- Published on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:14
We had a very original and interesting chat with Sampol, relevant member of the Artists collective Checkpoint represented also by Sonodab, very talented producer has edited several of the most respected labels as Kina Music, Trazable Recordings and as well remixed the best artists of the moment.
Let’s start with Checkpoint concept, is a combination of arts established and focuses its events in Barcelona since 2013, as resolute forward-thinking approaches between different and contemporary shapes of House and Techno with unconventional artistic trends. Counting both musical and visual conceptions accurately aligned with having on board the most emerging electronic music artists of European’s underground scene, always located in emblematic spaces where a socially and culturally atmosphere is acoustically set.
And the residents; Baraso, passionate in Electronic music and culture, has a long career which is seeing him playing quite a lots around the best European stages and clubs.
Rainer, owner of Therapy Records and one of Checkpoints regular guests is releasing on various different labels such as Half Baked, Vinylclub and Bodyparts to name just a few. Rainer is defo an artist close under our MEOKO microscope.
Last but not least Rick Maia is an extremely versatile DJ able to adapt his unique sound to any kind of environment where he combines impeccable taste with impressive technical skills to superb effect. He has the passion, intelligence and a understanding of the dance music environment which makes him a truly exciting prospect.
The main impressive thing is that the aim to create a special, characteristic scene in Barcelona offering people the possibility of an experience where the quality of music and art are staying in focus.
Regulary collaborations with rising multimedia artists, installation designers or sculptures talented from the most acclaimed local art academies and galleries, all of this is represented with the colorful graphics of the flyers which respect the themes and the different locations of the parties.
Constant collaborations with rising multimedia artists, installation designers or sculptures talented from the most acclaimed local art academies and galleries, all of this is represented with the colorful graphics of the flyers which respect the themes and the different locations of the parties.
Approaching to the OFF WEEK, best occasion to celebrate 5th anniversary of Checkpoint. The event is a three day-tour-de-force with dozen of DJs and live acts spread between three different venues.
Celebrations will start on 13th of June at Backyard Villa surrounded by a pool garden terrace and more hidden spots inside the house combined with a super tasty line up : Binh, Andrew James Gustav, Saverio Celestri, Christian AB, Giammarco Orsini and all the rest of O300f Recordings crew.
After a fresh orange juice and couple of bananas we’ll walk to Port Forum for a special outdoor Rooftop after party, right in front of the sea, special set up for the occasion where the Resident Djs will take over the decks shouder to shoulder with Robin Ordell B2b Onirik, Seuil, Quest and a very special Guest TBA…
Third, last and awaited one, MEOKO edition at the Meetingpoint Gallery where in the heart of Raval we will be involved in an avant- garde Music and Art community , Vinyl market, workshop, upcycle crafts and more activities all day long.
From this match with Meetingpoint, another great occasion was born for Checkpoint, a twin project, a space for work and training and dissemination, the experience of using a public space in a self-managed way through the use of healthy and natural materials, innovation and creativity that has become the residency Home for Checkpoint.
The Location, Espai Txema is one of the winning projects Pla de BUITs contest sponsored by the Council of Barcelona city in 2013. Small building built with materials / recycled, compostable and / or reusable. It is a project that aims to involve citizens in a process of continuous learning.
We literally can’t wait!
Words by Aghnes
- Published on Tuesday, 05 June 2018 13:27
Originally a composer, Stephan Bodzin soon fell in love with nocturnal club sounds and began producing his own brand of techno. His productions are driving, hypnotic and with a very real and memorable sense of melody that sticks long in the mind.
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- Published on Wednesday, 23 May 2018 21:01
The LWE event will hold its third edition on the 9th of June in Boston Manor Park — a 10-hour long event that includes the biggest names in house and techno. Fan of the melodic fare? Âme, Mind Against, Tale of Us, Maya Jane Coles check. Prefer the harder, darker stuff? Nina Kraviz, Len Faki, Jay Clarke, check. There’s the King of Ibiza, Carl Cox; the Queen of minimal, Sonja Moonear; and the prodigal kid of UK dance music, Joy Orbison. And it’s particularly nice to see Nicolas Lutz on such an event. The Uruguayan digger’s been everywhere last year, as comfortable spinning obscure bangers on a festival’s main stage as at some dodgy afterhours — proving that popularity does not require compromising on quality.
