- Published on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 19:18
With less than a month to go we decided to look at a party that quickly gained a solid fixture in the MEOKO calendar.
Twice a year (one in summer, one in winter) Melliflow and Closer join forces for an extended dance in Berlin. The incredibly versatile line up is a true reflection of what the brands themselves represent, handpicked crate diggers and underground selectors who all share the same vision and ability to create unique atmospheres. The occasion and environment go hand in hand as they step on board Hoppetosse for the entire duration. Saturday night (3rd Feb) until Monday morning. An intimate affair, low ceilings surrounded by tight sound filled with amazing artists. It’s a no brainer.
The Berlin based Melliflow founders Vera and Alexandra welcome a wide array of artists to town. Some magic moments to be had on the boat. My Own Jupiter man Nicolas Lutz will be there to display his never ending discography of rare and curious records. Hailing from all over the world, Japanese collector DJ Masda, New Yorker and precise mixer Evan Baggs, and young Italian artist Quest to name a few. Underground explorers Unai Trotti and Nico Etorena will both bring something fresh to the table. Noizar and Borys will be representing Kiev offering their reputable music, that they have built there immense residency at Closer around.
To round off the special party a second room will also be available, an open door for experimental sounds. A place to relax, and take a moment from the madness. Featuring a spectrum of rhythms from Baby Vulture, E/Tape and a rare opportunity to see Federico Molinari in this light. Visuals on the weekend from Cote, the real cherry on the cake.
See you on the boat.
Facebook Event: melliflow & closer kiev winter trip 2
Words by Zac Bidwell
- Published on Tuesday, 26 December 2017 18:50
12 tracks listed below by Primărie will do all the talking;
1- Premiesku - The Last Man on The Moon EP // ALLINN028
So being in a period where over generousity is experienced at a high level, here is our take for a special wax with divine sounds :). We start with Premiesku who 'soar' to 'only' take us on a trip to the moon and then we are 'Even' for the whole EP. We can always go Sci-Fi when this lovely Romanian trio share their newest sounds on All Inn Black, we can already be sure it's the deepes underground cut coming out from their studio.
2- Adrian Niculae - Consensual EP // MTF005
Back to a sound we cherish, and one that is stands out for this period. Adrian Niculae is back with his own 'Motif' to share with us another cocktail made out of fruits from his own garden. I'm sure I 'SeeSaw' cherries in this smoothie too while B Side reminds me of a whole cycle i have to review, re-align and recentre myself then move on and on, play with this play.
Here is an interesting collab, one that has a tender flow, one that define powerfull drum rythms. Who are they? Well Cristi Cons and Dubtil come out as Fonetica, with their first 'Noises EP' on Nervmusic special side series. I'm sure the point is to get 'Lost in thought' when everything is so well done in the 'background'. The sound proposes another way of rhythm and tight percussions and the time is right for us to have these options too.
4- Arapu - Wasted Ego EP // UND007
A 'Wasted Ego' title as a sublime message for a sublime sound, delivered by Arapu on Understand. Did you get it ? Uplifting sound with a scary atmosphere and voices 'from the other side' show you can't always have the bliss without a bit of extra-ordinary tension meant to keep you straight and offer you a wide range of experiences.
5- Mihai Pol - Invasion EP // OTK003
Already with a sound if his own, Mihai Pol continues to polish his craft with a new EP on the Londoner Otaku Records. It's ok, there is an invasion going on, and Triptil is on board with a B Side remix, calls out his best troops and rolls out his offensive and uplifting groove taking on the lead in this adventouros manifest.
Of course one player getting fresh attention is romanian dj and producer Cally. Usually with a perfected round sound, in this EP he reveals his high pillar attitude on front side and then shares his wormth and angelic atmospheres with two perfect after-hours tracks on side B.
7- Costin Rp - Basics EP // RUERE004
Costin Rp is one that i know likes to go further and explore his sounds and mainly he comes up with new ingredients for his cocktail. Making it more spacious and lightly in the same time, Ruere is the right caravan to serve this jam sessions. Whishpering questions are thrown throughout the whole experience. Did you hear?
8- Unknown Artist - DRGS01 // DRGS01
As you know it is a pleasure to write about the Unknown Artist who does not need any more recognition and just shares his feelings and moods with us. On the first one of these series you'll find clues and ways as to how to get wild and childly again and of course if you 'Say it Loud' you will get it better.
