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PREVIEW: FRRC by Ricardo Villalobos x OFF Week

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In less than a month, thousands of music lovers will flock to Barcelona for another incredible week of electronic dance music in the form of Sónar. The multi-location festival is now in it’s 24th year (Can you believe it started in 1994?) and will see some of the worlds most established DJ’s play in the sweet sun of the Catalonia capital.

 

MEOKO has already covered some of the top parties for the week, but there is one small matter to attend to before we fly back home - Ricardo Villalobos’ FFRC party, hosted by Indigo Raw (IR) on Sunday 19th June.

 

Seeing Ricardo strut his stuff at El Monasterio, a beautiful old monastery tucked away in the Poble Espanyol, will be a fantastic way to finish off our trip. This is a unique spot with amazing city views - the perfect backdrop to the groovy, latino wonk that the Chilean is admired for.

 

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Sonja Moonear and Raum boss Dorian Paic, both peak time spinners in their own rights, will be on warm up duties, whilst I look forward to a cosy b2b from residents Nerone and Solimano.

 

 

Indeed there will be no Perlon party this year, so this might be the best chance to catch some high grade micro house at Sónar. Some tickets are still available on RA, with a backstage pass an option too, which allows access to a private bar and a chill out area. 

 

Indigo Raw are putting on four other nights during the week at El Monasterio too, and this venue really is worth checking out if you cannot make it to FRRC. Maya Jane Coles, Ben Klock, Moodymann, Mandar, Archie Hamilton and DJ Koze are just a few of the names billed to play from the 14th June onwards.

 

See you in the sun!

 

Words by Marlon

 

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HOT WAX - Tools & Tips [May 2017]

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7 tracks listed below by Dan Primaru will do all the talking;

 

1- Various Artists - UVARLTD (2X12 INCH) // UVAR // UVARLTD001

 

 

In the latest release of Romanian label Uvar, Nu Zau and Sepp gather alike minds and kind of showcase their little strong family. With their brothers aside, Vid and Andrei Kharitonov, they also invite the new talents Lizz and Cosmjn to represent our East European side of things and their complete the story with their true 'american gangster' like connection, having two tracks from Miami residents Idana and Rojid. The release is strong and sets standards for the up coming layed back micro house of or scene.

https://www.decks.de/t/various_artists-uvarltd/c9f-sv

 

2- Herck - Sunetul Noptilor Fecunde LP // Curtea Veche // CV005PT1 / CV005PT2

 

 

 

 

Talking about standards of micro house, one of the artists that goes beyond and comes back as a true representative of the genre is no one other then Herck. We've seen his releases suppored by Petre Inspirescu and others fellows and this album it's a must have for them, for us and for you also. It's Herck's debut album and it's a great occasion to see and hear his real self expressed in this musical kaleidoscope released by Curtea Veche.

https://www.decks.de/t/herck-sonetul_noptilor_fecunde_part_1/c97-r5

https://www.decks.de/t/herck-sonetul_noptilor_fecunde_part_2/c9b-1w

 

3- Aquaphresca - TRAM DAYS (VINYL ONLY) - Aquaphresca - Aquaphresca02

 

Back into a more house feeling, we found the Tram Days EP of Aquaphresca. This is a more liquid version combined with a more natural and fractal enviroment overall from Mihai Popescu aka MP. First track really takes us back in time somewhere where the first trams were crossing New York's fresh streets. The second tune is back to groovy bussines of the dancefloor engaging us on all levels with a wondering jacking sound.

https://www.decks.de/t/aquaphresca-tram_days/c8w-jo

 

4- Oshana - AMETISU (VINYL ONLY) // YoY // YoY.02

 

 

Wait what.. We went to New York, then we have to mention their true resident Oshana. We've seen her release at some powerfull labels during her time, but with this release she is really making her sound strong, with an attitude and straight to the point. Electric, eclectic and with an alienated feeling, strong beats and basses, for sure this is the masculine side of lovely Oshana. All marketed well by French sublabel of Yoyaku.

https://www.decks.de/t/oshana-ametisu/c97-h5

 

5- Niwa Tatsui - VISHNOU EP // Trimurti // Trimurti.2/3

 

Because good music is neither old or outdated, this release is really showing us just that. I'm curious what i will think about it in 5 years from now on. The A&R of Trimurti really made a good job here, the tracks are very different from eachother, each one has their own unique sound and groove though ...some DJs might just play them all in one set. I'll let you explore and make up your own mind about it.

