- Published on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 21:17
Early August see the birth and debut release from Spain based label Girada Unlimited. A mysterious and imaginative vinyl only outlet, that in a short space of time has gained attention from high calibre artists across the board. The ‘Girada Max Ep’ was practically sold out before the day of release, leaving the remaining copies like gold dust for crate diggers and record lovers to hunt down. Meanwhile, everyone is scratching their heads wondering who is the master mind behind the label. Who could possibly put together such an outstanding first release, crammed with house and techno dance floor flavours, by a handful of carefully selected unknown artists? The answer everyone was looking for is, Julian Perez. And it all makes sense now.
Perez has been at the forefront of the underground scene for many years now. Rated highly by many for his impeccable taste in records, and his keen ear for fresh production talents amongst the scene. Always pushing forward exciting new ideas and sounds. The concept behind the unknown artist releases allows the listener to gain full focus in the heart of the sound. Without knowing the artists, or seeing a given name for each track, it allows the listeners mind to remain as open as possible. Creating their own interpretation without any influences, no limits, and no boundaries. The body and soul of the sound is painted by imagination.
The only details of the first release the listener is given is the name of the Ep ‘Girada Max’. Immediately you know where you are at with A1, a slick rolling groove, waiting to be shown a club dancefloor, something you would certainly expect to hear from Perez himself. A2 is much more grounded, stripped back and laced with dreamy percussions. Straight back to it in B1 for some cosmic boogie, a real sense of 90’s influences, the break especially. Certainly one for the collectors and selectors, looking for the outer space journey. Rounding things off perfectly, B2 has an after party atmosphere swaying the dance floor with steady breaks rhythms, a distinctive smooth groove. A perfect weight within four tracks. Have no fear, release number 02 is in the pipeline, keep your eyes and ears out for an announcement around the end of this month/early September.
After we see saw the ending of Perez’s much loved label Fathers & Sons Productions last year, one of the most influential labels of the past decade, it is great to see the Spanish artist begin a fresh and inspiring new project. However, let us be honest, we all knew it would not be long before we heard that name again.
Words by Zac
- Published on Tuesday, 15 August 2017 01:44
Would you like to end your summer journey with a blast? Look no further!
On the 20th-24thAugust, nestled in the idyllic Croatian Zrce Beach, some of the world’s greatest DJs, producers and artists will be coming together for a festival experience to remember. Having already announced a series of performances from some real industry heavyweights, Sonus Festival have released their final selection of artists.
The first act, Agoria, sets the bar high. This unique French creative will be bringing his own blend of new sounds and old school influence to deliver something special. Then there’s Âme, who’ll be fresh from STRAF_WERK Festival in Amsterdam, expect conceptual, visceral magic from these two.
Representing the British scene, Dense &Pika will be showing off their remixing skills, as Floorplan aka Robert Hood and Lyric Hood are sure to provide some funk-driven vibes. Adding some jazz to it all, will be Guti.
It wouldn’t be a party without the [a:rpia:r] crew. Raresh will be representing the Romanians as the very promising Steffen Deux also makes the list. The last new act is Valentino Kanzyani, the founding father of Slovenian techno.
Boat parties will be taking place across the festival with some amazing acts performing in unique style. Hosted by Trax, Jesus Loved You, tINI& the gang, XLR8R and Keep On Dancing, expect good vibes only.
Sonus have made sure to pull out all the stops, with their full lineup as follows:
Adam Beyer - Adriatique - Agoria - Âme (DJ) - Andrea Ljekaj - Andrologic - Apollonia - Archie Hamilton - Binh - Chris Liebing - Dan Andrei - DejanMilicevic - Dense &Pika -Dorian Paic – Enzo Siragusa - Fabio Florido - Felver - Floorplan (aka Robert Hood and Lyric Hood live) - Guti (live) - Hito - Homeboy - Ian F. - Ivan Komlinovic (live) - Jackmaster - Jamie Jones - Janina –JesseCalosso -Joey Daniel - Joseph Capriati - Josip Milkovic - Julia Govor - K.O.D (Cabanne&Lowris)- Karotte - Len Faki - Leon - Loco Dice - Luigi Madonna - MaceoPlex - Magda - Mano Le Tough -Marco Carola - Margaret Dygas - Mariano Mateljan - Marina Karamarko - Matador live - Meat -Mimi - Monika Kruse - Nick Curly - Pan-Pot - Raresh - Rhadoo - Ricardo Villalobos - Richie Hawtin- Richy Ahmed - Rødhåd - Sam Paganini - Seth Troxler - SHDW & Obscure Shape - Steffen Deux - Solomun - Sonja Moonear - Sven Väth - Tale Of Us - The Martinez Brothers - tINI - ValentinoKanzyani - Vril (live)
One lucky MEOKO reader could be in with the chance of winning two VIP tickets to the festival, and get the opportunity to witness this spectacular 4-day celebration.
