Following on from our Oscuro 3rd birthday party lineup announcement, MEOKO are proud to offer one lucky reader;
- One Amorf‘Blending Light’ vinyl;
- 2 tickets to Oscuro in the Garden on the 16th September;
- A £20 bar tab for when you get there, all courtesy of Oscuro!
The party organisers will be taking over Studio 338 for a stunning open-air celebration with SIT, Zendid and a few more great artists providing the soundtrack for a truly unmissable event, and you could be there too!
In addition to this, you’ll win ‘Blending Light’ by Amorf. Created by MischaBlanos on one side and CristiCons and VladCaia on the other, this triple disc vinyl is characterised by its expertly blended neoclassicism and techno. To make things better, each release also includes a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork.
In their own words: [Amorf is] “Meant to shape Mischa’s liquid piano stories into dancefloor memories, Amorf creates the sonic framework, carefully built by Cristi and Vlad around intricate percussions and minimalistic loops, taming the piano strings to follow the wild tempo, sometimes lush & deep, other times harsh & raw but at every given moment inducing the audience into a dreamy state of mind.”
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Alternatively; If you do not want to miss out on this pinnacle moment for the party organisers and to see some amazing talents, make sure to get your ticket now.
Words: Georgia Evans
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Unleash London does not need much of an introduction as being one of the leading underground party brands and bringing the most exciting names to date. It was just two weeks ago when Apollonia played during the day and the night in London as well as bossman Barac destroying the room in Studio Spaces, right after the 2-hour pure live-set by Ion Ludwig; What a weekend that was!
Even dust has not settled yet we were hit by the big news for their next event. On 23rd of September, this time hosted in Mangle8, beautiful, intimate venue bringing a Romanian minimal legend – Rhadoo. Being a one third of the [a;r:pia:r] soundsystem he will play one of his subtle extended sets. His numerous releases on his own imprint with Raresh and Petre Inpirescu, SIT’s Amphia label, Cadenza, Fabric records speak for themselves. His experience and eclectic taste in music shines through his sets and we definitely can’t wait for his Unleash debut.
He will be joined by Moritz Von Oswald who is known as one of the biggest pioneers and the most respected and experienced dj’s of dub techno since 1990s. Over the years he collaborated with artists such as Ricardo Villalobos, Juan Atkins, Carl Craig to name a few. Having been playing at the legendary Tresor club in Berlin for over two decades, he is definitely one of the top artists added to the bill.
And there is Matteo Manzini head of one of the top East London party’s – Damaged. We seen him around for a while now playing for Cartulis, Toi Toi, Half Baked and recently fabriclondon alongside Unleash headliner Rhadoo as well as Sonja Moonear and SIT. He always keeps surprising us with his wide variety of sounds presented during his parties and sets which we think will be a perfect round up for the night.
We are very excited for this line up and looking forward to the event, if you do not want to miss the chance to see those amazing talents, get your tickets now.
Words by Matas Balta
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What is clear about Jasper is his absolute passion for sound. All the things that Ferro sprinkles into his productions, as well as for his MEOKO mix too. Ferro’s sound comes caked in a vintage dust, sounding as though his beats have been maturing in a draw before being unleashed on the world
Having had a busy Summer 2017 playing at some of top destinations with the likes of Sankeys Ibiza, DGTL Festival, Awakenings Festival, Infuse London, Welcome to the Future, Mysteryland Festival, Dockyard, Free Your Mind Festival, Pollerwiesen, We Are Festival, Loveland Festival, Paradigm Festival; still he is not willing to stop. His latest release on Oscillat was received very well and was played by Raresh & Praslea among others. You should also check out his new releases on Lessizmore & VBX.
We caught up with the Curator of VBX right after playing at HYTE X FUSE Amnesia Ibiza, ahead of his London presence this Sunday at FUSE x VBX showcase.
1. Holla Jasper! It’s been a while, how are you doing?
Yes it is… Thanks for having me again. Good, thanks!
2. Are you ready to get not so serious?
Yes. Luckily that wouldn’t be too much of a problem as I'm overall not a very serious person.
3. Batman or Spiderman?
Batman, I prefer his hearing.
4. What would be the thing you could not imagine your life without?
5. Craziest thing you have seen in a party?
Bit of a crazy story.. Once during a gig, I had to pee so bad. The vibe at the party was so good though that I didn’t want to stop playing. Eventually the story ended with my best friend Karel carrying a bucket full of my piss through the audience...That must be one of the craziest and funniest things I've seen at a party. But hey, that’s what real friends are for right? haha
6. Your favorite karaoke song?
7. If you were the last person on earth, what would be the first thing you do?
Take off all of my clothes
8. Favorite food?
Stamppot, a typical Dutch dish. Best to google it..it's difficult to explain
9. If you could fly what would be your first destination?
The dark side of the moon.
(This could be a nice track title. :)
10.You could wish for anything you want, what would that be?
Wet baby wipes at every toilet in the world.
11. Would you rather stay vegan for the rest of your life or play 1 Britney Spears song in every set of yours?
Definitely to become a vegan for the rest of my life.
12. Your biggest fear?
To stumble across Bob of Twin Peaks in a dark alley.
13. Could you finish a pint in under 10 seconds?
Yes, but will probably throw up right after.
14. First thing you do when you get back from a party?
Take of my shoes
15.3 things to do in a near future:
To be honest I usually don’t think too far ahead. I do know the next three things I will do right after this:
1. Get into the plane
2. Get a Taxi
3. Enter DC 10
16. Best party pal?
Archie Hamilton b2b Rossko - Live @ Bret (Fuse x VBX ADE Afterhours)
17. Weirdest moment during a gig?
One time in the UK, people were throwing their socks at me while I was playing. I was so confused, I thought they may not like the music I was playing or something like that. After my set my friend told me that he had asked somebody in the crowd who explained: ‘He was playing so good, he blew my socks off’. Hahah
18. Your favorite club?
The club of 27.
