- Published on Friday, 13 January 2017 10:16
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Words by Zac
- Published on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 11:36
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Published on Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:52
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
DFX - RELAX YOUR BODY EP ON AUTUM RECORDS
Artwork by - Luca Zamoc
DUBFLUSS & PHATOOL - DUBTOOL EP ON HUND RECORDS
Artwork by - Michael Bassō
NEKTAR AGU - RAINY DAYS EP ON DELIGHT
Artwork by - Nicolas Whelan
ATLANTIK - SNÖ EP ON FEINES TIER
FLORIAN MEFFERT - DECENT EP FORTHCOMING ON TUPIAR RECORDS
Artwork by - Anita Frâncu
POINT G - PG9 ON POINT G.
Artwork by - TOMORI
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
RUDOLF - JOIN THE ARMY WITH ME EP ON NERVMUSIC RECORDS
Artwork by - Stas Zykov
OLVAP - KARLOFF EP ON SOBRIQUET RECORDS
Artwork by - Niels de Groot
VARIOUS ARTISTS - FRESH JUICE PT. 3 FORTHCOMING ON BAILE MUSIK
GIAMMARCO ORSINI - EXPERIENTAL LEARNING PART 2 ON HEKO RECORDS
Artwork by - HEKO Collective
DUKY - ANUNNAKI ON ACT NATURAL RECORDS
Artwork by - Timothy Shaw
ALEX & DIGBY - BLACK / MINK EP ON HELLO ? REPEAT
Artwork by - Super Quiet
DIEGO KRAUSE & IDEALIST - ALTITUDE EP ON BERG AUDIO
Artwork by - Juli Jah
MIKHAIL KOBZAR - PUNE POEMI EP ON KRAD RECORDS
Artwork by - Hernan Bass
LUMIEUX - ALBA ELECTRONICA EP FORTHCOMING ON WHY SO SERIES
Artwork by - Andrei Ion
DENIS KAZNACHEEV - MY OWN GARDEN EP ON AMANIEL
Artwork by - Abu Abraira
DJ HONESTY - BOM DIA EP ON QUALITY VIBE RECORDS
Artwork by - Chelso
INCOLOR - STACCATO ON PALAVRE RECORDS
Artwork by - Florin Cretulescu
Words and selection by Mahala Ashley
- Published on Friday, 09 December 2016 15:56
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.
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
Words Mahala Ashley
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- Published on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 11:22
Having created Algorhythmic last year Romanian duo Dubsons present the second offering on the Romanian imprint in the form of Various Artists ALG002. Over the past year Algorhythmic has been received greatly within the underground music scene with its debut EP The Soul and the Spirit gaining recognition from some of the finest tastemakers in the industry. When you have support from the likes of Barac, Raresh and Petre Inspirescu you know you’re definitely delivering music that’s a cut above the rest.
Various Artists ALG002 encompasses sounds from a collection of artists all hailing from various parts of the world. First up on the A side American native Rojid serves up Kaze combining eerie vocals and extra-terrestrial samples that intertwine with the rolling beat patterns. Signed to the Algorhythmic label Idana completes the A side with Kage, light percussion is sprinkled throughout the track which delivers beautifully placed melody. Both tracks work extremely well alongside one another giving credit to the labels ability to deliver quality sounds. Flip to the B side label founders Dubsons present Vento base driven and carrying the Romanian duos distinctive sound. Finished off perfectly by fellow Romanian Rqz with M Games, upbeat and rolling the B-side takes the release to the dance floor of an underground club setting.
The arrangement of the EP works beautifully taking the listener on a real journey, delivering out of this world soundscapes paired with unique bass groove. No doubt you can expect to hear ALG002 being spun on the dance floor very soon; something tells me Algorthymic is becoming a firm favourite among our Romanian friends.
Words Mahala Ashley
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