- Published on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:04
To those less acquainted with the concept of mammals, Easter evokes bunnies and, uh, eggs. And to the more devout among us, which perhaps are not the most ardent followers of this site, it remains of course an important religious holiday. But Easter sprung out from the pagan festivities celebrating spring and as such, the Easter Bank Holiday signals more than anything the coming of the warmer days. In a few weeks, we’ll all be enjoying beer gardens, outdoor afterparties and comedowns in the park. For the dance-crazed pagans we are, this bank holiday therefore marks more than any other a turning point in the party calendar — and to celebrate properly, two of the best promoters in town, namely Point and Art of Dark, have teamed up to throw a day-long Easter party over two venues on Monday.
Those two forces of the London nightscape probably need little introduction to many of you, but if you’re not lucky enough to have crossed their paths yet, here we go. Point is a London afterparty institution, well-loved among the local community of minimal music lovers. Its regular Sunday night at 512 is a staple for those weekend warriors who still have some energy to spend after two long days and nights of debauchery, but Point also regularly puts on various parties as part of London’s galaxy of minimal promoters where it is a shiny star.
As for Art of Dark, they’ve now far exceeded their London roots, bringing the party to Spain for instance, or Germany, where they played along Berlin’s infamous Libertine crew. For my money, it’s one of the most consistently reliable party in the capital, and few clubbing moments in my life top their New Year’s Day at Oval Space last year with Ben UFO, Binh, and Andrew James Gustav — just a few of the many names they’ve hosted over the years.
But back to the party. This one will pick you up straight from your Sunday night, with Art of Dark starting the hostilities downstairs at Bow Bridge from 6AM, while Point will take care of the upstairs area from 8AM til 1PM. Then everyone migrates over to Grow in Hackney, where the DJs will keep spinning from 12AM to midnight. Nothing better than a waterside venue for a daytime spring party, innit?
Regarding the lineup, it’s decidedly a London affair, with Harry McCanna and Josef (along a still secret guest) headlining the Art of Dark room at Bow Bridge. The former is a local hero close to the Undersound crew, and has played in most of the city’s nicest parties, from the bigger like Half Baked to the smaller like 110. Check out his productions under the Henry Hyde moniker:
Josef is another local DJ that’s shared lineups with McCanna many times. Here’s his interpretation of a night in the Wick, so let’s see on Monday what he’s cooking us for the morning:
The Point event, for its part, features Gols, a student of the London golden age of tech-house who’s sure to make you move. Georgia Girl and Stefania complete the line-up playing B2B. The two are seasoned DJs from the scene, respectively affiliated with Keep on Going and Eastsunrise. If you’ve ever been to these parties — or many of the others where they’re anyway regulars — and enjoyed your time there, they’re the ones to thank. For the Grow event, the lineup is still pretty secretive at the moment, with only Gols carrying on from Bow Bridge. In any case, we blindly trust Point and Art of Dark to put on the perfect line-up.
All in all, this promises to be a glorious spring reunion for the London afterparty scene, so we expect a ludicrous amount of good vibes for this fun-soaked affair. See you on Monday, and Happy Easter.
Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin
- Published on Friday, 23 March 2018 08:51
Festivals usually evoke a sunny imaginary, a scantily-clad, sunglass-wearing crowd bouncing to cheerful music at the height of the summer, bringing home sunburns collected aboard boat parties along with the good memories. But today let’s put ourselves under the sign of the moon, as the promoters behind Moonland Festival, Estonia’s newest festival, invite us to do. Moonland takes place from the 3rd to the 5th of August in Rummu, a former limestone quarry nearby Tallinn, the country’s capital. Rummu, we’re told, “is filled with scars of its past”, calling to mind the moon’s surface with its oceans of “dead volcanoes, impact craters, and lava flows”. Indeed the photos are stunning, eerie even. It’s certainly a one-of-a-kind place that stimulates the imaginary — you get a sense that something special is going to happen here.
In the increasing market of European boutique festivals, Moonland sure manages to set itself apart with this breathtaking setting. That said, it’s not all about the spot, of course. The magic happens when a string of elements are assembled, music chief among them. But there’s no worry to be had on that regard either: our recent interview w/ Dorian Paic will be hot on the heels of yet another season in Ibiza and his label’s 20th birthday, so expect to find him at his usual best. Both Archie Hamilton and Enzo Siragusa from FUSE will come to represent London’s modern tech-house sound, while Barac and Cristi Cons are entrusted with bringing the vibes from Romania. A flurry of live appearances have also been announced, with Ion Ludwig or Philip Gorbachev, as well as a rare appearance from Mathew Jonson and his partner Isis Kuaygarond.
For something a bit warmer, Octo Octa will play live the sounds of her classic house-inflected debut album, Where Are We Going? (well, to Rummu, Estonia, duh). Finally it’s impossible not to mention a veteran of the Canadian scene, Mike Shannon. The guy’s know for a driving yet quirky sound — futuristic vibes that live up to electronic music’s ongoing love affair for all things spacey. Since the moon has always proven attractive for electronic music producers — whether you think about the early Detroiter’s outer-space fantasies, or to Jeff Mills’ recent score for pioneering French movie A Trip to the Moon — Mike Shannon will sure be inspired by Rummu’s unique landscape.
Here is the full line-up, with many more names yet to be announced:
And if you’ve spotted the yellow logo on the posters, well, MEOKO is over the moon to announce it’s the festival’s official media partner. You know the drill: more info and exclusive content to come on here. In the meantime, I’d check with my boss about having the 3rd to 5th of August off. See you on the moon.
Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin
- Published on Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:22
Up and coming Bucharest based event startup “drums” has gone live with another banger for Kingsnight Amsterdam - one of Holland’s most exciting bank holidays of the first half of the year.
After announcing a powerful Off Week Barcelona proposition, featuring all-Romanian micro-house figureheads spread across two nights in two clubs, Drums hits again.
What many people call a mini-ADE, Kingsnight & day (formerly known as Queens Day) is a national festivity filled with parties, club nights and street parades.
With this ocassion, on the 26th of April, on top of the city in A’dam Toren, Drums invites Barac, Praslea and Sonja Moonear for an all nighter with a view. Kitted out with a custom soundsystem just for this event, the location sitting on top of A’dam Toren (Madam) is no stranger to micro waves, having previously hosted, in October, an ADE Closing Afterparty with the likes of Priku, Arapu, Laylla Dane & East End Dubs.
The event proposes, apart from the stellar lineup, clear cut sound, a great atmosphere sitting on top of Amsterdam highest bar - this is one not to be missed if you’re in town. Could also be considered a warm SW23 preparty.
- Published on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 09:09
We’re all down with the nitty-gritty side of dance music, aren’t we? I might just speak for myself, but dingy, spooky warehouses where you dance side by side with nightlife fairies and afterparties zombies is what I live for. Yet we all know this lifestyle can be draining too, and sometimes, just once in a while really, you need to take a break and recharge your batteries. Or… do you? Not if MDRNTY is there to pick you up. There’s the opportunity to keep on dancing while enjoying some of that well-deserved self-care.
MDRNTY is a 3-day long cruise aboard MSC Opera, setting sail from Genova in Italy, stopping in Sardinia and Corsica, and heading back to Genova. The self-described “ephemeral epicurean experience” includes unlimited food and drinks; pop-up events such as yoga sessions; film screenings; swimming pools; sports, and so on. Sounds nice for your parents, right? But hey, we’re not a tour operator website, so here’s the twist: during the entirety of the cruise, dance music luminaries will take turns behind the decks, from the moment the anchor raises til it finally drops. Non-stop. Yep, 24-hour music over three days and night. I might want to take back what I said about relaxing — but where else will you sweat it off to Ricardo’s trippy beats and then chill with him by the pool?
It’s not only Ricardo, as quite a few MEOKO darlings are part of the adventure. There’s the French trio Apollonia, whose bumpy beats seem to follow us everywhere — we simply cannot get enough of them. A long-time comrade of the trio who shares their pumping ethos will be there too in the person of Djebali. Andrey Pushkarev is no longer Moscow’s best-kept secret and will know how to cool down dancers under the blazing sun with the dubby sounds he likes to distill in his sets. Ion Ludwig will grace the attendees with one of his famed live appearances, just like veteran Mathew Jonson. There’s FUSE resident Archie Hamilton for the bumpier stuff, Berlin hero Dana Ruh for the deeper vibes, and Lazare Hoche repping Paris’ younger generation with a sleek combination of those two sounds.
All in all, there’s something for everyone but such a line-up wouldn’t be complete without a nice contingent from our beloved Romanian scene. So to round this up in the best way possible, MDRNTY invited aboard CAP, Herodot, Mihai Pol and Suciu. And who better than the mighty duo of Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia to soundtrack such a sun-drenched experience? If you’ve ever seen them at Sunwaves, you know that nothing beats their driving Romanian vibes in such a setting.
Here are all the confirmed names at the moment:
Sure enough, this cruise is not for the 20-something just getting into dance music. But if you’re a bit older and more affluent, this might be just the right thing for you. You’ve put in the hours on the dark dancefloors of the underground, after all — time to treat yourself. In any case, you’ll see us there, as MEOKO is happy to announce we’re MDRNTY’s official media partner. So watch out for upcoming info on here, and all aboard MSC Opera. See you in June!
Words by Pierre Alexis Chauvin
- Published on Thursday, 15 March 2018 18:01
As summer draws closer, the MEOKO calendar begins to fill with various events and partnerships across Europe. This summer a new concept and musical movement will take place in Prague, Czech Republic (11th-13th May), and it goes by the name of UP Festival. A 72-hour journey of discovery via a wide spectrum of sounds and artistic measures. The sole purpose of this project is to drive diversity and new realms in to the already rich culture in arguably one of Europe’s most beautiful countries. An open table of opportunity for artists to bring forward their interpretations of sound, exposing to hungry ears.
However, it would not be fair to celebrate the longer days and endless summer nights without something much closer to home. On the 23rd of April we partner up with one of the longest serving Sunday parties on the London circuit, WetYourSelf. Supplying you with a first taste of the UP Festival concept, alongside residents Jacob Husley and Peter Pixzel. Prague meets Farringdon, as we take over room one at fabriclondon for a fine selection of records.
Heading the bill is a touch of class from France, as Yoyaku heavyweights Varhat and Janeret present you with one of their prestigious b2b sets. Recent times have seen the light of this effective combination, a duo that present similar energy and atmospheres. Layers of dreamy dub techno, with a certain familiar sound from the two artists will be sure to set well on the system on this Sunday. Chemistry that must be witnessed, and an insight of what can be expected from them when they tell their story this May in Prague.
Joining them on the night is UP Festival resident Bruno Curtis, an artist who continues to build a solid reputation for himself in his base city, Prague and now plans to expand his horizons; rightly so. Born in New Zealand, but it was his experiences when travelling that fuelled his fire for his current sound of deep melodic grooves with a minimalistic outlook. An opportunity for London to discover this raw talent, come and see for yourself.
See you on the dancefloor.
Words by Zac Bidwell