19. Other things to highlight for 2017?
HYTE closing Amnesia Ibiza
ADE ‘17: VBX w/Zip and Praslea
VBX w/SIT and Jan Krueger
Upcoming VBX 004 release together with Reiss as Spokenn “Limbic Resonance EP”
See you on Sunday at the village called Underground for FUSE x VBX at Village Underground.
Words by Matas Balta
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The Craig Richards, Gottwood combo was always going to get the festival juices flowing, yet expectations were unusually high for Houghton’s debut last month. With such an exquisite line up, beguilingly minimal marketing and promises of spontaneous back to backs, this was the festival to be at this summer.
Even as I traced my car through Norfolk’s gorgeous B roads, my passenger and (appalling) co-pilot Fabianski fuelled the fire further, abandoning her navigational duties to skim Facebook for updates. The music, she announced, was apparently going to be non stop all weekend.
Such a rumour was true, and the twenty four hour license developed into being a pivotal aspect of the weekend. It meant that I could eat, sleep, party, relax whenever I wanted over the three days and dip my toes in and out of the musical waters as and when I pleased.
A gold star must go to the sound, and from the bespoke Klipsch setup in the Giant Steps tent to the mighty four point system in the Terminus, every stage (for the most part) was brilliant. And I mean really brilliant. I have not heard such weight and clarity in any club in London, ever.
Joy O was the first to kick things off on Friday with a superb set in the Quarry. There was care in his mixing, an easiness, and flare in his track selection as he wove stinkers like ‘Hackney Parrot’ into classy, soulful house. A housed up edit of Blacker Than Black (4 The Good Times) was a particularly smiley moment, along with another stunner that Fabianski and I have gone to laughably long lengths to ID. Seeing people scramble up the banks of the Quarry to huge jeers was comical later on in the weekend, even moreso were the bouncers trying to catch them.
Just down the hill from the stage you could grab a £2.50 tea, (with optional vegan brownie, of course) delicious paella, or an overpriced sourdough pizza. Go a little further and you would find the place which would turn out to be the beating heart of Houghton, Giant Steps. I would love to see more stages like this next year. The tent was really something, drenched in beautiful plants, big cushions and sweltering heat. Much attention has been given to the BBC turntable console that the DJ’s did their business on, but I couldn’t really tell the difference. Donna Leake was incredible both times I saw her over the weekend and played the sexiest, smoochiest, tropical grooves I have heard in long time. Bravo to Brilliant Corners for stamping your mark on an otherwise minimally decoured event.
The main, Derren Smart stage was next across the road, and home to some of the most eagerly anticipated acts of the weekend. Here there was ample room to groove, a wicked system and enough space to chat and appreciate the attire of my fellow partygoers. 1995 footy tops were heavily on the menu this year.
Standout performances came from Derrick Carter, who worked up a big crowd with the likes of Boz Scaggs ‘Lowdown’ and similar, slutty disco early on Friday. I also sobbed during Kamaal Williams’ special ninety minutes on Sunday.
More disappointing was Vilod, and despite my wanting to enjoy Ricardo and Max Loderbauer’s noodling on their modules, the whole thing felt a bit out of place and slightly unprepared. Loderbauer ended up rolling his eyes as Villalobos fidgeted with the jack leads, causing static to spray embarrassingly through the rig.
All was not lost though, and I got my minimal fix in the form of Rhadoo instead. I remember repeating his 8 am set time to Fabianski with a sense of disbelief when we arrived at the festival. ‘There are two days to go… Let’s pace ourselves.’ She reminded me.
Anyway, there we were, late Saturday morning, Rhadoo prowling around the decks, shimmying his shoulders in front of a diminished crowd of thirty five. It was an unbelievable spectacle as the Romanian stunned us with groovy, sludgy tracks marked with sublime sound design. As my body started to tire (I ended up on my haunches, as usual) extensive cheers forced a smile out of the maestro as the clock struck twelve. This was the highlight of my weekend.
With minor tweaks to the programming and decour, the festival will improve next year. Sunday night was screaming out for a Ricardo, Dygas, Craig or Raresh closing set, for example. Perhaps some more spontaneous back to back action?
Houghton can be proud of it’s first attempt though. The size was great, the vibes were nice and the stages were all cool. The music license was brilliant too and is something that the other UK festivals will be looking at enviously.
Just being able to watch the DJ's do their thing on fat, custom systems was the real joy for me all weekend though, and I’ll be back next year for round two.
Words by Marlon George
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From house to techno to tech house to minimal, few artists in the contemporary realm can lay claim to being as diverse and eclectic as Romanian artist, Dragosh. Now living in Milan, the prolific producer has had his works featured on some of the globe’s foremost labels, with Moon Harbour, Desolat and VIVa just some of those who’ve featured his always unique sound. He’s been busy of late too, with releases in the works for the likes of Memoria, as well as a recently debuted live show that turned heads recently at Berlin’s Club der Visionaire. We caught up with the man in question recently as he talked us through some of his recent endeavors to go alongside the great mix he provided for us…
How are you Dragosh? How has your summer been?
Hello and thanks for having me. The summer was just great, I had some nice gigs in Switzerland and in Berlin and took some time out to relax for myself also. So I can’t complain.
We noticed you grew up in Bucharest but moved to Milan as a teenager. What promoted the move?
