- Published on Monday, 26 March 2018 22:23
The turn of the century is often remembered as a dark age for New York dance music. With then-mayor Rudy Giuliani cracking up on parties, using for instance the infamous and racist no-dancing law that only just got repealed, dance music lovers were forced more and more underground. Yet from 1996 to 2002, a cult Sunday afternoon party drew week-in week-out those that no amount of policing could prevent from dancing: starting off as a mere outlet for François K and his friends’ frustration with the state of New York’s nightlife, Body & Soul made a lasting impact on the city’s scene. And now E1 London is bringing the full crew to London for a rare Body & Soul appearance this Saturday.
Body & Soul got started in July 1996 as a weekly Sunday afternoon affair by three long-time alumni of the NYC dance scene, and soon acquired a cult status among its crowd of devotees — it is now remembered with the same fondness as the very parties and clubs that had inspired it in the first place. Indeed, François K, Joe Claussel and Danny Krivit — the three masterminds behind the party — all cut their teeth behind the decks of the Big Apple’s most iconic clubs, where they’ve put in a ludicrous amount of time as dancers themselves. The Loft, the Paradise Garage, you name it: here is the DNA running in Body & Soul’s blood. In other words, few people live and breathe dance music as much as those three. A list of their individual accomplishments would be unreasonably lengthy, but suffice to say that Joe Claussel is one of the founders of cult house label Ibadan, while François K is simply one of the most influential producers ever: from pretty much single-handedly pioneering the art of the dance music edit in the late ’70s to collaborating with Mick Jagger and Depeche Mode, the native Frenchman has forever imprinted his mark on the musical landscape.
And as for Danny Krivit, in addition to being one of his city’s most famous DJs, he’s given us what for my money might be the best edit ever: if you want one tune that embodies the ethos of Body & Soul, look no further than his version of “Love Is The Message”.
To celebrate this unique occasion to catch the legendary trio in London, MEOKO is putting on a special competition. In addition to two entries for Saturday’s party at E1, the lucky winner will get £30 worth of free drinks and a copy of the first 3x12” compilation put out by Body & Soul (https://www.discogs.com/sell/release/62214?ev=rb), which includes a bunch of the party’s most rinsed tunes, and bona fide New York garage classics.
To leave him the last word, here’s what François K had to say about Body & Soul at its height: “these parties we’re having right now are among the very few I go to where the crowd goes nuts… They’re screaming and hollering, singing and stomping, they don’t want to leave the club. Every week now, it’s become this habit, where we put the lights on and everybody keeps dancing. We turn the music off and they sing, so we have to put more music on.” So if you like your house music soulful, try your chance at the competition and come over at E1 this Saturday. This is one for the books.
Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin
- Published on Friday, 15 December 2017 19:23
Hello little pumpkins, and happy new… not yet, not yet! But it’s coming soon and there’s an avalanche of parties to ease in 2018. The one you’ll be more likely to see me at is The Sunday Afters — which will happen on a, well, Monday. That shouldn’t stop your favourite Sunday afterparty to absolutely smash it though. A rallying cry for all of the city’s party freaks, minimal lovers, jaw-munchers and quite simply anyone desperate for an afterparty in the wee hours of the morning, the East London institution will be fresh off its 5th birthday and seems to be determined to start off the year with a boom. And let’s be honest, they came up with a line-up that puts most clubs to shame, assembling the finest team of minimal traffickers.
First up there are Vinyl Speed Adjust, with a 4-hour set that will let them deploy the full extent of their hypnotic magic. The Romanian duo have a massively broad scope, and it’d be impossible to single out a favourite tune. But rest assured that the one constant feature is their Romanian seal of quality. That’s why they’ve been longtime favorite of ours at MEOKO, and you can check the interview we did with them in 2015 — or better yet, “let the music do the talking” as they like to say, and listen to the two mighty mixes they did for us.
