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Sunday 20 Aug 17 Sonus Festival 2017

Croatia’s premiere electronic event Sonus Festival is set to mark it’s fifth birthday in style next summer, uniting the best talent from the house and techno worlds in one place for five days and five nights of party. Returning to idyllic Zrce Beach, Pag Island between 20th and 24th August, Sonus can reveal the first instalment of the names making Sonus #5 the most monumental to date.Adam Beyer - Apollonia - Archie Hamilton - Binh - Chris Liebing - Dorian Paic - Enzo Siragusa - Fabio Florido - Hito - Jackmaster - Jamie Jones - Jesse Calosso - Joey Daniel - Joseph Capriati - Karotte - Leon - Loco Dice - Marco Carola - Meat - Monika Kruse - Nick Curly - Pan-Pot - Ricardo Villalobos - Richie Hawtin - Richy Ahmed - Rødhåd - Sam Paganini - Seth Troxler - SHDW & Obscure Shape - Sonja Moonear - Tale Of Us - The Martinez Brothers - Vril (live)PLUS MANY MORE TBA

Wednesday 06 Sep 17 Outlook Festival 2017

Outlook Festival celebrates a decade of soundsystem culture in Croatia with Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, Wiley, DJ Shadow, Dawn Penn, Swing Ting, Calibre, Levelz, Goldie, AJ Tracey, Digital Mystikz, Madam X, Princess Nokia, plus twenty piece Outlook Orchestra and many more. With tickets moving at a record rate and Outlook selling out faster than ever last year, these will not last long. Final early bird weekend tickets can be purchased for just £130 - SEE YOU AT THE FORT.TEN YEARS OF OUTLOOK : LINE UP SO FARAdrian Sherwood - AJ Tracey - Akala - Big Zuu - Biome - Bugzy Malone - Bukez Finezt - Calibre - Capo Lee - Champion - Children Of Zeus - Chimpo - Chris Lorenzo - Coco - Commodo - Danny T & Tradesman - Dawn Penn - Digital Mystixz (Mala & Coki) - Disrupt (Jahtari) - DJ Marfox - DJ Marky - DJ Nigga Fox - DLR - Dub Dynasty (Alpha & Omega meets Alpha Steppa) - Dub Phizix & Strategy - Elijah & Skilliam - Elisa Do Brasil - Enei - Eva Lazarus - Finwa - Flirta D - Flowdan - Friction - General Levy - Gentleman’s Dub Club - Giggs - Goldie - Hi5 Ghost & Boofy - High Focus Records feat Fliptrix, Dirty Dike, Ed Scissortongue, Molotov & DJ Sammy B-Side - Jack Sparrow - Jehst - Jenna G (Jenna & The G's) - Jonwayne - Josey Rebelle - Kahn & Neek - Kasra - Kenny Ken - Killa P - Lady Chann - Levelz - LTJ Bukem - Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band - Madam X - Madd Again ft Zed Bias, Killa Benz, Specialist Moss & Trigga - Mala - Matt Jam Lamont - Mefjus - Miss Red - MNDSGN - Mr Thing - Murlo - My Nu Leng - Nervoso - Newham Generals: D Double E & Footsie - Nidia Minaj - Ocean Wisdom - Paleman - Pharoahe Monch - Plastician - Princess Nokia - Randall - Riko Dan - Rude Kid - Sam Binga - Signal - Sir Spyro - Skeptical - Soom T - SpectraSoul - Speng Bond - Spooky - Stand High Patrol ft Pupa Jim - Swindle - Swing Ting - The Bug - The Bug (Acid Ragga set) - The Mouse Outfit - TQD - Vital Techniques - Walton - Wiley - Wookie - Zed Bias - Zion TrainMore TBA

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Sonus Festival 2017: Final Acts Announced and Competition

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)   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_e76454dc_1569720893&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/sonus-festival/dana-ruh-sonus-festival-2016', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e76454dc_1569720893', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e76454dc_1569720893' }); });         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. To be in with the chance of winning, simply email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // with Sonus17 as the subject heading. Best of luck!   Words by Georgia Evans   More Sonus Festival / Facebook Event More MEOKO  

A MEOKO Exclusive: Julie Marghilano - Sol Asylum & A Special Mix

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. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_5afc18e6_351285426&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/sol-asylum-records/sets/julie-marghilano-innerspace-ep-sol-asylum', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_5afc18e6_351285426', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_5afc18e6_351285426' }); });     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.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_487c20d3_1469057736&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/sol-asylum-records/sets/various-artists-vol3', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_487c20d3_1469057736', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_487c20d3_1469057736' }); });     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.   MEOKO Exclusive Mix: Julie Marghilano: Julie Marghilano   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.    More Julie Marghilano More Sol Asylum  More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud

Review: Laser – Body EP (Apollonia)

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   More Apollonia More MEOKO    

