- Published on Monday, 24 July 2017 21:34
Sunwaves – Memories that last a life time
The magical non-stop festival that takes place twice a year on the Romanian black sea shore. There is much more to Sunwaves than meets the naked eye. Clearly it begins with the incredible sounds you absorb during the festival, but the experience as a whole is something that simply can’t be compared. The people you meet become friends for life, the location and surroundings; as the sand continuously laps up the calm waves rolling in, and the pure fact you will never get to see such high calibre artists deliver extended sets on quite frankly some of the best systems we have ever experienced. It’s basically like seeing RPR in their own living room, where they feel well and truly comfortable to deliver a unique experience. Here at MEOKO we have a special place in our heart for Sunwaves, and we know the feeling is mutual for many of our readers; so join us as we recap our highlights of SW21 this past April, and as we discuss what makes the trip to Mamaia, so special. Jogging the memory for a time of reflection.
Two months ago, the 21st instalment took place, as likeminded people from across the world gathered to let loose and appreciate a careful selection of home grown talent and artists the Sunrise family believe in. Personally, we believe this encounter was one of the best so far, with a ridiculous amount of special moments to choose from (even the woman standing on the decks when Perlon boss, Zip, was playing). Memories that will last a life time, moments engraved in our mind. May we add, this is in no particular order, because that is just impossible to narrow it down.
The Thursday night arrives and the buzz around the area is beginning to reach a high, the stage is set ready for the next chapter. Over the course of the night two stages are opened, the warm atmosphere has lifted immediately. Now we are not sure if this is because it was the first morning, but there was something extra special about this occasion. The sun rose and around 8am Suciu and Herodot stepped up to the mark in stage 4, and what a journey we was in for. Anyone who has seen these two play together have a true understanding of chemistry, they bounce off each other from one groove to another, a trip through all kinds of sound. Romanian talent at its finest. At some points there must have been no more than 100 people on the dancefloor, but that’s what made it; if you was lucky enough to be there then you will understand. Steaming through till mid-afternoon the real transition for us was Lee Burton – 15:30 (The Jam). The mood of the night time lifted when this track come on and you just knew things were in full swing. More and more people arrived and without even realising you was drawn within Sunwaves 21. A morning we will never forget.
- The SIT Journey
When it comes to raw and natural talent it doesn’t get much better than Romanian duo SIT. We are sure we speak for many when we say their Sunwaves appearance is highly anticipated every time. Starting off with a much lighter atmosphere before they began chopping and changing between driven crazy loops, taking the crowd deep in to the night. As far as a unique sound goes, none can quite compare to the productions from Vlad Caia and Cristi Cons. Therefore, it’s pretty incredible when hearing around six solid hours with SIT, it makes you wonder how many unreleased productions are jam packed in to this extended set. Pure masterpieces, journey work, always with elements of their classical music history. When seeing SIT on the beach it really does sum up why we make the trip to Mamaia, homegrown talent delivering the special sounds that only they can capture and deliver. We distinctly remember Loopu – Marbles rumbling on the beach, lifting the atmosphere.
- Villalobos Saturdays
You just simply can't beat Ricardo when he is on fire. Diversity at its best. Flickering and fluttering in and out of all varieties of records from across his many years of experience. Rushing techno tracks, mellow ambience, and all out 4/4 90's house jams, laid down so perfectly. In such a way it is appealing to all audiences. There has been much hype regarding his 20+ minute edit of Nightmares on wax - Aftermath, and the recent release on Digwah, Unknown artist - Something Else. With the sound and lights cutting out (was this done purposely?) before hand; opening with this had the crowd engaged immediately, ready to party, whilstling and cheering from the off. Villalobos was his usual self swaying around and hugging everybody in sight. Priku performing his live set as Atipic certainly painted the perfect picture for the wizard. Saturday night with Ricardo is some what of a tradition, and we believe it's also a special time for him, immersing himself within the festival atmosphere.
- Sunrise with Pedro
Stage 4 beside the Black Sea is where the magic happens when the sun comes up. Pink skies surround the area, the waves glide in as the sun begins to appear from the ocean. The giant wooden structure of this stage is pleasing to the eye, cleverly made as its own speaker. But let's focus on what you can hear. Pedro. Petre inspirescu, one third of RPR. Depending on the elements you took from the sounds you was hearing, made that specific moment. Two experiences in one set. There is a constant layer of dreamy and magical percussions taking you far away, but simultaneously rolling and vicious bass lines would suck you in. The highs seemed as if they were trickling from the Funktion One stack, all the way out to the open sea. Too many fantastic tracks to choose from, but it was special to hear Durrred - Quarter to ten at this special time.
- Mihigh Finale
One word. Energy. No where else in the world after 4 nights of partying would there be such an electric atmosphere, and such an up for it crowd. The Midi man himself Mihigh was called upon for probably the hardest set of the festival. Slick, vibrant minimal grooves from the off till nearly 2 in the afternoon. A masterclass. Mihigh showed no signs of easing up at any point, if feet were moving the music was definitely not stopping. A freedom to continue until he wanted. Even once the music was done, the beach was full of smiling faces, relaxing and enjoying there final drinks and spliffs. Conversation was flowing as everyone tried to take in what exactly had happened over the last week. Not a single person was ready for it to be over. Feeling fully inspired.