With its outrageous line-ups and top production values, no doubt the team behind the festival would come up with something special for Junction 2... And watch out the special back to backs;
Some of the biggest structures in the game will be hosting stages. One of them is Drumcode — Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Enrico Sangiuliano, La Fleur. The other is Sonus Festival, the Croatian festival that seems to lure half of your Facebook friends to its idyllic shores and decadent boat parties every year - . As well as Sidexside (THE PAVILION ), Relentless (THE WAREHOUSE) and Oasis Festival (THE WOODS).
No need to introduce Nina Kraviz anymore. Out of all the generic techno DJs out there, her name will always stick out for me, as she’s certainly the one who has made the less concessions to get to where she is. She stays faithful to her high-energy, banging mixing style that forays into the most abrasive strains of 90s techno and trance, while pushing more experimentally-inclined but no-less banging up-and-comers on her трип label. You can tell Nina is passionate, and this is infectious. She will be joined by Tale Of Us, Maya Jane Coles,Mind Against and Dana Ruh; What a stage!
The Warehouse; LSD, the joint project of Luke Slater, Dave Sumner (aka Function) and Steve Bicknell, would be worth the price of entry alone. From the dreamy techno he put out as The 7th Plain to the relentless sound of Planetary Assault Systems, Luke Slater is a proper techno mastermind. Same could be said of Function, whose carrier embodies an entire section of techno’s history: his angsty sound brewed in the dark corners of late 90’s NYC mutated to a more hypnotic strain of techno when he relocated to Berlin as part of Sandwell District, a cult project that pioneered the currently prevailing trend for deep, mental techno. Steve Bicknell, meanwhile, is a UK underground hero whose Lost parties left an indelible mark on British techno. Their forces combined should send you on a proper mind trip.
There’s also Scuba, the head of Hotflush Recordings who has established himself as one of UK’s main tastemakers, presenting SCB. As a matter of fact, the big room techno of Dense & Pika, who also share the bill in the Warehouse, wouldn’t be where it’s at if it wasn’t for him. Finally, Len Faki and Jay Clarke will also be present.
If that’s too much to handle, the artists billed for the Oasis Stage will doubtless soothe your ears. Sonja Moonear is an Ibiza regular who’s as comfortable pushing the deeper and trippier cuts in her collection, and a definite MEOKO favourite. She will be playing b2b with Nicolas Lutz and joined by Joy Orbison and William Djoko.
Not enough? Well we thought so. Junction2 team announced their after party for this year’s festival, which will take place at fabriclondon on the same day starting at 11pm with Tale Of Us, Âme, Len Faki, Trikk, Dense & Pika and Jay Clarke. As two of UK clubbing's most iconic names, fabric and LWE unite to reinforce their positions at the forefront of London nightlife and deliver one of the summer's most unmissable parties.
Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin
- Published on Monday, 21 May 2018 12:10
For Sunday 17th of June 2018, OFF Party Barcelona teams up with Rotate(label & Agency) and Madness CR3W (collective from Amsterdam) to propose you a closing event OFF Week 2018 at an OFF location from 19h till 4h.
Villa with garden, pool, terrace, several rooms (and hidden rooms) on 3 floors with Funktion-One spread over the Villa.
(Barcelona - Sarria / Pedralbes Area)
Attend on RA: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1098446
Sound Funktion-One (Official)
OFFER : with every ticket purchase, you will receive 10€ credits for CABIFY (car service like UBER) average price to go to the event from Placa Catalunia
There will be no ticket on the door, but you can already book yours here. See you in Barcelona!
- 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