Exclusive tINI and the Gang Ibiza Lineup Announcement

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.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0631d18d_1318344487&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/giannicallipari/gianni-callipari-all-night-long-live-recorded-nordstern-2017', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0631d18d_1318344487', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0631d18d_1318344487' }); });     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.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_8b6433ff_1589230073&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/birdsmakingmachine/sets/birdsmakingmachine-008', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_8b6433ff_1589230073', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_8b6433ff_1589230073' }); });     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.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_7cd95f05_1693873491&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/tiniandthegang/tini-and-the-gang-podcast-11-pres-bella-sarris', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_7cd95f05_1693873491', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_7cd95f05_1693873491' }); });     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.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_94347dee_406833329&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/tiniandthegang/andy-kolwes-tg-podcast', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_94347dee_406833329', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_94347dee_406833329' }); });     Finally, MEOKO can exclusively announce the closing party lineup will be:   Kevin Cook Gescu Rolls ’n’ do(tINI b2b Bill Patrick) Zeina   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   More tINI and the Gang More Zero Logistics More MEOKO      

Sunwaves21 - Memories that last a Lifetime

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.     Villalobos Saturdays  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.      Mihigh Finale 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   More Sunwaves More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud

Music Through Pictures - Djebali

 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.   1 Olympic Runners - Get this thing down. Music is good for the soul and this music is pure soul. Old school soul!     2 All this colourful ballons make me think about happiness in its simplest form. Easy, Big easy !     3 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.     4 It’s raining vinyl and analogue textures here! Herbert is the one for textures !   5 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 !     6 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.     7 Nature and technology united as one, like this track where modernity and roots are unified !     8 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.     9 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?     10 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   More Djebali; Djebali Gigs - Djebali Instagram - Djebali Facebook -Djebali Soundcloud More MEOKO  

HOT WAX - Tools & Tips (July 2017)

5 tracks listed below by Dan Primaru will do all the talking;   1- Amorf - Blending Light LP [Understand]   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_8a325a40_750037841&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/playedby/amorf-blending-light-lp-understand', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_8a325a40_750037841', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_8a325a40_750037841' }); });     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. https://www.decks.de/t/amorf-blending_light_lp/c9v-71   2- KUSI005 by Durrrred & Arapu   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_47f5ae53_853291634&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/kusirecords/sets/kusi005-1', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_47f5ae53_853291634', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_47f5ae53_853291634' }); });     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. https://www.decks.de/t/durrrred-skurrrril/c9q-y4   3- Silat Beksi -Amaranth EP - JBLTD003    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_c123f2dc_1246743696&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/jelly-beast-recordings/sets/jelly-beast-ltd-vinyl-only-003-release-date-soon', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_c123f2dc_1246743696', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_c123f2dc_1246743696' }); });     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 ?! https://www.decks.de/t/silat_beksi-amaranth_ep/c9p-zo   4- YYY797   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_f4b07ce6_71611930&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/yoyaku/sets/yyy797', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_f4b07ce6_71611930', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_f4b07ce6_71611930' }); });     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. https://www.decks.de/t/yyy-yyy797/c9n-co   5- Petre Inspirescu - vîntul prin salcii    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_74040cd6_595944370&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/mulemusiq/sets/petre-inspirescuvintul-prin-salcii', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_74040cd6_595944370', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_74040cd6_595944370' }); });     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. https://www.decks.de/t/petre_inspirescu-vintul_prin_salcii/c9b-ad   Good bye.   Words by Dan Primaru   More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud

Mobilee Exclusive Competition & London Show Announcement

  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.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1221f65d_855988155&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/mobilee-records/rodriguez-jr-baobab-teaser', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1221f65d_855988155', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1221f65d_855988155' }); });     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.    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0043f189_1914288857&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/mobilee-records/sets/mobilee189-kevin-over-easy', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0043f189_1914288857', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0043f189_1914288857' }); });     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.    Tickets for the event are starting at just £5, so to make sure you don’t miss out, purchase them here. To be in with a chance of winning 2 vinyl packages of the 3 x 12 clear vinyl special edition album by Rodriguez Jr., Baobab, simply send your entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // with the subject heading MOBILEE. Good luck!     Words by Georgia Evans More MEOKO

Offline Records: Chris Groove – Secret Garden inc Ricardo Villalobos Remix

It is official, Offline Records is born. The brainchild of companions Christopher Groove and Brad Wilder. Just by chance, the two talented and music loving artists became friends, immediately realising the similarities in their passions and desires within the industry. After spending much time together in the studio in Vienna, and Ibiza last year, the Offline journey has naturally progressed presenting you with what is a highly anticipated outlet for music. Endorsed by Ricardo Villalobos from their very first release.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_28b81339_402377998&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/offlineglobal/sets/christopher-groove-secret-garden-part1-incl-ricardo-villalobos-rmx', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_28b81339_402377998', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_28b81339_402377998' }); });   Chris Groove, native Austrian, has somewhat of an incredible and interesting ability in the depths of his studio. Villalobos has clearly acknowledged this from an early stage. Flying the flag for his own imprints first release, the A side is offering up ‘Secret Garden’. Gloomy hypnotic loops driving the track, a sense of suspense as in depth layers are flickering in and out, the whole record is laced with trippy vocals taking the listener on a trip. A real attention to the inner details of the record. Ricardo’s remix on the flip side is crammed full of his signature obscurity; a tight central groove that you can imagine swaying to at any given after party. Totalling up at nearly fifteen minutes this is certainly one for trained ears, as a variation of percussions continue to appear from all angles, a swirling case of mystery. A typical expectation from the maestro, a true pioneer and storyteller. To feature Villalobos on your first release, is a fantastic achievement in its self.  After what is set to be a successful initial release from Offline Records, there is much more where this came from. Several various artist releases are in the pipeline, and an opportunity to get to know Groove’s partner in crime Brad Wilder. We welcome Offline Records to the world with open arms.    Release Date – 28th July Zac Bidwell   

