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MEOKO Exclusive: Vinyl Speed Adjust

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Vinyl Speed Adjust are at the forefront of Romania’s burgeoning music scene. The duo, real names Eddy and Levii, have produced their own unique vision and through their dedication to the art form they love, they have quickly become the ones to watch. As a MEOKO exclusive, the pair have created an hour-long mix of percussive, dynamic and innovative house that will take you to another world.  

The duo boasts an eclectic musical background, with hip-hop, dubstep and breakbeat influences. However, it was their discovery of Bucharest’s underground sound, and most notably, the legendary venue Studio Martin, which ignited their passion for producing music. In 2011, they became Vinyl Speed Adjust and began to meticulously work on crafting their own revolutionary sound to stand out in Romania’s thriving music scene.

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Over the years, they’ve evolved and become renowned in the minimal house scene for being self-proclaimed vinyl aficionados, the duo’s dedication to creating high-quality underground music has seen them work with some of the most impressive record labels across the globe. 

Their back catalogue includes collaborations with legendary labels where they’ve released some truly impressive pieces of music, such as the ‘Carpe Diem EP’ with Visionquest and Drumma Records’ ‘The Awakening EP’ which saw them collaborating with one of the industries’ key figureheads Valentino Kanzyani. Having previously released with Colours in Music and Jesus Loved You, and drawing in support from the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Rhadoo, Raresh, Praslea and Sascha Dive- the future is looking very promising for these two.

 

The duo have also reached further success through their two blossoming record labels, the Crystal Structures imprint has more of a focus on the old-school quality artists featuring releases from Thor, C-Rock, Dubstar, and Aubrey. While self-titled VSA Records has a more forward-thinking attitude and features a whole schedule of exciting new releases. Their first, “On My Way EP” is an uplifting experiment with a new era of artists.

Through years of hard work, a consistent work ethic and drive to keep producing pieces of music are progressive and new, Vinyl Speed Adjust have proven themselves to be one of the most exciting and illustrious figures in Romania’s music scene. Without a doubt, they will continue to create exciting, new, innovative mixes, just like the one they have kindly given as an exclusive to the readers of MEOKO. As they say, let the music do the talking. 

 

Words by Georgia Evans 

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Paris Hilton to Headline Berghain - WTF!

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We just got wind of what could possibly be the the worse thing to ever happen to the world of techno music.

With her newly obtained success as a DJ, Paris Hilton is set to headline what has been labeled a “breaking the boundaries of music” event at the infamous Berghain club in Berlin. That’s right folks, you heard right - what was great is now lost.

Hilton, who has been described to be at the forefront of alternative electronic music, describes herself as a master of rolling basslines who brings next level sound with a hint of fragrance to the decks. The set is the main stop of her tour celebrating the achievement of being the most successful DJ to have launched their careers from a porno.

Catching up with Hilton after her previous back-to-back set with her pet chihuahua, she explained how she got on this path. “I just love it you know? There’s something about the way I mix my songs with dirty beats, you know? I don’t know. Smell this!” As she plunged her wrist into my face for a whiff of what smelt like potpourri. “I just get up on the machines and turn the buttons, the people love it! I was born to do this.” Very convincing..

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Whilst packing up her Beats by Dre DJ headphones she took some time to tell us what her plan was for the night.

“I’ll definitely begin with my 2006 hit “Stars Are Blind” over some samples of what I’ve been working on lately, I’ll then mix in some basslines and go from there. I always try to find the balance, you know? My voice and the bass needs to be one. I don’t think there are any country music lovers where I’m going so I probably won’t mix any of that in.”

Social media in Berlin is going crazy over the extremely hyped-up event that is bound to leave its mark as one of the most influential techno nights of the past decade. A spokesperson from Berghain has suggested that there will also be a Paris Hilton Perfume shop inside for anyone to complete the experience.

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“We are excited to have Miss Hilton perform at our venue, it has been a long time since we sent the request and we are delighted to finally have a booking,” claimed the spokesperson. “We were hoping her pet chihuahua could make it for a surprise back-to-back set but unfortunately he was held at customs.”

Furthermore, catching up with Berliners on the streets, we asked of their feelings towards the event: “I just can’t believe it’s actually happening, first Guetta now this! Thank you, Berghain!” cried an enthusiastic fan. “It’s a great opportunity to bring Berlin techno out of the shadows and into the spotlight” claimed another. It’s clear this is what the Berlin scene has needed and the people are truly grateful for it - whether that may be the demise of techno, or not.

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 If you have read this the whole way through and still believed it right to the end, we are very sorry to let you down, Paris will infact not be headlining Berghain. As if!  We did believe you all needed to smile this morning

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Five Years of Sonus: First Acts Announced

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Sonus has turned five, and to celebrate, they’re having a monumental birthday party. This year, the festival will be held over five days and five nights with some very special guests. The first instalment of acts have been announced, and they are the most impressive to date.

Sonus Festival has established itself as one of the most exciting and influential electronic music festivals in the world.  Set in the idyllic Zcre Beach on Pag Island, Croatia, this sun-soaked haven will be home to some of the world’s greatest DJs from 20th-24th August in addition to this, organizers will be hosting club takeovers, boat parties and more, making it the ultimate destination for any house and techno fan.

 

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The first phase of their line-up says it all. Apollonia, Chris Liebing, Jackmaster, Joseph Capriati, Marco Carola, Monika Kruse, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Rødhåd, Seth Troxler, Sonja Moonear, Tale Of Us and The Martinez Brothers, all lead the pack with more still to be announced.