That said, it’s not like the Sunday Afters put all their eggs in the same basket with their headliners; the supporting acts are serious competition. Take Alex Celler. London’s Greek minimalist’s reputation is already very established, and with recent releases on Trelik and PAL SL, it’s fair to say he’s become a bit of a Baby Ford favourite — earlier this year, he even played for the label’s showcase supporting no less than the bossman himself and Zip. Such backing from one of electronic music’s all-time best is not granted to everyone, but it’s definitely deserved in Alex’s case.
On the other hand, there’s Frazer Campbell, another London stalwart. His take on techno is twisted and driving — the kind that will lock you in a languid groove perfect for the hazy hours. Since 2016 he’s had a very productive time with the beginnings of his two labels, Open Recordings and Elliot Project Records, and for me his recent EP with Steve O’Sullivan on the latter’s Mosaic imprint is clearly one of this year’s best. No doubt 2018 will be his year, and I’m genuinely stoked at the idea to start it in his company.
Based between Tel Aviv and Berlin, we haven’t heard much of Stan Yaroslavlky yet, since The Sunday Afters are bringing him over for his first ever UK gig. But if his newly-minted Small Things Records label is to be trusted, the man knows a thing or two about making your feet move. The first release is full of those clicks and bleeps that make sane persons ask you “is this even music?”, when this is precisely the reason we love it so much — odd sounds for odd people ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Obviously, this wouldn’t be a Sunday Afters without their own crew, and resident Geometric will play B2B with another regular from the party Modebakù. We might be drawn in by the big-hitters, but it’s guys like them that have made the Sunday Afters what it is. In addition, we’re promised some special guests from the Arupa Music camp. Keep your eyes peeled!
Well that’s it — and that sounds, to me at least, absolutely amazing! Any East London weekend warrior worthy of the name has already spent a Sunday morning in the safe hands of the Sunday Afters’ team, and they should be out in force on this New Year’s Day. This will go down at a secret location, and we’re told it’s a new warehouse. But is there anything more to say, really? If you know, you know. So grab your tickets and see you there!
Words by: Pierre-Alexis Chauvin
- Published on Thursday, 09 November 2017 11:03
We are just weeks away from celebrating Forever And A Day's second anniversary. Time and time again the London based brand have provided unique and wild parties always selecting handfuls of high quality artists to represent there sound. The day time party on Saturday the 25th of November will be no exception, preparing a magical experience for everyone involved before taking on another trip around the sun. Where is the party taking place you ask? STYX, London, kicking off at Midday.
Amphia, Understand, and Ourown are just a few of the eclectic outlets we can relate to Romanian headliner, Cezar. The journey man. Holds the ability to control the atmosphere and the crowd as if they are on strings. Slick minimal cuts, sometimes bordering on house, extracted from a variety of years. Witnessing him in action is one of those times you will never forget, embedded with the moment.
Dreamy landscapes, laced with dub grooves will be the flavour of the day when Frenchman Varhat tells his anniversary story. The last few years has seen the Yoyaku artist constantly build on his personal reputation, and the labels. His productions are widely appreciated across the board, played at parties all over the world. It will be interesting to absorb the up close and personal experience, and what he will have in the bag for the Forever And A Day family.
Another Romanian artist on board is, Gri (Mulen/Tzinah Records). Someone who has obviously made a lasting impression with the brand as he is called back to play for them again. Kofi Tyson & Oana Leca (Auroom) will be playing a special b2b set. As they welcome new faces for the party, some familiar faces will also be making an appearance Azire, Syreeta, and Shane B b2b WD Wallace.
Ahead of the anniversary bash we have teamed up with Forever and a Day to conjure up something special for our readers. You have the chance to win:
1- 1 Vinyl – YoYo.01 - Varhat – Suguri
2- 4x Ticket Entry
3- Branded longline Forever And A Day T-shirt
2 Runners up: 2x Ticket Entry
Words by Zac
- Published on Tuesday, 31 October 2017 09:47
We all love birthdays as it’s time for party and presents and we can’t ask for a better combo than our beloved 8th birthday of Half Baked. What a journey. This amazing brand has made its name across the world bringing unique vibe event after event making people smile for weeks afterwards. It is such a trustworthy name that not many has in a scene, when friends invite you to come to one of their events, you know it’s going to be a memorable one.
