MEOKO Press

Music Review: VA w/ Piktor, Miroloja, Triptil [Bread & Butter 003]

Just a few months after his previous edition, London-based Bread and Butter Recordings strikes back with the third vinyl-only installment on the label. This time, the A-side is Romania's Piktor competence, whilst rising talents Miroloja and Triptil fill the flip with mesmerizing melodies and tight, energetic grooves. The label confirms to be in top form lately, providing yet again quality tracks after the latest VA compilation with Rowlanz, Direkt, Sublee, and Vern.   Hailing from Romania but now Based in Vienna, Piktor continues his rise after recent releases on Subtil and Lokomotiv, making his debut on B&B Recordings with “Everythingship”. The entire track insists on a short, skipping synth that brings groove and energy even before the drums. Added to this is a colorful and evolving rhythmic pad that brings forward the whole groove that smells of a crispy, old-school flavor; a loose attitude that allows both clap and hat to lean on the beat. Some grainy effects populate the very sides of the mix, creating depth and atmosphere and alongside them, Piktor places fragments of voices and airy piano riffs which further contribute to the frisky mood of the piece.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_f08e0be39e936677f9f5c01e3c6b1b1f&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/breadandbutterrecordings/sets/bread-and-butter-recordings-2', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_f08e0be39e936677f9f5c01e3c6b1b1f', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0_f08e0be39e936677f9f5c01e3c6b1b1f' }); });     On the flip, the French brothers of Miroloja roll next with the entitled "Karezze". The Parisian waste no time and start off the track nice and deep with an engaging groove and electric bleeps and dark SCI+FI atmospheric layers. The track moves smoothly until the break when it opens up to a more harmonic scenario in which pads become prominent, and a sentimental turn is revealed. Dreamy arps start echoing the pad’s motion, working on higher notes and introducing an entirely new sonic palette, whilst the drums his sharp and the bass rolls clean and definite.    allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_b6a20685c374b4eac4e3d156978df4bf&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-podcast-series-miroloja', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_b6a20685c374b4eac4e3d156978df4bf', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1_b6a20685c374b4eac4e3d156978df4bf' }); });     Closing down the VA is Bucharest's Triptil with the bouncy "Mrwho!", within which playful synths freely evolve above rigid drum patterns that bounce tight on the swingy bassline. The tight groove perfectly stands out in the mix, without, however covering shimmery guitar-like strums and a warm female vocal shot that appears - far away - counting backward, laughing, bringing on interesting variations to the cyclic pace of the track.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_0cd19c18453a1f40c38c6317fc3c73fa&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-triptil-mrwho-bread-and-butter-recordings', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_0cd19c18453a1f40c38c6317fc3c73fa', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2_0cd19c18453a1f40c38c6317fc3c73fa' }); });     Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi

Maher Daniel & The Other Side Curate Impact Lebanon Charity Compilation Inc. Ricardo Villalobos, SIT, Mandar, Alci & More

We cannot forget the catastrophe that took place on August 4th, 2020, where a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the port of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, exploded, causing at least 203 deaths, 6,500 injuries, and $15 billion in property damage, and leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless.   Head to the Impact Lebanon site here: https://www.impactlebanon.org/   November 6th will see the release of a non-profit collaboration from a healthy package of established artists and friends including Ricardo Villalobos, SIT (Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia), Alci, Mandar, Priku, Faster, Pîrvu, Dragutesku, Guy From Downstairs, Lowris, Costin RP, Pheek & Kike Mayor, and Sepp. Masterminded by The Other Side founder, Maher Daniel.   The Bandcamp release is amalgamated in support of Impact Lebanon with all proceedings going to the charity in light of the recent horrific events in Beirut, and will be available here https://theotherside4.bandcamp.com/     The fourteen tracker meanders through certain minimal moods with each of the artists involved bringing their own angle and textures to the release, a wholesome compilation for a good cause injecting some positivity into what has been an uncertain year, delivered by some of the most established artists from this sector of the sound spectrum. Although a charity compilation Maher and co. have managed to put together a cohesive body of work with all of the tracks communicating with the next, maintaining distinctive themes and setting the tone for the cause in hand. Sure to build some traction this winter getting behind a fantastic charity.    Tracklisting:   Alci - Denayi  Costing RP - Tajo Dragutesku - Muza Faster - Surveyor  Guy From Downstairs - Coast To Coast  Lowris - Sauve  Maher Daniel - Wasted Liquid  Maher Daniel - Motionless (Mandar Remix)  Maher Daniel - One Drop (Priku Remix)  Pîrvu - Ev - Uh - Nes - Uhnt  Pheek & Kike Mayor - Costa Verda Ricardo Villalobos - Sauvage  Sepp - Cairnholm  SIT - Transit  

A Fallen Hero: DiY’s Pete Woosh Has Died

It’s with great regret that Pete ‘Woosh’ Birch, founding member and influential figure in Nottingham’s DiY Collective, has passed away after a five-year battle with cancer.   If you scratch under the surface of dance music heritage in the UK it won’t take you long to stumble across DiY Soundsystem. The outfit was a seminal part of the acid house raves scene back in the early 90s, to many most notably being a part of the collection of sound systems which threw the infamous party at Castlemorton 1992. An estimated 20,000 - 40,000 party revellers enjoying the delights of the party which went on nearly a week. This resulted in the Criminal Justice Bill driving parties from fields into clubs full time in the UK. In a weird way, you could say we wouldn’t be here doing what we do today in this capacity without people like Pete pushing the way forward.     He was also responsible for one of the hottest nights in the UK at the time; Bounce which welcomed guests including Sasha, Laurent Garnier, DJ Pierre, Andrew Weatherall, Larry Heard, Derrick Carter and many more. From parties all over the UK, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Dallas and Ibiza it’s safe to say the DiY we’re absolutely on fire in their prime years. The collective was holding multiple parties a week at some stages. The infamous DJ duo Digs & Woosh along with Simon DK and many others of the DiY entourage were known for their dedication to music and bringing joy to many dance floors across the world.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_9e09b4c38b943625416c0179f9040bd3&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/mumbo-jumbo-2/pete-woosh-autum-mumbo-2016', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_9e09b4c38b943625416c0179f9040bd3', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0_9e09b4c38b943625416c0179f9040bd3' }); });     Pete was also responsible for launching the labels Strictly 4 Groovers and DiY Discs releasing 100s of records. The imprints brought artists like Nail, Atjazz, Rhythm Plate, Inland Knights and many more to light. These records are still found in many of favourite DJs sets to this day and are an essential part of any serious house diggers collection.     After being diagnosed with highly aggressive head and neck cancer in December of 2015, Pete decided to take a natural approach to treatment and launched his The 52 Card Trick project. He wanted to give something back to everyone that helped him when he was diagnosed. The label would release 3 tracks a week for 52 weeks. It saw the likes of Brawther, Yueseke, Nail, Hot Toddy and Schmoov, as well as many others, release a brilliant selection of diverse music. All proceeds from the project went towards organisations which offered support with cancer, none of which received government funding. These included Active Cancer Therapy Support, Together Against Cancer and The Penny Brohn Centre.    DiY recently celebrated their 30th birthday in 2019; an achievement which is truly unique and special in its own right. How? Still sticking to the ethos that has served them so well over all these years. A family of like-minded people coming together for the love for music. You only have to look on the DiY Facebook page to see how many people Pete inspired over the years with floods of testaments, stories, nods of respect and admiration.       Thoughts going out to everyone suffering from his loss. The world we love has lost a rare breed indeed. Rest in peace Pete ‘Woosh’ Bird. Thank you for being you. X     Words by Jordan Diston  

