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One Snowman that's IN the Know - Amorf LIVE at Ponton Casa Baraj

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The fourth edition of the Snowman Fest will take place tomorrow,  Saturday 26th of January at the Ponton Casa Baraj in Valiug, Romania, with a stellar line-up. The most awaited act is of course Amorf, the known collaborative live act between the experimental artist Mischa Blanos and rominimal’s favourites Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia of SIT. The mix between the Misca’s liquid piano stories supported by never still minimal rhythms created a unique style that has mesmerised clubbers and festival goers all around the world. Moreover the event will see DJ sets from Suciu, Sepp, vlf, Perpetual, Runy, Bread & Butter, Somesan, as well as special visuals by Noetic to complete the show.

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The beautiful venue, a heated tent right by the mountains in Western Romania, will host this spectacular party that will last through both the daytime and nighttime, starting at 2PM on Saturday 26th January and finishing at 9AM of the next day. Additionally the sky plant right next to the venue will work Thursday to Sunday from 9.30 to 17.00 - making this the perfect occasion to book your sky trip without the danger of getting bored and missing your favourite hometown’s club.

Tickets available at the GATE or via goo.gl/ittWUj

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Bipolar is a Romanian organisation planning awesome underground parties around Romania and in Belgrade, Serbia. For more info and full party listings, check out their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/bplr.ro/

 

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First Edition of the Albanian Festival UNUM announces Zip, Raresh, Vera, tINI, Craig Richards and many more

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The brand new festival UNUM, which will held place in the Albanian town of Shengjin from May 31st to June 2nd of this year, just added a second wave of names to its exceptional line-up. Craig Richards, Leon, Adriatique, Raresh, tINI, Vera, Ferro will all be included among the already jaw-dropping line-up, where the first headliners announced were Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Butch, Petre Inspires, Praslea, Sonja Moonear, DeWalta and Dyed Soundroom.
 
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The first edition of this new event will bring underground house and techno to such as wide spectrum and level to the Albanian lands for the first time. The location chosen for the festival is by the seaside, on the stunning Mediterranean beauty that is the Albanian coastline; dense with breath taking landscapes which combine maritime pine forests and a mountain background with the coastline view. The festival will have three stages hosting 24 hours of music every day, so bring your sunglasses: sunrise and sunset parties are set to be one of the highlights of this three day stunning party. However the festival will not be focused solely on partying. You will be able to experience watersports, sun bathing, local cuisine and cultural trips and much more.
 
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The last additions to the festival's line-up are stunning. The Fabric long-time resident and Nothing Special label boss Craig Richards with his wide range of expert selections ranging from electro to straight house and techno, as well as the rominimal institution Raresh ,who will bring his infectious groove to the party. Perlon’s boss Zip is also joining the party with his eclectic selections. You will also be able to attend sent from Ibiza’s tech house master tINI, and another favorite for minimal lovers, Vera. The other names added are Adriatique, Cap, Cris Rej, Erti Lutaj, Ferro, Franco Cinelli, Hugo Bianco, Igor Vicente, Jonny N’Travis, Joseph Capriati, Leon, Manoloco, Ohmme, Mike Shannon and Traumer. Considering the whole line-up, it will be hard to get some sleep during the three days.
 
The festival will provide everything you need; the extensive food and drink options include grill, fresh seafood, pizza, a salad-bar and vegan/vegetarian options. Expect also treats like an icre-cream van, a vitamin bar and a wide range of wine and cocktail bar for the more thirsty. A chillout zone with various shops will provide alternative entertainment to the main music of the festival to make sure no one in the audience is ever bored; massages, body-painting and plenty of hammocks will all be found.
 
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UNUM agreed to a collaboration with the Tourism Ministry of Albania to facilitate easy access and avoid any possible issues for its attendants. This means the best accommodation in the local area will be exclusively operated through UNUM in order to provide a secure and quality accommodation for everyone. Package price start from €239 for 3 nights accommodation, transfers, festival shuttle and 3-day festival pass with unlimited re-entry.
 
 
The easiest way to get to the festival will be to fly to Tirana, the Albanian capital, which is around 1 hour away. However, the location will be easily accessible from the surroundings with UNUM taking care of all the transfers to and from the festival for just 20€ (from Tirana, Podgorica, Pristina and Durres Ferry Port).
 