https://www.decks.de/t/nt-vishnou/c8g-1x

 

6- Arapu - CONNECTION EP // Pressure Traxx // PTX017

 

 

Back on Romanian turf, for the sake of this month, we're talking about Arapu's latest release at the well known Pressure Traxx. Some of you might think these are just deep, warm and nice tracks to play, but some of us really use this in the main points of the dj acts, some of the Romanian DJs like to go down like this in the middle of their set, 'reconnecting' it back to where we should all be connected.

https://www.decks.de/t/arapu-connection_ep/c98-4w

 

7- Shoxy - THOSE MOMENTS EP (180G / VINYL ONLY) // NG Trax // NGT007

 

 

We already know Nima Gorji as a DJ who knows his groove, and he really showed that in his new establishment NG Trax. Traxs only... simple and poweful, ready for the dancefloor and up for some action. It's the same thing you'll find in Shoxy's release, mellow bass rhythms and colorful atmospheres. It's all about 'Those Moments' that me, you, Shoxy and Nima cherish the most at night.

https://www.decks.de/t/shoxy-those_moments_ep/c8w-jy

 

8- Lixir - Sunshine EP (incl. COSMJN Remix) [NIMMA003] x MiNimmal Movement

 

 

Here is an EP that just describes what Lixir is about, MiNimmal Movement must be happy coloring their discography with two layed-back deamlike tunes on the first side, while also going straight into the groove on the back side. B side, which is dancefloor oriented, also contains Cosmjn remix, a remix that says loudly and clear: my sound and work is mature now, but i'm here to play and have fun. Enjoy!

 

By Dan Primaru

 

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Unleash x Trelik Preview & Competition!

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Unleash impressed at their last outing when tINI, Julian Perez, Arapu, and saxy act DeWalta & Mike Shannon all took control down at Studio Spaces. The party in this particular venue was a cute coupling - three clean rooms, good sound, great DJs and ravers that were there to really party.

 

 

Next month it is Zip (yes!) and Trelik boss Baby Ford that will headline at Pennington Street, in what is set to be a mouth watering back to back for the latters label showcase on May 27th. Both chaps are highly regarded in the scene for their contributions, with Zippy in particular, a favourite amongst the purists. There will no doubt be the usual heaviness from the outstanding German.

 

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Pedro’s inclusion to the lineup will draw in the rest of the fleet, and makes this party an essential. The RPR boys (Rhadoo, Pedro, Raresh)   do have a magnetism when they play, yet I somehow prefer watching them ride solo, when Pedro, I think, is at his best. His home made cuts are just.so.naughty.

 

That should be enough for a wicked night of music, yet Unleash have more muscle in the form of Cabanne, Daylomar, Memek, Resolute’s O.BEE, and Trelik’s own Alex Celler and OCH too.

 

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I’m personally most excited for Cabanne... Back at Half Baked’s 7th birthday he nearly blew my head clean off in the third arch, playing some monstery, techno-y house that I have never heard anything like before. He is an excellent addition to the night and will maintain a gold standard of quality to those either side of him on the bill.

Cabanne MC

 

Mr. Celler is too, one to watch. The Grecian’s sweet take on minimal is juice for any dancefloor, and I’m already looking forward to hearing both sides of his wonderful Trelik release, on the night. 

 

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Admittedly as I creak into my late twenties, I do find myself choosing Sunday brunch in the park more often than munching on my own jaw. With so many forward thinking artists on one lineup though, this party would be silly to miss. We are in great hands, and I look forward to seeing you there.

 

As part of our regular competition series, MEOKO are giving away FIVE tickets to this Unleash x Trelik Showcase.

To stand a chance to win, send an e-mail to hThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "TRELIK" as the subject title. Good luck!

 

Words by Marlon.

 

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HOT WAX - Tools & Tips (April 2017)

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These bits do the business, all out in the past fortnight unless stated otherwise:

 

 

 

Suolo - Chionophile EP / Aforisme AFRV001

https://www.decks.de/t/suolo-chionophile_ep/c8w-if

Suolo needs no introduction and, with this EP, his statement is that the Moldavian scene has something very smooth to offer. Working with dedication on his 'character' records and being a leader in the zone these two tracks reconfirms his dedication to the after-hours rhythms and clarity of sound. A sense of dreaming while awake is triggered.