Stockholm-based master of modern techno, Adam Beyer has been announced, along with Parisian supergroup Apollinia, resident to the legendary Fuse London, Archie Hamilton and staple of Berlin's Club Der Visionaere, Binh. Eclectic beats will be brought by the dynamic duo, Tale of Us, followed by a captivating live performance by Vril

 

The visionary that is Chris Liebing will be joining them with Frankfurt-figurehead Dorian Paic and enigmatic FUSE member Enzo Siragusa. Fabio Florido will bring his own flair, while Richie Hawtin’s ENTER teammate Hito comes along for the ride.

 

Now for the Brits, Glaswegian heavyweight Jackmaster and Hot Creation's own Jamie Jones and Richy Ahmed have all been announced. 

Jesse Calosso will be making his Sonus debut, as will 8bit founder, Nick Curly. Karotte will be returning to festival to bring his own style to the Croatian haven while Joey Daniel will bring uplifting vibes.  Then there’s Joseph Capriati, who’s set promises to be nothing other than mind-blowing.

 

Music: On affiliate Leon will take to the decks with the dazzling Monika Kruse, Berlin’s own Pan-Pot, Dystopian boss Rodhad, and Italy’s favourite techno legend Sam Paganini will be there too to bring his own stylistic experimentation. 

Stuttgart party starters SHDW and Obscure Shape join the queen of minimal sound Sonja Moonear on the lineup, with the ever- inexplicable Seth Troxler and fellow American vanguards, The Martinez Brothers rounding things off.

Then there’s the legend himself, famed for crowdsurfing at Sonus 2015, Richie Hawtin will be returning alongside the powerhouse that is Ricardo Villalobos.

 

This is an event of epic proportions, the likes of which this idyllic island has never seen before Sonus has been dubbed a go-to for all house fanatics across the globe and been the location of some legendary moments in musical history.

Early birds have sold out but first release tickets start at €159, with travel and accommodation packages available on their website. More information can be found on their Facebook page. It’s am unmissable event, with an incredible lineup, in a stunning location- how could you say no?

Words by Georgia Balch

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An Open Letter To: Bartenders

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To the bartenders…

Your availability and presence through the night including the embers of the morning (and beyond), has not been taken for granted. You are unsung heroes, delivering fuel to all in need at the most ridiculous of hours, right till the very end. What’s more, your mission doesn’t end with the last track, instead, you soldier on till the station is spotless.  You, bartenders, are the real last ones standing.

You have the endurance to allow the night to go forth by motivating everyone that has crossed your path, with the energy and charisma to leave your mark and have the customers return for more, whether that may be for good or for worse… who cares! Your skills at pouring that refreshing gin & tonic amazes me every time, I want it, I want more of it and sometimes you’re even willing to grant me that wish. To me, you are the divine gatekeeper of my foolishness and self-respect.

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I’d like to apologise on behalf of all us who enjoy the pastime activity of so-called clubbing. There are many who disregard your expertise as a mere necessity to the operation, but they fail to acknowledge that drinking and dancing have gone hand in hand since… well since forever! You are true patrons to your trade, inheriting and mastering skills from a long lineage of predecessors, bringing the art of bartending through the ages, from the candlelit taverns of the midcentury to the dark and smoky rooms of today. It’s interesting (and scary) to imagine the world without you.

Us party-goers need to acknowledge these individuals for their excellence as industry professionals. We could alter the way in which their work is valued, and perhaps further improve the way they are rewarded...

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Words by Alexander Fetokaki

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A MEOKO Exclusive - Brett Jacobs

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Brett Jacobs undoubtedly represents a homegrown talent who has forged a solid name within the underground music scene; it is therefore with great pleasure that we welcome Brett Jacobs back to the mix series for a rare MEOKO Exclusive. A lot has happened since Brett Jacobs first graced the MEOKO vaults in 2013, with a string of releases under his belt and having played at some of the best venues in Europe, his solid reputation has grown over the years. With sets that fuse minimal clean cut beats with rolling basslines Brett Jacobs continues to feature on some impressive line ups, most recently playing along side DJs such as Cab Drivers, Varhat, Baby Ford, Audio Werner and Pedro for London party Unleash. Without a doubt his approach to DJing sets him apart from many other artists of his calibre, defining him as a unique talent, which in hand has lent itself to his success. 

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As a producer Brett Jacobs has released music on taste making imprints such as Luna Records, Act Natural and Nima Gorji’s NG Trax to name a few. His EP Law of Averages on Abarktic Records, which was released earlier this year, features a selection of stripped back percussion and minimal groove conveying Brett Jacobs signature style.

 

Most recently Resident Advisor ranked Brett Jacobs remix of Nice N Track’s Balansoars on Bodyparts Records in its Top 10, confirming that Brett's versatility and unique sound is fast becoming a favourite amongst music lovers and selectors around the world. With several tracks yet to be released, there is without a doubt many more gems in the pipeline from the man himself who approaches production with a mixture of skill and class.

 

As well as DJing and focusing on his productions, Brett has recently signed to forward thinking Paris based agency Yoyaku who have the likes of Vahar, Zendid and Andrey Pushkarev on their Roster. The agency also houses a record shop as well as playing host to a number of events in France. Brett’s move to Yoyaku marks the next step in his career, which will surely push him to the forefront of the underground scene in Europe where his sounds have been greatly received. As a busy year comes to a close Brett is currently focusing on launching his own label which will no doubt be a huge success. Constantly evolving and with lots in store for the new year I'm sure we will be hearing a lot from Brett Jacobs in 2017. But for now I'll let this MEOKO exclusive take over, believe me it really is something special.

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