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Unleash x Trelik Preview & Competition!

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Unleash impressed at their last outing when tINI, Julian Perez, Arapu, and saxy act DeWalta & Mike Shannon all took control down at Studio Spaces. The party in this particular venue was a cute coupling - three clean rooms, good sound, great DJs and ravers that were there to really party.

 

 

Next month it is Zip (yes!) and Trelik boss Baby Ford that will headline at Pennington Street, in what is set to be a mouth watering back to back for the latters label showcase on May 27th. Both chaps are highly regarded in the scene for their contributions, with Zippy in particular, a favourite amongst the purists. There will no doubt be the usual heaviness from the outstanding German.

 

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Pedro’s inclusion to the lineup will draw in the rest of the fleet, and makes this party an essential. The RPR boys (Rhadoo, Pedro, Raresh)   do have a magnetism when they play, yet I somehow prefer watching them ride solo, when Pedro, I think, is at his best. His home made cuts are just.so.naughty.

 

That should be enough for a wicked night of music, yet Unleash have more muscle in the form of Cabanne, Daylomar, Memek, Resolute’s O.BEE, and Trelik’s own Alex Celler and OCH too.

 

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I’m personally most excited for Cabanne... Back at Half Baked’s 7th birthday he nearly blew my head clean off in the third arch, playing some monstery, techno-y house that I have never heard anything like before. He is an excellent addition to the night and will maintain a gold standard of quality to those either side of him on the bill.

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Mr. Celler is too, one to watch. The Grecian’s sweet take on minimal is juice for any dancefloor, and I’m already looking forward to hearing both sides of his wonderful Trelik release, on the night. 

 

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Admittedly as I creak into my late twenties, I do find myself choosing Sunday brunch in the park more often than munching on my own jaw. With so many forward thinking artists on one lineup though, this party would be silly to miss. We are in great hands, and I look forward to seeing you there.

 

As part of our regular competition series, MEOKO are giving away FIVE tickets to this Unleash x Trelik Showcase.

To stand a chance to win, send an e-mail to hThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "TRELIK" as the subject title. Good luck!

 

Words by Marlon.

 

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HOT WAX - Tools & Tips (April 2017)

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These bits do the business, all out in the past fortnight unless stated otherwise:

 

 

 

Suolo - Chionophile EP / Aforisme AFRV001

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Suolo needs no introduction and, with this EP, his statement is that the Moldavian scene has something very smooth to offer. Working with dedication on his 'character' records and being a leader in the zone these two tracks reconfirms his dedication to the after-hours rhythms and clarity of sound. A sense of dreaming while awake is triggered.

 

 

 

Crihan - Grosso Mondo EP / truelovesounds TLSV003

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Nasty snares, sharp hats and round bass, this might be something of what Crihan does best. He knows best what to use and how to deliver, inspired by the Romanian underground scene where he recently is very active, this EP is great for putting you in the mood to get dressed and to not miss anything. These two beauties stand erect and surely put a smile on your face. On mine does.

 

 

 

Cristi Cons - Perceptual EP / Meander Meander021

https://www.decks.de/t/cristi_cons-perceptual_ep/c93-lz
Crsti Cons returns on Meander with a new solo EP, a release that, kind of, reminds us about Anatrack and his SIT sound. This time his music is spatial and terrestrial in the same time, keep us in the middle, exactly where we like to be. His 'perception' is 'mutual' about about 'aural' and 'celestial' states of being. Keeps your mind grounded with the right beats and percussions.

 

 

 

Nami - Hip Pocket EP / Nami NAMI006

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Nami, on his personal imprint, just releases the moods he is in day by day or just the important feelings that need to be shared. With a great funk powder, aggressive beats and alienated sounds, there is no chance... the party has surely started. It gets your shoes moving and you don't know why, your mind is hooked and your soul smiles. Nami is not afraid to play around and he does it well in 'Radio Delta'.

 

 

 

YYY - YYY606 EP / YYY Series YYY060

 https://www.decks.de/t/yyy-yyy606/c98-j7

Purely underground and unknow, this is all about the rhythm and sound. Yoyaku studio delivers again, on the YYY series, two very tight tracks from the French scene. Fur sure these are great weapons to revive your sets and your house, so just lose yourself into the sound.

 

 

Symbol - Symbol 003 EP // Symbol SMB003

https://www.decks.de/t/symbol-symbol_003/c7o-gl

This might be something else. This might be on a different note, but we love and cherish this kind of tunes to get ourself out of everyday sound. Full of fractal sounds, natural recorded atmospheres and voices, Symbol releases are meant to shaken our perception about what's possible and come as an inspiration for many of us looking for the perfect sound.

 

By Dan Primaru

 

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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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