Words by Georgia Evans
- Published on Monday, 14 August 2017 13:19
Over two years have gone by since Sol Asylum mistress Julie Marghilano touched down with her last mix for us. Within this time, the creative soul that she is has continued to carry her label from strength to strength, maintain solid residencies in Berlin’s Hoppetosse and Club Der Visionaere, and working on projects to adapt her live performances DJing and live. We present to you a MEOKO exclusive with Julie Marghilano.
With experience of living in several countries across the world, this is something that reflects in the eclectic sounds Marghilano presents. Never one to shy away from experimental atmospheres, Marghilano maintains an open mind for raw and organic sounds. This started from a young age, as her father was a jazz musician and her mother a vocalist. A natural violinist, it’s a talent that shine through in her often emotive sound.
As many artists discover, Berlin is an amazing metropolis for the music scene, but simultaneously a tough nut to crack. In such a competitive city for electronic music, it is no easy feat to start a successful party, nor is it easy to run a thriving record label at the same time. Add in the fact that Julie has released on the likes of Tzinah records and Little Helpers, and it’s obvious that this is a lady who likes to stay busy – and on top of her game.
In 2011 Sol Asylum was born, with Marghilano and close companion Miss Jools leading from the front. The label represents a perfect blend of music and visual art, with each release having an individual graphic artist chosen to create the images. A one-of-a-kind visual and audio experience combined with records and events. The Sol Asylum family is ever growing, attracting prominent artists, and fresh faced producers alike. London based OdD have made an appearance, joined by the likes of Mariano Mateljan, Markus Sommer, Dilated Pupils and Pressure Point. Over the years, the label has also seen many releases from the founders themselves, with last year’s ‘Innerspace’ a true representation of the class and creative world Marghilano can immerse the listener in.
Despite so much going on regarding the label, the frequency of parties and events remains. Whether it is an all day and night party on the canal at Club Der Visionaere, or a winter soiree on everybody’s favourite boat, HMS Hoppetosse, Marghilano & co. adopt a forward-thinking outlook each and every time. Recent events have featured Oskar Offerman, Audio Werner and Losoul, proving once more that diversity is a trait that practically defines Sol Asylum. This month the party also saw light at London’s intimate space The Lion & Lamb.
Outside of the clubs, when the dust is settling on the dancefloor - and when she is not conjuring up her next release in the lab - the talented artist is working on something else entirely. As if none of the above is enough for you, there is a live show in the works from the Berliner. With such a vast knowledge of different musical outlets, playing and sampling instruments such as her violin, and using field recordings; who knows where this path could lead. From what we have discovered, when it comes to Julie Marghilano, expect the unexpected.
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- Published on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 10:18
tINI and the Gang are taking over Ibiza for a series of unmissable shows and events, and we have an exclusive lineup announcement to give you. The German heart-of-the-gang will be bringing together a varied yet acclaimed group of artists for six weeks of incredible music at the legendary Ibiza Underground club.
After opening on the 20th June, with Molly, Randall M, tINI and Topper, the next one will be kicking off on the 25th July. tINI will be joined by Gianni Callipari, Joao Maria, and St. Joseph today. Gianni could impress with his sets and own events at the famous Nordstern club.
Then there’s Portuguese legend Joao Maria, owner of the Label Assembly music, who’ll be applying his 18 years experience to a masterful yet fresh set. St Joseph will also be there bringing the German sound.
The 15th August, a ‘Savana Potente’ Edition, sees Birdsmakingmachine (live), Rick Maia b2b Jon Woodall, tINI herself and Yaya all take to the decks. Expect high-quality underground house from Birdsmakingmachine, while Rick Maia and Jon Woodall who will be going back-to-back. Yaya’s making waves himself celebrating Ferragosto with the gang.
