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Review: Fuse 8th Anniversary Tour at Hoppetosse/Berlin

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Fuse turned 8! And to celebrate this worthwhile moment, the London event stroke label which has already transcended several venues and boundaries,travels to eight cities around Europe with the whole crew, amongst them Naples, Basel, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome and Berlin – to be followed by London –, to celebrate its eight incredible years of existence. The tour, aptly named „FUSE8“, did not only excite with its wholistic concept and approach— to tour around showcasing their amazing sounds and vibes—but also served to further position FUSE as an international player of eclectic renombre and musical weight.

Unstoppable and on a roll, the entity cropped up at Berlin's renowned Hoppetosse on Oct 28. Hoppetosse, possibly the most partied-out boat in recent history, is Club der Visionäre's winter hideaway. Most international crowds and crews anchor in its vicinity, as, with its cosy and laid back vibes and its long standing existence is a firm fixture for good events. And to be honest, its capability to actually attract international crowds who know the difference between rip-off and real thing has saved the boat's integrity more than once in this ever-renewing cosmic dance of self innovation Berlin as a city has gone through in the last twenty years.

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This explains the huge amount of sexy young people who had come from remote corners of this planet to partake in Fuse's b-day celebs. Whilst most of them did not seem to know or care who was playing, it became very obvious that a greater deal of people knew too well. My fears— that a whole bunch of lager louds would be taking over the boat with laddish attitudes and beer-bellied debauchery–did not become reality and just shows how little I know about FUSE's capability to, ehem, fuse musical underground tendencies with great party vibes and draw a perfect crowd no matter where.

 

 

 

BUT I did know about some of the label's artists and producers who would all be present to showcase their indivitual yet collective vibes and sounds. It would be FUSE founder Enzo Siragusa, of course, with some of his longest-standing colleagues and fresh talent, for example Seb Zito, Archie Hamilton, Rossko and Rich NxT, who would be joined by Ben Rau, the German-Ghanaen FUSE artist who moved to Berlin in 2012, as well as new label signing Fabe from Mannheim.

 

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It was especially emotional for me and many who joined to see Fabe stepping up to the challenge and delivering a thriving and promising warm-up to what would become a very long night (and day). Fabe, all fresh faced, looked very much in his element, when I spotted him behind the decks at around 2 am. The party was in full swing, and hearing a lot of new and to be released material from him and his colleague Ho Do Ri, who is also running the label Sukhumvit (yes, it is all a big ploy – he also wore the label's shirt for a safe bit of promotion) was quite emotional for me, as I know how hard it is to break into an industry, and how much hard work goes into making these casually battered out grooves that seem to work so effortlessly. Check out his newest release and you will hear what I mean.

Fabe is such a symphatetic guy who does not seem to need to succumb to the temptation to need or want something that is not intrinsically him, so this is a nice little bow to those who just get on with it and stay on the carpet, as we say J in Germany. His solid delivery of slightly garagy, shuffled and syncopated tunage that turned the full floor into a sweat bath made us receed to the back of the boat where we could not see the huddling entourages and steady on networking going on to the booth, but concentrated on some fine party activities just to shed our cascading body liquids. Well.

 

 

 

When Archie Hamilton and Rossko came on, it was actually contributing to a slight overload of frequency as those two lads really racked it up a notch. It might be down to the whole atmosphere of hotness and a room filled with expectation and exitation, but they managed to take the excitement to the next level and hold it up, despite a slightly heavy use of EQing which went a little through the roof. Enzo and Seb Zito went techier, and Rich NxT delivered a worthy end some time around 3 pm the next day. What a ride.

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I am glad berlin is home for so many talented artists and harbours so many crews from around the world so somehow, whether they actively strive to do it or not, contribute to the richness of its palettes of sound. Whether it be artists from the British isles, the South of Germany or people from other walks of life: we are all here experiencing, in real time, a great modifiction and shift. Sometimes ist popularization, and professionalisation, but when it goes hand in hand with real musical renovation and innovation, and growth within the scene, it is the most beautiful. I am excited to see how we will all keep growing and what will make us special.

Words and review: kat Kat tat 

 

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FUSE8 BIRTHDAY TOUR DATES - FB Events

1.10 NAPLES - Deependence presents FUSE8 @ Living - Enzo Siragusa /Seb Zito

7.10 Basel - Nordstern - Enzo Siragusa / Seb Zito

8.10 LEEDS - System presents FUSE @ Mint Club  - Enzo Siragusa / Seb Zito / Rich NxT 

21.10  Amsterdam - FUSE with HYTE at ADE  - Enzo Siragusa / Seb Zito / Rossko / Archie Hamilton / Ferro

28.10 Berlin - Hoppetosse - Enzo Siragusa / Seb Zito / Rossko / Archie Hamilton / Rich NxT /  Fabe / Ben Rau

3.11 Paris - Rex Club - Enzo Siragusa / Seb Zito / Archie Hamilton

5.11  Rome - Nozoo presents FUSE8 @ Goa Club - Enzo Siragusa / Seb Zito

20.11 London - Village Underground -  Enzo Siragusa / Seb Zito / Rossko / Archie Hamilton / Rich NXT / Dan Farserelli and more TBA