Line-up

 

ADRIATIQUE

BUTCH

CAP

CESAR MERVEILLE

CRAIG RICHARDS

CRIS REI

DEWALTA

DYED SOUNDOROM

DIGBY

DJ REAS

ENZO SIRAGUSA

ERTI LUTAJ

FERRO

FRANCO CINELLI

GIANNI CALLIPARI

HAJDAR BERISHA

HUGO BIANCO

IGOR VICENTE

ION LUDWIG

JOEY DANIEL

JONNY N'TRAVIS

JOSEPH CAPRIATI

LEON

LAOLU

LUCIANO

MANOLOCO

MARGARET DYGAS

MARIANO MATELJAN

MIKE SHANNON

NEVERDOGS

OHMME

PETRE INSPIRESCU

PRASLEA

RARESH

RICARDO VILLALOBOS

RRRRON

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SONJA MOONEAR

SHAUN REEVES

TATU

tINI

TRAUMER

VERA

WILLIAM DJOKO

ZIP

 
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The legendary DON, Kevin Saunderson Exclusive MEOKO x Memory Box Mix

 

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Today we are more than proud to feature a legend in our podcast series, someone who is often named among the creators themselves of the techno music genre: Mr. Kevin Saunderson. The recording sets the mood with the timeless Kenny Larkin Tension Mix of Kevin’s own ‘Future’ featuring Inner City. Kevin then shows his skills as an artist who has the incredible ability to create a mood in its mixes with just 2 or 3 purposely chosen tracks at the right tempo - throughout the mix each track is extremely strong, with no frills. Whether it’s house or techno elements in the mix the result is astonishing; Kevin Saunderson brings a classic  Detroit touch to each single moment. The mix sucks up the listener until the end leaving one to scream for more techno - we could not have expected anything less from a legend such as Kevin Saunderson.

 

Kevin Saunderson delivers EXCLUSIVE MIx for MEOKO

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Kevin Saunderson returns to London this weekend; on Saturday 19th of January he will perform at Corsica Studios. And while platinum-selling Detroit artist will be back headlining room 1 of this special event, room 2 will also see something more unique than rare happening; Memory Box welcomes Renaat Vandepapeliere - the Boss of the one and only R&S Records who is known for taking risks in his sets beyond trends. Robin Ball and Brassica playing live finish up the line-up into what already feels like a memorable event - definitely not one to miss out if you are around London this weekend

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Catch the man himself at Memory Box this Saturday One of London's perfect venues to host such an event, Corsica Studios alongside Renaat (R&S)

This Saturday

11pm- 6am

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{MEOKO HOTWAX Tools & Tips} JANUARY 2019

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These bits do the business, all out in the past fortnight unless stated otherwise:

 

MICHELLE
Zocco (double 12")

My Own Jupiter - MOJ 10 

My Own Jupiter is a multimedia invitation onto the planet Edurne and Nicolas Lutz have created for themselves. For the 10th release the Uruguayan artist Michelle drops a killer album with 8 floor bombs that will keep you dancing till eternity. Zocco!

Audio: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/michelle-zocco/714822-01/

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SOUL CAPSULE

Overcome/Lady Science (NYC Sunrise) (12" repress)

Trelik - TR 11:11

REPRESS ALERT: Trelik returns with a repackaged edition of one of the catalogue's most treasured releases. Written and produced by Thomas Melchior and Baby Ford aka Soul Capsule, these tracks came from one of the many sessions recorded at the West London Ifach Studio in 1999.

Audio: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/soul-capsule-overcome-lady-science-nyc-sunrise/471578-01/

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Giammarco Orsini

Regression Progression EP (12")

Partisan - PTN012

Matching classic motifs with a bold, crisp production style that sits comfortably in the ever-expanding Partisan catalogue, Giammarco Orsini once again proves himself to be a vital rising talent in the European House and Techno scene.

Audio: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/giammarco-orsini-regression-progression-ep/716204-01/


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INTERNATIONAL ANYTHING

Like This Girl (12")

Perlon - PERL120

Next on Perlon is an EP from International Anything, the collaborative project of label head Markus Nikolai and Ole Schulte. Debuting on the infamous Superlongevity compilation in 2017, this 12" is the first solo release of the duo.

Audio: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/international-anything-like-this-girl/714979-01/



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 WAREIKA

Shamania (double 12")

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Wareika's double-EP “Shamania” features two collaborative remixes from Ricardo Villalobos and Thomas Melchior, Wareika’s original and a remix from Dunkle Dummies. Due out on Sleep Is Commercial. Nothing more to add!

