- 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
- Published on Wednesday, 14 June 2017 12:21
6 tracks listed below by Dan Primaru will do all the talking;
The first EP in this session is about brotherhood, family and connection. Keep on Going in London does this at it's best, and Gabriel Amaru together with Dragos Ungureanu are the first souls to leave their sound on the first wax imprint of this label legacy. I talk like this because i know the team behind this label, the strong connections that are there which are reflected the moments of glory that they create through events and gatherings.
Eighteen release from Fragil comes with an impressive tool from Jäfar, it is straight old-school dance floor track, reminding us about good old times, it is updated with a modern micro house fragrance from two secretive vinyl lovers, and carefully selected by another two, acting behind the label.
3- Costin Rp - Bleu Ciel // Bleu Ciel 006 // Different Personalities
Developing the genre itself, developing himself, Costin Rp getting lost in the atmospherical realm. When heard and perceived in a specific time and enviroment, these two beauties can lift you up, helping you trancend the body and keeping you in magical place we know we belong. It's something we're use to take up from Bleu Ciel music label.
4- Ada Kaleh - AK005c // Dene descris (reinterpretari part I)
Here is a strong one, that aims to be a reference point in our scene. Ada Kaleh comes with re-interpretations of his own well know story 'De Nedescris'. With a great all-romanian team, this EP has many colours, Nu Zau, Teluric and Priku, each putting their vibe and signature into the big rainbow. There will be a part two but this is delicious enough for me.
Well, when Dubtil goes out, sometimes is pretty big. I mean in the most recognizable tunes out there, he knows how to leave a mark. Vocalindas is something that will come out of our mouths when discussing some peculiar and beautiful sunrise moments spent on the beach, admiring the sun waves.
And, because this can not go unnoticed, here are four tracks of Ricardo, which come out as another album of the artist. For sure the format says is a non-conventional release, the tracks we know they are old and moved our dancefloors in many many events where Arpiar representative were playing, but all is updated for the present and the release is staying as a great point in the micro-house map of the future. The tracks are a standard for all kinds of moments and for sure they will be the inspiration point for many of the artists following 'the king's'' statement about Empirical House.
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- Published on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 14:27
It’s that time of year again. With Summer drawing closer and closer, festival season is dawning upon us, and with so much to choose from, MEOKO has hand-picked some it’s favourite and most exciting events on the calendar.
1- Sonus Festival - 20th-24th August, Novalja, Croatia
Year after year, it just keeps getting better. Techno heaven in on the beaches of Croatia and the home of legendary undergroundperformances. Adam Beyer, Enzo Siragusa, Maceo Plex, Chris Liebing and Ricardo Villalobos are just a few that make up the incredible lineup.
2- Cesarhof Festival Open-Air 2017- 28th-30TH July, Ferme de Cesarhof, France
Small in size but large in impact. Join Sonja Moonear, Barac, Ion Ludwig, Martin Buttrich, Andre Galluzzi, Julia Govor, Archie Hamilton, Traumer, Tobi Neumann, Nu Zau and a whole load of amazing artists for the 6th year of this wonderfully intimate gathering.
3- Houghton Festival - 10th-13th August, Houghton Hall, Norfolk
Carefully curated by Craig Richards himself, this diverse mix of artists include Nicolas Jaar, Floating Points, VILOD, Raresh, Rhadoo and more who will take over Norfolk’s idyllic countryside for three days of art and amazing music.
4- Waha Festival - 20th-24th July, Micfalău, Covasna
Six stages of techno, psychedelia, deep house, jazz, ambient, live bands, cumbia, psychill and many more. Rhadoo, Pralsea, Ada Kaleh, Cezar and Dan Andrei are all set to perform, it’s not to be missed.
5- 3 Smoked Olives - 27th-31st July, Danube River, Romania
Located on an idyllic island between Bulgaria and Romania, this festival is sure to be unique. Voigtmann, Clovis, Micha Blanos and Varhat are all billed to perform, with more TBA. Something surreal for musical adventurers.
6 - Experiment Intrinsic - 4th-7th August 2017, Le Parc de Joséphine Baker, France
Roedelius& Christopher Chaplin live, Jan Jelinek& Masayoshi Fujita live and The Chi Factory, Nicolas Lutz,Praslea, and so many more will be taking part in this incredible gathering’s sixth immersive edition. Expect some amazing audio-visuals and an unforgettable journey.
7 - Into the Valley - 29thJune-1st July, Tallinn, Estonia
After reaching phenomenal success over the last two years and gaining a reputation as one of the world’s best new festivals, they have decided to switch it up and change location. A 45-minute drive away from Tallinn, Estonia lies the mystical Rummu Quarry, the new home to this spectacle which boasts a stunning landscape of crystal-like waters and lush green scenery.
8- Eastern Electrics - 5th August, London
Hosted by Hot Since 82, Skream and Steve Lawler, audiences are going to be blown away by Âme, Mind Against, Carl Cox and many, many more.
9- Dimensions Festival - 30th August-3rd September, Pula, Croatia
Set against the backdrop of an abandoned fort, this is a festival like no other. From its mind-blowing setting, to its eclectic lineup. Performers include Marcel Dettman, Daphni, Helena Hauff, Mala, Horse Meat Disco.
10 - Lost Village Festival - 24th-27th August, Lincolnshire
The lineup for this mystically fantasy festival is just as magical as its setting. Featuring Nina Kraviz, Dusky, Fatima Yamaha, Jackmaster and so many more, immerse yourselves into an experience unlike any other.
Words by Georgia Evans