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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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Motion & Nightowl’s Techno Takeover

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Over the weekend, techno fans experienced a night of uncompromisingly high-quality music, courtesy of Nightowl. Motion’s main room became an intimate space filled with galvanised lasers and futuristic rhythms.

 

Desolat label boss Loco Dice headlined the night, bringing his unique cinematic flair to his carefully cultivated distinct sound. Cloaking the audience in clouds of smoke and pulsating lights, he blasted his hip-hop influenced sensory tunes ahead of his eagerly anticipated performance at Sonus this summer.

 

 

 

The night was also monumental in the sense that it was Fuse figurehead Enzo Siragusa’s Bristol debut. A long-time coming, the legendary underground DJ showcased some supremely minimal, dynamic sound. Drawing in a new crowd of Fuse fanatics.

 

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They were also joined by the ever-eclectic B.Traits. Stepping away from the Radio 1 booth, she surprised a sceptical audience by playing some highly skilled, authentic techno. Proving that she can seamlessly move between commercial and underground sounds.

 

 

 

There were also performances from one of then Netherland’s most exciting talents, William Djoko, ‘Simple’ resident Em Williams, Jake Hodgkinson, Ttandom and Iggs & Biles rounded everything off.

 

All in all, the night was an intimate gathering for Bristol’s die-hard techno fans to experience some cutting-edge music from a carefully chosen handful of artists.

 

 

Words by Georgia Evans

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Exclusive Announcement: AFAR 1st Bday w/ Nu Zau, Suciu and more

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On the 31st March, Club Reina will be taken over by some of the finest artists in the underground scene. Celebrating their first year in style, with Nu Zau, Suciu, Rawness, Razvan Stefan, Ma'man, Valentin and Slavi.

After their shows at Hoxton FM hosting DJs with the likes of Julia Govor, Faster, VincentIulian and LIZZ, numerous parties and cumulating a cult following, these underground innovators are celebrating a year of incredible memories.  The crew has curated parties that celebrate the best of minimal techno and micro house, driven to create the atmosphere of a big house party with good music and diversity. 

 

 

Bucharest’s pioneering producer Nu Zau will join the AFAR crew, inspired by Ricardo Villalobos and Rhadoo, his dark, percussive and experimental sound is unlike any other in the underground scene.  In time a new label vinyl project is created by the name of Uvar, which he co-runs with fellow romanian Sepp.

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Suciu stands out from the crowd with his charming groove-led productions and haunting atmospherics, a juxtaposition that only works in his favour. A lover of house, jazz, rap and rock- he blends together multiple styles with finesse. The end result is something dark, complex and compelling.  

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Rawness will be bringing his signature dark melodies and heavy grooves. The Dubgeneration star’s futuristic releases are sure to incite electric impulses in the crowd, expect to hear heavy basslines, warped vocals and pure underground vibes. 

FriendsFromAfar have also called in Razvan Stefan, Ma'man, Valentin and Slavi, who will take over Club Reina at 10pm on the 31st March.  This passionate get-together is sure to be a celebration of sound and the people who have made the movement such a success.

 

Facebook Event: Friends From Afar 1 YEAR Anniversary Party! 

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HOT WAX - Tools & Tips [March 2017]

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1) Mr. G - Breed 02 | Breed - BREED02RP (repress)

March01

The term 'legend' is often banded around willy nilly in the dance music realm, but Mr. G, aka Colin McBean, is one of the few who can rightfully lay claim to this accolade. Mr. G on Kris Wadsworth’s very own label Breed. There can’t be a better mix! Superb jacking and grooving Mr. G style. Timeless classic jams repressed.

Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/mr_g-breed_02/c94-4b

 

2) Mandar - Mandar Album LP | Oscillat Music - OSC10

MArch02

The ever-essential deep house super group Mandar make the leap to an album in fine style after a few years of unbeatable EPs on their own Oscillat Music label and elsewhere. The grooves bump just right, the moods unfurl like toffee-flavoured smoke and with these 12 jams Mandar prove once again why they're at the top of the deep house game.

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/mandar-mandar-album/630746-01/

 

3) Jakob Seidensticker, Snad & Boronas - Too Late | Abartik - ABATSS001

MArch03     

The all-new Trés Chic series from Abartik will make your hair super fluffy. The fabulous trio Jakob Seidensticker, Snad & Boronas deliver an intimate EP loaded with deep, hypnotic, dark grooves. Vinyl Only, Hand stamped and 180 gramm.

Audio Link: http://de.juno.co.uk/products/jakob-seidensticker-boronas-snad-too-late-ep/640440-01/

 

4) Arapu - Connection | Pressure Traxx - PTX017

March04 

The long awaited 12 inch by Arapu is here. Two prime cuts that easily connect your mind your body and your soul. Pressure Traxx welcomes Sunwaves regular and highly respected producer Arapu to the squad.

 Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/arapu-connection_ep/c98-4w

 

5) Giammarco Orsini - Game Of Change | Partisan - PTN003

March05

Giammarco Orsini’s Game of Chance EP makes for such potent material on the dancefloor. This is refined and reduced dance music that radiates warmth and champions groove, subtly preaching positivity in the most elegant of ways.

Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/giammarco_orsini-game_of_chance/c9a-0y

 

6) DFX - Move Your Body (Howl Ensemble Remix) | DFXRMX

March06

One Sided 12” that you probably heard already on the dance floor, very limited release, hand stamped. Peace, unity, love and happiness, with respect to the master DFX.

Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/dfx-move_your_body/c91-to

 

7) Various Artists - Past | Brouqade - BQD040.1

March07

 

BQD040.1 is a collection of remixes the label released during its early years. Back then, the label intended to back up every release with a remix. All of these remixes meant something special to the label, and now they’re all here for you to enjoy on one record.

Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/various_artists-past/c94-sc

 

8) Archie Hamilton - Driven | Fuse London - FUSE026

March08

Moscow Records boss Archie Hamilton is a long time friend of the FUSE London family, having previously contributed to a number of releases. Driven To Distraction, though, is his first FUSE outing since 2015. A solid EP containing tracks tailor-made for different dancefloor situations.

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/archie-hamilton-driven-ep/640258-01/

 

9) Ricardo Villalobos / Max Loderbauer / Prevelist - Meet Tshetsha Boys | Honest Jon’s - HJP59 (repress)

March09

Another edition of the Honest Jon's Shangaan Electro remix project arrives with suitably illuminating results as Villalobos & Max Loderbauer and Peverelist tackle the Tshetsha Boys. Gradually snippets of Tshetsha Boys melodies emerge and meld the Peverelist rhythms which gain some energising impetus when those hats lock in.

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/ricardo-villalobos-max-loderbauer-meet-tshetsha-boys/435853-01/

 

10) Ion Ludwig - For Real We Are Not For You | Toi. Toi. Musik - TT04

MArch10

Following his release on Perlon as Alter Mahnn, collective member Ion Ludwig signs Toi.Toi’s 4th release. The EP brings two tracks carefully chosen and crafted. Rather than having the dance floor as a drive they are rather more mind driven, a very mature EP.

Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/ion_ludwig-for_real_we_are_not_for_you_ep/c98-rt

 

11) MAU - Love Soundtrack | Move & Understand - MAU003

March11

The mystical label Move & Understand returns with another eclectic vinyl only release. Their third release comes again from label chief Mau. who delivers a very versatile solo EP .

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/mau-love-soundtrack/642246-01/

 

12) Aline Brooklyn - Aline Brooklyn 002 | Aline Brooklyn US - ALN002

March12

This second label release, which arrives with no information about the producers behind it, is as strong as its 2016 predecessor. It's a pretty varied affair, too, with spacey chords, intergalactic effects electro-influenced drums and a triumphant stroll into dubbed-out tech-house territories.

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/aline-brooklyn-002/641792-01/

 

13) Ashac - The Occult LP | Æternum Music - AEM009 MArch13

For their ninth release, Æternum present Ashac, a young and talented French artist. Discover Ashac’s vision on music through his Debut LP “Occult”.

Audio Link: http://www.decks.de/t/ashac-the_occult_lp/c9a-13

 

14) Sofa Talk - Echoes From The Souther Place | Anma - ANMA004

March14

For ANMA’s fourth release Sofa Talk has supplied two cuts of his signature futuristic laid back machine funk, channeling chunky Juno keys, percussive rhythms and sweet flutters on the Rhodes. Lovingly pressed on 180g vinyl with crafty looking hand labelled and stamped covers.

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/sofa-talk-echoes-from-the-southern-place/635321-01/

 

15) No Moon - Pretty Fly For A Lo Fi | Echo Vortex - EV001

March15

Mancunian electronic explorer Fred Shepherd once again dons the No Moon alias, this time for a quartet of distorted, redlined machine jams on Echo Vortex. Razor-sharp acid lines and hustling electro rhythms all the way.

Audio Link: http://www.juno.co.uk/products/no-moon-pretty-fly-for-a-lo/633634-01/

 

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Review: Luciano's Birthday Bash at Hoppetosse

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Buena onda means good mood in South America and in such good mood I was entering Boom'n'Bust Luciano Birthday edition at Hoppetosse on Sunday, 26th of February. Of course the weekend was long and intense, but an end of the week gathering at one of Berlins favorite underground venues is always a good idea!