9- Floog - Ambele EP // FLG001
I have love for new beggings and to share the right ones with you and as i told you before I'm happy the artist behind Floog is back on track again, delivering smooth rhythms with clean and clear percussion cuts aiming for an ever more fractalized house music anthems. It's all under a great plan, delivered with love and joy on FLG001.
10- Piktor - Acid Space EP // LKMV002
How do you make a painting of acid floating in space? Well there is one formula very well presented here and tell me if you can find a better one. Regarding groove and sound, Piktor found his ways and it's ready to be part of our big community. We're sure the EP on Lokomotiv is just a small card of the big picture, and we're shure the canvas is ever expanding.
11- MOi - 08 // MOI008
House, Groove, Rhythm... oi oi. It's all in here, it's the new MOI release. Undergound house music all the way under this project and the credits go in Eastern Europe. Well it is a very fine touch of uplifting side of our house music and this release is set to bound new standards, as the ones before, it did.
12- VA - Tzinah On Black 004 // TZHBK004
4 Romanian talents, Hansel!, Mihai Pol, Herck and vlf, are billed for TZHBK004. When speaking of Tzinah records, it is always a treat to ears.
With care and appreciation from P. with Love
Words by Dan Primaru
- Published on Saturday, 16 December 2017 13:50
Recently regarded as one of Spain’s “best kept secrets,” Javier Carballo, internationally acclaimed DJ, producer, and label owner, grew up on an exotic Spanish island called Gran Canaria. From the warm sounds of inspiration of the vibrant wellspring of life surrounding him, music became a way of life to transmit emotions and communion through sound. Thoroughly dedicated to this calling, Javier’s passion drains over everything he does, channeling his creative efforts to produce deeply emotional, strikingly stateoftheart underground deep house and techno. Since 2009, Carballo’s career has continued to evolve with his solo projects and remixes that received support by some of the biggest names in the industry.
And now, 6 tracks listed below by the man himself, Javier Carballo, will do all the talking;
I am very happy to see how 2 good friends from my island are one of the most exciting duos right now in the electronic scene, this ep is clearly my favorite of them , anyway all the things done by the guys are top level music. This ep has 5 tracks, where Mahy and Nichel do a trip between house, Minimal , electro and deep sounds.
This EP is one of my favourite last work of Tommy, the 2 tracks are weird but when u start to listen them u can’t take it out of your mind, Minimal techno and atmospheric sounds , with a great Rich Nxt remix oriented to the dance floor.
Two big tracks in Pola release, each side works just perfect in After sets or nights, amazing baseline and groove. proper records for clubs and djs.
4.- Disk - Blackloops 02
All the last Disk releases are great, solid rhythms , amazing pads and transitions , this time Blackloops 01 have 2 cuts where the rolling house, minimal and groove elements doing a perfect combination.
5.- BSS - Unrequested State Of Bliss, Bosconi
What a package of 8 tracks, Im really impressed with this work of the trio of Bosconi Sound system I can play each track in deferents moments, Minimal, Driving tech house, Deep techno, Electro. Honestly nowadays is so difficult to see a double vinyl and be sure to buy it, in this case100%
Every records of Traffic is a real bomb ,this time Bodin does 4 tracks collaborating with his friends Jacob and Martyne to do a new era of Electro, minimal and breaks.
- Published on Wednesday, 13 December 2017 21:37
6 tracks listed below by Primărie will do all the talking;
1- RQZ - Freaks EP // MODEIGHT004
So let's start this session with an artist who is stepping up in the vinyl only world, and that is the Romanian DJ, Midi Club Resident, RQZ. With a great approach to his sound and his techniques, this EP is a great anchor beetwen the house world and the more deep and fractalized micro-house music.
2- Miroloja - Subtitle EP // OLOREC001
Another great and courageous opening are from the Miroloja brothers, with their first release at their headquarters Olo Records. Armed up with two smooth remixes from artists like Nima Gorji and Rowlanz, they make a great promise to the scene, and that is to release quality music in their view and understanding. Done well so far for me.