 

 

 

Crihan - Grosso Mondo EP / truelovesounds TLSV003

https://www.decks.de/t/crihan-grosso_modo_ep/c93-fv
Nasty snares, sharp hats and round bass, this might be something of what Crihan does best. He knows best what to use and how to deliver, inspired by the Romanian underground scene where he recently is very active, this EP is great for putting you in the mood to get dressed and to not miss anything. These two beauties stand erect and surely put a smile on your face. On mine does.

 

 

 

Cristi Cons - Perceptual EP / Meander Meander021

https://www.decks.de/t/cristi_cons-perceptual_ep/c93-lz
Crsti Cons returns on Meander with a new solo EP, a release that, kind of, reminds us about Anatrack and his SIT sound. This time his music is spatial and terrestrial in the same time, keep us in the middle, exactly where we like to be. His 'perception' is 'mutual' about about 'aural' and 'celestial' states of being. Keeps your mind grounded with the right beats and percussions.

 

 

 

Nami - Hip Pocket EP / Nami NAMI006

https://www.decks.de/t/nami-hip_pocket/c9g-da
Nami, on his personal imprint, just releases the moods he is in day by day or just the important feelings that need to be shared. With a great funk powder, aggressive beats and alienated sounds, there is no chance... the party has surely started. It gets your shoes moving and you don't know why, your mind is hooked and your soul smiles. Nami is not afraid to play around and he does it well in 'Radio Delta'.

 

 

 

YYY - YYY606 EP / YYY Series YYY060

 https://www.decks.de/t/yyy-yyy606/c98-j7

Purely underground and unknow, this is all about the rhythm and sound. Yoyaku studio delivers again, on the YYY series, two very tight tracks from the French scene. Fur sure these are great weapons to revive your sets and your house, so just lose yourself into the sound.

 

 

Symbol - Symbol 003 EP // Symbol SMB003

https://www.decks.de/t/symbol-symbol_003/c7o-gl

This might be something else. This might be on a different note, but we love and cherish this kind of tunes to get ourself out of everyday sound. Full of fractal sounds, natural recorded atmospheres and voices, Symbol releases are meant to shaken our perception about what's possible and come as an inspiration for many of us looking for the perfect sound.

 

By Dan Primaru

 

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MEOKO Preview: Raving Iran

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On Thursday 27 AprilUnleash is honored and excited to announce the screening of RAVING IRAN at Village Underground, a documentary that lifts the lid on Tehran’s underground electronic music scene and follows the life of DJ’s Anoosh and Arash aka Blade & Beard.

Anoosh and Arash started organizing “Burning man” styled raves together in Iran back in 2008. These parties were located in the middle of the desert 1000km away from Tehran and were of course illegal and very risky to put together. Finding trustworthy people at the time to help, managing the parties, from location to equipment was near to impossible. The duo was always aware of the dangers these activities brought with them and they had to stay as far away as possible from the radical police forces. Watch the trailer here.

Organizing a party in Iran is a crime, and is punished by law. Both Anoosh and Arash have been arrested several times and almost beaten to death by the police, however even this did not stop them to follow their passion for music.

 

 

 

The parties eventually started attracting tourists and also the director of the “Raving Iran” documentary, Susanne Regina Meures, who followed the parties and the life of Blade & Beard closely and with extreme compassion.

In 2013 Anoosh and Arash were invited to travel to Switzerland and perform at the Street parade after which they decided to stay in Switzerland and seek asylum for the sake of a better life.

Fast forward to today, and the pair is on the merge of a long and fruitful career, starting their own label in April 2017 and showcasing some of the best young talents around. 

To know more about this extraordinary story, we invite you to purchase a ticket via the resident advisor link here. All profits from this event will go to the charities listen below. You will have the possibility to donate different amounts via RA or you can donate directly supporting the cause via the Just Giving link also below. Moreover, you can follow to facebook event to keep up to date.

 

This is a CHARITY event and all proceeds will go to:

1. Amnesty International's #freeartists campaign

2. Crisis - the national charity for homeless people

 

PROGRAMME

19:00 - 21:00 Welcome Drinks

21:00 - 22:30 Screening of Raving Iran

22:30 - 23:00 Q&A with Blade&Beard

23:00 - 02:00 DJ set from Blade&Beard (UK Debut)

 

 

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