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Preview: 200 Deep with Sedee and Fabe at Schumacher Club

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On Saturday 4th February200 Deep will be taking over the Schumacher Club. This unforgettable night will see Sedee, Fabe, Tigergun and DLT come together to play some heated, intimate, deepened techno and house.

The venue defines itself as, “A resurrected compass for open minded souls” located in Bochum, Germany; it promotes the idea of creativity without limits and is a landscape for imaginative musical freedom. Over the last year, it’s hosted the likes of Barac, Guy From Downstairs, Primãrie, Nekes, Samu.l and LIZZ.

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Headlining the evening is Sunwaves favourite, the Mannheim’s duo Sedee. This passionate techno due will bring their own signature flavour and feel-good vibes. There’s also Fuse’s Fabe. He’ll be bringing some underground London spirit, and showcasing some multi-dimensional, ambient and experimental beats. The two acts are famed for their ever-evolving styles and ambition. Expect some classic house, techno and heart-pounding grooves. 

 

 

 

In addition to this, 200 Deep and Schumacher residents Tigergun and DLT are billed to perform. Self-described rhythm and groove lover Tigergun has old-school influences and prides himself on building hypnotic atmospheres and precise mixing while bringing a spontaneous soulful vibe. DLT will also bringing their own sound, promoting their deep bond with good music.

 

This is a 21+ event with tickets at 10€, from 4th February at 12am- 5th Feb 12pm UTC+01. Make sure you grab a ticket when you can, and enjoy an event which celebrates freedom, creativity and ingenuity.   

 

Words by Georgia Evans

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Review: Fuse New Years Day Part 1

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As things have begun to go back to normal, and the festivities all seem like a distance memory, we would like to press the refresh button and take a look back at our first dance of 2017with FUSE family. A day packed with the highest quality sounds, immersed amongst a raring to go crowd from start to finish. We stepped in to Fuse London's home Village Underground, as they kicked off what is set to be another fantastic year for the close knit crew. Start as you mean to go on is certainly a phrase that springs to mind.

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There was a buzzing of conversation while queuing up as people discussed the antics of their new years eve celebrations, some people were continuing straight through to Fuse, but there was some fresh faced people in the mixer that you knew were saving themselves for the big one.

Hangovers evaporated in to the air as the industrial venue began to fill, the OdD boys were taking care of opening duties rolling out there huge chunky sounds from the off. When OdD and Fuse link up something feels so special, representing the London sound in full force. Typically at the beginning of the party the Dj's playing can take things a bit easier, as people enter in dribs and drabs. On this early afternoon occassion there was a different feel, the place filled up quickly as if people couldn't wait to party, whistling and cheering on every break. This allowed OdD to crack on early doors rumbling out their signature wobbling bass lines.

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On the rise Mannheim artist Fabe took over the controls with his warm and charming productions that the underground world is becoming more and more familiar with. Last year playing at the Fuse Records showcase at Studio 338, and part of the Fuse8 tour on Berlin's Hoppetosse it seemed perfect that the talented producer made his Village Underground debut on this special day. There were many people in the room looking forward to his two hour set, and he didnt disappoint in the slightest. Swinging grooves and punchy percussions combined with the huge system the Fuse team put together just felt so right.

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It wouldn't be a new years party without some special guests, and this is something we've been waiting for, for a long time. One word, Djebali. The french artist works tirelessly in the studio, and on his imprints. Straight up 4x4 house records, turning the party up a notch. Last year Enzo made the trip to Paris to play for Djebali so it was nice to capture the French sound in the depths of our capital city. Teeing it up perfectly for Siragusa's peak time set, Djebali closed his set with Dan Ghenacia & Chris Carrier's - Vaporized, an absolute bomb, lifting the crowd ready for the boss.

From the day it started Fuse has literally gone from strength to strength, exploring new corners of the world, but for us you can't beat the Fuse experience on home soil, and that is especially when Enzo Siragusa steps up. There is a just a look in his eye, and in his mannerism's you just know he is ready to go under his own roof, with a party and group of people close to his heart. A personal highlight for us was when he played the lastest release on the mysterious Digwah imprint 'Something Else', a huge recent favourite amongst the underground and it felt as if everyone in the room knew exactly what was happening, and was equally as happy to actually be hearing it run out on new years day evening. Is one of the times you will remember.