DJOKO: "I Would Like to Keep Making Music in Every Direction"

Infectious, groovy, energetic, deep, driving. There could be many more adjectives to describe the style that the young Cologne-based artist has achieved during the last couple of years, just think to his recent releases on labels such as PIV, Berg Audio and Talman Records to name a few. A swirl of massive house and electro sounds, spacey pads, large drums and 90s dub vibrations that however nods to the future... it's DJOKO! An enviable ability to adapt possessed by the young German, which, combined with a naturalness on experimenting with different genres, made of him one of the most interesting upcoming acts around, being appreciated both by house purists and more electro and rave avant-gardists.   We've been following you for a very long time and we can tell you've definitely made the mess over the last years. Was there a turning point in your career? It’s been a slow process in general but that’s alright. I never had any goals set so there wasn’t something to meet or disappoint me. Becoming part of the PIV family definitely helped me a lot though. I wouldn’t have done this step if the guys weren’t so friendly and supportive. It’s gotten to a point where it goes over just the music thing and I’ve become close friends with some of them. They are all open for new ideas and concepts and I’m happy to be with them. Also having the HOOVE imprint to run my own events with my friends from Cologne gave me a lot. You meet the DJ’s and Producers you love and make a little connection.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_f02d01f0c72f5e362dc39e619e02f646&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-podcast-series-djoko', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_f02d01f0c72f5e362dc39e619e02f646', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0_f02d01f0c72f5e362dc39e619e02f646' }); });     Tell us more about the PIV sample pack and about your latest remix for Chris Stussy. I’ve done some sample packs in the past already which I sold privately but none of these distributed over an official site. When the guys from PIV had the Idea to start their own series I was keen to do my first official one. There were some things I learned in the process of doing this one. I got some help from DeMarzo who has already brought out several packs in the past and I had a lot of fun creating a pack which I would dig into myself when producing. The remix was done last year around September when I asked Chris to remix him at some point. I wanted to give something back to him for the continuous support he has given me in the past so when he showed me the track "Seeing & Believing“ I was immediately in.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_840edb9a0a5b862e440e0241e0e5a793&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/pivrecords/chris-stussy-seeing-believing', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_840edb9a0a5b862e440e0241e0e5a793', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1_840edb9a0a5b862e440e0241e0e5a793' }); });     Your music is a great joint of old school tastes and innovation, how do you find that balance all the time? I guess it comes naturally by listening to a lot of music from the ’90s. The joint between these two then comes from having analysed the tracks from 2010-2020 precisely and joining them with the older sounds.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_3ad6b379cee3511d11fb4a0a83397710&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/djokocologne/piv-samples-001-djoko-preview', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_3ad6b379cee3511d11fb4a0a83397710', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2_3ad6b379cee3511d11fb4a0a83397710' }); });     Tell us more about the music in the mix you've prepared for us. What shall we expect? The mix is made for home listening. Not too much dancefloor-oriented, even though there are some heavier grooves featured as well. I like to keep it changing and not too hard especially for podcasts. There are some older tracks in there which I only just (re)discovered & two unreleased remixes from myself for Josh Butler's Origins Rcrds and Lacuna Recordings. Also, it features a beautiful remix done by a girl from my hometown called Sandilé.   Apart from a few exceptions, we rarely see you working together with other artists. What do you think about collaborations? It’s refreshing to see how other people attack the process of production so I’m always a fan of that. I love to sit down in the studio together instead of sending stems to each other to not interrupt the flow.   Do the best ideas come in the studio? How do you find inspiration? Sometimes other tracks I just discovered give me the best inspiration. Just a certain element that triggers me where I go: "Yes, I wanna try to do an element like this with what I have".   What are your thoughts about the sampling process? Are you a fan of it?  I sample everything that sounds good. I don’t care where it comes from and have no problem with other people sampling me as well. Actually, I love it and feel honoured if I hear that it inspired somebody. There is no special equipment involved I would say. Anything that Audio Hijack catches is mine haha!     What is the role of analogue gear in your studio set up and workflow? Do you have just analogue synths/drum machines or also compressors, EQs, etc? Analog gear for me is just like any other piece of gear I have in the box. Except that it changes my approach a little bit on how to start an Idea. One day I would start jamming a little bit on the TR-8s and play some chords to get a rough idea going, and the other day I would sample something from other tracks I love. Most of the times it vanishes into something so little in that Idea that you won’t recognize it in the end.   What is the synth you're craving at the moment? There are a lot. I always wanted to get an original Juno-106 but these keyboards just cost way too much. If anyone of my friends would sell one at some point I’d buy it but for now, I’m fine with what I have already.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_3_9accd8d4f517d0ea99b986ae74e38054&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-thalo-santana-dual-need-hoove', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_3_9accd8d4f517d0ea99b986ae74e38054', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_3_9accd8d4f517d0ea99b986ae74e38054' }); });     If you would have to get back completely in the box, what would be your top 3 go-to plugins for synths? And for mixing? My favourite in the box synths would be Rob Papen's Blue, U-HE Diva, Korg M1. Mixing wise I like to just use the stuff Ableton provides.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_4_7d36d6512b2b7c5f7ca0da9f50ca6843&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/djokocologne/sets/berg-audio-endless', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_4_7d36d6512b2b7c5f7ca0da9f50ca6843', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_4_7d36d6512b2b7c5f7ca0da9f50ca6843' }); });     Which direction do you think house music is taking lately? I see a lot of artists delving into a deeper direction, not so much using the overused snare tools & white noises anymore. I think it’s becoming more creative and more rooted in the foundation of classic house. I’m happy with how it’s developing lately!   Which are the plans you have for 2021? I have no particular plans for 2021 except for making some music here and there. I would like to keep making music in every direction and not hold on to any concept which was doing quite well in the past. I would love to plan the next releases with the label but we take our time and not do this too hasty.     Words by Francesco Quieti  

