- Published on Friday, 11 May 2018 12:04
Well, we didn’t see that one coming, but looks like two of our favourite DJs have struck an unlikely alliance. tINI and Molly have been orbiting each other lately with invites to their respective parties, but they’re now taking things to the next level with a string of b2b sets across Europe.
Any profile-raising news for Molly is sweet as honey to my ears. It’s heartwarming when people finally get their dues, and that’s exactly what seems to be happening to her at the minute. The Paris-based DJ has come a long way since starting her ongoing Rex Club residency. Initially a behind-the-scenes employee at the club, she slowly but surely established her mark behind the decks on the boulevards all the while gigging around town, leading her to become a fixture of the French capital. Resident DJ at Paris’ most historic club? Check. Appearances at Concrete and their yearly Weather festival? Check. Ties to the beating heart of French minimal, that is Yoyaku? Che-e-e-e-ck. Molly is one of those local heroes that shape a scene, and if she remains an untiring champion for the best of underground house and techno, her increasingly minimal inclinations reflect Paris’ embrace of the sound. Indeed, with Yoyaku she seems to have struck a chord, with the Belleville outlet releasing her first EP last year.
Not that she’s a newcomer to the genre though, as a look at her list of guests in the past years at Rex Club is testament to her versatility — American underground warriors like Aybee, Kyle Hall or Fred P have rubbed shoulders with the cream of the crop of the European minimal scene, namely Zip (!), Eli Verveine, Vera or Onur Özer — and a look at her schedule is even more revealing: Molly is jumping from Panorama Bar, to dates with the twee Giegling crew, to brasher Ibiza parties, like it’s nothing at all. With her abroad dates showing no sign of slowing down, it’s Paris’ loss, but the rest of the world’s benefit.
tINI, on the other hand, has already been a powerhouse on the house and techno circuit for years. Instead of a Rex Club, it was her ties to Loco Dice and Desolat that broke her through the scene, but she soon enough established her own tINI and The Gang residency in Ibiza — a favourite on the White Isle, whose beach party vibe and free-entry policy until a few years ago marked her as a bit of an outlier amidst the island’s superclubs. Having played the biggest scenes in the world — Coachella no less — The Gang shows tINI’s constant attachment to the music firstly, something all too rare in a corner of the industry that at times seems to have more to do with the stock exchange than with the transformative experience of clubbing. The Gang is tINI’s loose group of affiliates, a Justice League for bumpy beats that pairs more established names like Bill Patrick — with whom tINI’s epic b2b have become the stuff of legends — or Cologne’s own Andy Kolwes with a pool of fairly unknown up-and-comers, and some carefully selected guests, that have included all from Alexandra to Giammarco Orsini. Sure, the brand is centered around tINI’s figure, but its rotating cast makes it about the vibes rather than the names. As Andy told us, she’s “the living proof […] that it’s possible to stay true to yourself and even gain a bigger audience at the same time.”
So now those two names are joining forces, with a series of b2b sets that started on May 9th at Frankfurt’s beloved Robert Johnson, following tINI’s invitation to Molly’s HEAD—ON residency at Rex Club back in January, and continuous appearances with The Gang for Molly over the past few years. This collaboration is a win-win-win situation: tINI maintains her appeal as a big name DJ that still knows what’s hot, Molly’s continuing ascent to DJing royalty is propelled by the partnership, and we, the public, get to see those two unique DJs get face to face. Beyond their respective knack for working a crowd into a frenzy, the two have more in common than it seems. Most importantly they’re DJs first and foremost: although both have made forays into production with success, it’s primarily their skills as party hosts that ground their respective appeal — which in this day and age where everyone seemingly is a DJ is no small feat. While many turn to production to stand out from the mass, those two have mainly relied on the old art of DJing: the ability to select the right tune at the right time, and to string those good tunes over hours into something greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a skill that shines most through their residencies — where you can’t merely fly in, soundcheck, play some bangers, but have to think out the entirety of the night, from the warm-up to the last encore, as a continuous whole, and have to maintain this continuity month-in month-out.