 

Closing things down on what was an amazing day was the second special guest, Perlon lady Maayan Nidam. Her intelligent, and thought out minimal sound slowed the day down as it drew to a close. A smooth finish, with slick abstract movements taking you on a final journey.

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Fuse will never disappoint, but due to the new years celebrations there was something extra special about this one, with residents and special guests all delivering an unforgettable party to launch us in to the new year. As we continue to get flashbacks of a great day, we strongly believe Fuse is the best hangover cure we have ever had.

 

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Words by Zac

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How In:Motion's NYD Celebrations Marked a Milestone

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Bristol has always been a hub for creativity and pioneering music. Home of Eats Everything, Joy Orbison, Roni Size, Icarus and so many more. However, this years In:Motion’s New Year’s Day celebration has secured the city’s spot as one of the best places for dance music, and this is why.

Motion defines itself as a matrix of warehouse spaces. For this incredible one night, they opened up the entire space to make way for the flurry of lucky attendees. While In:Motion, Shapes Warehouse, Hypercolour vs Banoffee Pies and Shangri-La took over the main complex, there was Just Jack’s Secret Toilet Party hidden behind a portaloo and the Elevator Sound Stage Presents Lies in a carnival outside.

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The night went from 4pm until 7am the next day, without any signs of lagging. To kick things off, there was the choice between Pardon My French, Gary Crosson and Mr Spoon. Billy Nasty and Regolith stepped forward shortly after.

At 6, the In:Motion stage brought out the big guys. Jackmaster (who infamously donated 10 percent of his New Year fees to Aleppo) went back-to-back with Gerd Janson. Sam Mole & Christian Jay also took to the Hypercolour vs Banoffee Pies stage, while Marco Bernardi was on Elevator Sound. Meanwhile, Shapes's resident DJs were also taking centre-stage. 

Then there was Tale of Us. The Berlin-based hypnotic heavyweights made sure they delivered. They blasted their signature, deep, heart-pounding music while lasers cast over the audience creating an unbelievably, unforgettable, visceral performance. 

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Another personal favourite was Helena Hauff, who’s set on the Shapes stage was pure magical, electrified perfection. Bathing the crowd in red lights, she showcased her sonic aesthetic and took them on a collision course of acidic, atmospheric sound.

The brilliant Axel Boman, Bristol- favourite Hodge, and Italojohnson were all billed to perform too, adding to the monumental lineup. There was also an impressive performance by Shangri-la's residents and Simoncino. When Nastia was sadly unable to attend, Hodge went b2b with Gramrcy and spontaneously blew the crowd’s mind.

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Jethro then smashed it for those who ventured out to Just Jack's Secret Toilet Party, bringing some cool house/funk vibes as the crowd boogied under toilet brushes, inflatable ducks and poo-emoji cushions. Meanwhile, DJ October went back-to-back with Gramrcy. At Hypecolour vs Banoffee Pies, A Sagittariun went on and blasted his own unique, spiritual beats. 

Up next, Florian Kupfer for Elevator Sound, Tom Rio & Dan Wild at Just Jack, Teak, and Banoffee Pies residents. 

Steffi took over Shapes, and mystified the audience in a daze of dynamic, hardware-enriched sound. The legendary Dutch producer delivered a performance of distinctive, enticing underground music. At the same time, Ron Morelli and Strange Frequency worked their magic. 

Rounding things off, Ben Klock absolutely obliterated his performance. He’s been dubbed the best techno producer of the decade and he most definitely did not disappoint. His broad music selection, incredible light displays and undeniable energy created an intense and powerful performance. It was absolutely unforgettable for all who witnessed it. 

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Then for those brave enough to carry on, there was the brilliant Jeremy Underground. The burgeoning legend played a selesction of warm, authentic house music to the cold, dedicated ravers in Just Jack's outside tent. 

KiNK carried on for In:Motion with amazing enthusiasm, an ambitious light show, and a mind-boggling set. While Marco Bernardi went back-to-back with Hodge. Shall Not Fade took over Shangri-La to round things off as Dave Clarke mesmirised at Shapes, drawing this epic adventure to a close. 

The night itself was a monumental success and a fantastic way to wrap up the In:Motion series. With this mind-blowing lineup, fantastic stages and hard work put in by all the staff, it has easily secured itself as a landmark for dance music. 2016 saw some of the world's biggest and best DJs and producers descend on the city. Over the years, the series just keeps getting better and better. Hopefully big things will be in store for 2017. 