At the time I had to start high school, so my mother decided to bring me to Milan to better my future opportunities. So it was a family decision more than anything, I guess.
Was settling in Milan tough? How influential was music in your life back then?
To be fair it was actually pretty easy, the language isn’t so tough to learn! Musically it was a change, but I soon started to listen to a lot more Italian music like LucioDalla, Mina and many others. In Romania, I had been more focused on hip-hop and 90s electronic music. Finding a large Italian background in music definitely helped me to better understand other genres too.
So both countries influenced your music a lot then?
Well, yes. The Romanian side of me is probably more into ‘underground’ house, whereas my Italian side from Milan is probably more into banging music as well as more melodic, easy listening stuff.
When did you start producing music and where did your first release come out? How do you think your sound has progressed since back then?
I started producing pretty early actually;when I was around 16/17 years old. My first vinyl release actually came out on VIVa Music, Steve Lawler's label. But before that, I also had a track released digitally called ‘Cut’, a really minimal, banging one. From there I soon delved in to more tribal house stuff and other genres such as techno and tech house. The point is, I never know how my music will change because I like to keep doing what keeps me happy at the time. Sometimes it’s sad, sometimes it’s dark, but I usually just send the music to labels and see what fits. Naturally I don’t send house to techno labels, but you get what I’m saying I’m sure.
When working on a track for a bigger label, do you feel extra pressure? Or do you usually just mail them what you’ve been working on and take it from there?
Working with pressure is not creative for me. I always do tons of tracks then choose the best ones for that label and send their way. Normally I send lots of tunes and let the label choose. I prefer this way. The only bad thing is that sometimes they don't reply at all when it’d be nice to have a yes or no and some feedback. But I’ve recently started my own label, WEorUS as I understand it's hard to keep up with all the demos. Plus this way I can put out what I like. Luckily I also work with two friends on the label, so shout out to the DWM PROD guys!
What’s the idea behind the label then?
The main plan for WEorUS is to release good music from artists we really appreciate. We've been stuck for a while because of some issues but we will soon release the third release. We are not planning to release a lot, it will be more focused on the music we’re feeling.
What do you think is the most challenging aspect of being a producer these days?
Big question! Probably the management aspect, something I’m really bad at. But these days you need to know how and where to market yourself when you have strong music. So probably dealing with the public relations side of things, yeah.
Do you have any formal music training? Do you think this is important these days?
I think it’s very important and better to have studied music at a formal level, but sadly it’s not an opportunity I ever had. But never say never, it’s still something I’d like to do. Here in Milan there is the Conservatorio, which offers lessons for beginners. So I’d love to take those classes one day.
You’ve produced on some of house and techno’s biggest labels. What do you consider your big break?
I still think it’s yet to come. Doing music is always a challenge and I always try to do better and focus not on the big break but on the music. If I do that, the break will come…
You’re a producer who’s just as comfortable producing minimal techno as you are house and techno. Do you think too few producers take risks with their sound these days and almost prefer to be pigeonholed as a ‘deep house’ DJ, a ‘techno’ producer etc.?
I don't like to be pigeonholed so that's why I try not to stick to one thing. It's more fun to let the creativity flow and to release only the things I feel have to be released. I've done everything from super jazzy to super acid techno stuff and breakbeat, but I don't want to release everything I do. And yes, it's a big risk because it can get confusing sometimes but I like to take this risk. When people, friends, label owners tells me "yes it's a different kind of music but it has your unique sound" that’s a big thing for me! That’s what makes me take risks.
You’ve been playing a lot with Dana Ruh at her Brouqade & Friends party recently. How did that relationship first come about? What have you learned from Dana over the years?
Yes, and this is probably my biggest experience in music to date. I’ve know Dana personally since 2013 when she invited me to play. But before the label night we hung out in her studio and had lunch and dinner so we bonded a lot. I've a good connection with Dana from the very beginning because we agree on most things musically and are focused on the same path and only ta;k when needed. I’ve learned a lot from her and the way she focuses on things is inspiring. Probably the biggest one is to not view a project in the short term, to stay focused and to bide my time.
You’ve been playing live recently. How did it go?
Yeah, I did it at Club der Visionare in Berlin and also at Circolodegli Illuminati in Rome (again with Dana) and both times worked really good! I'm planning to do it in other places soon and as a solo artist also. Transporting the gear isn’t easy but it’s a very fun way of playing music and seeing people’s reactions when you do something on stage is priceless.
What’s next for you that you’re really excited about?
I'm really excited for my next few releases and I have about 5 in the works for the next while. I’ll release on labels I’ve released on previously and labels I haven’t, such as Memoria Rec, CurteaVeche, Otaku Records and more. So certainly exciting times release wise.
Aside from music, what keeps you busy?
My day job! I'm an Optometrist here in Milan and it's pretty intense sometimes but also fun. My wife keeps me busy and happy but also helps me keep my feet on the ground! I have an artistic attitude to most things in life, to be honest…
Can you tell us 5 tracks that are really killing it in your sets recently?
Absolutely. HenrikBergqvist’s “Spin”, Conceiled Project’s “Pattern 3”, Onirico’s “Echo”, S.O.N’s “Untitled A (S.A.M Remix)” and Disuasiv’s “Project M”.
P.S.: Look out for Dragosh’s next release on Memoria, which is about to drop soon.