Music Review: Various Artists - Extended Family VA [Floorpiece Digital]

North Wales-based Floorpiece label has rapidly become a touchstone within the last couple of years, able to embrace both the house, minimal and deep-techy enthusiasts with delicious cuts released both on vinyl and digital among which appear artists such as Michael James, Herck, Lorenzo Chiabotti and Cosmjn to name a few. The imprint's 27th digital instalment sees Floorpiece gathering a conspicuous group of up&coming producers for Extended Family VA, including tracks from Lorik, Alex Dam & Zambiancki, Mike.D, Pinney and Pablo Hdez among others.   The compilation starts with "Cold Shoulder" by Adam Nahalewicz (Recycle) who kicks things off with a compelling Michael James-ish funky roller. The fluttering drums transmit a sense of lightness and airiness, further enhanced by sparks of synths that resemble almost like the chirping of birds.   Italy's fellow Alex Dam & Zambiancki deliver the boldy hi-octane "Distances", a solid groover full of gliding pads surfing over a superb groove and sweet stabs. The overall harsh sound on the drums is powerful and upfront, making of this one a gritty bouncer with a sweet minimal flavour.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_fb7b68fab8eafc04f47b0a82d830a5da&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/floorpiece-music/sets/fprd027-extended-family-va', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_fb7b68fab8eafc04f47b0a82d830a5da', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0_fb7b68fab8eafc04f47b0a82d830a5da' }); });     Up next, Brasilian Serialism associate Ian R teams up with Allan Blue for "Vostok 3". Spacey synths move shiny on top of an essential tight groove, within which the bassline's pattern is reduced to essentials, rolling flawless and shaking the track from underneath. Kick stomps gently and caresses the drums, in perfect balance.   Gwylim Owen's "Clean Off" comes after, catapulting the audience into a realm of twisted synths, warped sounds and a top-notch joint of pitch-delayed vocals. The darker mood is immediately noticeable and groove minimalistic goes swingy with sharp drums cut through reaching out face directly, slapping hard. The acid-esque bassline is the cherry on the cake and really brings the piece forward while the groove keeps hitting.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_434ef76c1e633645300ea2bbf59ec851&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-gwilym-owen-clean-off-floorpiece-digital', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_434ef76c1e633645300ea2bbf59ec851', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1_434ef76c1e633645300ea2bbf59ec851' }); });     Thus, Swiss-based Lorik unleashes the rubbery "Her Thing" which gets straight to your feet. On this one, The Swiss-based DJ and producer relies on skipping closed hats and the jerky snares to set the perfect scenario to a catchy female vocal to shine at is best, also adding an ever-changing synth-line that provides an extra dose of bounciness groove.   Yet after all of this tightness is good to find some fat dubby attitude just around the corner with the entitled "April Afternoon" by 'ManLike'BCoz. The bulbous bass rolls heavy and the drums sound fatter than ever, whilst a classic house stab gives to the piece and instant old school mood from which it is difficult to escape.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_bad5cf199c07daf0ea20835d6612c130&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/floorpiece-music/manlikebcoz-april-afternoon', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_bad5cf199c07daf0ea20835d6612c130', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2_bad5cf199c07daf0ea20835d6612c130' }); });     Hailing from the beautiful island of Tenerife, Pablo Hdez debuts on the label with the refreshing and soulful "Oval". With smooth pads and delicate plucks are carefully panned in a very atmospheric way, the Spanish talent is able to make room for straightforward drums to shine deep and dubby. A distant vocal makes its appearance on the break giving to the piece a pleasant human touch.   Closing down the release is Wesz with "Technological Process", where classic 90s house organs hold all the piece up, while a rock-solid rhythm section stomps underneath. Drums are essential and thin, allowing the low frequencies to really make a statement. The retro-analogue mood gets more intense every second, clashing with SCI+FI textures and subtle whispers, and making of this one the great closing act of a mighty compilation.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_3_7d2e9c8c826dc4a954344419d5d03a99&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/floorpiece-music/wesz-technological-progress', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_3_7d2e9c8c826dc4a954344419d5d03a99', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_3_7d2e9c8c826dc4a954344419d5d03a99' }); });       Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi  

Mr. C: "Today is International Mental Health Day. Let’s all use this day to promise ourselves to be better people"

Good morning from an overcast LA everyone. Today in International Mental Health Day, so I wrote this: Down but not out. Depression is a problem with the dance music scene, that has taken artists & friends from us all. The toll of constant touring, the loneliness, the burnout.     The pressure to be on point at every show giving your happy best. The pressure to keep making great music, release after release. The pressure to keep putting on regular events, supplying the best DJs, production & environment. It’s these things that can weigh heavily on DJs, producers & promoters. The pressure to continue to inspire & to lift others from their daily struggles can be a thankless task, yet it’s expected time after time. As performers & as event hosts we can’t be down, we can’t be stressed, we can’t be depressed because it’s us who the party people look at to help them to celebrate life. To the dancing public, we have to be the faces of joy, bringing the good vibes & always being there, solid, steadfast & cheerful. Yet for most DJs we don’t know what gigs are coming in 2 or 3 months down the road. We’re not sure if we can pay our rent month to month, but somehow we manage & that stress to simply survive cannot be shown while we’re performing. Many events promoters are unsure if adequate numbers will come through the doors to pay the DJs, the security, the sound & lighting people, the door staff, the flights, the hotels, the drivers & more. The stress can be unbearable. Often as promoters, we’re on tenterhooks for the first couple of hours of our events, hoping that the break-even number of people come sooner rather than later. Yet our faces have to be welcoming, happy, assuring & willing to help you to celebrate. Well, right now I’d take all that pressure back in a heartbeat.   Our industry is destroyed due to this pandemic & no one in the establishment seems to care. There’s no proper stimulus package for the nightlife industry. Agents, club managers, door staff, security, dancers, bartenders, servers, we’re stuck between a rock & a hard place right now. A friend pointed out today that our industry has some harsh critics. DJs are being subject to abuse for trying to think outside the box for a way to earn some kind of living & as soon as you come up with an idea there are those who want to shoot you down as though you’re a serial killer, just for wanting to survive. But we’re well know DJs, we’re perceived to be indestructible, our mental health & well being doesn’t seem to be important to those who want to shoot us down at the first given opportunity for trying to find a way to just get by. We don’t have feelings, we don’t have emotions, we don’t have rent & bills to pay, we can survive like magic, just like that.   This pandemic has seen so many people from all walks of life lose their jobs, their income & with it for many, their dignity. Lockdown has brought about a huge difference of opinion. Everyone’s opinion is right, everyone else is wrong & the vitriol on social networks has escalated out of control. This is happening during a time when we should actually be looking out for each other. Being careful what to say to each other as we don’t know where the person we’re about to lay into is at mentally. If they’ve lost a family member if they’re struggling to feed their families if they’re living with people who are making their lives a living hell? Today is International Mental Health Day. Let’s all use this day to promise ourselves to be better people, to think before lashing out at family, friends or people online. To be compassionate & caring as every single one of us is suffering in some way or another right now, be that big or small. No one is immune to the toils of this pandemic so let’s all promise ourselves to be better, kinder & to treat others as we would like to be treated. Let this day be the day that we start to turn a corner together & strive to make each other happier instead of upset.   If you’re feeling down there’s lots we can do to try to lift ourselves & here are some suggestions: 1. Put on your favourite 10 songs all in a row, turn the music up really loud, dance & sing along to all the words as loudly as you can. 2. Go for a good long walk, preferably in nature if you can. The fresh air, exercise & change of lockdown environment can really help. Try to do this daily. 3. Force yourself to meditate for 20 minutes every day. It’s hard to make yourself do anything at all when depressed but meditation can give you the energy needed to get back in the room. 4. Make art. Go get yourself some paint brushes, paints & canvas & get those feelings out in a creative way. The finished result will make you feel good & gifting that art to a friend who is down will bring you both some joy. 5. Talk. Don’t hold stuff in. Your loved ones, family & friends love you dearly & will be only to happy to listen to you talk & who knows, they may well have some great ideas to lift your spirits. 6. Watch a comedy or stand up. Laughter is always a great cure. So contact a friend or family member & watch something really really stupid to have a good old laugh. 7. Reach out to others who look like they’re down & need help. There’s nothing more fulfilling than helping others & bringing them to happiness or helping them out of a dark place.   This will greatly improve your sense of self-worth. As a finishing thought, maybe it’s better in these troubled times to be kind than be right? Have a wonderful day. Mr.C    