 

Words by Georgia Evans

 

Photos by Entirety Labs

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MEOKO: Art of Sound

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Over the past few years vinyl artwork has become a commodity in its own right, with labels paying as much attention to the artwork as to they do the release it represents. As the year comes to an end we took a look back at some of the most interesting vinyl artwork from the past few months, as well as some forthcoming releases that look and sound oh so good. MEOKO brings you Art of Sound

 

BOSKE - DE VORBA CU EA EP ON SENZORIAL RECORDS

Artwork by - Andrada Laza

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DFX - RELAX YOUR BODY EP ON AUTUM RECORDS

Artwork by - Luca Zamoc

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DUBFLUSS & PHATOOL - DUBTOOL EP ON HUND RECORDS

Artwork by - Michael Bassō

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NEKTAR AGU - RAINY DAYS EP ON DELIGHT

 Artwork by - Nicolas Whelan

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ATLANTIK - SNÖ EP ON FEINES TIER

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 FLORIAN MEFFERT - DECENT EP FORTHCOMING ON TUPIAR RECORDS

Artwork by - Anita Frâncu

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POINT G -  PG9 ON POINT G.

Artwork by - TOMORI

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V/A - QUATTROPORTE ON NERVMUSIC RECORDS

Artwork by - Igor Skaletsky

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CABANNE - DISCOPATHY EP ON MINIBAR MUSIC 

Artwork by -  Flor Iñigo-Cabanne

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RUDOLF -  JOIN THE ARMY WITH ME EP ON NERVMUSIC RECORDS

Artwork by - Stas Zykov

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OLVAP - KARLOFF EP ON SOBRIQUET RECORDS

Artwork by - Niels de Groot

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VARIOUS ARTISTS - FRESH JUICE PT. 3 FORTHCOMING ON BAILE MUSIK

 

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GIAMMARCO ORSINI - EXPERIENTAL LEARNING PART 2 ON HEKO RECORDS

 Artwork by - HEKO Collective

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DUKY - ANUNNAKI ON ACT NATURAL RECORDS 

 Artwork by - Timothy Shaw DUKY

 

 

ALEX & DIGBY - BLACK / MINK EP ON HELLO ? REPEAT 

Artwork by - Super Quiet

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DIEGO KRAUSE & IDEALIST - ALTITUDE EP ON BERG AUDIO

Artwork by - Juli Jah

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MIKHAIL KOBZAR - PUNE POEMI EP ON KRAD RECORDS

Artwork by - Hernan Bassponepoemi

 

 

LUMIEUX - ALBA ELECTRONICA EP FORTHCOMING ON WHY SO SERIES 

Artwork by - Andrei Ion

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DENIS KAZNACHEEV - MY OWN GARDEN EP ON AMANIEL

Artwork by - Abu Abraira

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DJ HONESTY - BOM DIA EP ON QUALITY VIBE RECORDS 

Artwork by - Chelso 

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INCOLOR - STACCATO ON PALAVRE RECORDS

Artwork by - Florin Cretulescu

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Words and selection by Mahala Ashley

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Review: Howl Ensemble - Rave To The Slythm Ep

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Marking their second release on Hungarian imprint Nilla, Italian duo Giovanni Verrina and Germano Ventura (Howl Ensemble) return with Rave To the Slythm EP. Since their first release on the label in 2012 with Alma Mater EP, Howl Ensemble have been busy at work with solid releases on notable labels such as  All Inn, Nervmusic, The Untold Story, Infuse, 0300f, Kina Music and own label HOWL. Now in 2016 Howl Ensemble return to Nilla marking the 10th offering from the label who have released music from respected artists such as Nastia, Roustam and Roger Gerressen. The sub label of All Inn Records, Nilla has continued to push both new talent and well-known names by creating an outlet which aims to serve the cravings of everyone from the DJ to the record collector to the audience. Howl Ensemble stays true to this in the form of a release which is upbeat and raw with an added touch of class.

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Rave To The Slythm carries Howl Ensembles signature stamp with tracks such as Rave which deliver base driven beats paired with underlying vocal samples. Slythm and Rhythm continue this trend with added ambient melody paired with unique house groove. Slave completes the EP with warped vocals which oose over a stripped back base line. As a whole the release communicates Howl Ensembles ability to stay true to the respected sound they have developed over the years, which will without a doubt will make you want to get up and dance. Or should I say rave? 

 

Howl Ensemble - Rave To The Slythm will be released on 12th December. Available for pre-sale HERE

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