Thanks for your time and the exclusive mix
MEOKO Exclusive Mix - Dragosh
Words by Zac
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Join us as we take an exclusive look inside the world of Cure Music’s very own, MomoTrosman; A curator of enchanting journeys with a unique sense of direction, a true purveyor of experimentation. This is due to his vast and mature knowledge of sounds, committed to collecting records around the world discovering new genres, and if it moves him, he is not afraid to play it. The native Argentinian absorbs such a variation of rhythms but says himself ‘I have been very influenced by Detroit and Chicago, and by house music from NYC in the 90’s.’2011 was the year Trosman made the transition in to club booths.
From early on he proved his ability to grasp the room, and transform the atmosphere with his preferable extended sets. Each time painting an individual picture depending on the setting around him, an ability in itself is being able to adapt, in and create these special moments. Although still at a young age four European tours, and various trips around globe have allowed him to spread his forward thinking interpretations in some of the best clubs across the board. Including, Berlin's Club Der Visionaere and Watergate, Moscow's Gazgolder & Rodnya and Outcast, Torino. It goes without saying that Trosman has built a reputation in his home country, playing various clubs and parties in Buenos Aires.
Late 2015 truly was the start of something beautiful as he teamed up with fellow South American Felipe Valenzuela and Cure Music was born. Going forward with a special concept and true belief; ‘Music allows you to stop thinking and let go of your problems, and surely has a healing function’. Even in this short space of time there has been an incredibly solid output from the label, with each release spearheaded by high quality artists and producers from around the globe. Zendid stepped up first with ‘Fortu’ and this sold out within three days of release; talk about start as you mean to go on. Since the debut Cure Music have churned out releases from Afriqua, Omni A.M. and most recently this August saw the ‘Hipnoise’ Ep from Federico Molinari.
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MomoTrosman is a name you need to familiarise yourself. Embrace the sounds you are hearing with an open mind, and appreciate a lifetime of devotement to new rhythms. Cure Music will continue to be your minds third eye, focusing on limitless productions edging away from the norm, but always a lively encounter. Taste the flavours for yourself in the hour long exclusive journey the Argentinian was kind enough to create for us.
Words by Zac
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Prepare yourselves for the 16th September, as SIT, Jayar and Kadow take over the Stuidio 338 Garden with Oscuro. As the events official media partners, MEOKO can exclusively announce that the special guest performers will be the amazing Zendid and another addition, the Romanian producer Cally!
The French duo who have previously provided us with an exclusive mix, are sure to bring it with their own unique style and sound. Fresh from VBX in Amsterdam and with gigs lined up at Watergate Berlin, these two have a promising future ahead of them.
They’ll be joining Cristi Cons and Vlad Cala aka SIT. The Bucharest-based, AMPHIA figureheads and [a:rpia:r] favorites have been establishing themselves since their debut in 2009. Through blending together their creativity, influences and musical backgrounds, they have been tirelessly performing and refining their sound. Seven years on, they’ve played festivals such as Sunwaves, The Tribes of Neversea and Unusual Suspects. Fresh from Sunwaves22, Cally is also billed for Oscuro 3rd birthday. In addition to this, there will be support from the residents, Jayar and Cadow.
As Oscuro have said themselves, who would have thought that three years on, they would be bringing some of the worlds most exciting talents to such a legendary venue deep in the techno heart of London.
This stunning open-air venue, Studio338, is sure to bring some magic to the event, with its unique style and impressive soundsystem. The likes of RPR, Magda, Cocoon, FUSE and many more respected parties have taken place there, so this really sets the bar high for the Oscuro team, but we’re sure they’ll pull it off to bring us all something mindblowing.
Since its foundation in 2014, Oscuro have been bringing London’s underground scene the freshest acts from the most innovative and exciting venues. Having brought us some of the best moments of the last few years, they are sure to pull out all the stops to make this something truly special.
If you do not want to miss out on this pinnacle moment for the party organisers and to see some amazing talents, make sure to get your ticket now.
Words: Georgia Evans
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Early August see the birth and debut release from Spain based label Girada Unlimited. A mysterious and imaginative vinyl only outlet, that in a short space of time has gained attention from high calibre artists across the board. The ‘Girada Max Ep’ was practically sold out before the day of release, leaving the remaining copies like gold dust for crate diggers and record lovers to hunt down. Meanwhile, everyone is scratching their heads wondering who is the master mind behind the label. Who could possibly put together such an outstanding first release, crammed with house and techno dance floor flavours, by a handful of carefully selected unknown artists? The answer everyone was looking for is, Julian Perez. And it all makes sense now.
Perez has been at the forefront of the underground scene for many years now. Rated highly by many for his impeccable taste in records, and his keen ear for fresh production talents amongst the scene. Always pushing forward exciting new ideas and sounds. The concept behind the unknown artist releases allows the listener to gain full focus in the heart of the sound. Without knowing the artists, or seeing a given name for each track, it allows the listeners mind to remain as open as possible. Creating their own interpretation without any influences, no limits, and no boundaries. The body and soul of the sound is painted by imagination.
The only details of the first release the listener is given is the name of the Ep ‘Girada Max’. Immediately you know where you are at with A1, a slick rolling groove, waiting to be shown a club dancefloor, something you would certainly expect to hear from Perez himself. A2 is much more grounded, stripped back and laced with dreamy percussions. Straight back to it in B1 for some cosmic boogie, a real sense of 90’s influences, the break especially. Certainly one for the collectors and selectors, looking for the outer space journey. Rounding things off perfectly, B2 has an after party atmosphere swaying the dance floor with steady breaks rhythms, a distinctive smooth groove. A perfect weight within four tracks. Have no fear, release number 02 is in the pipeline, keep your eyes and ears out for an announcement around the end of this month/early September.
After we see saw the ending of Perez’s much loved label Fathers & Sons Productions last year, one of the most influential labels of the past decade, it is great to see the Spanish artist begin a fresh and inspiring new project. However, let us be honest, we all knew it would not be long before we heard that name again.
