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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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The OdD Effect

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It’s always a pleasure when the OdD boys are in full swing, always coming up with fresh sounds and unique ideas, keeping it natural for your pleasure. Whether they are producing EP’s for the likes of Infuse, releasing tracks on one of their high quality labels, or even providing a platform for fellow producers, one thing is for certain that they will always bring their huge sound they are known for. Recent times have seen two fantastic releases on the London based duos sub labels Urgent and Tapes of Old.

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The popular Tapes of Old series is a delve inside the depths of the OdD locker, providing you with some hidden, and more funky treasures that have never surfaced until now. Their love for music is so clear so it is great to see some of the tracks that were lost over time be released on wax to finally be appreciated. Second release of the series is a three track EP made for a club sound system. ‘Phono Parrot’ is a slick track driving forward with a wobbling bassline, complimented by a classic vocal that sucks you in. A great way to kick start the mission in to the vaults of their sound. As you glide in to the sweet sounds of ‘Original Sqiqqle’ you are caught under their spell thanks to whooshing percussions, guaranteed to have the dance floor in a daze. Your mind is levelled out with some steady drums, whilst your being taken on a trip. This is extra special as it is the original template of their massive track on OdD 005, a trip down memory lane. The last track of the EP ‘Spud Bm 7: B5’ is guaranteed to have you dancing. A real dreamy atmosphere is created as the melodic sounds take grasp of you, before you are joined by a bouncy groove you immediately feel in the hips. Floaty breaks give you the rest bite needed before you go again. This has such a great concept behind it and you can really feel the connection knowing its timeless music from the past.

 

Urgent 003 curated by Deego Fresh is a mysterious white label record consisting of four tracks all brilliant in their own right. There is an immediate sense of curiosity as the tracks are named Splice 1,2,3 and 4. Leaving it down to the listener’s imagination. Number 1 is made up of clever patterns weaved together by a funky tribal like beat, a driving break down with some tight drum sounds prepare you for lift off again. ‘Splice 2’ has an old school sound to it, a constant rolling movement accompanied by a variation of trippy broken sounds. Sounds unreal on a big system. A bit more serious is ‘Splice 3’ (drexciyan technique) not too heavy but a steady acid like bassline takes over your mind, the edge taken off by classic heavenly percussions. Could definitely take this with you to the after party. The last track takes characteristic elements from Deego’s productions and lays them down in one exciting sound, certainly a dancefloor bomb. All in all a fantastic release again from Urgent, consistency is key, and these guys are always doing what they do best.

 

Familiar faces amongst the underground scene for years now, they are showing no signs of slowing down. It seems as if there is an unlimited number of tricks up their sleeve. OdD 006 is on its way to your ears very soon, ‘Stroboscope’ due out early next year, believe it or not 005 was released March 2015. You can be certain the boys have been cooking up a storm for this one, preparing something amazing. As well as new sounds, OdD seem to have a back catalogue that anyone would be proud of so keep an eye out for plenty more chapters of the Tapes of Old story, as they bring to you their signature sound. Treat yourself, and feel the OdD effect.

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Words: Zac Bidwell

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