BUSZ (Pier Bucci & Oskar Szafraniec) Interview & Mix

Pier Bucci, well known for releasing on Cadenza and Crosstown Rebels in the ‘00s, is one of a handful of seminal minimal producers to rise out of Chile. An occasional collaborator with Luciano, the Maruca Music founder has now launched a new project alongside exciting Berlin-based prospect Oskar Szafraniec; a young talent who many will recognize from appearances on Cyclo and Murge Recordings.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_66e99014_173638538&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/leftback-shop/aria001-ricardo-villalobos-oskar-szafraniec-rawax-aira-series-vol-1', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_66e99014_173638538', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_66e99014_173638538' }); });     Meeting in Japan, Bucci and Szafraniec’s shared pseudonym is BUSZTM and the pair have an album landing on Beef Records at the end of the year. MEOKO got in touch to find out more:   Hi guys, how is it going? What have you been up to lately? P: Hi! I’ve been in South America for 7 months, traveling on an Austrian military truck (a Steyr Pinzgauer). So far, I’ve been in the desert of Atacama, Salar de Uyuni and also La Paz in Bolivia, Lake Titicaca and Cusco in Peru, as well as researching and recording Altiplano music. In Peru, I went to a community that’s high up the Andes and recorded a 73-year-old man, playing a 24 stringed guitar. His music was incredible. I also went to the eastern island and did a recording of Polinesic music with a songwriter named Cal Mario Tuky. O: I just got back from Austria, I’ve spent a month there. Just been traveling from place to place, very happy to be back in the studio, I signed couple of new records for Skylax and Gel’s Abril new record label. I’d like to finish a solo album this year, that’s the plan. I was just looking at our pictures the other day from the tour in Japan. Do you remember that time Pier? P: Oh yeah, I remember when we met in the restaurant in Japan! This was before the gig at Womb and it was your birthday! Then we went to Osaka to this nice festival called Sea of Green. Japan is my favourite place and the best club has to be Yellow. O: It’s quite the same for me. Japan is a very interesting country and I had a lot of fun playing at Liquid Room, it was also nice to play b2b live with [A Guy Called] Gerald at that festival in Osaka you mentioned, such a nice experience in the mountains. The rain was heavy. P: Yes, that was an experience!   What else have you got lined up this year? P: Well my solo album ‘Pier Bucci Anika’ is going to be released. Apart from that I’ve been working on two more productions with Andean music and Polinesic music. They’re still a work in progress. O: … Yes, what I’ve heard of the ‘Anika’ album is amazing, can’t wait to see it released! I have a 12’’ coming out on Skylax, which is four tracks, as well as two EPs on Gel Abril’s new label. There are also a couple of things, which can’t be mentioned yet, but I’m really happy with the way this year is going. Not to mention the collaborative album as BUSZ! Can you tell us more about the relationship between you two? P: As soon as we met we discovered we have a lot of similar interests and tastes in music, especially the music made in the 90s in England, like the electronica scene. O: So many amazing records were released back then. The music was full of emotions. P: Yes! We’re always evaluating and admiring the incredible emotions involved in that type of music. We always talk about how music from the 90s in England was so emotional and nowadays this magic is more often found in the background. We share this way of focusing on the feeling of music, where music is more important than how effective the track is on the dance floor. O: For us, the time in the studio is very important. All of the hours involved behind producing each track as well as the incredible method and architecture behind each track; it’s always important that every moment of production goes towards creating the incredible methodic architecture. The process of creating the tracks by using synthetizing sounds in the album was done in a very methodic way, where we also share the special times and the moments of our own individual lives. P: Exactly. We spend time working on the tracks together every day. Dealing with the issues of everyday life situations between conversations about all the many frequencies we can make from the machines and mixers whilst translating these moments into music in the form of notes, frequencies, rhythms and vibrations. O: Magic happens, for example when we needed an instrument, which was the Moog Mother 32, we were looking on Ebay for two of them and happened to find a guy 20 meters from Pier’s house who was selling exactly two of them and, of course, we bought them right away!   BUSZ Exclusive MEOKO Podcast   Can you tell us more about the collaboration process itself? P: For me, having a good studio plus the experience of producing numerous albums, combined together with the fresh musical view provided by a young and passionate Polish person [Oskar] led to a lot of sharing. If you have an experience and don’t share this experience with others it's a waste of time, because everything you experience and experiment with needs to be shared as this is how you grow. Sharing my studio and my experiences with Oskar was a real refreshment for my productions because we encouraged each other to practice new productions techniques. O: Working with Pier was an absolute honour; he’s so experienced and has recorded so many albums and various different projects…he’s incredible. P: Our album is a collage of old equipment, such as Moogs and analog machines, plus a lot of new equipment, as well as instruments such as guitars, drums, recording reels and vocals. Our focus on different sound architectures led to creating atmospheres and rhythms to harmonize our two influences; a colourful Latin sound with a deeper sound from the east, where we blend the traditions and cultures creating an incredible effect. This is the result of the two of us working together. For me to do music and continue being inspired the best method is to learn from different cultures by travelling the world in a conscious way. This is the best process and is the way I like to enjoy my life. Music has been an incredible gateway for getting to know different people with different personalities, influences, cultures and ways of thinking and acting. O: It’s been like this for quite a few years for me, too. It's traveling and meeting new people that makes me happy; sharing different points of view, different ideas, and making the effort for all of our music to evolve together!   BUSZTM ‘Tipico Latino’ (Album Sampler)  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_d9632ea7_703603150&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/sinchicollective/premiere-busz-tipico-latino-el_txef_a-remix', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_d9632ea7_703603150', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_d9632ea7_703603150' }); });       More BUSZTM on juno More MEOKO