Words by Zac
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Would you like to end your summer journey with a blast? Look no further!
On the 20th-24thAugust, nestled in the idyllic Croatian Zrce Beach, some of the world’s greatest DJs, producers and artists will be coming together for a festival experience to remember. Having already announced a series of performances from some real industry heavyweights, Sonus Festival have released their final selection of artists.
The first act, Agoria, sets the bar high. This unique French creative will be bringing his own blend of new sounds and old school influence to deliver something special. Then there’s Âme, who’ll be fresh from STRAF_WERK Festival in Amsterdam, expect conceptual, visceral magic from these two.
Representing the British scene, Dense &Pika will be showing off their remixing skills, as Floorplan aka Robert Hood and Lyric Hood are sure to provide some funk-driven vibes. Adding some jazz to it all, will be Guti.
Nick Curly b2b Steffen Deux Sonus Feat (Recorded live at Sonus Festival 2016)
Slovenian talent Ian F is also performing, as will local Croatian legends Ivan Komlinovic (live) and Mimi, plus Items and Things first lady Magda.
It wouldn’t be a party without the [a:rpia:r] crew. Raresh will be representing the Romanians as the very promising Steffen Deux also makes the list. The last new act is Valentino Kanzyani, the founding father of Slovenian techno.
Boat parties will be taking place across the festival with some amazing acts performing in unique style. Hosted by Trax, Jesus Loved You, tINI& the gang, XLR8R and Keep On Dancing, expect good vibes only.
Sonus have made sure to pull out all the stops, with their full lineup as follows:
Adam Beyer - Adriatique - Agoria - Âme (DJ) - Andrea Ljekaj - Andrologic - Apollonia - Archie Hamilton - Binh - Chris Liebing - Dan Andrei - DejanMilicevic - Dense &Pika -Dorian Paic – Enzo Siragusa - Fabio Florido - Felver - Floorplan (aka Robert Hood and Lyric Hood live) - Guti (live) - Hito - Homeboy - Ian F. - Ivan Komlinovic (live) - Jackmaster - Jamie Jones - Janina –JesseCalosso -Joey Daniel - Joseph Capriati - Josip Milkovic - Julia Govor - K.O.D (Cabanne&Lowris)- Karotte - Len Faki - Leon - Loco Dice - Luigi Madonna - MaceoPlex - Magda - Mano Le Tough -Marco Carola - Margaret Dygas - Mariano Mateljan - Marina Karamarko - Matador live - Meat -Mimi - Monika Kruse - Nick Curly - Pan-Pot - Raresh - Rhadoo - Ricardo Villalobos - Richie Hawtin- Richy Ahmed - Rødhåd - Sam Paganini - Seth Troxler - SHDW & Obscure Shape - Steffen Deux - Solomun - Sonja Moonear - Sven Väth - Tale Of Us - The Martinez Brothers - tINI - ValentinoKanzyani - Vril (live)
One lucky MEOKO reader could be in with the chance of winning two VIP tickets to the festival, and get the opportunity to witness this spectacular 4-day celebration.
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Over two years have gone by since Sol Asylum mistress Julie Marghilano touched down with her last mix for us. Within this time, the creative soul that she is has continued to carry her label from strength to strength, maintain solid residencies in Berlin’s Hoppetosse and Club Der Visionaere, and working on projects to adapt her live performances DJing and live. We present to you a MEOKO exclusive with Julie Marghilano.
With experience of living in several countries across the world, this is something that reflects in the eclectic sounds Marghilano presents. Never one to shy away from experimental atmospheres, Marghilano maintains an open mind for raw and organic sounds. This started from a young age, as her father was a jazz musician and her mother a vocalist. A natural violinist, it’s a talent that shine through in her often emotive sound.
As many artists discover, Berlin is an amazing metropolis for the music scene, but simultaneously a tough nut to crack. In such a competitive city for electronic music, it is no easy feat to start a successful party, nor is it easy to run a thriving record label at the same time. Add in the fact that Julie has released on the likes of Tzinah records and Little Helpers, and it’s obvious that this is a lady who likes to stay busy – and on top of her game.
In 2011 Sol Asylum was born, with Marghilano and close companion Miss Jools leading from the front. The label represents a perfect blend of music and visual art, with each release having an individual graphic artist chosen to create the images. A one-of-a-kind visual and audio experience combined with records and events. The Sol Asylum family is ever growing, attracting prominent artists, and fresh faced producers alike. London based OdD have made an appearance, joined by the likes of Mariano Mateljan, Markus Sommer, Dilated Pupils and Pressure Point. Over the years, the label has also seen many releases from the founders themselves, with last year’s ‘Innerspace’ a true representation of the class and creative world Marghilano can immerse the listener in.
Despite so much going on regarding the label, the frequency of parties and events remains. Whether it is an all day and night party on the canal at Club Der Visionaere, or a winter soiree on everybody’s favourite boat, HMS Hoppetosse, Marghilano & co. adopt a forward-thinking outlook each and every time. Recent events have featured Oskar Offerman, Audio Werner and Losoul, proving once more that diversity is a trait that practically defines Sol Asylum. This month the party also saw light at London’s intimate space The Lion & Lamb.
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Outside of the clubs, when the dust is settling on the dancefloor - and when she is not conjuring up her next release in the lab - the talented artist is working on something else entirely. As if none of the above is enough for you, there is a live show in the works from the Berliner. With such a vast knowledge of different musical outlets, playing and sampling instruments such as her violin, and using field recordings; who knows where this path could lead. From what we have discovered, when it comes to Julie Marghilano, expect the unexpected.