Preview - Zero: tINI, Harry McCanna & Benson Herbert (18.10.2020)

London is not letting the current situation in the UK slow the city down with there being an abundance of quality socially distanced events across so many of the venues we know and love. Sunday 18 October see’s an outstanding Sunday day-time event with one of the characters we love the most, tINI. allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_98dd344f62a97ad9d4245f62da998045&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/harry-mccanna-meoko-mix', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_98dd344f62a97ad9d4245f62da998045', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0_98dd344f62a97ad9d4245f62da998045' }); });     London-based creative platform, Zero Logistics hold a showcase (Social Dis-Danced) at one of the capital's most loved underground hotspots; 93 Feet East. tINI will be joining Benson Herbert and North South Records wonder Harry McCanna on the 1s and 2s. Safe to say this has all the ingredients to be a sublime affair of quality beats as we hear some of our favourite selectors delve deep into their collections.   Buy tickets here (limited capacity and advance tickets only.) Join the Facebook Event here   Words by Jordan Diston   More Zero Logistics  More MEOKO: Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Iuly.B: "I Feel That in Hard Times, Art Is a Way of Escaping"

Ever since the MEOKO Podcast that Iulian delivered 2 years ago, the Iasi-based producer has always been always on our radar. Being a great person and a bright talent, the time has come to invite him to talk about his latest tracks, plans and the current devastating situation.   Hello Iulian, thank you for your time. How is life treating you so far? And how was the Dubla Party last weekend?  Hello, it’s always a pleasure to chat with nice people. Life has been good lately despite the situation, having plenty of activities to fill my time with. And the party was really nice, people were enjoying it properly.     You also played alongside Raresh in Romania a few weeks back. How did it feel to be behind the decks after a while? That was the first party after the isolation actually, long-awaited and with lots of good vibes. It was a great pleasure for me to do the closing set after him, an artist and person I always enjoy being around because of his knowledge and vibe.   Any clear update from the COVID situation in Romania? We heard that cases still rise... What's your thought on the situation, especially as Romanian? The cases may be rising, but also the news is pretty exaggerated, more into panic-inducing. The situation is not very well since the economy crashed a bit due to the restrictions that at some point have no sense. I agree with all the individual safety measures but the big hit was on the closed business and activities, as it was to other countries as well. Mentioning Romania, we had pretty bad management before and this situation brought more chaos, especially in the health section. I just hope people will educate themselves faster and choose to comply with the rules rather than disobey them. Otherwise, this will only create more problems and will not allow the economy to recover as soon as we'd like.   How’s your life changed during this period? Are there things you (re)discovered? This lockdown came with downsides initially, but after realizing how useful this free time can be, I started diving deeper into the self-discipline. Starting with physical activities, good alimentation and a clearer mind, I’ve had plenty of time to finish all the things on my to-do lists, rearrange and clean my musical collection then start new projects with renewed forces. I am sure there is a lot of good stuff coming from the artists after this period because I feel that in hard times, art is a way of escaping, so the events after the lockdown will be amazing!   Many have spoken about this “corona-situation” has the perfect chance to re-invent the clubbing scene? Do you believe it? What are your thoughts for this last part of 2020 and for the next year? Reinventing the clubbing scene in those conditions seems like some cold rules for us, as I am thinking social distancing is implied and also live streams or other digital alternatives. They may be a good temporary solution, but not a reinventing solution, since the music scene we all enjoy is based on connecting people, getting together under the same music and vibes, being close and sharing warmness with each other. Hopefully, we would all be able to dance freely starting with spring 2021.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_36bbe81fc3d98c0cc95597e2caea9272&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/meoko-exclusive-iulyb', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_36bbe81fc3d98c0cc95597e2caea9272', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0_36bbe81fc3d98c0cc95597e2caea9272' }); });     What are you looking for when you're listening to house/minimal music? Do you still feel the same passion that hit you years ago? What do you think will be the next year's trend? After years of exploring the variations of house and techno, I feel the same growing passion, because of the neverending possibilities of finding or creating new sounds. It’s something strongly connected inside which gives me pleasure and it’s best to hear it in my sets or production rather than trying to explain it in words because what I play is mostly what I listen to at home. The trend is something I am not paying too much attention to in my sound because it’s temporary. It comes with benefits for the artists that it affects, but in my opinion, if you are trying to follow and keep up with it, will alter your beliefs and way of building a proper sound.     You're constantly adding new music on your Bandcamp page lately. On your latest series called "Houseworks" you've gone a little bit back to some housier roots. Is that something that we're going to see in the future too? Houseworks is the idea of putting out old projects of mine, remastered with new knowledge gathered up till today and also an intention of diversifying my sound. It’s still minimalistic but not in a rominimal way, an aspect I would like to focus on more in the future (check part one and two).   One of the often most difficult things, when it comes to releasing music, is to give your track a name! What's your process? That’s an aspect I always like to pay good attention to. In most cases, I am focused on what I feel while listening to the track, which sensations I have or how will I feel it in a party environment. I am aiming for the name to be in tight connection with the feelings or actions inspired. Of course, I also have some tracks with simpler or basic names, applied in the same described manner.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_4aa5a8daded78ccf233de173b940dea6&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/iulyb-aldemar-meoko-gift-track', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_4aa5a8daded78ccf233de173b940dea6', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1_4aa5a8daded78ccf233de173b940dea6' }); });     Not saying that you're old, but do you have any young talents on your radar? There is a lot of good music coming out lately, and I have noticed that most of it start to sound the same in terms of instruments used or arrangement patterns. Consistency and passion are making the difference in this case and some of the latest artists I have to mention in terms of really nice production are Nobodi, which is more underrated than new but delivers great tracks for my musical vision and there’s Cumuli & Bvrton, a duo of great guys which are combining elements from lots of other musical styles in a fine minimalistic style that can make a great moment. I have mentioned them after listening to a lot of their work and remaining with a consistent number of tracks that I really like because of course there are many other good upcoming talents to mention but maybe I haven’t had the chance to listen more before coming to a conclusion.   Zenith with David Gtronic was one of our favourite tracks from 2015 I think. More collabs on the pipeline? Who would you like to join forces with? Nice one to mention, since I have had a good collaboration with David. The process was flowing nice and each track we did got released in the end. I rarely get interested in collabs but recently I have started working with Andu Simion. We have known each other for a long time, sharing the same musical vision and this pandemic got us exploring a new sound together.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_862856b6b44f930c71648f4fb4db54b6&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/davidgtronic/b1-david-gtronic-iulyb-zenith-vatos-locos-003', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_862856b6b44f930c71648f4fb4db54b6', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2_862856b6b44f930c71648f4fb4db54b6' }); });     With 2020 definitely not being the best year so far, have you set any goal for 2021 or secret projects your working in? Being realistic because of the current situation, goals are set on more general aspects, like improving the sound I present and personal evolution. We have to see which will be the best way for the musical community to get back on track. There’s always something better in progress, but I prefer to keep it secret until it gets in good shape.   Lastly, we know you have recently joined the Subtil Records family, what a great match! What was the factor(s) on your decision? How did it feel to play with your new family at their latest label Showcases? I joined the Subtil family after meeting Nils and Martin couple times. Seeing that we share the same vision, it felt like the natural move to work together. They are passionate individuals who always pay attention to small details while taking the broader music community into account. Must shout out to my agent Cathy here for her great work!   Thank you so much for the answers. We look forward to meeting you behind the decks sooner than expected! Thank you so much for your time :)   Words by Francesco Quieti & Erchin Jon     More Iuly.b: Facebook / Soundcloud / Instagram / Bandcamp / Discogs More MEOKO: Facebook / Soundcloud / Youtube