Under The MEOKO Microscope - Inner & Mix

The Under The MEOKO Microscope series is back with a bang; Berlin-based producer, Inner. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Inner. We know you have a busy schedule - How has everything been going?  Everything is going well, lately its been a lot of nature for me and it will be like that till end of summer. It barely takes a pair of ears to tell that you have a real passion for minimal and techno. How were you first exposed to these sounds and what artists did you grow up on? Who were your major influences? First music played by me as a DJ was Drum and Bass. In a short time after thru new friends met at the local electronic music club I discovered the likes of Anthony Rother, Miss Kitten and Sven Vath. Then came the first editions of Sunwaves and the Romanian djs. At the time they ware not playing „the romanian sound“ but a combination of house, techno, and tech house (the good one). One of the sets I still remember and look back too is Zip s set at SW after hours in 2009. How was the techno scene growing up in Romania? Was there anything in particular that made you think, “Wait, I want to make it in this scene?” Not really. It came natturelly as at the time we ware organising parties in my hometown since our local electronic music club just got closed. I was discovering new music and it was easy for me to share it with people . I did warm ups for about 2 years. It’s been almost 4 years now since you moved to Berlin. How do you find the city? Are you enjoying your life there? I moved to the city without knowing anyone or talking german and I was lucky to find some very nice people straight away that supported me from the beggining. Life in the big city has ups and downs, like everywhere. Somehow you are sourounded by people but it feels more lonely than in a smaller city. People are so concerned about their lifes that its hard sometimes to make plans with friends. But the city has so much to offer in terms of art, nature, to name a few so I enjoy living here a lot.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_7b1a40b1_500543458&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/wearepartisan/ptn002-inner-danceamine-ep', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_7b1a40b1_500543458', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_7b1a40b1_500543458' }); });     You’ve recently released some amazing music on Anthea’s label Partisan. Could you give us a bit of the story behind this EP? We met at a party at CDV when I was playing a few years ago and we kept in contact ever since. Its hard to find labels that fit my music and that I am happy to release on. It was clear to me that Anthea has a vision for her new Partisan project and when I heard her talk with such passion about it I wanted to be part of it straight away. Now we became more than collaborators and I am happy to release among great music and producers. In regards to your own productions, what projects are you working on at the moment? Winter and spring was full of producing and studio sessions, now summer is here and its more about enjoying. If you live in Berlin you understand. But I did start a new project with ISH, jamming together and making tracks. Its been really fun but no real plans to release till now. What do you find the most challenging aspect of producing your own music? Not sure if its challenging but I get bored very fast. And its not making music that I get bored of its more the style of music. I feel I cannot keep a direction, that can be also a good thing but also a bad one, cause people get confused about who you are. Its easier to categorise djs or producers and listeners like to do that. But as a person you change so much over the years, plus the constant stream of good music that is played at the clubs in Berlin has a big influence on me.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_d8e27018_1840239490&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/polen-rec/sets/pol007-inner-light-chasers-ep', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_d8e27018_1840239490', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_d8e27018_1840239490' }); });     And what about your own Record label Polen? How did you start the label and what are your aspirations for your own imprint? Polen started mostly to release new producers and my own music. I always liked the idea of discovering new young artists that have something to say. Now its developing into something else, with more established producers coming with eps, but everything is going quite slowly but in a good direction. What’s one thing that you don’t see enough of in the music industry that you’d like to see? More parties at the beach?!  What would be your top three travel tips for touring Djs? Drink lots of water, eat fruits and vegetables and be nice. With all the traveling and the constantly expanding technology and gear, what is something that always stays in your DJ bag. What is it that you always have to have with you? Ear plugs. For sleeping not for listening. Last but not least, could you tell us a little about the mix you made for MEOKO? What was your approach? Its hard for me to make podcasts. Most of the podcasts I made are on the fly. Press record and see what happens but for this I kinda try to plan it a bit and then endded up doing exactly the same thing as for the others. So I hope you enjoy!       Inner thank you so much for your time! Hope we’ll to see in London soon! Thanks!   Words by Denny Kem   More Inner More Partisan More MEOKO    

HOT WAX - Tools & Tips (June 2017)