They are about to make a huge stamp in their journey by blowing away all their fan expectations. The line up speaks for itself to truly show what is this party is about since 2009 keeping it fresh at the same time. Action will take place on 25th November in yet mysterious 3 rooms east London venue, E1. Making you excited there?
Still keeping some names and special guests undercover, but what we know already is beyond exciting! You won’t see such names on the same bill around that’s for sure! Half Baked just making sure to have the party to top top level adding this guy – John Dimas. He does not need much of introduction as being one of the most wanted underground artists coming down to celebrate the birthday straight from having a massive blast this summer with Circoloco family in DC10 and all the best clubs around the globe.
Second name that got our attention is Francesco Del Garda. Absolute weapon from Italy that has everything under his belt to control the dancefloor to the fullest! His mixes which require a massive bag of skills and we are sure it will leave you impressed and wanting for more!
Coming next is Objekt. This guy does not put himself in sort of frame really. I think he describes himself best “adventures in machine music build to make subs rattle ad feet wiggle; a convoluted mess of elektrology and teknology, 3-step, bass-core, post windmill, proto-minimal wankstep, gondola, shithouse, acid wonk, ambient gabber, no more, no less.” That’s kinda it to know what to expect from this lad.
One name that always make an appearance is Perlon. Such a big love we have for it and in charge of that this time we have Sammy Dee rocking the decks. He made his name across the clubbing scene by having his own strong approach and eclectic taste in music and creating this magical experience that Half Baked is famous for. Then we have this French killer combo back - Hold Youth (Seuil b2b Le Loup) alongside exciting member of Toi Toi Musik collective – Lamache and as expected long term Half Baked soldier – Robin Ordell Aka Pap Inc getting your feet going for hours with those crazy French influenced house cuts.
What a birthday without an appearance of a long time Half Baked’s friend Mike Shannon? He is added to the bill too to make the night extra spicy. To add cherry on a cake we have b2b of Harry McCanna and Jake Hodkinson joining birthday again as well as OddMann to complete the event to the fullest. Lastly, recent hot name Lamache and a familiar face, Georgia Girl making her first Half Baked debut.
Treats for grabs:
1 - 2x Tickets for the the birthday
2 - 1x HB T-shirt (limited edition)
3 - HB Slipmats
4 - HB Earplugs
5 - HB010
6 - HB008
7 - 1x Original HB T-shirt
8 - 1x HB006
Happy birthday, Half Baked, thank you for all these memories and events you did so far and we can’t wait to see what the future brings.
Half Baked's 8 Years of Love Facebook Event
Half Baked's 8 Years of Love Tickets
Word by Matas Balta
- Published on Friday, 20 October 2017 12:21
In a fashionably different way, we're starting to see some previously unseen faces at Amsterdam Dance Event this year. Some much needed Romanian sound is coming to A'dam Toren, otherwise known as the Music Tower which turns yellow throughout the duration of the ADE week every year. On the panorama deck, at the 20th floor, Sunday night, in the club / restaurant known as Madam, Priku together with Arapu and London based East Eand Dubs will grace the floor with some groovy minimal beats.
Bulgarian born, Rotate artist, Laylla Dane will be warming up things for a night destined to end in the morning light. The trio has played together before and attendees are potentially preparing for some interesting b2b2b action. Doors open 23:00 and the lineup is stellar like the view, a great way to end ADE '17.
- 2 tickets to this amazing gathering
- Rotate 003 Vinyl - Anestie Gomez & Denis Kaznacheev / The Wieferich Pair
- Motif 004 Vinyl- Priku & Arapu / Supermoon
- Understand Romania Vinyl- Arapu / Wasted Ego