Music Review: Alessio Viggiano - Standing On Saturn's Ring EP (incl. Nick Beringer Remix) [discotech WAX]

UK based, record label and promoter discotech’s latest release comes by the skilful hand of Italian talent Alessio Viggiano, who delivers a perfect EP for the dancefloor. "Standing On Saturn’s Rings" EP is a four-tracker record that combines a mature yet clever and imaginative take on the label’s house ethos fused with Viggiano’s deep house and minimal sound, the result: a sophisticated, modern and vibrant voyage. Following on from the success of their previous release, Kepler's - Higher EP, discotech WAX second release marks another accomplished work for the young label. To top the release off, "Standing on Saturn’s Rings" EP features a remix from the prolific, German export, Nick Beringer.    Click HERE to buy DTW002   "Kalisvar" opens the EP in full style with a charming tech-house cut that combines smooth synths with minimalistic touches. The drumbeat rhythm and the popping bassline provide the foundations for a strong roller that brings high energy forward. Viggiano’s signature elegant and deep melodic synths drift in and out along ethereal vocals. The structure of the track recalls a strong house influence, making of "Kalisvar" a peak time track that will get the groove and energy going.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_ec996f3c38f829eac330ffbd8d1c18fd&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/discotechonline/alessio-viggiano-standing-on-saturns-rings-ep-w-nick-beringer-remix-dtw002', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_ec996f3c38f829eac330ffbd8d1c18fd', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0_ec996f3c38f829eac330ffbd8d1c18fd' }); });     Concluding the A-side, "Marshmallow" embodies the stripped-down minimal house sound with a slight deep house feel. The birds in the background remind of better days, while a classic snare pattern. The bassline is warm and leads the way through the trippy sonic journey that is topped off with laidback distorted vocals. Perfect for an after hour session.   The B-side starts off with the EP’s self-titled track, "Standing On Saturn’s Rings": a deep minimal house cut with a striking outer planet characteristic. The Viggiano’s track keeps the warmth of the A-side, while going into a more introspective journey. Elegant pads make celestial atmospheres against the robust and groovy bassline that reminds of house gems.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_bb4c4115cc44ffda5d53e8b7ee5fb870&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/discotechonline/discotech-together-podcast-006-alessio-viggiano', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_bb4c4115cc44ffda5d53e8b7ee5fb870', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1_bb4c4115cc44ffda5d53e8b7ee5fb870' }); });     Finishing things off, Berlin's very own Nick Beringer treats the former track with a more melodic approach and dwells into deep and progressive territory. The subtle elegant arpeggiated lick drives the mind into a state of trance, whilst keeping your feet on the floor by relying on Nick's trademark fast-skipping groove.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_25db6724a53ac2a11ff5d015396b48aa&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-alessio-viggiano-standing-on-saturns-rings-nick-beringer-remix-discotech-wax', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_25db6724a53ac2a11ff5d015396b48aa', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2_25db6724a53ac2a11ff5d015396b48aa' }); });     Overall, discotech WAX 002 is a tip not to be missed as its already charting high up and selling quick. The young label proves that good music transcends in time and despite their freshness in the vinyl game, has aimed for quality and dancefloor-oriented material. This release blends the elegance of a classic and distinctive house style with the new minimal house wave in the form of a definite dancefloor weapon.      Words by Daniel Ordoñez  

Mike Shannon's Cynosure Recordings celebrates 20 years of Timeless Dance Tracks with a stellar VA