6 tracks listed below by Dan Primaru will do all the talking;   1- Dragos Ungureanu & Gabriel Amaru - Keep on Going  // she001 allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1b77407b_1450224451&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/keepongoing/sets/keep-on-going-she001-vinyl', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1b77407b_1450224451', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1b77407b_1450224451' }); });     The first EP in this session is about brotherhood, family and connection. Keep on Going in London does this at it's best, and Gabriel Amaru together with Dragos Ungureanu are the first souls to leave their sound on the first wax imprint of this label legacy. I talk like this because i know the team behind this label, the strong connections that are there which are reflected the moments of glory that they create through events and gatherings. https://www.decks.de/t/dragos_ungureanu-gabriel_amaru-she001/c9u-db   2- Jäfar - Fragil Musique - Fragil 021 //  Tribute to the King allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_7355f78d_1745138591&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/watchthehypemusic/exclusive-jafar-jafars-tribute-fragil-musique', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_7355f78d_1745138591', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_7355f78d_1745138591' }); });     Eighteen release from Fragil comes with an impressive tool from Jäfar, it is straight old-school dance floor track, reminding us about good old times, it is updated with a modern micro house fragrance from two secretive vinyl lovers, and carefully selected by another two, acting behind the label. https://www.deejay.de/Jaefar_Marszia_FRAGIL18_Vinyl__219063   3- Costin Rp - Bleu Ciel //  Bleu Ciel 006 // Different Personalities    Developing the genre itself, developing himself, Costin Rp getting lost in the atmospherical realm. When heard and perceived in a specific time and enviroment, these two beauties can lift you up, helping you trancend the body and keeping you in magical place we know we belong. It's something we're use to take up from Bleu Ciel music label. https://www.decks.de/t/costin_rp-different_personalties/c9e-im   4- Ada Kaleh - AK005c // Dene descris (reinterpretari part I)   Here is a strong one, that aims to be a reference point in our scene. Ada Kaleh comes with re-interpretations of his own well know story 'De Nedescris'. With a great all-romanian team, this EP has many colours, Nu Zau, Teluric and Priku, each putting their vibe and signature into the big rainbow. There will be a part two but this is delicious enough for me. https://www.decks.de/t/ada_kaleh-dene_descris_reinterpretari/c9e-uf   5- Dubtil - BodyParts Records  //  BPMS008  // Paradox EP   Well, when Dubtil goes out, sometimes is pretty big. I mean in the most recognizable tunes out there, he knows how to leave a mark. Vocalindas is something that will come out of our mouths when discussing some peculiar and beautiful sunrise moments spent on the beach, admiring the sun waves. https://www.decks.de/t/dubtil-paradox_ep/c9a-4f   6- Ricardo Villalobos - [arpiar]  //  Empirical House    And, because this can not go unnoticed, here are four tracks of Ricardo, which come out as another album of the artist. For sure the format says is a non-conventional release, the tracks we know they are old and moved our dancefloors in many many events where Arpiar representative were playing, but all is updated for the present and the release is staying as a great point in the micro-house map of the future. The tracks are a standard for all kinds of moments and for sure they will be the inspiration point for many of the artists following 'the king's'' statement about Empirical House.   Words by Dan Primaru    More MEOKO; Facebook / Soundcloud

