ability to pull in top international artists who like to explore life on the alternative side of the electronic music world. It is always refreshing to see a new duo form and friends enjoying some productive studio time and this is exactly the case with Russian artist Roustam and tasteful selector Tolga Fidan. Two minds from completely different corners of the world, both with great experiences to share, joining forces in the fantastic city of Berlin. A representation of the much loved city, as they interpret their feelings when amongst life there. The chemistry is clear with these two, as they turn their bright ideas in to some moving after hours material. Between them they have delved in to all strains of sound.
Dance floor bomb ‘Brodsky Beat’ is the upbeat track of the three, its lively swinging percussions have you gripped, accompanied by a crisp bass wobble that really does the trick. Instantly grasping the attention of everyone in the room. Also on the A side ‘The Omega Variant’ dabbles in the much more mysterious side of things, suspicious breaks, and obscure broken sounds carry the glitchy track, leaving the listener in a trance. Certainly, dark and deep thoughts from the new found combination. On the flip side, the whole of B is taken up by a 14 minute journey, perfect for warming up a set, or winding things down, creating a sense of ease, and relaxation. A laid back track, opens up your mind, definitely a thinker. There is something so natural about the arrangement of the record, original bliss.
The fact this is Vol. 1 means there will be more to come from where this unique series has begun. Clever productions as two worlds collide. Both artists carry such a passion for abstracts sounds so there were never any doubts this would be anything but magic.
- Release date: November 18th -
Words by Zac
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10th December sees VBX take over one of Amsterdam’s hottest new nightclubs, Shelter. This unmissable night will include music from one of house music’s most beloved DJs, Raresh along with Spokenn, the collaborative team of Ferro and Reiss.
After Vrijbuiters remerged as VBX four years ago, they’ve become unstoppable in their aim to broaden their vision. This night is no exception. Bringing together some of techno’s greatest talents, they are driving the idea of bringing people together and share an unconditional love of dance music. They’ve collaborated with HYTE, Slapfunk Records, FUSE London and 510k Berlin, and drawn success form past events such as HYTE ADE X FRRC which featured sets from the likes of Sonja Moonear, Steve Rachmad, Craig Richards and the legendary Ricardo Villalobos.
Villalobos’s own protégée, Raresh is billed to headline. Since djing in local discotheques in his hometown of Bacău at 15, over time he has established himself as one of Romania’s most favourite and exciting talents, firmly placed at the forefront of a global house and techno scene. Known for his enjoyment of playing with filters, fader tricks and breakdowns, he has created an individual sound that never fails to surprise audiences. Unrestricted in his vision, he’s said his inspiration can come from anywhere, and has expressed a love for jazz, classical music and UK techno, once stating that one of the most life-changing tracks he’s heard was Wulf n’ Bear’s ‘Rapture of the Deep’. He continues to work on his own label, [a: rpia: r] which he set up in 2007 with Rhadoo and Pedro, the success of which has made him, undeniably, one of the scene’s most beloved DJs.
Joining him on the bill is Amsterdam’s own Spokenn, the collaborative effort of Ferro and Reiss. After featuring in MEOKO’s mix 227, it is clear that Ferro’s ability to mix old, analogue machines and new ones has helped him to develop his own, provocative groove. He’ll be working with Reiss, who will bring his surprising idiosyncrasities and delicate rhythmical flow, developed through his work with his label Dialegestai Music. Together, they’ll definitely create a spectacle not to be missed.
Not to forget, the venue. Since it’s opening during ADE, Shelter has proved to be one of Amsterdam’s most exciting new locations. Situated below street-level on the IJ Riverbank, it has a 700-person capacity, a 24 hour licence and a Funktion-One sound system to blow the minds of its’ beloved patrons. With an aim to curate sounds from the vanguard of dance music, this club really has design, experience and sound quality in mind.
This combination of line-up, location and atmosphere ensures that the night will be nothing other than sensational;
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Words by Georgia Balch
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