Attention to detail. This is something the Romanian scene as a whole capture. No glitz and glam, no egos. Just the basics of what's needed for a perfect party. The Sunrise family, the organisers, take everything in to consideration. Beginning with the visuals that allow your mind to be twisted and moulded in to their bubble, or the incredible sound on each and every stage. Behind the scenes people are working tirelessly to ensure making this perfect experience, thank you. It feels as if the systems are created perfectly for each individual artist, and this is something that many clubs/festivals can struggle with. There are not many places you can go and party, with the stage leading out on to the open sea such as this, completely wall-to-wall sea. This adds to the timeless feel, time does not matter, there is no sense of urgency, no worries, what happens, happens.
All of this combined is what makes Sunwaves special to so many people. It simply can not be put in to words, it can only be experienced. See you in August for Sunwaves Festival - SW22.
Lee Burton – 15:30 (The Jam)
Loopu - Marbles
Nightmares on Wax – Aftermath
Unknown Artist – Something Else (Digwah)
Durrrred – A Quarter to Ten
Words by Zac Bidwell
- Published on Saturday, 22 July 2017 12:59
5 tracks listed below by Dan Primaru will do all the talking;
1- Amorf - Blending Light LP [Understand]
Yes it's hot summer and the sound warms itself under the sun, hot waves coming from Romania's minds, yet a collaboration that our scene needed. Mischa Blanos, Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia take on the ship of Amorf, delivering us their imposed sound and beats with the clarity and musicality of a piano always being added on, being experimented and embodied by Mischa, expanding the rulles of classic. No words really can describe this for the clubber point's of view or for the classical experimentalist listener. So enjoy and dive deep.
Back to rrrrrhythm, who is also expanding the rules if that is Durrrred. Showly but shurely getting our attention with his tracks, this EP is a great weapon when needed. Durred just showing us other parts of the sub-rhythm we yet have to explore and Arapu delivering a smooth liniar remix, as he enjoys himself to do. He raises a bit the same rrrrrhythms under more mids and dreamy frequencies. Another great release by Kusi Records.
3- Silat Beksi -Amaranth EP - JBLTD003
One player that got our attention in techno import is Mr. Silat Beksi, Ukraine's export. Coming back with a second release to Jelly Beast Limited, this EP it's so complete. Techy beats and good vibes on A1, atmosphered and chilled out track on A2, perfect for meditation. B side comes with Tibet track which purely represents the expansion of broken rhythm that Silat is always developing and a Daniel Sanchez banger on B2, what else do you really want ?!
And yes, you can call me mr. Good Vibes and excuse me for always picking up the YYY releases. They are a definition of it, of uplifiting melodies and smooth grooves. They are a trend setter for the House melodies and Minimalistic grooves. And one might ask... who is really behind the YYY series, well for sure is a team of french pioneers behind yoyaku store.
We play and we play but there is a time when you want to chill and just be. Well that is what Mr. Petre is doing more and more, coming back with a second album of orchestral music, on Mule Music, the album already got a live concert in one of Bucharest's theatre and we're looking forward to this kinds of events where we can taste another part of one of our greatest DJ, Petre Inspirescu. Enjoy a trip of the wind between willows. Space yourself out.
Words by Dan Primaru
- Published on Friday, 14 July 2017 12:45
It is official, Offline Records is born. The brainchild of companions Christopher Groove and Brad Wilder. Just by chance, the two talented and music loving artists became friends, immediately realising the similarities in their passions and desires within the industry. After spending much time together in the studio in Vienna, and Ibiza last year, the Offline journey has naturally progressed presenting you with what is a highly anticipated outlet for music. Endorsed by Ricardo Villalobos from their very first release.
Chris Groove, native Austrian, has somewhat of an incredible and interesting ability in the depths of his studio. Villalobos has clearly acknowledged this from an early stage. Flying the flag for his own imprints first release, the A side is offering up ‘Secret Garden’. Gloomy hypnotic loops driving the track, a sense of suspense as in depth layers are flickering in and out, the whole record is laced with trippy vocals taking the listener on a trip. A real attention to the inner details of the record.
Ricardo’s remix on the flip side is crammed full of his signature obscurity; a tight central groove that you can imagine swaying to at any given after party. Totalling up at nearly fifteen minutes this is certainly one for trained ears, as a variation of percussions continue to appear from all angles, a swirling case of mystery. A typical expectation from the maestro, a true pioneer and storyteller. To feature Villalobos on your first release, is a fantastic achievement in its self.
After what is set to be a successful initial release from Offline Records, there is much more where this came from. Several various artist releases are in the pipeline, and an opportunity to get to know Groove’s partner in crime Brad Wilder. We welcome Offline Records to the world with open arms.
Release Date – 28th July
- Published on Saturday, 20 May 2017 14:57
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 and will see some of the worlds most established DJ’s play in the sweet sun of the Catalonian 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 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.
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.
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, allowing access to a private bar and a chill out area.
Indigo Raw are also putting on four other nights at El Monasterio too. 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
Tickets from RA here!!
More Indigo Raw?
- Published on Thursday, 04 May 2017 12:33
MEOKO Hot Wax May
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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