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One of the most sought after records in the past year is about to land. Partygoers and music lovers alike have been on the hunt for this old school bomb, with many people failing to identify the track. This is all thanks to the master of the Paris underground scene, Dan Ghenacia. Known for his ability to seduce his listeners with his smooth grooves and infectious house selections. This is a track that once emerged from his collection last summer; it has never left the bag.
The Apollonia outfit begun as an outlet for the French trio Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom and Shonky to release their own material, but also repress some of their personal favourites. Here we have a special record that made the cut. Italian duo Laser initially released the Body EP on Pin Up in 1993. A deep house project that they may not have realised would become so special, with the original ranging from 35-50 euros on Discogs.
‘Body Beat’ is one of those game changing tracks you can mould your set around. Immediately lifting the atmosphere of the room.From the word go, you just know you are in for a treat. An organ takes the lead role, bouncing the course of the track; with strong female vocals fading in and out, it sets a feel good vibe. When caught off guard on the dancefloor by this irresistible sound, you will definitely struggle not to dance.
On the B side ‘Body Under’ is a distinctive moody affair, weighed down with a chunky rolling bassline. Heads down, hands up. Cosmic percussions seem to appear out of nowhere, creating a sense of mystery for the listener as it twists and turns.
An early 90’s treat at its finest. Expect to hear this groove far and wide, and if it was not a classic before, it is safe to say it has become one. Do not worry the wait is nearly over. The days are gone of watching the clip of Ghenacia unleashing this weapon at a villa party in Ibiza, whilst you sit there trying to work out what you are witnessing. The highly anticipated release is coming at the end of this month.
Villa Party Clip - HERE
Words by Zac Bidwell
tINI and the Gang are taking over Ibiza for a series of unmissable shows and events, and we have an exclusive lineup announcement to give you. The German heart-of-the-gang will be bringing together a varied yet acclaimed group of artists for six weeks of incredible music at the legendary Ibiza Underground club.
After opening on the 20th June, with Molly, Randall M, tINI and Topper, the next one will be kicking off on the 25th July. tINI will be joined by Gianni Callipari, Joao Maria, and St. Joseph today. Gianni could impress with his sets and own events at the famous Nordstern club.
Then there’s Portuguese legend Joao Maria, owner of the Label Assembly music, who’ll be applying his 18 years experience to a masterful yet fresh set. St Joseph will also be there bringing the German sound.
The 15th August, a ‘Savana Potente’ Edition, sees Birdsmakingmachine (live), Rick Maia b2b Jon Woodall, tINI herself and Yaya all take to the decks. Expect high-quality underground house from Birdsmakingmachine, while Rick Maia and Jon Woodall who will be going back-to-back. Yaya’s making waves himself celebrating Ferragosto with the gang.
Alci and Die Hollander are up next with tINI on the 5th September. Zurich-born, Alci will bring his own style and house grooves to proceedings. In addition to this, there’s Club der Visionaere residents Die Hollander, Sander Pete and Makcim, going on b2b2b with high quality vinyl selections.
Ibiza better prepare itself for the 26th September as Bella Sarris, Robin Ordell, tINI, and Varit take over. Varit will be opening the night, followed by Berlin-based Bella Sarris is one to watch behind the decks, and is not to be missed. Then there’s the up and coming Half Baked resident Robin Ordell who’s sure to play some dub, funk and soulful grooves under the Ibiza sun.
It’s the turn of Andy Kolwes and Jessica Diaz on for the ‘Zero Edition’ on the 3rd October. Andy is one of the key figures of the underground house and techno scene. His label 'Anyway' in 2013 was his first venture, that has released some of highly appreiciated EP's of all the times. Andy has also released on labels such as Pressure Traxx, Anyway Records, All-Inn Records, La Peña, so expect a varied song selection and some gems from this one. Meanwhile, Jessica Diaz is an Argentine powerhouse, having worked with Tzinah Records, Monoclap and Far, Far Away to name just a few.
Finally, MEOKO can exclusively announce the closing party lineup will be:
Rolls ’n’ do(tINI b2b Bill Patrick)
This final blowout will be taking place on the 10th October. Ibiza Underground’s own Kevin Cook will be taking to the decks with his underground Ibizan vibes.
Then there’s Gescu, who’s flourished since joining Sunrise back in 2007 and is resident at all legendary sunwaves events. Zenia is also one to watch out for. And of course, there has to be a performance from the legendary duo, Rolls ‘n’ Do. Bill Patrick will be jetting over to join his buddy and get everyone grooving away.
It’s clear to see that tINI’s masterfully curated series is going to be a legendary gathering fuelled by fresh tunes, incredible artists and all in one beautiful location. Make sure to get yourself down there and dance until the sun comes up.
Words by Georgia Evans
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Sunwaves – Memories that last a life time
The magical non-stop festival that takes place twice a year on the Romanian black sea shore. There is much more to Sunwaves than meets the naked eye. Clearly it begins with the incredible sounds you absorb during the festival, but the experience as a whole is something that simply can’t be compared. The people you meet become friends for life, the location and surroundings; as the sand continuously laps up the calm waves rolling in, and the pure fact you will never get to see such high calibre artists deliver extended sets on quite frankly some of the best systems we have ever experienced. It’s basically like seeing RPR in their own living room, where they feel well and truly comfortable to deliver a unique experience. Here at MEOKO we have a special place in our heart for Sunwaves, and we know the feeling is mutual for many of our readers; so join us as we recap our highlights of SW21 this past April, and as we discuss what makes the trip to Mamaia, so special. Jogging the memory for a time of reflection.