 

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A Meoko Exclusive: Christian Burkhardt – Nonstop (CBS007LP) Review

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After nearly twenty years of high quality productions, Djing and performing mind blowing live sets all over the world it is so great to see that native German, Christian Burkhardt is showing no signs of slowing down, always proving his pleasure in producing. Over the years he has created a curious catalogue delving deep in to all corners of the house and techno world, releasing on the likes of Cocoon, Oslo, Raum…Musik, Pressure traxx really proves his diversity and his ability to stretch his sound to the limits. However their can not be a much better feeling then solidly releasing on your own imprint, CB Sessions has been running for two years and is all recorded in Christian’s home studio whilst jamming and getting creative with close friends. A strong belief of capturing the moment and getting it instantly recorded.

22nd November sees the release of the ‘Nonstop LP’ an eight track LP taking you on a journey through sound, full to the brim with warm and charming grooves, ready for all kinds of dancefloor situations. Smooth as a summers day, the opening track ‘Nonstop’ is a funky number to say the least, with a fantastic guitar driving the track, maintaining a light and happy level from start to finish, setting the mood for what is in store. Similar to the opening track, ‘Enough’ has deep jazz influences, a more upbeat tempo.As it ripples through the dancefloor it will have you moving, without a doubt. A real adventure, laced with a constant rolling groove. Maintaining that feel good vibe when teaming up with long term friend Sascha Dive in ‘Fine Line’ fresh vocals creating a sense of ease, accompanied by a bouncing bassline to keep your head nodding.

 

 

 

Def’ and ‘Elector’ are two of the more obscure tracks, packed full with a spaced out break sound. ‘Def’ definitely the steadier of the two, perfect for slowing down mid set, creating a deep thought over the crowd, a real crunch when the kick swings in. ‘Elector’ is a pure, and raw driven track, at peak time this would do some serious damage having the audience in a daze, taking them higher and higher, a real retro feel when it breaks free. Dreamy percussions, ready to uplift you and take you on a trip, weaved perfectly to a mechanical sound in ‘Dontstop’ would go down a treat in a big room and warehouse environment. 

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The final two tracks of the LP are both perfect for the end of the night, or to create that after party vibe; but are completely different in their own right. ‘Bananas’ is a fun record, carried by euphoric melodies getting those hands in the air, as the fast paced bass keeps you on your toes, winding down from the events of the night. However, if you fancy something more dark then opt for ‘Fallin w/ Daniel Roth’. The clue is in the name. This eerie and mysterious track feels as if the floor is opened up beneath you, as you wonder what the tripped out vocals are calling out to you.

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As always there is nothing simple about the sound Burkhardt has curated for us here, proving the intelligence within his music. A real look inside his studio, where anything is possible with his friends, twisting sounds and arranging them in a complex manner, creating sounds for all occasions.

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Words by Zac

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Christian AB and NUDGE billed for Voorbode in Manchester

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While night times in November are often, bleak, miserable and desolate, Voorbode is here to ignite some passion and bring back another night of unapologetic, raw, cultural talent. The movement will be back at Manchester’s AATMA/ KRAAK Gallery after the success of their launch, which featured works by Ismaheland backed up by the musical talents of resident ErEs.

Voorbode 002 will be held on 10th November and see the hotly-anticipated return of the self-described project of cultural diffusion. This time, photographic exposure will be delivered by cutting-edge guest artists Melkio and Yuri Segalerba, who will be asking ‘What’s a Hero?’ as part of their Cement Heroes exhibition.  Segalerba’s images of abandoned post-industrial environments have been deconstructed by current head of artwork for Ellum, Melkio, into cement heroes, described as a rematch of man and his creativity on the systematic attempt of suffocation by the ordinary society.

In addition to this, Voorbode have pulled out all the stops to provide some of the hottest musical talent in Europe today. London’s own Christian Browne, aka Christian AB, will be taking over the sound waves, fresh from performing at legendary events such as WetYourself! and Art of Dark. The DJ and producer has also played venues such as Fabric, Space Ibiza, Club de Visionaire and Studio 338. Having already worked with the likes of John Dimas, GiammarcoOrsini and as an alias Cab92 for London in Transmission, he recently released an incredible first record with US label Nil, entitled Accelerated Growth, it’s guaranteed that there will only be good vibes coming from him.

 

Resident at the legendary Goa Club, Roman talent Der will be taking to the decks. After being able to penetrate into the hypnotic and minimal atmosphere of the Romanian scene, this manager for Nordik rec. and Universal Consequence will bring his own unique flavour to the event.

Once again, resident ErEs completes the line-up, bringing his own passion for experimenting with dance music and working with Voorbode to evolve his personal musical presence.

Voorbode itself is not just a party, but an entire movement. Through the representation of contemporary music and art exhibitions, the company describes itself as a guardian of culture. They've made a hands-on effort to develop the talent of resident Er Es, as well as giving a platform to artists such as Giammarco Orsini and InTheNino at their last event and showcasing artistic talents of the future.

