- Published on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:58
Following the monumental success of ‘Reconstructed’ with Barac and East End Dubs, Bare Essentials, and Mantra Collective are returning with the massive ‘Reconstructed II' featuring exclusive performances from Subb-an and Cezar. These heavyweights will be taking over a secret underground car park in Sydney on the 8th April for one night of incredible music.
Birmingham’s own Ashique Subhan aka Subb-an is legendary in the industry. Notorious for his collective and experimental sound, he’s been at the epicentre of the underground since his days at Rainbow, where he was picked up by founder Adam Shelton. After creating the long-running One Records with Shelton, he has continued to drive forward enticingly deep minimal house and techno sounds, most recently working with Cocoon, Cabinet Records and Beste Modus.
The second exclusive performer is Cezar, the innovative key figure in Bucharest’s underground scene. He’s sure to bring his cutting-edge energetic sound fresh from [a:rpia:r] records. The Understand label boss is sure to be inspired by the amazing underground setting around him, and the perfect blend of old and new minimal vibes.
Sydney’s finest DJs will be in attendance to support the event. Mantra Collective, Matt Weir & Jake Hough, Persian Rug, Marlie, CD. INC and Max Headroom will all be coming together to the secret location. This will all be powered by a mind-blowing FunktionOne sound system and world class lighting.
Words by Georgia Evans
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- Published on Friday, 17 February 2017 11:48
Remember Alexander Scriabin’s synaesthetic code?
Neither did we until an email arrived to our office; supposedly from Bucharest, containing the live session you’re about to watch...
What’s the link?
In the email the production duo (Roman Botnari/ Cristian Munteanu) is talking about “their own palette of intertwined emotions”, a “hybrid installation” of organic and mechanical parts. However, the most important is their intention to create a polyvalent experience for the participant and a language for that matter, a code.
''Scriabin heard music as colors, and invented an instrument that could be played like a piano to project colored light into the concert hall''
(Scriabin's synaesthetic code)
MEOKO sat down with the guys, to find out what does this really mean and how did they come up with the idea:
CHRS: It all started when a relative told me about the curious experiences he had as a pianist; every time he played a piece in G Major he would see the sun strong red through the music sheets, serve a coffee in d minor or walk on a greenish field in e minor ..I was fascinated. By studying the classical composers like Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Scriabin, i realized it can be done in normal conditions too, by combining arts and ideas into a unified experience. You just need to keep an open mind and see the inner spaces paved with patterns that connect us.
Regarding the aesthetics of the project, it’s definitively a personal view on the condition, somehow biased by the fact that none of the members are actually synaesthetes.
R/B: Music doesn't always come from music.. whether it’s sinestezie or a personal project the inspiration comes from an emotion, a picture or some random happening that we’re translating through rhythm and notes.. I'd say we’re all potentially synesthetic, through the connections we make and the sensibilities we develop.
Seems like a pretentious project, I reckon music is the driver yet there are various other aspects to be taken care of, an appropriate venue and whatnot.
R/B: I’d say the most important thing is your interest and curiosity, but since I got this idea, I knew we can’t do it alone. So we decided to invite artists coming from different backgrounds to translate our sound into visual symbols, colour schemes and a bunch of other cool stuff, currently a work in progress.
In this video, for example, we collaborate with RAMIO and Andrei Popa on the visual side and TRIP, the craftsmen studio that built the spaceship like desk.
Finally what’s the purpose behind it, and what can be achieved through this hybrid installation?
CHRS: We’ll be using our own code of associated sensations in live acts to trigger stimuli and create moments that can be retraced through more than one form of perception (a type of melody, color, form or even smell).
In recent years it’s rare to spot such a live show with an open concept based on an ''alien'' principle. Although it might seem easy to intellectually grasp such things, it can be more difficult to perceive the deep, meditative music behind it. This is what could actually do the trick. That being said, I can’t wait to see this setup in a live situation.
- Published on Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:36
There is a lot of excitement and planning that goes into an event, especially one that you are personally involved in or particularly interested in. It's become a major part of the industry, so much so that an increasing number of upcoming artists would rather get a solid gig than get signed by a label. And with this, there is a growing feeling of connectivity between the listeners and the artists, one that develops, for the most part, on a dance floor.
