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Sweet Spot Festival - Sweet As

The sweetest weekend of the year is happening again in 2019! After a successful first edition last year, the Creative Hub’s Park in Tallinn, Estonia, will host once again this fresh festival concept during the daytime of the 28th and 29th of July.

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The KultuuriKartel, or Creative Hub, is a cultural temple close to the city centre of Tallinn hosting a wide range of concerts and cultural activities, with both indoor and outdoor wide spaces. The Estonian capital has been growing into a new European capital of innovation and culture, and the festival, happening right in the middle of the summertime, provides the perfect occasion for music lovers to visit the city. 

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Sweet Spot is a fluid and modern festival which does not settle on a certain style or music genre, but instead offers a variety of live performances and DJ sets that range from brilliant indie rock acts to rising talents of the electronic music scene. You will be able to enjoy huge performances from international artist but also find your way into the local Estonian scene to discover something unexpected.

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Last year’s edition saw live performances from artists of the calibre of Irish singer-songwriter Roisin Murphy and the Estonian rapper and extravagant conceptual artist Tommy Cash. However electronic music lovers surely won’t be let down either - for example the 2018 edition hosted the one and only Jeff Mills, Honey Dijon, Soichi Terada and many more.

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Although the festival takes place during the daytime, do not worry if you are more of a nighttime party-goer - the party does not stop there. Afterparties will take place each day at Pada, in the heart of Tallinn, giving you the occasion to fully experience the Estonian capital’s vibe.
 
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After the huge success of its first edition, the expectations for its 2019 edition are high. The first names of this year's line-up will be released in February, stay tuned on Meoko for more info. If you are experiencing the usual winter blues through January while dreaming about these two days of pure summer bliss, this might be the right time to start planning your 2019 summer festivals schedule. Links and tickets below.
 
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EPIZODE³ Announces Full Lineup w/ [A:RPIA:R], Ion Ludwig, Guti, Maayan Nidam and more

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After the huge success of their recent instalments, Epizode have prepared another 11 days of unbelievable music and art bliss, in a location that is nothing short of amazing. From 28th December – 08 January 2019 on the magic island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam a series of day and night parties have been arranged in custom built areas, and beaches on the coast. Paradise, right?

And now; Epizode are happy to announce the huge lineup with more than 70 names added on the bill including a wide array of planetary house and techno icons, such as [A:RPIA:R], BINH, CRAIG RICHARDS, DJ STINGRAY, GUTI (Live), ION LUDWIG, MAAYAN NIDAM, MICHAEL MAYER, PAN-POT, PEGGY GOU, PETRE INSPIRESCU, RHADOO, STEVE LAWLER, THOMAS MELCHIOR and many more! They will be playing alongside the most respected Asia and Australia talents, such as ALAM, DEIAN, DISKONNECTED, GABRI-L, JONATHAN KUSUMA, MAURICE SIMON, SEQU3L, to name a few. 

 

All these names are added on an already epic list that includes legends from various music worlds, such as NINA KRAVIZ, RICARDO VILLALOBOS, SETH TROXLER, SONJA MOONEAR, ZIP, APOLLONIA, DUBFIRE, GOLDIE, FERRY CORSTEN, NICK WARREN, tINI, MR.G (Live), SAMMY DEE, mixed with the most interesting and adventurous names from house, techno, minimal, drum n’ bass and breakbeat.

 

The people and friends pulling the strings behind the Epizode are a true reflection, and inspiration to the scene, with an underlying passion to entertain and arrange diverse experiences with a true attention to detail. There was a social media storm after the last Epizode (everyone has seen the cardboard cut outs of Ricardo last time), and the crew are sure to come back even bigger and better this year. If you are considering a trip to Asia, it is surely worth a thought to tie this in with your trip; in our eyes, we cannot see a better new years extravaganza.

Pioneers of the game, combined with up and coming quality. Who is ready for the next Epizode? We certainly are.