Audio: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/wareika-shamania/709212-01/

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 Various Artists

SOL10.2

Slices of life | SOL10.2

Slices Of Life celebrates the 10th release with a two-part vinyl compilation: SOL10.1 and SOL10.2! Label owner Barbara Preisinger gathered seven unreleased tracks on two seperate 12 inches, by previous Slices Of Life artists as well as producers who relate to the label through friendship, events and personal support.
Audio: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/cab-drivers-slices-of-life-10-2/707119-01/


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BINH

Lost'n'Rex EP (double 12")

Time Passages - TP 10

Binh releases a double pack via his own Time Passages. For the labels 10th release Binh carries his own tracks and some collaborative work with Evan Baggs, Sven Röhrig and Dj Masda.

Audio: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/binh-lostnrex-ep/709208-01/

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THE MOLE

A Walk In A Field (12")

Serialism - SER047

The Cobblestone Jazz man shows off some of his vintage colours courtesy of a release which comes at us here from Cesare vs Disorder’s Serialism imprint. The music of The Mole is engaging, captivating and mind-blowing at the same time.

Audio: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/the-mole-a-walk-in-a-field/712519-01/

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DEWALTA

Lyra (180 gram vinyl double 12")

Meander - MEANDER 025 

Lyra is DeWalta’s fourth large project and third full-length album following Wander in 2012 (on Haunt), llumination in 2014 (on Meander) and Dark Matter in 2017 (on Amphia). The album consists of two individually available parts and is by far DeWalta's most extensive and refined project to date.

Audio: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/dewalta-lyra/710330-01/
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Ben RAU

Gravity EP (12")

Inkal - INKAL 005

Ben Rau has been steadily developing his unique twist on modern house music over the past few years via his Inkal and Meta imprints. Here we see Ben return to Inkal with a new two-tracker which shifts focus in a dynamically unfolding fashion.

Audio: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/ben-rau-gravity-ep/714130-01/

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RHADOO

Semantics (double 12")

Nervmusic - NM 023EP

Semantics is Rhadoo’s first EP since 2015's Zanzibar on Amphia. Spanning four tracks spread across two discs, Semantics will come out through Berlin-based label Nervmusic. A founding member of the [a:rpia:r] label and collective, Rhadoo is one of Romania's key artists, having helped shape the country's distinctive minimal sound.

Audio: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/rhadoo-semantics/711569-01/

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 Brawther

Fairground / Kitten

Cabinet Records - CAB55LTD

Cabinet sees the return of Brawther on the driver's seat. Pulling out two razor sharp bouncing party jams, “Fairground” and “Kitten” will sort any dancefloor out! Worth mentioning that this is Cabinet’s first pressing with a limited number of 333 labels.

Audio: https://www.decks.de/track/brawther-fairground-kitten/cdj-5g
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Varhat

Hokenkok EP

Polyson - POLYSON001

Minibar’s boss Cabanne (also heavily associated with Perlon) is launching his vinyl-only Polyson label with a new EP from Varhat, Hokenkok. On this EP Varhat delivers two originals with Cabanne on remix duties.

Audio: https://www.decks.de/track/varhat-hokenkok_ep/cdv-lx

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Fabe

Water Tower

Salty Nuts - SN008 

Fabe kicks off 2019 by dropping his debut full length on his own Salty Nuts label. Here he shows a wide spectrum of minimal house and techno style across eight tracks that feature Fabe's typical, loopy signature groove.

Audio: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/fabe-water-tower/713134-01/

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UCHITOSHI

Mursakino (12")

YYK No Label

Hand-stamped unlabeled record from Japan expected out early February. This 12” features 3 tracks; Budōnoki, Budō and Wain and it sounds dope.

Audio: https://www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/157571

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From our fav MEOKO selector DENNY KEM

 

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Burning Man Fashion - Another Planet

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When it comes to Burning Man, one will find it extremely difficult to put into actual words, infact it is probably impossible to describe it unless you have been and experienced this 'other planet', of course! I guess it can be anything you want it to be and more, set in the Nervada Desert catering for around 80 000 over 9 days .  This festival takes creativity, fashion, community and imagination to a new level. A festival when literally ANYTHING goes. 

"Over the course of its history, the Burning Man community has developed its own peculiar lexicon, an organic outgrowth of the event, the culture, and the unique landscape of the Black Rock Desert where the event takes place"

Some have described it as life changing, a rebirth, others claim there simply is just no way to describe it.

Jim Simpson, a longtime “Burner,” said he and his friends came up with the concept of “Oogmoo,” which is a word to describe something you have to see for yourself.

MEOKO put together some of our favourite fashion pictures from BM over the years. 

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And that is a WRAP! 

 

Disclaimer - if any photographer would like to get intouch, we would be more than grateful to add your credits. 

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