Going out has become a way of life for most of us, a weekend doesn't go by without us visiting that all too familiar venue or chasing the next event that your favourite artist will be performing at. It's great, it's culture in the making and it is the foundations of techno music more-so than any other genre, drugs are likely a major factor of this but the reality is: most of what we know about our subculture, happens in front of the DJ box.
Until it doesn't. Many a time we experience an adverse effect, specifically revolving around the sheer number of individuals who may be let into a venue. This is likely to happen when someone particularly popular is playing, making the promoters and organises blinded by big fat € signs in their eyes. No shame in saying it, because it's a problem and a serious one at that. I've found myself having no control over where I want to stand because there is just a wave of people pushing me around the venue, literally taking me along for the ride.
Sardine vibes, that is what it is and I for one can't stand it. Why go through the effort of organisation, planning and execution of an event only to put the crowd last. Not only does it show where the focus is (on the money) but it's also very dangerous, to say the least! It's becoming an increasingly frequent experience and it is turning people away from the venues that tend to do it. So many issues come to light here, the paradox of being underground is one of them. When is a subculture no longer a sub-culture? What does it mean to be underground? I can think of some events and movements that certainly started as underground but have grown to become well and truly something entirely different – which is fine! But don't cram me into a venue that has already exceeded its capacity, it's just wrong.
Words by Alexander Fetokaki
- Published on Friday, 10 February 2017 18:08
Fuse London have announced a massive series of events for London’s underground scene. Curated by Seb Zito, a series of Infuse Saturday daytime events at 93 Feet East, with the first taking place on 4 March, then 1 April and 6 May respectively. This handpicked selection will showcase the best of house and techno.
Putting East London on the map, special guests at these events include Ferro, OdD, Fabe, Jack Wickham, Joseph Williams, Javier Carballo, Mariano Mateljan, and Stuart Hawkins- and of course, Zito himself. In addition to this, they will all be playing three to four hour sets, showcasing their skills as some of London’s greatest talents.
Seb Zito has been quoted saying, “The Fuse team has a rich history with 93 Feet East and we think the venue can be an integral part of the future of electronic music in East London. We’ve gone into 93 to reconfigure the sound and the booth so we can create the perfect setting for a party.”
The 4th March will see the Infuse launch, where Zito will be performing for the first time since their epic New Year’s Rave. The head of a&r, co-founder, and resident will be joined by the prolific and marvellously talented Ferro, ahead of his return to VBX in Amsterdam. On the 1st April expect to see Overall’s Javier Carbello, Jack Wickham, and Joseph Williams. Then to wrap it all up, the closing party sees German favourite Fabe, with Infuse mainstays Mariano Mateljan and Stuart Hawkins.
This marks a huge achievement for the label, it’s the first time the Fuse crew have been back at 93 Feet East for almost five years. Here, they’ll continue to make their case for a positive clubbing environment and high-quality daytime parties, with music at the heart of it all.
As Zito says, “The Infuse label has been a platform for our friends and artists for nearly 5 years, so it makes sense to create a second platform for the guys to express themselves as DJs. Just as I’ve flourished within the Fuse camp through their support and guidance, this is a chance for me to do the same for them.”
Words by Georgia Evans
- Published on Friday, 03 February 2017 22:55
Just Jack- House Music is turning 11 and to mark the occasion, Meoko has compiled a list of 11 brilliant events from the self-proclaimed vibe merchants, disco peddlers and renegade masters. Over the years, Tom Rio, Dan Wild, Rag Amuffin, Jethro Binns and Rob Shaw have been bringing the boogie. This weekend they’ll be marking their decade-long reign as kings of Bristol’s party house scene with Robert Hood aka Floorplan, Midland, DJ Bone, Optimo, Soichi Terada and many more. But before that, let’s have a look at some of the amazing things they’ve brought us over the last 11years…
Jeremy Underground’s set at Just Jack’s Secret Toilet Party- January 2017
The Just Jack crew really started 2017 in one of the most bizarre and fun ways possible. Setting up a secret tent behind the portals at Bristol’s Motion, then getting Jeremy Underground to perform made for an unforgettable night. Partygoers enjoyed funky house jams while dancing under inflatable ducks, toilet brushes and cuddly poo toys, charming.