 

Words by Zac Bidwell

 

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Preview: Otaku_03: Sublee at FOLD

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Otaku Records, exciting underground label music and brand is back with its 3rd installament in the new Canning town venue FOLD, a new institution for the arts, Home of music, creative studios and a 500 capacity state-of-the-art performance space with a 24-hour dance floor above a print factory on an industrial estate. Custom–made soundsystem limited at 110DB and a bottom end of 32hz has the freedom to fill the main room untill the music stops.

 

23rd of November will be the stage of an incredible line up, entirely filled by the finests DJs of the minimal underground scene with Sublee as headliner of this Special party!

Sublee is a familiar name to the Underground Scene, The Bucharest-based producer, real name Stefan Nicu, has previously appeared on Baumbaum Label and Raresh's Metereze, to name a few. His sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity redefine his style specialises in trippy style of house and techno. After years of a very rooted Djing career that makes a name for himself also proved his stunning production talents ranging from deep, dubby house to uplifting and seductive techno.

After a lifetime friendship and some previous creative projects together, Domenico and Mario in 2016 founded their label Otaku Record and the year after joined their minds as Laboratori OTK. Their sound is minimal but complex, both in their productions and DJ sets, marked by a constant attention to the dance floor no matters the musical genre. Even tho is a new project Laboratori OTK already got the support of many international artists, to name but a few Sepp, Nu Zau, SIT, Arapu, Herodot, Butch, Priku, Gescu, Fabe and John Dimas. After releasing on Hoarder and Vivus Records, Laboratori OTK have some VA, Remixes and EPs coming out soon, the most recent on their new label Clear Horizons. The duo is ready to drop an amazing records selection for the party and the after party..

 

Thierry settles himself in the underground world of sound systems and warehouse parties in London. Between 2005 and 2010 he was involved with Acme Soundz throwing raves with the likes of MFM sound, KSS, Disjunkt, Malfaiteurs, and eventually took charge of the Drum&Bass room for Family Groove. This took him gradually to play in some of the best venues around. Since 2015 by helping Art of Dark and Home London on the smooth running of their events taking place at Studio 338, Troxy, MangleE8, Oval Space, Studio 9294. Being responsible for such high rated brands ultimately has led him to co-found one himself : Stump in 2016 London born, and has since been inviting artists such as Raresh, Petre Inspirescu, Cezar, Barac, Priku, Gescu, Arapu, Cap, Herodot, Nima Gorji, Suciu, Sepp, Kozo, Dubtil.

AGHNES had a burning desire to establish a proper female techno collective in Rome. Having grown up on an eclectic combination of deep and minimal music when she was 18, she travelled around Europe collecting records ending up with quite a mixed spectrum of musical influence. Her strong love for club culture translates into sets where she picks apart and infuses together all the pieces of this music she likes best. Acid and groovy sounds characterize her style. In 2015 Aghnes moved to London becoming DJ Resident at ‘ We Play the Music We Love’, label and party collective. Since then she got a deeper insight of the London underground scene and started playing in the most popular clubs and warehouses and many underground events between London and Berlin as Keep on Going, Grooves London, Point., The Sunday Afters, Plattenkiste, and others.

With her life-time partner in crime Ameliée they decided to co-found She Made together in 2013 and DJs Erica.me and Sara Siu joined the project in 2015.

She Made is an ambitious all-female party concept and a label soon; the project started growing with the aid of the participants who spread the word and turned She Made into one of the 10 most prominent events in Italywhich lead them a residency at Goa Club (Rome) in 2017.

'Prepare to emerge into a musical journey filled with healing vibrations and hypnotic rhythms as we dance until the sunrise.'

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Words by A. Valentini

 

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Machine Dream & Ailleurs: DAN GHENACIA & ARGENIS BRITO remix

Long time French underground house hero, Dan Ghenacia and Venezuelan, Argenis Brito, deliver the third in the TONE SERIES Remix Series.  The first sees Dan take David K’s spacious, reverb heavy Machine Dream turned into a polished, dancefloor mood setter. Tight drums laced with groove, something himself and his peers know a thing or two about all too well, provide a housy, yet subtle feel throughout.

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Nothing seems forced; it’s certainly an exercise in restraint from the seasoned producer. As the ever-present hypnotic hook leads the song from the front, short brass stabs, with a classic air about them, help to decorate the track. The breakdown trickles in for a short but sweet relief, before a renewed dancefloor drive returns.