Two months ago, the 21st instalment took place, as likeminded people from across the world gathered to let loose and appreciate a careful selection of home grown talent and artists the Sunrise family believe in. Personally, we believe this encounter was one of the best so far, with a ridiculous amount of special moments to choose from (even the woman standing on the decks when Perlon boss, Zip, was playing). Memories that will last a life time, moments engraved in our mind. May we add, this is in no particular order, because that is just impossible to narrow it down.
Suciu & Herodot’s Friday Morning Marathon.
The Thursday night arrives and the buzz around the area is beginning to reach a high, the stage is set ready for the next chapter. Over the course of the night two stages are opened, the warm atmosphere has lifted immediately. Now we are not sure if this is because it was the first morning, but there was something extra special about this occasion. The sun rose and around 8am Suciu and Herodot stepped up to the mark in stage 4, and what a journey we was in for. Anyone who has seen these two play together have a true understanding of chemistry, they bounce off each other from one groove to another, a trip through all kinds of sound. Romanian talent at its finest. At some points there must have been no more than 100 people on the dancefloor, but that’s what made it; if you was lucky enough to be there then you will understand. Steaming through till mid-afternoon the real transition for us was Lee Burton – 15:30 (The Jam). The mood of the night time lifted when this track come on and you just knew things were in full swing. More and more people arrived and without even realising you was drawn within Sunwaves 21. A morning we will never forget.
The SIT Journey
When it comes to raw and natural talent it doesn’t get much better than Romanian duo SIT. We are sure we speak for many when we say their Sunwaves appearance is highly anticipated every time. Starting off with a much lighter atmosphere before they began chopping and changing between driven crazy loops, taking the crowd deep in to the night. As far as a unique sound goes, none can quite compare to the productions from Vlad Caia and Cristi Cons. Therefore, it’s pretty incredible when hearing around six solid hours with SIT, it makes you wonder how many unreleased productions are jam packed in to this extended set. Pure masterpieces, journey work, always with elements of their classical music history. When seeing SIT on the beach it really does sum up why we make the trip to Mamaia, homegrown talent delivering the special sounds that only they can capture and deliver. We distinctly remember Loopu – Marbles rumbling on the beach, lifting the atmosphere.
You just simply can't beat Ricardo when he is on fire. Diversity at its best. Flickering and fluttering in and out of all varieties of records from across his many years of experience. Rushing techno tracks, mellow ambience, and all out 4/4 90's house jams, laid down so perfectly. In such a way it is appealing to all audiences. There has been much hype regarding his 20+ minute edit of Nightmares on wax - Aftermath, and the recent release on Digwah, Unknown artist - Something Else. With the sound and lights cutting out (was this done purposely?) before hand; opening with this had the crowd engaged immediately, ready to party, whilstling and cheering from the off. Villalobos was his usual self swaying around and hugging everybody in sight. Priku performing his live set as Atipic certainly painted the perfect picture for the wizard. Saturday night with Ricardo is some what of a tradition, and we believe it's also a special time for him, immersing himself within the festival atmosphere.
Sunrise with Pedro
Stage 4 beside the Black Sea is where the magic happens when the sun comes up. Pink skies surround the area, the waves glide in as the sun begins to appear from the ocean. The giant wooden structure of this stage is pleasing to the eye, cleverly made as its own speaker. But let's focus on what you can hear. Pedro. Petre inspirescu, one third of RPR. Depending on the elements you took from the sounds you was hearing, made that specific moment. Two experiences in one set. There is a constant layer of dreamy and magical percussions taking you far away, but simultaneously rolling and vicious bass lines would suck you in. The highs seemed as if they were trickling from the Funktion One stack, all the way out to the open sea. Too many fantastic tracks to choose from, but it was special to hear Durrred - Quarter to ten at this special time.
One word. Energy. No where else in the world after 4 nights of partying would there be such an electric atmosphere, and such an up for it crowd. The Midi man himself Mihigh was called upon for probably the hardest set of the festival. Slick, vibrant minimal grooves from the off till nearly 2 in the afternoon. A masterclass. Mihigh showed no signs of easing up at any point, if feet were moving the music was definitely not stopping. A freedom to continue until he wanted. Even once the music was done, the beach was full of smiling faces, relaxing and enjoying there final drinks and spliffs. Conversation was flowing as everyone tried to take in what exactly had happened over the last week. Not a single person was ready for it to be over. Feeling fully inspired.
Attention to detail. This is something the Romanian scene as a whole capture. No glitz and glam, no egos. Just the basics of what's needed for a perfect party. The Sunrise family, the organisers, take everything in to consideration. Beginning with the visuals that allow your mind to be twisted and moulded in to their bubble, or the incredible sound on each and every stage. Behind the scenes people are working tirelessly to ensure making this perfect experience, thank you. It feels as if the systems are created perfectly for each individual artist, and this is something that many clubs/festivals can struggle with. There are not many places you can go and party, with the stage leading out on to the open sea such as this, completely wall-to-wall sea. This adds to the timeless feel, time does not matter, there is no sense of urgency, no worries, what happens, happens.
All of this combined is what makes Sunwaves special to so many people. It simply can not be put in to words, it can only be experienced. See you in August for Sunwaves Festival - SW22.
Lee Burton – 15:30 (The Jam)
Loopu - Marbles
Nightmares on Wax – Aftermath
Unknown Artist – Something Else (Digwah)
Durrrred – A Quarter to Ten
Words by Zac Bidwell
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With this offering of Music Through Pictures MEOKO treats you to a man who embraces his musical muses from the world around him and prefers to ‘Let the music do the talking’; DJEBALI.