DJ Koze takes over the Arnolifini as part of the Altered States- April 2015
The Red Bull Music Academy tour collaborated with the kaleidoscopic party-curators to bring together music and art in Bristol’s Arnolifini Museum. Crowds were thrown into psychedelic fantasies of colour and sound. Koze projected enigmatic images onto the walls to bring together an all-encompassing sensory experience.
9th Birthday at fabric- February 2015
Just Jack are a Bristol landmark, but they broadened their horizons for a legendary night at a legendary club. After celebrating their ninth birthday with a massive blowout at Motion, they moved further afield to Farringdon. Here, they brought their own flavour with Terry Francis, John Barera & Will Martin and Tom Rio & Dan Wild all taking to the stage. Bysmashing it in the capital, they proved themselves to be champions of the British house scene.
Just Jack’s Circus Freak Boutique- October 2008 to present.
Just Jack’s Halloween parties are legendary in Bristol. The Circus Freak Boutique is now a tradition. Having been going strong for the last decade, we thought it would be suitable to reflect on the early days, having only been going for a couple of years, the crew were quickly taking off, moving into the bastille that is Motion’s Skatepark. They claimed it would be the most sordid party they’d ever thrown, and they continue to out-do themselves every year since. By 2015, it was headlined by Ricardo Villalobos, Kyle Hall and Sonja Moonear. In 2016, they had Âme. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger…
Just Jack Presents…Booka Shade- November 2010
What a way to take over In:Motion. Booka Shade, Matt Tolfrey & Geddes, jozif, Buckley, Waifs & Strays , Tom Rio and Dan Wild all blew the crowds minds with this all-star extravaganza. They claim to eat your face off, and they came close.
Illusion Recordings & Just Jack present MR. G- December 2012
Before collaborating with the godfather of the underground scene in 2015, Just Jack hosted a spectacular event at The Garage in Leeds, teaming up with illusion records to provide something truly magical. An intimate setting with unbelievable soundscapes and a living legend, Mr G. What could be better?
Just Jack at Hideout festival Croatia- July 2012
The ‘Noah’s Ark’ themed festival party was one of the first festival appearances for the house mavericks. Bringing their own unique style and sense of humour to the beautiful Pag in Croatia. Hideout was still in its early years but this collaboration blew partygoers out the water (excuse the pun).
KiNK and Neville Watson with My Love is Underground- December 2013
The return of the Jack. This time in the Empire Theatre. Returning to their hometown after travelling across the UK, these guys made sure to have one hell of a homecoming. Taking over two rooms, they provided an intimate den for high quality acid house and techno, courtesy of Colonel Wrongface himself. The main room saw KiNK and Neville Watson collaborating on a mind-bending blend of anthems while Jeremy Underground and brilliant Brawther threaten to tear the back doors off the place. Unforgettable.
Just Jack Agency Launch- June 2013
This marked a pinnacle moment for the party-planners as they branched out from events to their own label, which has since released some incredible tracks. Stamp the Wax and Just Ticket joined together with the Bristol-born mavericks for a Berlin-style open-air day party at the Riverside Youth Project in Bristol. A monumental occasion that featured Mano Le Tough, James Welsh and Typesun who provided some of the best in house and boogie.
Just Jack’s 10th Birthday- February 2016
Having established themselves as an institution, they celebrated their tenth birthday in style. Three hours of Seth Troxler and Eats Everything playing back-to-back. Optimo, Hunee, Honey Dijon, and Steffi all marked the occasion. Europe’s biggest DJs all gathered to Motion to mark the last 10 years and to welcome in the next.
Robert Hood aka Floorplan and Midland for Just Jack’s 11th birthday- February 2017
Ok, even though this hasn’t happened yet, it is guaranteed to be an epic occasion. Following last years extraordinary spectacle, Just Jack are pulling out all the stops to bring one of their biggest and best nights yet. An evening of funk-house and foxy jams will be provided by the stellar line-up; Robert Hood, Midland, Optimo, DJ Bone, Soichi Terada, Jayda G, Tom Rio and Dan Wild. The true originators and the champions of the underground will be taking over Motion of this night of unstoppable fun, funk and festivities.
So there it is, some hand-picked moments from Bristol’s house pioneers. To stay up to date on all the action, have a look at their Facebook page. To listen to some of their fresh tunes, head to their Soundcloud. And to make sure you don’t have FOMO this Saturday, get yourself a ticket to the big 11th birthday bash, here.
Words by Georgia Evans