Records like this have and always will have a place in DJs bags when looking to set, or indeed maintain a very specific mood in a room and are likely to feature at Ghenacia's GoDEEP events. Starting out as a stripped back affair, with plenty of reverb trickery, the Agenis Brito remix takes an interesting turn from the original. The Venezualan Villalobos collaborator introduces percussion early on, infrequently accompanied by a sparse but intriguing vocal. Evolving minimal would be a an accurate description for the track, with a crisp snare helping to set the pace.

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As a resident at Berlin's Club Der Visionare, for in excess of 8 years now, Agenis knows this record is likely to sit well with its regulars. Dubby stabs come into play at one point keeping things meandering nicely, at times delving into housier territory as the hi hats open up.

 

Words by Mitch Willings

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MEOKO & Rebel Beats bringing the Sounds to Brighton

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On the 15th September, the streets of Brighton wont know what hit them with a two room musical line up that can only be described as house heaven -  in the ever so popular destination that is Brighton, MEOKO teams up with local party brand Rebel Beats to bring some of the finest sounding electronic music to our beloved seaside town. To measure up to a city that is one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse seaside towns in England, we have put together a line up of londons most up and coming selectors to set the tone for for a magical jouney from start to end.  EXPECT Funktion ONE, two rooms, 8 djs and the very finest of undergound club culture vibes.

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"Brighton is quintessentially unconventional and therefore has a lot to offer visitors who fancy a taste of both the informal and the avant-garde."

 

Setting the tone for our voyage is Matjie and Obester,  both these artists bring very unique styles to the table. Matje, born and raised in Romania, has been gaining support on his productions from the likes of TiNi and Cezar to name just a few whilst Obester is playing an active role in the african house movement - we have heard these two on regualr b2b sessions and cant wait for them to kick off the night with their chemistry behind the decks.

The JADA girls bounce off one anothers vibes. Proper minimal house at its very best!  These girls know how to make you dance, this is their job and they do their job well. Alongside their residency at Sankeys Ibiza they have played at numerous gigs this year in Romania, Prague, Barcelona, London and Ibiza and have been recently signed to Prague based -UP Agency. Producing deep moody minimal, JADA have released on Binaural arts (Ro), Soblazn Music (Ukraine), 4Plae Records (UK) and Unfelde records to name a few, expect plenty more surprises that showcase JADA's dark, hypnotic sound.

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Then there is CarlosRyan,  these two know just how to get the dancefloor bouncing, trust us!  One can find CarlosRyan at all the best kept secret shindigs happening around the UK. These two's passion for vinyl and music cannot be missed, they are true Dj's at heart and this purity is indeed visable when witnessing one of their sets, somewhere between House and Techno there limitless energetic performances and connection with the dance floor from being true raver’s themselves, keeps you tranquilized with there raw striped back big bass sound.

 

 
 
 
And finally completing the line up in Room1 is Rebel Beats (Jamie Bawn & Gabriel Ursu) completing line up in room one. With releases on Endebmic Digital & Two Forks, Rebel Beats have played in Spain, Germany, France and all over Brighton this year and host a weekly show on Trickstar Radio
 
And thats only Room 1 - for Room 2 we have put together a very special saucy line up of house provided from the likes of Jonny LovesHouse, Magnus Asberg, Beatsworkin and Aaron D.
 
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Weare Jada {ROUND UP}
Carlos Ryan {Arupa Music}
Rebel Beats (Twoforks/Endemic Digital)
Matje b2b Obester

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Beatsworkin (Twoforks/Endemic Digital)
Magnus Asberg (On the House Records)
Jonny Loves House (Twoforks)
Aaron D 

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Prepare to emerge into a musical journey filled with healing vibrations and hypnotic rhythms as we dance until the sunrise. In order to deliver an unforgettable experience.Celebrating Jamie Bawn (from Rebel Beats) big 40th birthday too and Jonny Loves House (who is flying in from Barcelona) birthday too.  

Saturday: 15th September

Doors open :  9pm

Venue: Hideout 

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