'The main idea is to create a story line.' VENDi Interview & Special Mix

Full of excitement for the interview with a well known name in the underground scene. Vendi – Nice-born man, currently exploring Berlins scene, won our hearts and many around the globe with his warm house/electronica and minimal grooves. Vendi's hard work in studio on his swinging grooves, crafting and personalizing his sound reflected on huge releases so far. BP Records, Inwave and Hoxton Records are just a few amazing labels under his belt. Whether crafting his own record or stepping in for a remix, it is obvious that it will shake the dancefloor and make you groove. We were really excited to hear the news about his upcoming platform for his original sound called ‘Blacksketch Records’. It should start around October/November so keep your eyes peeled for future updates. Check it out as it has 2 beautiful groovers there for tasters. We absolutely loved them! Earlier this year he dropped a highly anticipated 3 track ‘Horizons’ EP on Hoxton Records. His latest EP could be heard through systems all around the globe with the support from many big names including the big trio – RPR. Tirelessly travelling the world and exploring horizons, Vendi is definitely the name to watch.  allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_fb333b6e_478673111&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/hoxton-records/sets/hxr004-vendi-horizons-ep', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_fb333b6e_478673111', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_fb333b6e_478673111' }); });     Hey Vendi, thank you for your time. Pleasure to have you on board. First of all, tell us how did you get involved in the club scene? What were your main influences back then and what inspires you most nowadays? Hi, it’s a pleasure for me too, thank you! For me Djing started when I was a teenager, I was mixing tapes in parties for my friends. But making a carrier out of it was not the plan this came much later. It was a natural thing for me, I was passionate with music at a young age. My father was a pianist and the whole family is in music, in different ways. But at that time I was more into rock/grunge/progressive (Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth or Nirvana to name a few) In my 20’s I had a band, I played as guitarist and singer, but then we all took different directions, that’s when I started spinning wax and making music with a computer.   You were living Barcelona and now settled in Berlin right? What actually made you choose those cities? Have you enjoyed scene and people there? Is there something that would not find anywhere else? Feel free to share some crazy moments. After one year playing in south of France, I decided to move to Barcelona, where I stayed 5 years. It’s during that time that I discovered Ibiza, when I played at Space for the first time. It’s been a great experience going to the cocoon parties, listening to big names like Ricardo, Arpiar and so on… After I needed a change, and decided to drop my bags in Berlin, in 2008. The city gave me what I was looking for, it’s an interesting place because of its culture and background, and this easy way of living seduced me. There’s this big melting pot of artists, and good DJs were playing around the corner every day. I have a ton of memories, it’s hard to name one, the best moments happened when I didn’t expect the night or day to become so memorable. Many happened in Bar 25 and CDV. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_e100b1fc_307697597&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/offparty/vendi-for-echoes_residency-on-off-party-radio', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e100b1fc_307697597', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e100b1fc_307697597' }); });     We heard some exciting news. You are about to launch your label Black Sketch Records. What made you start a label? What’s the idea behind the name? It took me a while, I was just waiting for the right moment, now I’m ready. I have a better idea about the music I want to release, and having my own label gives me all the freedom. I will run everything with my friend Rorsha, who will also collaborate with me on the music. The name Black Sketch came from my tattoo artist name, my love for drawing and my ambient music project, which I began 3 years ago.   Congratulations on your recent release on Hoxton Records. Amazing 3 track EP. How did you come up with the ideas? Did you have image in your mind already? Must been a great moment when you heard RPR play your record. At the beginning Hoxton contacted me because they liked an ambient track they listened to in one of my live podcast. They offered me to release it on vinyl and I loved the idea, that’s how I made an EP for them. Talking about RPR, of course I’m very proud, but it’s always an honour to be played by whoever.   Talking about records. Can you talk us through your studio? What is your favourite piece of gear?
Is there a certain kit in studio that you could not imagine yourself without? It may sound crazy, but I’m mainly working with a laptop these days. Sometimes I use some gears I borrow, I finish some ideas in friend’s studios here in Berlin, or in other places when I’m on tour… But I’m setting up my home studio for the summer, to work on the label future releases, I can’t wait!   How do you manage all your travelling and crazy lifestyle? Is it easy for you to find enough studio time to make those killer records? The advantage to work on my laptop is that I’m very mobile. I can work everywhere, when I feel inspired. I’m not always producing tracks for the club scene. I also like making music like movie soundtracks, electronica and ambient like I said. It depends on my mood. In general, when I produce a track it doesn’t take long to have a good loop, and then I enjoy playing with it for a while. Then I open other projects, and mixed them together sometimes. And some days when I feel like it, I start recording.   As a raver, what were your highlights of the year? Any DJ’s that stuck in your mind or clubs? Are there any artists you are looking forward to seeing?  Actually I don’t go out so much anymore. But I’ve been to Sunwaves for the first time this year, and I loved it! It was the kind of musical experience I needed, to get more inspired. I enjoy the Romanian vibe, so it just made sense.   Thank you for creating mix for us! Wicked sounds. What were the ideas behind the mix? Is there a specific way you prepare for mix series?  I’m glad you liked it, thanks. The main idea is to create a storyline. I selected tracks which worked well together, edited some of them and added some of my own unreleased work. It was recorded at home, chilling with a friend and a bottle of wine.     allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_2643d37a_1384316239&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/vendi-exclusive-meoko-mix', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2643d37a_1384316239', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2643d37a_1384316239' }); });     It was absolute pleasure having you here. Any exciting news about releases? Maybe some exciting dates or collaborations you would like to share with fans? I will release on vinyl on Echoes Rec, with a remix from my pal Nathan Oye. Another track for BodyParts for a VA, and I will deliver a remix for Re.Face alongside Peshka and Vincentiulian.       What would be your best advice from your experience for upcoming artists? My advice for a young artist, be patient, do things with passion, don't be affraid to create accident in your art , learn from your mistakes and get inspiration from all the little things surrounding you.   Thanks for your time. Thank you MEOKO.   Words by Matas Balta   More VENDi More Blacksketch Records More MEOKO    