The lineup for the event sounded also extremely tempting- the South American/ Vagabundos DJ crew for Lucianos Bash and Dyed Soundorom and Shonky on the upper deck. Why not?

Friendly security and door staff is a great asset for any space, not to mention how relevant that is on a Sunday. All easy and cool, I walked right in to Hoppetosse and rushed immediately down the stairs where Santiago born Paula Schopf aka Chica Paula was playing for already an hour. Somehow an unexplainable feeling of summer was in the air, maybe due to the quite «hot» conditions at the busy Hoppetosse boat. Paula played energetic and sophisticated house and minimal. Reading the anticipation of the crowd well she made people dance smiling.

 

 

 

Sunday 7 PM and the venue was already not surprisingly very busy and a feeling of overall excitement was in the air. Soon the lower deck was sweaty and cooking hot and a trip in search of more oxygen was indisputable. Upstairs Dyed Soundorom and Shonky were absolutely rocking it with their groovy and deep tech house tracks, hypnotic and driving, still slow enough to perfectly fit into the Sunday Hoppetosse mood.  With pleasure I recognized a really beautiful track of Mountain People.

 

 

After a quick drink, it was time to dive downstairs again, where the smooth and hypnotic mixes of Chica Paula created a perfect buildup and set the energy level for the night. Ernesto Ferreyra took it further throwing down minimalish lushness with characteristic twists and glitches. Groovy, his set included many cool baseline tracks that made the dancers stomp their feet harder. Luciano arrived soon after. I was really curious what the head honcho of Cadenza would come up with- on his birthday in one of the Berlin underground clubs especially! 

For us, Ibiza regulars back in the day, it truly was an extraordinary moment when he showed up one late afternoon on the DC10 club terrace.  Firmly mixing cosmic minimal techno records with latin rhytms he took us really far out that day. I am sure that everybody present knew that it was a truly special moment and a start of the Luciano residency.

Beeing a big fan of the early Lucien-n-luciano experimental exploration of sound I was hoping he would play some of his old productions, music he would play at Cadenza events at Panorama Bar like the Perlon release «Alpine Rocket» with Mathew Jonson or the track he wrote for his sister- «Amelie on Ice».

 

 

 

Hosting multiple parties on Ibiza and playing big festivas Lucianos music style has evolved from minimal techno to a blend of house and techno mixed with latin rhytms and vocals. Vagabundos and Luciano and Friends on Ibiza has brought him a huge following worldwide with no exception of Berlin. A clear sign of that were many people wearing characteristic black hats – clearly a Vagabundos Ibiza style accesoire. At Hoppetosse he delivered a bouncy and danceable mixture of tech house and deep house playing b2b with his Vagabundos crew. Changing rhytms and melodies with percussive solos incorporating sax and horns made the dancefloor packed and the crowd was cheering.

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Next up was Argenis Brito playing b2b with Felipe Valenzuela. Together as FAER, Argenis reveiled they are currently working on an album, which will be out at the end of 2017. Venezuelan Argenis has been a part of the electronic music scene for way more than a decade and has participated in projects like Mambotour (with Pier Bucci), Los Refrescos (with Dandy Jack) and of course the incredible Senor Coconut and his Orchestra. The other half of FAER, Chilean Melisma imprint co-creator Felipe Valenzuela has been Djing since 2002 and released music on labels like Cadenza, Raum...Musik or Safari Electronique.

Together they delivered a blend of melodious and elegant late night techno, which was really down my alley.  FAER- really happy and excited about their project, played quite a few fresh and unreleased tracks from the forthcoming album and the feedback of the crowd was simply great!

 

 

Dandy Jack – the absolute king of aliases, rounded it up for me with a rocking live/DJ set. With his mature structures of contemporary layered sound, the Ruta 5 label boss is absolutely mindblowing as a live act and has also got a fountain of possibilities as a DJ. His experience, genious passion for electronic music as well as cosmic energy is famous amongst the Berlin dancers and beyond. Few performers have such an intuition and skill to lift the crowd up with their latin influenced techno and energy. Apart from his own productions (Perlon, Contexterrior, Ruta 5), many collaborations have resulted in timeless tracks as Ric y Martin (with Ricardo Villalobos), Gonzalo Martinez (with Jorge Gonzalez), Sieg uber die Sonne (with Pink Elln) or Junction SM (with Sonja Moonear).

 

 

Dandy Jack's enthusiasm was so contagious that I left the venue way later than planned, after countless tequila shots- happy, high on music and satisfied with my night.

Buena onda and Buenas noches!

 

 

Words by Karina Chaczbabian

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