3- Silat Beksi - Shushu EP // WOW05
Back to groove and to that peculiar sound we cherish most, Silat Beksi showing two sides in his What you Want release called Shushu EP. What we love about Silat is that he won't let the guard down and he's always massaging our ears with some breaks on every release. Of course the other side of him is revealed in the more detailed Java track.
4- Floog - Gicu cu Robotzi EP // HOARD003
Great to see such an experienced artist going out on his own and showing his more soulfull side on his solo alias Floog. We are talking about George the third part of Premiesku near Livio and Roby. Now we get to see where the more esoteric and atmospherical parts of that were coming from, it's all over this EP and i really look forward to the direction of Floog.
5- Vlad Arapasu - Artifical Moves // SBTL010
Talking about taking things on a solo attitude, Vlad Arapasu from Dubsons did that recently also, delivering his first EP at the German Subtil Records. He is expressing his happiness and thoughfull messages throughout his music and my guess he's got a lot to share! Great EP representing our Romanian sound signature.
And.. not to be missed is the new release from Sei Es Drum, Villalobos trips are being out on A and B, one expressing the 'sensitive' voice direction and the other one drumming on the bass and playing it low. This is what we should do also, beat the earth to raise the frequencies and be open cosmical energy from the above.
With care and appreciation from P. with Love
Words by Dan Primaru
- Published on Tuesday, 05 December 2017 20:29
We are back with Under The MEOKO Microscope feature alongside a very exciting name – Giammarco Orsini. The Italian artist first enriched his musical culture in Italy where he grew up, influenced by the grooves of the 90’s. He further developed his musical identity by spending countless hours of discovering and playing vinyls. Soon enough, Giammarco started showcasing his talents to a wider audience and his first forays into DJ culture happened in Pescara, where he became resident DJ at Zu::Bar, thus kickstarting his career. Havinh many gigs there increased his notoriety in the local scene and allowed him to meet other inspiring talents, pushing him to start producing and to create his own imprint “Heko Records” - the label behind Pancratio’s stand out EP “Pancratio 1”. As well as bringing new producers like Pancratio to the fore, Giammarco Orsini is also behind a number of successful releases himself, his four-tracker « Game of chance » on Partisan an undeniable dancefloor favourite. His move to the German capital further cemented his profile, leading to gigs alongside big names such as Ricardo Villalobos, John Dimas and Shonky to name a few. He is a regular at venues such as Club der Visionäre and Watergate but still finds the time to play in his home country at the famous Goa Club. He has recently got back from a tour in America, and we are happy to learn more about the Italian « Enfant Prodigue ». We caught up with this talent in an interview, so let’s get into this and check his exclusive MEOKO mix.
Hi Giammarco, we are really happy to have you for the new edition of Under the MEOKO Microscope, thank you for taking the time for us.
Hi Guys, I'm happy to be on board and thank you for inviting me for this special feature.
1. How old were you when you started playing music and which influences made you want to be the DJ you are today ?
I started around 14, I was buying all different kinds of music and in the beginning my focus was just improve my technique.
I was mixing from Hip Hop to House and Techno and I was trying to understand the differences between genres and how to mix them. Slowly i started to look more for some specific subgenres that sounded more interesting to my ears like progressive house mixed with breakbeat to get into minimal techno or house lately but basically I was just surfing between genres.
During this process I started to realize what I really liked in the music so I started to produce my own music which helped me to understand which elements in one track are more interesting to me and in general what I feel more in the tracks I play.
2. Did the fact growing up in Italy have any impact on the music you play now, on your inspirations from when you started? Italy have a good history of house music and your selection has always been eclectic, are the 90s Influences still something you explore and re-discover for your sets or even your productions ?
Growing up in Italy has of course had big impact as it’s in my roots and it’s where I found the inspiration of to play and make music. Even now my sets are full of those records that were released in the late 90s. I think it's amazing to discover old records that still sound relevant now but to bring them back under a new light and to a new audience.
3. Your productions range from the groovier sounds on Heko Records to a more minimalistic style on Partisan. How would you describe the differences in your approach when producing on different labels?
I always do different styles of music, blending my influences all together to evolve my sound. I think the Partisan EP for example it's a crossover between my Italian roots and the influences I got here in Berlin.
For example when we chose the tracks, we started from the A2 Divenire and it was just a spontaneous decision to build an EP that reflected my style paired with my evolution and the same time that also fit well on the label.