A successful residency shows great curatorial skills, and the next logical step, which funnily enough they’ve both decided to take around the same time, was to launch their own labels. Kicking off last year with a warm and dubby EP courtesy of Florida’s Michael Zucker and associate Pete An under the Prophets of A New Generation moniker, Molly’s RDV carried on with an Aybee record smothered in his gently psychedelic percussion-heavy style and has already reached its third release, this time crossing the Pond back to Paris for an Aleqs Notal/1977 split.
And now tINI’s taking the plunge, too. Little do we know yet about her Part of The Gang endeavour, except that the first record, out this summer, will mark her return to production and come backed with a Mr. G remix. What more do we need to know, really?
After a gig at Sankey’s on the 10th of May, Molly and tINI will be back together in Barcelona with the whole Gang on June 13th. Last; but not least, the duo will gather again for a Tuesday treat on the island for tINI and the Gang Ibiza Showcase. It seems like we can expect more from this collaboration in the future — a chance to catch two exceptional curators at the top of their games, having a bloody good time together and sharing it with us.
To remark the occasion, MEOKO proudly presents tINI and Molly Exclusive Podcast (2-hour cut of their Rex Club Set). Nothing much to say, turn the volume up and ENJOY!
Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin
- Published on Friday, 06 April 2018 09:27
Here’s one for our Germany-based readers. Love Family Park, the long-running yearly day-long event returns on July 28 in Rüsselsheim-am-Main, close to Frankfurt. This is the first time the summery celebration settles in this small town, but the settings amongst the green Main meadows promises to be breathtaking.
Of course, if the meadows don’t do the trick, then have a look at the line-up: it’s only big-hitters — two or three of them would be your average festival’s headliners, but here there’s more than twenty of them, sharing the decks over the various stages for 12 hours, from 10 AM to 10 PM. Quite a few of them return to the festival, such as Solomun or Chris Liebing, but there’s some new faces too, with the rising techno star from Belgium Amelie Lens, or the more established Maceo Plex.
There’s quite a variety of flavours too, with the unpredictable minimalist maestro Ricardo, Detroit-via-Ibiza hero Richie Hawtin, or the ever-amazing Nina Kraviz — I’ll never tire to sing her praises, as no other DJ of her stature is such a risk-taker, juggling hard trance and experimentally-tinged cuts with the techno her crowds expect.
Last but not least, Sven Väth is announced for the main stage closing. The German veteran and Love Family Park regular will play in his home turf and is at its best in this kind of big celebrations. Whether it’s your first time or 20th seeing him, there’s no doubt you’ll understand the adoration his fans have for the Cocoon boss.
Here’s the full line-up in alphabetical order: Adriatique, Amelie Lens, andhim, Boris Brejcha, Butch, Chris Liebing, Dixon, Dominik Eulberg live, Fritz Kalkbrenner live, Karotte, Lexy & K-Paul live, Loco Dice, Maceo Plex, Moonbootica, Nina Kraviz, Oliver Koletzki, Pan-Pot, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Solomun, Sven Väth.
If you want a taste of Ibiza in the German countryside, then look no further and book your tickets for Love Family Park.
Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin
- Published on Wednesday, 04 April 2018 08:42
Barac announces Ibiza Underground residency, along with an upcoming release on French label, Yoyaku. Shamandrum is the new platform under which the Romanian will host his bi-weekly Ibiza residency, and also appears on the anticipated Yoyaku release.
2018 is shaping up to be another fantastic year for Barac, with the Romanian figurehead announcing an Ibiza residency. Starting just before Sonar in mid-June, and will end in October. Ibiza Underground will be the chosen destination and Tuesdays will be the day to dance amongst great company and surprising lineups on the island. The dates are 12th of Jun, 3rd of July, 17th of July, 7th of Aug, 21st of Aug & 16th of Oct.
Alongside the Ibiza news is the reveal of his latest work, an EP working side by side with Spaniard, Baltazar. The EP will be entitled suggestively "Drums" and will mark the second 2018 release for the Romanian -
"It will still be my sound, but this continously evolves, just like we evolve all the time."
- 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