Alci and Die Hollander are up next with tINI on the 5th September. Zurich-born, Alci will bring his own style and house grooves to proceedings. In addition to this, there’s Club der Visionaere residents Die Hollander, Sander Pete and Makcim, going on b2b2b with high quality vinyl selections.
Ibiza better prepare itself for the 26th September as Bella Sarris, Robin Ordell, tINI, and Varit take over. Varit will be opening the night, followed by Berlin-based Bella Sarris is one to watch behind the decks, and is not to be missed. Then there’s the up and coming Half Baked resident Robin Ordell who’s sure to play some dub, funk and soulful grooves under the Ibiza sun.
It’s the turn of Andy Kolwes and Jessica Diaz on for the ‘Zero Edition’ on the 3rd October. Andy is one of the key figures of the underground house and techno scene. His label 'Anyway' in 2013 was his first venture, that has released some of highly appreiciated EP's of all the times. Andy has also released on labels such as Pressure Traxx, Anyway Records, All-Inn Records, La Peña, so expect a varied song selection and some gems from this one. Meanwhile, Jessica Diaz is an Argentine powerhouse, having worked with Tzinah Records, Monoclap and Far, Far Away to name just a few.
Finally, MEOKO can exclusively announce the closing party lineup will be:
This final blowout will be taking place on the 10th October. Ibiza Underground’s own Kevin Cook will be taking to the decks with his underground Ibizan vibes.
Then there’s Gescu, who’s flourished since joining Sunrise back in 2007 and is resident at all legendary sunwaves events. Zenia is also one to watch out for. And of course, there has to be a performance from the legendary duo, Rolls ‘n’ Do. Bill Patrick will be jetting over to join his buddy and get everyone grooving away.
It’s clear to see that tINI’s masterfully curated series is going to be a legendary gathering fuelled by fresh tunes, incredible artists and all in one beautiful location. Make sure to get yourself down there and dance until the sun comes up.
Words by Georgia Evans
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- Published on Thursday, 20 July 2017 08:29
Prepare yourselves for Mobilee’s London takeover with Rodriguez Jr. (live), Kevin Over, Ralf Kollmann and The Willers Brothers by entering Meoko’s exclusive giveaway. Ahead of their unmissable event at Egg, Mobilee will be giving away 2 vinyl packages of the 3 x 12 clear vinyl special edition album Rodriguez Jr.,Baobab.
The Berlin-based crew will be taking over London’s Egg Nightclub for a night of melodic techno and deep house. Headliner Rodriguez Jr has returned to the Mobilee team with his evocative album Baobab.
Rodriguez Jr. returns to Mobilee with his evocative album Baobab. Resident Advisor named the French artist in their Best Live Acts of 2016, and in between his famed live shows, he has created a ten track masterpiece that elicits powerful emotions through music. When reflecting on the album he has said, “Baobab is about roots. It has mainly been written whilst traveling and I needed to re-connect to my roots: the music I used to listen to as a teenager from South Of France, my first parties, this fantastic sense of freshness, enthusiasm and innocence. This is why I decided to call it Baobab: a big tree proud to grow up in a lush surrounding, with it’s roots deep in the floor”.
The French artist builds up an atmospheric presence through the use of silences, breaks ad perfectly timed beats. This creates an overwhelmingly visceral experience for his attendees. It’s not just about the basslines for him though, the artist uses his own vocals and collaborates with Liset Aleaon the track ‘Heal Me’ to create music that is spontaneous and emotive.
He’ll be supported by Kevin Over, who released Mobilee Back to Back Volume 11 in March. The German-born artist has been billed as one of the scene’s hottest new talents winning over the approval of Maya Jane Coles, Adam Beyer and many more. He is definitely one to watch.
Ralf Kollmann himself will also be there, founder of Mobilee and established DJ with access to the labels unique back catalogue of incredible music. With his label in the running for Mixmag’s Label of the Decade, he brings his own personal touch to proceedings. Specialising in carefully crafted technical skills, an unparalleled knowledge of music and diverse song selections, he is the embodiment of Mobilee’s ethos.
Finally, the team will be joined by Egg residents The Willers Brothers at London’s legendary venue, who are currently signed to the What Came First Label.
Words by Georgia Evans