Same thing happened with the EP on Elephant Moon. You always start from one or two tracks that take the attention of the A&R and then you build an EP trying to find the right balance between your sound and the sound of the label.
4.How did your moving from Italy to Berlin affect you ? Is it an incisive moment in your music career ?
It was a key moment not only in my career but in my life in general. I realized how much I wanted to dedicate myself to the music and Berlin is the place where many artist live and work so being here gave me the opportunity to meet other producers or go to hear DJ’s that I usually wouldn’t have an opportunity to hear play very often. It’s also amazing for record shopping and there are many chances to collaborate with other artists as this city really encourages that community feeling.
In general you get inspired from this whole thing, parties are happening every day of the week and all of this inspire me and make me more productive but still I needed time to establish myself in the city and get into my new life rhythm.
Obviously you have to be focused on your objective otherwise one of the common side effects that I see around is you can lose easily yourself in a black hole of permanent partying.
5. You play often alongside John Dimas, you also just made an EP on his Label Elephant Moon, how did you met and how is his music important to you? Do you plan to work together on any other upcoming releases ?
I met John Dimas a few years ago in Italy during one night in San Benedetto del Tronto and he played 80% of records that I used to play! I was so impressed because I was already a big fan of his music but I never saw him DJing before that night.
Since that day we've always been in contact and especially when I moved to Berlin we became closer. Actually we're also working on some music together but we don’t have a release date scheduled yet.
6. You play often at the famous Goa club in Rome together with Fabrizio Sala ,how can you describe the music scene in Italy compared to Berlin ?
Goa Club is a legendary club which has shaped electronic music in Italy over the last 20 years and I'm really grateful to get the chance to play there regularly along with Fabrizio for the party Nozoo.
In Italy there is always something going on, club culture is still alive and well and especially in the last few years a lot of new promoters started to support underground events and this gave the opportunity to small artists to get booked.
I don't think it's really possible to compare the two scenes. There are too many cultural differences that generate a totally different approach. For instance, the amount of events that are going on in Berlin every weekend don't exist in any city of Italy or in general in any other city in Europe. I think the club culture here has another weight compared to Italy and the other countries in Europe.
People come to Berlin from all over the world specifically to go to parties and listen to electronic music. They call it Techno Tourism actually! This doesn't mean that Berlin is better but it's just a place where the culture is more developed and accepted into the social system.
7. Do you feel the club experience is shaped by cultural differences? When travelling, do you take cultural differences into consideration? How far is your approach as a DJ benefited in different countries and in different crowds?
I think the club culture is definitely shaped on the cultural system. It's a process that is evolving in every country in it’s own way and it changes with the generations.
From my experience as DJ I have observed that in countries like Italy or Spain you always have to bring a certain amount of energy to the dancefloor. Parties are shorter and in general you have to do your best in a smaller time frame as opposed to countries like Germany, Russia or Belgium where the parties are longer, the music is more hypnotic and you have more time to play something special that you cannot do in just a 2 hour set.
I have recently been, for the first time, to Panama and I was so impressed with how the crowd reacted to the music, they were dancing and enjoying every minute till the lights came on. Everything seemed new for them and they were really open to hear records that would be a bit more challenging to play everywhere. The same happened in Austin, Texas as well which was a nice surprise!
8.How do you prepare your set from venue to venue and country to country?
Obviously I try to collect as much music as possible to be ready to play for different crowds. I check my set time and what kind of party it is and if I’ve never been there I like to do a little research so I can be as prepared as possible.
I pack my bags with the thought of always trying to bring a bit of everything because in the end you never know what is going to happen there and sometimes you have to be ready to adapt to some lineups changes or just to play in front of less people. However, in general if I play an afterhour or a warm up I'll always bring something deep and if I play peak time, something more energetic.
For me it's just really important to be aware of what's happening in the club around you and try to play the right records while staying true to your style. It’s nice to be able to express yourself and educate the crowd a little but also people want to have fun so you have to always keep that in mind.
Thank you again for your time and the very energetic podcast you recorded for us, we look forward to hearing more exciting news from you !
Thank you guys for this nice interview, I hope to see you soon in London or somewhere else!
Words by: Natascha Kramer