 

With the exciting announcement of a Voorbode 003 on the 15thDecember at the AATMA/ KRAAK gallery and with Bologna’s hottest talent, epic hip-hop/house duo NUDGE set to perform, these eventsare not to be missed. Join these ground-breaking pioneers as they continue to expand their unrelenting vision of bringing ground-breaking culture to the masses for FREE as there is no ticket fee to join the Voorbode movement. 

 

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Words by Georgia Balch

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EP Review: [HUND003] Dubfluss & Phatool - DubTool Ep inc. Fabe & Alci Remix

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[HUND003] Dubfluss&Phatool – DubTool EP inc.Fabe& ALCI Remix

When a group of likeminded people come together to share ideas, concepts and experiences it is inevitable that something magical will come of this, and this is exactly what has happened with HUND, an underground music movement from Vicenza, Italy. After five amazing years of high quality parties, inviting artists of all calibres and varieties, this family leads the way when it comes to clubbing in this corner of the world. A real sense of a tightknit community. To celebrate this five-year milestone, luckily for us, they decided to launch HUND Records, a vinyl label, releasing music they believe in from a combination of residents and friends further afield. Serving up a reflection of the sound portrayed at their famous parties. After two huge releases already from Fuse head Rich NxT (including a rather nice remix from Faster) and up and coming producer Jerome. C, the time has come for the third release, and take it from us no half measures have been taken.

 

DubTool Ep’ is a solid four tracks, showing the capabilities and drive the team has behind the label. Dynamic duo Dubfluss team up with fellow resident and co-founder of the movement Phatool for a smooth blend of the house, dub and techno they are familiar with. ‘DubTool 1’ has a significant darker feel to it in comparison to the rest of the Ep. Driven by atmospheric pads, in to a moody break down preparing to be blown away again by the force of the bass coming from deep within the track. On remix duty for this track is one of the hottest producers at the moment, Fabe. It is in indeed the Mannheim maestros first solo remix release, which makes it even more special. The Salty Nuts label owner has laid down his eclectic swinging grooves tipping this track on its head, keeping it as organic as ever with his glitchy percussions, weaved perfectly with broken down vocals. Leaving you with no choice but to dance.

 

For us ‘DubTool 2’ is where you can really see the chemistry between the HUND familia, as Dubfluss and Phatool take you on a dancefloor trip, leaving you with no doubts that it would crunch through a club soundsystem perfectly. A true example of what these guys are about.

 

Now they couldn’t just leave it there. Yet again you have the pleasure of another killer remix, this time young Swiss based artist ALCI has arranged a bouncy number, with a liquid smooth arrangement, and to no surprise huge bassline similar to previous releases on top labels Robsoul and Apollonia. Great mid set track to take the atmosphere up a notch.

 

Although a few weeks remain till the release, over the summer there has been some fantastic support for this release with the likes of tINI, Chris Carrier, Brett Jacobs, Terrence Terry, Yaya, David Gtronic and many more, all giving it a go. HUND records has picked up some high profile attention over the year, and it only makes us more excited for future work and releases from this community of underground lovers.

 

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Release Date: 7th November

Upcoming Events: Saturday 19th Nov, HUND w/ DJ Tennis &Bassa Clan @ Gilda Music Hall, Vicenza; FB Event

Words by Zac

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Julian Perez - SOLEMNITY (Review)

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Founded in 2012, Ibiza based imprint Fathers & Sons has always been a label that takes time, care and attention to release quality music. Never rushing a release, Fathers & Sons play by their own rules and have produced a catalogue which echo’s the labels vision to release music from the heart. The labels message is clear “that we are in all this together, that we can learn and care from the fathers to the sons and vice versa”, an ethos which is hard to find amongst other labels within the electronic music scene. This is why is it with great sadness that Solemnity (FAS012), from founder Julian Perez, will be the labels final release. Having decided that the projects creative journey must now come to an end the Fathers & Sons label boss has chosen to close this chapter and move onto projects new. Through doing this Perez hopes to stay true to the ever growing ideas which have developed since starting the label four years ago. After what will now be the twelfth release on the imprint, which represents creativity and freedom of musical expression, Solemnity perfectly signifies the labels final chapter.

 

The two-part vinyl release marks Julian Perez’s debut album on his Fathers and Sons imprint. Solemnity communicates Perez’s signature sound and showcases his more experimental side through a track list that represents total musical expression. Tracks such as Ain’t That The Truth, Interfluide and Peace In The Darkness are glorious soundscapes of beautifully produced sound, which take the listener on an ambient journey. To juxtapose this Perez delivers The Unspoken Thing, Unusual Sense and Alog, upbeat driving tracks that you can expect to hear on the dance floor. The release itself communicates Perez’s years of dedication and skilful artistry and in essence showcases the purpose of the Fathers and Sons project. Solemnity should be listened to completely from start to finish as words cannot do it enough justice. Although this marks the end of an era for the Fathers and Sons label, it does in fact act as a reminder of Perez’s deep-rooted talent and how much more the Spanish producer has to give. As said by the man himself, “This is not a goodbye but a see you soon! The music keeps on playing….”

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Words: Mahala Ashley

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