MEOKO Festival Guru - 2017

It’s that time of year again. With Summer drawing closer and closer, festival season is dawning upon us, and with so much to choose from, MEOKO has hand-picked some it’s favourite and most exciting events on the calendar.   1- Sonus Festival - 20th-24th August, Novalja, Croatia Year after year, it just keeps getting better. Techno heaven in on the beaches of Croatia and the home of legendary undergroundperformances. Adam Beyer, Enzo Siragusa, Maceo Plex, Chris Liebing and Ricardo Villalobos are just a few that make up the incredible lineup. FACEBOOK EVENT   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_e76454dc_509218228&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/sonus-festival/dana-ruh-sonus-festival-2016', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_e76454dc_509218228', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_e76454dc_509218228' }); });     2- Cesarhof Festival Open-Air 2017- 28th-30TH July, Ferme de Cesarhof, France Small in size but large in impact. Join Sonja Moonear, Barac, Ion Ludwig, Martin Buttrich, Andre Galluzzi, Julia Govor, Archie Hamilton, Traumer, Tobi Neumann, Nu Zau and a whole load of amazing artists for the 6th year of this wonderfully intimate gathering. FACEBOOK EVENT     3- Houghton Festival - 10th-13th August, Houghton Hall, Norfolk Carefully curated by Craig Richards himself, this diverse mix of artists include Nicolas Jaar, Floating Points, VILOD, Raresh, Rhadoo and more who will take over Norfolk’s idyllic countryside for three days of art and amazing music. FACEBOOK EVENT   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_ab3742a5_2129641790&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/alexanddigby/meoko-202-alex-digby', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_ab3742a5_2129641790', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_ab3742a5_2129641790' }); });     4- Waha Festival - 20th-24th July, Micfalău, Covasna Six stages of techno, psychedelia, deep house, jazz, ambient, live bands, cumbia, psychill and many more. Rhadoo, Pralsea, Ada Kaleh, Cezar and Dan Andrei are all set to perform, it’s not to be missed. FACEBOOK EVENT     5- 3 Smoked Olives - 27th-31st July, Danube River, Romania Located on an idyllic island between Bulgaria and Romania, this festival is sure to be unique. Voigtmann, Clovis, Micha Blanos and Varhat are all billed to perform, with more TBA. Something surreal for musical adventurers. FACEBOOK EVENT     6 - Experiment Intrinsic - 4th-7th August 2017, Le Parc de Joséphine Baker, France Roedelius& Christopher Chaplin live, Jan Jelinek& Masayoshi Fujita live and The Chi Factory, Nicolas Lutz,Praslea, and so many more will be taking part in this incredible gathering’s sixth immersive edition. Expect some amazing audio-visuals and an unforgettable journey.  FACEBOOK EVENT   7 - Into the Valley - 29thJune-1st July, Tallinn, Estonia 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. FACEBOOK EVENT      8- Eastern Electrics - 5th August, London Hosted by Hot Since 82, Skream and Steve Lawler, audiences are going to be blown away by Âme, Mind Against, Carl Cox and many, many more. FACEBOOK EVENT   9-  Dimensions Festival - 30th August-3rd September, Pula, Croatia Set against the backdrop of an abandoned fort, this is a festival like no other. From its mind-blowing setting, to its eclectic lineup. Performers include Marcel Dettman, Daphni, Helena Hauff, Mala, Horse Meat Disco. FACEBOK EVENT    10 - Lost Village Festival - 24th-27th August, Lincolnshire The lineup for this mystically fantasy festival is just as magical as its setting. Featuring Nina Kraviz, Dusky, Fatima Yamaha, Jackmaster and so many more, immerse yourselves into an experience unlike any other. FACEBOOK EVENT      Words by Georgia Evans More MEOKO