Olympic Runners - Get this thing down. Music is good for the soul and this music is pure soul. Old school soul!
All this colourful ballons make me think about happiness in its simplest form. Easy, Big easy !
All the scenes captured in little boxes remind me the craziness of this track. Everything is calm in appearence, but then you focus on the details and see the intensity of the picture and all these different scenes.
It’s raining vinyl and analogue textures here! Herbert is the one for textures !
A rainy day but there is kind of a continuity in this photo! The kind of vibe you can feel in this track from legend Kerri Chandler !
I immediately thought about a track I made for Freak N’Chic called ‘Elastik Hour’… It’s part of the ‘Sorry I Missed The Sky’ EP, and the artwork is full of clouds too.
Nature and technology united as one, like this track where modernity and roots are unified !
Until the morning! It’s a dreamy track, you just seem to be able to fly with these beautiful pads! Just like in the photo.
Everything hangs by a thread! I don’t know if this picture makes me think it’s beautiful or whether it’s totally crazy! Like this song… dark or peaceful?
The sunset, the colours, this little child playing with this bubble… it’s simple as that, serene just like this song!
Words by Matas Balta
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5 tracks listed below by Dan Primaru will do all the talking;
1- Amorf - Blending Light LP [Understand]
Yes it's hot summer and the sound warms itself under the sun, hot waves coming from Romania's minds, yet a collaboration that our scene needed. Mischa Blanos, Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia take on the ship of Amorf, delivering us their imposed sound and beats with the clarity and musicality of a piano always being added on, being experimented and embodied by Mischa, expanding the rulles of classic. No words really can describe this for the clubber point's of view or for the classical experimentalist listener. So enjoy and dive deep.
2- KUSI005 by Durrrred & Arapu
Back to rrrrrhythm, who is also expanding the rules if that is Durrrred. Showly but shurely getting our attention with his tracks, this EP is a great weapon when needed. Durred just showing us other parts of the sub-rhythm we yet have to explore and Arapu delivering a smooth liniar remix, as he enjoys himself to do. He raises a bit the same rrrrrhythms under more mids and dreamy frequencies. Another great release by Kusi Records.
3- Silat Beksi -Amaranth EP - JBLTD003
One player that got our attention in techno import is Mr. Silat Beksi, Ukraine's export. Coming back with a second release to Jelly Beast Limited, this EP it's so complete. Techy beats and good vibes on A1, atmosphered and chilled out track on A2, perfect for meditation. B side comes with Tibet track which purely represents the expansion of broken rhythm that Silat is always developing and a Daniel Sanchez banger on B2, what else do you really want ?!
And yes, you can call me mr. Good Vibes and excuse me for always picking up the YYY releases. They are a definition of it, of uplifiting melodies and smooth grooves. They are a trend setter for the House melodies and Minimalistic grooves. And one might ask... who is really behind the YYY series, well for sure is a team of french pioneers behind yoyaku store.
5- Petre Inspirescu - vîntul prin salcii
We play and we play but there is a time when you want to chill and just be. Well that is what Mr. Petre is doing more and more, coming back with a second album of orchestral music, on Mule Music, the album already got a live concert in one of Bucharest's theatre and we're looking forward to this kinds of events where we can taste another part of one of our greatest DJ, Petre Inspirescu. Enjoy a trip of the wind between willows. Space yourself out.
Words by Dan Primaru
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Prepare yourselves for Mobilee’s London takeover with Rodriguez Jr. (live), Kevin Over, Ralf Kollmann and The Willers Brothers by entering Meoko’s exclusive giveaway. Ahead of their unmissable event at Egg, Mobilee will be giving away 2 vinyl packages of the 3 x 12 clear vinyl special edition album Rodriguez Jr.,Baobab.
The Berlin-based crew will be taking over London’s Egg Nightclub for a night of melodic techno and deep house. Headliner Rodriguez Jr has returned to the Mobilee team with his evocative album Baobab.
Rodriguez Jr. returns to Mobilee with his evocative album Baobab. Resident Advisor named the French artist in their Best Live Acts of 2016, and in between his famed live shows, he has created a ten track masterpiece that elicits powerful emotions through music. When reflecting on the album he has said, “Baobab is about roots. It has mainly been written whilst traveling and I needed to re-connect to my roots: the music I used to listen to as a teenager from South Of France, my first parties, this fantastic sense of freshness, enthusiasm and innocence. This is why I decided to call it Baobab: a big tree proud to grow up in a lush surrounding, with it’s roots deep in the floor”.
The French artist builds up an atmospheric presence through the use of silences, breaks ad perfectly timed beats. This creates an overwhelmingly visceral experience for his attendees. It’s not just about the basslines for him though, the artist uses his own vocals and collaborates with Liset Aleaon the track ‘Heal Me’ to create music that is spontaneous and emotive.
He’ll be supported by Kevin Over, who released Mobilee Back to Back Volume 11 in March. The German-born artist has been billed as one of the scene’s hottest new talents winning over the approval of Maya Jane Coles, Adam Beyer and many more. He is definitely one to watch.
Ralf Kollmann himself will also be there, founder of Mobilee and established DJ with access to the labels unique back catalogue of incredible music. With his label in the running for Mixmag’s Label of the Decade, he brings his own personal touch to proceedings. Specialising in carefully crafted technical skills, an unparalleled knowledge of music and diverse song selections, he is the embodiment of Mobilee’s ethos.
Finally, the team will be joined by Egg residents The Willers Brothers at London’s legendary venue, who are currently signed to the What Came First Label.
with the subject heading MOBILEE. Good luck!
Words by Georgia Evans