Cynosure Recordings celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Compilation of epic proportions including Dewalta & Shannon, Brett Johnson, The Mole, Matthew Johnson and many more.   20 years is an impeccable length of time to keep any imprint current and relevant. You only have to look at the support they have received from across the industry over the years to see they have done just that with their records being played by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Raresh, D'Julz, Sonja Moonear, Doc Martin and Ryan Crosson to name a few.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_2385fa833c9d233b791248db8566229d&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-mathew-jonson-to-see-that-lightning-sky-cynosure-recordings', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_2385fa833c9d233b791248db8566229d', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0_2385fa833c9d233b791248db8566229d' }); });     The label still continues at the same pace and consistency that it always did.  Never flooding the overly saturated underground market and only releasing a handful of quality releases a year. But how did it start and where did it all begin?     Many moons ago when a couple of friends in the sleepy Canadian town of Kitchener, Ontario got together and merged their studios. Mike Shannon and Jason Hunsberger put together the little gear that they had and created a makeshift studio called the Onom room.    Together the two would create a project called the Sunaj Assassins and would later create a record label to showcase their work. At the time the two young producers were involved in a provincially funded arts collective called K.O.R. The initial idea of the Cynosure Recordings label was meant to showcase a number of the artists and musicians involved in the collective as well as other artists in the province. But shortly before the first release was set the project funding was pulled and the project was momentarily sidelined.      But it was too late for all the work to be wasted and the project shelved, so in 1999, Mike and friends got the funds together and continued to make the dream Cynosure Recordings a reality.   In 20 years the underground market has gone through some big changes but things with Cynosure’s releases remain the same. Timeless Dance Tracks.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_bbdb7a23830655ec463059d2f4432222&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/cynosure-recordings/northern-vector-drift-collaboration', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_bbdb7a23830655ec463059d2f4432222', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1_bbdb7a23830655ec463059d2f4432222' }); });     You can actually enjoy the digital version of compilation by purchasing it on Bandcamp today from here.     Words by Jordan Diston

Cedric Dekowski & Felix Reifenberg / DJ Void - Don't Drink Chloroquine EP [BinarySound 004]

There are certain EP’s which manage to hit the sweet spot as soon as you play them. You know instantly whilst listening to a meer snippet of each track that this is going to be a record for the bag. Every track tick’s the box... This is exactly what you have with the new Binary Sound EP. The 4th instalment of supersonic delights from the imprint, this time headed up by Cedric Dekowsk & Felix Reifenberg and DJ VOID on the reverse.    Click HERE to buy BNDSD004   "Pilcher" kicks straight into the mix with cosmic pads, dubby kicks and crisp metallic snares to grab you straight in… dark and cryptic tones are found throughout the track as the groove begins to build. Tinsel like pads and synths come in and out before the bassline drops straight in. Say no more this track has you hooked. This is pure A grade party tackle that is perfect for the dancefloor. All the elements of the track give each other plenty of room to breath and develop as you're taken on an expedition of all things wild and wonderful.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_49fac113b6f75b7acb9dcff6df0197c6&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/binarysoundmusic/bnsd004', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_49fac113b6f75b7acb9dcff6df0197c6', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0_49fac113b6f75b7acb9dcff6df0197c6' }); });     Next up is Pilcher’s twisted sister "Neptuning". The perfect blend of electro meets techno taking you through the wormhole of cosmic exploration. Mysterious pads rise beautifully along with driven kicks and tense snares. The track really comes into its own with perfect use of electro like robotic synths. This is Daft Punk’s cooler brother with 80's-like rhythms perfectly adapted and sprinkled with minimal groove, to confirm the ability of the two Germans.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_3ca76cc97ea5841dceb5f35974b2f4b3&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/liveset', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_3ca76cc97ea5841dceb5f35974b2f4b3', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1_3ca76cc97ea5841dceb5f35974b2f4b3' }); });       We turn to DJ VOID on the flipside. Immediately, electric chords set the right mood right before retro-sounding delayed synths and a gritty bassline kick in, giving unity and compactness to the whole composition. As the track progresses, a twisted acid line makes its way into the already chaotic atmosphere, where noisy hats perfectly match with heavy claps before leaving the scene again to the main element that never left the track: dustiness and analogue harm are felt throughout.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_1a5922fe6d7043db0426ab0aac202646&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-dj-void-messina-bay-binarysound', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_1a5922fe6d7043db0426ab0aac202646', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2_1a5922fe6d7043db0426ab0aac202646' }); });     Thus, "Dolphin Tribe" enters and instantly we're swimming amongst a sea of wondrous percussion with those classic 808 kicks and snares doing the business from the off. Electronic harpsichord-esque synths are softly introduced as the breakdown brings a touch of acid into the mix with sonic pads to bring you up and rising out of the sea into the sky.   Lastly, the digital bonus "Frametrax" is without a question one of those perfect tracks to start to lift the energy of the night again; it’s sunrise you’re starting to bring back up the rhythm and this is your weapon of choice. Dubby pads accompany a thunderous bassline which gives the track plenty of depth, coupling perfectly with light and energetic snares and claps to give you the energy. Perfect B side paraphernalia rounding the EP nicely.     Words by Jordan Diston & Francesco Quieti  

Music Review: RSLane - Dupa EP [Duck It Records]

Algerian based label Duck It Records’ new vinyl release comes by its label head, RSlane, a man of many talents who has been committed to promote the North African music scene for years now also known for his infectious groovy and deep sounding music. During the past decade, his efforts and his passion for the local electronic music cultural movement also led him, at the age of 34, to also found his own label.    Click HERE to buy DUCKIT002   His latest EP, Dupa, contains four tracks consisting of two original cuts and two special remixes, one by Romanian sEmoa and the latter by Algerian talent Harr, perfectly complementing the release. The whole album is a beautiful mix of breaks and minimal house that have a contagious and deep feel that is both distinctive and alluring throughout.   "Dupa" is a fiery break driven minimal house cut that captures the listener from the beginning to end with its organic broken rhythm kick drum pattern, coalesced with mysterious and distorted atmospheric background pitch sounds and textures that subconsciously draw the listen inwards. The track’s bass synth gives off an enigmatic and vibrant vibe that both catches you by surprise and pushes the momentum forward. Deep sleek chords float and as cutting one-shot percussions pierce the air through, adding gritty and deep cuts to the sonic trip alongside some catchy female hip hop verses. Overall, a well balanced high key roller that displays RSlane’s versatility and natural instinct for musical blends.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_6de4d833836af415822fec4ec23d0d02&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-rslane-dupa-duck-it-records', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_6de4d833836af415822fec4ec23d0d02', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0_6de4d833836af415822fec4ec23d0d02' }); });     RSlane carries on the release smoothly with his consistent and striking take on breakbeat and minimalistic house cuts with his second instalment, "Cosmic Breaks". The kick drum beat starts of the track as short hi-hat notes appear while a deep synth holds down a modulated key, reminiscing of the grandeur sound of sci-fi film introduction scores. The snare and chopped vocal percussive sample add properly well to the energetic and broken ravey breakbeat feeling of the track. The use of distorted slurred vocal sampling appears effortlessly as it complements the arrangement in gorgeous flair, whilst the panned one-shots drive the listeners' motion and attention headfirst. The hi-hats add the spice as the 808 tom brings memories of the grittier and more vibrant days of the UK nightlife. A deep bassline sine synth with deep house synth chord melody create a beautiful fusion of broken beats and flowing motion.     sEMOA takes on a more acid sound and electro-funk note for his reinterpretation of the lead track. A funky bassline gives off more of a wacky twist on the original cut and the breakbeat kickdrum perfectly works along with the acid synth for a harmonious track. The use of the classic 808 cowbell pattern along with flangerized effects and its characteristic bassline adds on to its particularity in sound design.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_7214acea11bc4949439f758e03711696&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/rslanepage/sets/rslane-dupa-ep', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_7214acea11bc4949439f758e03711696', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1_7214acea11bc4949439f758e03711696' }); });     Harr, instead opts for a deep house minimal take on "Cosmic Breaks" that concludes the EP on a refreshing note. With beautiful synth chords, the remix lets the listener take on a lighter experience to that of its counterpart on the A-side.  Harr perfectly closes Duck It 002, which arrives as a pleasant surprise for those seeking to search deeper into the broken rhythms and get carried away into a profound daze.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_e75340453d8040e0f208c338842b109e&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/rslanepage/rslane-cosmic-breaks-harr-remix', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_2_e75340453d8040e0f208c338842b109e', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_2_e75340453d8040e0f208c338842b109e' }); });       Words by Daniel Ordoñez  