Arkityp Interview with Archie Hamilton & Rossko

  Archetype [ar-ki-typ] noun.             1          A prime example.             2          An original model.             3          A constantly recurring symbol or motif. The Arkityp tidal wave is coming and now is your chosen time of discovery. Join us as we delve a little deeper behind the scenes of the fantastic new project from Archie Hamilton and Rossko. Not much introduction is needed for the two artists, both having bags of experience amongst the underground scene, not just in London but worldwide. After years of the two of them holding down serious residencies with Fuse, and hefty back-to-back sets with their infectious vibe, the time has come for them to do what only seems natural, produce their own imprint. What started as a party in Ibiza in 2015, now seems an impressive reality of the journey they have been on. The label’s debut release ‘M25 EP’ has received an amazing response being driven through dance floors all over, creating a certain buzz around the movements of Arkityp. This really is what it is all about, two close friends in and outside of music coming together, both sharing a vision and delivering their creativity in a form they see fit. It is clear the musical appreciation is mutual between the two, and we are sure we speak for many when we say we are extremely excited to see and hear what this project entails.  This is how it went down when we caught up with the duo, discussing where it all started in Ibiza, and what they have in store for the future…      We are extremely keen to discover this. Will there be more Arkityp parties coming in the future? In Ibiza? or around the world? At the moment we are concentrating on the music. We did a season of Arkityp parties in Ibiza at Underground in 2015; they were a success but this was never a long term plan; just one-off series of parties at one of our favourite spots on the island, still - never say never. We love the definition and meaning behind the name Arkityp, how did the name come about? We played around with many ideas. Loads actually. We wanted something that represented the idea behind the party and the music. The word means ‘the original model’ or ‘example’ and that’s what we are trying to say; nothing complicated, just high-quality output. It’s also a play on our names; the A and the R next to each other also represents Archie and Rossko. There are three of us involved (James Reynolds is behind visual and design aspect.), hence the triangle logo.     When was the moment you thought 'OK, it's time to take it to the next level and create a record label'? The label came about because the two of us had been playing back to back for many years at Fuse. The season we spent in Ibiza on the event was the turning point, naturally we became very good friends in music and more importantly outside of music. When we play we have this innate connection - you can’t force that, it just happens - we’re tuned into the same frequency so moving this connection to the studio was the next step - it just felt right. If it wasn’t for Enzo creating a Fuse studio and encouraging not just us two but all of the Fuse artists to use the space, projects like this wouldn’t be easily realised. We really respect Enzo’s mindset of being a collective. He is the example of what many people with parties/brands should aspire to. We made 3 tracks in 3 days, all the years playing b2b, talking and sharing music it just came out of us. We know each other’s sound inside out and we respect others opinion so making music is pretty simple and straightforward. How it should be! After the sessions Archie took them to his cave and sprinkled his magic on them, we spent the next couple of weeks road testing them and getting feedback from the rest of the Fuse crew until we were happy that they could be signed off for pressing.      Will the label strictly be a platform for the both of you? Or will we see features from fellow friends/artists? At the moment we see this as a label just for ourselves, purely an artistic platform for the both of us to release whatever we feel like. We wanted to explore other avenues of music that we like, but that also reflect our common ground. Rossko has a big garage, grime and jungle side, where as I have a Trip Hop and an eclectic electronica background these past influences really shape our direction and sound. That’s not to say the door is closed with other artists but we like things to flow naturally, so whatever is meant to happen will happen.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_774cc64e_2039483398&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/arkitypmusic/sets/aktp001-m25ep', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_774cc64e_2039483398', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_774cc64e_2039483398' }); });     There was quite a buzz amongst the underground scene, especially in the UK, when announcing your new venture. And the first release the 'M25 EP' has had so much huge support it must be such a rewarding feeling for you both. Any news/info you can give us on the second release? Or any other releases for that matter? We did see a picture from the depths of the studio that made us quite excited. We are really happy with how it’s been received and feeling proud to know we can reach out to a lot of people around the world that support our music, rave to it and buy our records. For the record to sell so quickly and go to repress means we are doing something right. It’s a good feeling, it just makes us want to get back in the studio even quicker and put more records out. We already have started work on the next 3 tracks. Same output; same process as before, 3 tracks in 3 days. We have been road testing them already and a few keen ears have even spotted them as Arkityp tracks - to us, this is a good sign - its shows we’re creating our own identity and sound as Arkityp. This was our aim in the first place.   The debut EP 'M25', really does cater for all dance floor situations, whether its peak time or an after party vibe. Is this a reflection of what you as a label are trying to capture? They are 3 very different tracks but all are connected to a sound and an idea that reflect our personalities, we’re good at translating them into records. I guess it’s an art form really. As DJ’s first we love to play especially; peak time, intimate space, those daytime open air parties as well as your dark and sweaty after hour. We want to make music that is playable in any situation. We can only do this because we have done a lot of research and development on the dance floor.      You have built quite a reputation with your b2b sets, at some amazing parties. It seems you have a great understanding and similar musical energy, does this shine through in the studio as well as in the booth? When we first played we just knew. We were three deck mixing, looping, using tools, mixing for each other. When it works, it works…we really look forward to playing together. That’s the mad thing about synergy; weird stuff happens. A few weeks ago I was playing at Fuse and Archie had given me this special track over a year ago, we were in Ibiza in his hotel room and I must of played it about 10 times in a row - it’s a typical Rossko track. The thing is I never got the chance to play it out until the last Fuse, Jan Kreuger was about to come on and he has that sleazy vibe, so I just knew that this was the moment to drop the track. As I’m just about to bring the track in the mix - Archie taps me on the shoulder to say hello as he had just arrived at Village Underground. I just put up the fader and we just laughed, did a shot of tequila and had a little dance to the track. Its these little things like this that happen all the time with us. It's either coincidence or someone up there winking down on us. Depends your point of view!   Is there a certain process or routine you follow in the studio, or does the magic just happen? We have Rossko, who is more of the copilot, directing the ideas, standing up, dancing and making strange noises! Archie in the driving seat translating the madness. I have to big up Archie because to last three days in the studio with me working this way is impressive. I have so many ideas and I want to put all of them into one track. He is teaching me a lot - in fact we help each other break the rules. Archie thinks in a production format where as I’m like ‘let’s do it like this, let’s do it like that’. The most important thing is Archie is able to get the ideas down and we have such a good time making music. If it’s not serious fun then we would stop. We love what we do so all this comes easy to us.     Anything else Arkityp related you can enlighten us with, or anything we can expect in the near future? More and more music! We have real busy summers ahead of us in Ibiza, tours, festivals and the rest of Europe. We’re both focused on our individual careers but are also touring and playing some high quality gigs together. This is our plan for the summer; to be able to share some special moments and experiences, both together and individually - plenty to look forward to!   Words by Zac Bidwell    More Arkityp More MEOKO

Fabric Reopen Room 3 & Announce Summer lineup

It’s been almost five months since fabric reopened, and the team have announced that some time after its hibernation, they will be reopening Room 3.  The small but much-loved space will be brought back to life on the 2nd June, with boosted sound system and a hot Summer lineup ahead.       On the 3rd June, there will be Fabric 94, the Steffi’s electro-charged album launch with Steffi herself, Virginia and Dexter while Terry Francis, Zenker Brothers and Voiski take over the amped-up space with its newly-moved booth and extra subs.       The 10th June will see Craig Richards, Joy Orbison and Fold perfoming in Room 1, as Terry Francis and Rolls ‘n’ Do- otherwise known as tINI and Bill Patrick play Room 3.     allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'http://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_9fb4c3b5_1309958739&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/joy-orbison/off-season-fuerza-hinf8679-out-soon', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_9fb4c3b5_1309958739', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_9fb4c3b5_1309958739' }); });     Then there’s the 10 years of Air London to look forward to, with Darius Syrossian, Point G (Live), Josh Butler, Jnr Windross, and Terry Francis and Slam in Room 3.     The newly-reopened space will also see Function, Luke Slater, Jay Clarke, take to the stage with many more acts to be announced. To find out more, check out the Fabric blog.  By Georgia Evans   More MEOKO
 
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