Music Review: Chris Stussy - Across Ocean EP (incl. DJOKO Remix) [PIV030]

We've already talked (here) with the guys behind the ever-greater PIV brand a couple of months ago, and the latest EP by Dutch frontman Chris Stussy can't do anything but confirm our hypothesis. In fact, PIV030 marks his return to the home base and he does it in style with 5 sonic cuts: four originals (among which appears a collaboration with Aussie rising talent Litmus) plus a remix by the talented DJOKO, sailing across swingy-paced grooves, soothing synths and rumbling basslines. Are you ready to come on board? Let's dive into it...   Buy PIV030 on vinyl or digital   The EP starts with the title track "Across Ocean" and Stussy's very own touch is instantly recognizable, as the Amsterdam based DJ and producer lay you down deep in the groove. Bass rumbles and shakes powerfully while silky synths lines colorate the space. A vanishing male vocal sample keeps the loop going and washes out the ears with a human element, whilst the heavy kickdrum surprisingly bounces tight on the beat. Some bright percussions create a smooth layer on top of the groove, whilst a catchy 90s lead gives accent to the swingy-paced groove making us feel like you're driving a supercar in the sunny East Coast.     Thus, the enormous "Seeing & Believing" brings us to a whole new state of flow, flying high with some dreamy chords and majestic chords. The overall sound is fat and bold, shimmery of an analogue detail. Some graceful female chants take the listener into a soothing and lush atmosphere, giving a cloudless feel to the drums, harsh and clear, that perfectly groove tight alongside delicate plucks. Emotional vibe thought for the dancefloor.     Next up, Stussy teams up with the talented Australian-based Litmus for "Independent Woman": a catchy anthem that revolves around an engaging vocal sample, which this time gets prominent than ever. The whole laidback atmosphere is surrounded by jazzy strings and sweet piano stabs, both smoothly dancing on the beat. Drums are gritty and opulent, with a great repartee of different hi-hats that together create an exciting plot. The steady bassline gets the whole track tidy and strong, and to this, the pair add several funky guitar slaps to make the track even catchier.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_8371afb1fd5e5d1fb7e90283c2489152&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/pivrecords/sets/piv030-chris-stussy-across-ocean-out-now', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_8371afb1fd5e5d1fb7e90283c2489152', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0_8371afb1fd5e5d1fb7e90283c2489152' }); });     Again on his own, "Kaizen" is the last original of the EP and it's the more driving piece of the entire release. The bass runs fluid and sparkling pads stutter on the rubbery beat, shiny and soulful. The spatial and dub vibe of the track, also suggested by the track's name, features a lovely warm and calm feel, although still being energetic and dancefloor-oriented. This contrast really takes the piece to another level, further increased by the appearance of distant 80s synths that immediately bring on an unexpected tasty old school disco flavour.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_cba76714a435c3d7d0a7b6a4185a08bd&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/pivrecords/piv-samples-001-djoko', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_cba76714a435c3d7d0a7b6a4185a08bd', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1_cba76714a435c3d7d0a7b6a4185a08bd' }); });     Fresh of the first-ever PIV sample pack, and after three successful releases on the label, Cologne-based DJOKO now puts his hands on "Seeing & Believing". On his remix, the German groover rises up the tempo by relying on a solid bassline that lays underneath his trademark dub synths, dynamic airy pads and splashes of the original vocal, now processed and delayed. Over its 6 minutes ride, the track float lightly, taking the listener through the trip, continuing DJOKO gradual yet unstoppable ascent towards the very top.     Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi  

Music Review: Size 8 - 002 [The Check In]

With a jazzy background behind his back, Thomas Robinson, better known as Size 8, has been crafting music over the last 10 years. The London based producer then continued the studies as audio engineering, also focusing on learning keyboards, as we can easily notice on his latest EP 002   Click HERE to buy SIZE 8 - 002   Side A kicks off with a woody kick that still sounds delicate, able to not overpower the other elements. Little by little, a groovy male vocal chop makes its way on the track, matching harmonically with processed bells from heaven, delicate pads, thin drums and a warm, cosy bassline. The light mood that reigns is partly "soiled" by an LFO-ish synth that, enveloping on itself, enriches the track in an intelligent and not intrusive way.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_d250a8e8c7a8c0bba80a63b147132672&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-size-8-side-a-002', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_d250a8e8c7a8c0bba80a63b147132672', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0_d250a8e8c7a8c0bba80a63b147132672' }); });     "Through many musical genres and styles, I found myself starting up my own label "The Check In" last year. "The Check In" is a label and East-London based club night. The music is strongly focused on an intelligent sound design built around intricate bouncy grooves. Inspired by the sounds of iO (Mulen), Jake Flory, Fabe and many more, depth and subtlety are key to the labels sound. It can loosely be described as a minimal house but it is so much more. The second release is simply named "Size 8 002" and focuses on layered harmonies which gives both cuts a euphoric feel, whilst the drums hint at something more playful" - Size 8     B Side, instead, goes a little bit harder than its previous colleague, as Size 8 rises up the tempo for a more driving dancefloor tool. Spacey pads meet old-fashioned delayed stabs for an intimate and soulful journey that will leave a luscious taste in the listener's mouth.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_c15c356be063f3908a3837b63d60b891&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/user-356887321/check-in-003', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_c15c356be063f3908a3837b63d60b891', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1_c15c356be063f3908a3837b63d60b891' }); });       Words by Francesco Quieti  

Music Review: Various Aliens [WE R THE ALIENS 002]

We R The Aliens starts the new decade with its first “Various Aliens” compilation, featuring 4 eminently solid tracks from 6 illustrious producers – encompassing their unique brand of futurism across the release. Following up on the high-profile “Dubby White” EP of Mothership earlier in 2019, the German imprint keeps turning in cuts worthy of the occasion and is making a name for itself by housing a core roster of artists concerned with the playful aspect of house, electronica and minimalism.   The label's in-house family is well-represented with Boronas & Snad front and centre, opening the record with "The Remedy". Happy fews got a sneak peek of this gem at Else this summer, seeing as Ricardo Villalobos blasted it a couple of weeks ago in Berlin alongside Craig Richards. In a similar vein continues ”The Sway Effect” of Chklte – work deployed selectively and carefully, always serving to heighten the mood.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_ed936b0c8ddc2f6dfa6914c276abf869&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/wrta_label/sets/various-aliens-we-r-the-aliens-002', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_0_ed936b0c8ddc2f6dfa6914c276abf869', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_0_ed936b0c8ddc2f6dfa6914c276abf869' }); });     The most hypnotic inclusion of this release comes on the flipside with Melina & Jakob Seidensticker pairing up, determined to create a world of mystifying strangeness where intimacy, deepness, freakiness, groove and spirit are the means used to emphasise the ‘alien’ qualities of “Das”. Needless to say – we are chuffed to premiere this singular, unified vision of theirs.   allvideos.ready(function(){ allvideos.embed({ 'url': 'https://soundcloud.com/oembed?format=js&iframe=true&callback=soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_f5d95e5299bea6bda4a9614acf39594e&auto_play=false&maxwidth=480&url=https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-jakob-seidensticker-melina-das-we-r-the-aliens', 'callback': 'soundcloudAVPlayerID_1_f5d95e5299bea6bda4a9614acf39594e', 'playerID': 'avID_AVPlayerID_1_f5d95e5299bea6bda4a9614acf39594e' }); });     Beginning with a subtle introduction of atmospheric nostalgia the synthesizers convey icy alienation at once. The track soon gains force and momentum, building into wonderful layers whilst the kicking groove sends the listener towards the after-hours realm. Melina and Jakob deliver a powerful bass nevertheless and winding atmospheres simultaneously sounding like a product of artificial beauty or the first fruit of music yet to come. The finale is given to prolific Markus Sommer who crafted a minor showstopper for the occasion with “Lost Love” effortlessly evoking the seamy underbelly of a futuristic megapolis.     Treat yourself to WRTA 002 in vinyl format but be quick as only a few copies are still in stock – you have been warned!   ▲ JUNO: https://de.juno.co.uk/products/boronas-snad-chklte-melina-jakob-wrta-002/786247-01/ ▲ DECKS: https://www.decks.de/track/various_aliens-wrta_002/cgy-7b ▲ HHV: https://www.hhv.de/shop/de/artikel/v-a-wrta-002-753361 ▲ REDEYE: https://www.redeyerecords.co.uk/vinyl/125732-wrta002-various-aliens-wrta-002   Alternatively, you can get the digital pack via Juno or Beatport, Spotify and Whatpeopleplay, as today marks the digital release of the “Various Aliens”.   More of We R The Aliens on Facebook, Instagram, Resident Advisor, Soundcloud, Discogs      Words by Denny Kem   http://open.spotify.com/album/6NruQiyXBi7EHag6FAjMpn https://www.whatpeopleplay.com/albumdetails/Various-Artists-Various-Aliens/id/198243

Bucharest's Misbits Records store Battling to Stay Open

The pandemic around the world has affected many of our livelihoods and endangered many businesses. With COVID still very much with us, Misbits Bucharest is working hard to raise funds to help support the record store we all know and love in these difficult times. Today, we had a quick chat with Ioana Parlog, founder of the shop and a true vinyl devoted.     Misbits has become a music hub in Bucharest being the first electronic music-oriented record store in the city's history. What made you want to open the store?  At that time I just finished my studies and closed my contract at my job, I didn’t know exactly what’s going on with my career, let’s say…I had only music in my head =)  I wanted to take a break from everything that didn’t involve music. So slowly I received a lot of signals from the Universe that I need to do this. With the impulse of friends, quite fast I can say, Misbits was born on 18th March 2013.     The current pandemic across the world has completely changed the landscape of our industry. How is it affecting you guys? To be honest, during the lockdown I didn’t feel the change, with the physical shop closed, people were still interested in buying records online. After 2 months of keeping the doors closed, we finally opened but it seems that the people’s interest has dropped, the online sales were not going well at all and people didn’t come to the shop either. Recently we changed our website, the last one became super hard to follow on the mobile and I think this dragged us a bit down because it was time for online shopping.  Now we are good to go also with the website and soon more products will be available!   Digging is something that brings enjoyment to so many people around the world. What are your thoughts around the culture of record shops in the industry? Mhmm, my first thought was that we need to collaborate more. It’s a fact that only from records we cannot survive, so that’s why its good to have also more activities on top. Events, record fairs everything works with music and records. This last period made us think more for ourselves but I realised that it’s quite important to unite powers and be connected.    How can people support and help if they would like too? If you want and can donate, you can do it via this link: http://www.sprijina.ro/cauze/misbits Please help us spread the word by sharing this article, we only have a few days left!        Pick 5 of your favourite records on the shelf at the moment and pop a couple of questions why:   ▲ Calibre – Break That – I like the diversity of tracks. From deep house to dubstep and break-beat <3 what can you ask more? J)) https://misbits.ro/shop/genre/breakbeat/break-that-ep/   ▲ Pepe Bradock – Not Complicated – like the name of the release, not complicated at all, a nice house with influences. https://misbits.ro/shop/genre/house/not-complicated/   ▲ Dj Sports – Adaptation – I like a lot these kinds of beats, DnB  - jungle, hope to play more like this one day https://misbits.ro/shop/genre/drum-and-bass/adaptation-2/   ▲ Rupert Marnie – Catwalk – this record easily can be in my bag when I play in a party :D https://misbits.ro/shop/genre/tech-house/catwalk-ep/   ▲ Masomenos, E/Tape – Studio HC#05 – Ambient is my new thing, and this combination of artists turned out to be really cool  https://misbits.ro/shop/genre/experimental/studio-hc-05/       Words by Jordan Diston  
 
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