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The legendary DON, Kevin Saunderson Exclusive MEOKO x Memory Box Mix

 

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Today we are more than proud to feature a legend in our podcast series, someone who is often named among the creators themselves of the techno music genre: Mr. Kevin Saunderson. The recording sets the mood with the timeless Kenny Larkin Tension Mix of Kevin’s own ‘Future’ featuring Inner City. Kevin then shows his skills as an artist who has the incredible ability to create a mood in its mixes with just 2 or 3 purposely chosen tracks at the right tempo - throughout the mix each track is extremely strong, with no frills. Whether it’s house or techno elements in the mix the result is astonishing; Kevin Saunderson brings a classic  Detroit touch to each single moment. The mix sucks up the listener until the end leaving one to scream for more techno - we could not have expected anything less from a legend such as Kevin Saunderson.

 

Kevin Saunderson delivers EXCLUSIVE MIx for MEOKO

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Kevin Saunderson returns to London this weekend; on Saturday 19th of January he will perform at Corsica Studios. And while platinum-selling Detroit artist will be back headlining room 1 of this special event, room 2 will also see something more unique than rare happening; Memory Box welcomes Renaat Vandepapeliere - the Boss of the one and only R&S Records who is known for taking risks in his sets beyond trends. Robin Ball and Brassica playing live finish up the line-up into what already feels like a memorable event - definitely not one to miss out if you are around London this weekend

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Catch the man himself at Memory Box this Saturday One of London's perfect venues to host such an event, Corsica Studios alongside Renaat (R&S)

This Saturday

11pm- 6am

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{MEOKO HOTWAX Tools & Tips} JANUARY 2019

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

 

MICHELLE
Zocco (double 12")

My Own Jupiter - MOJ 10 

My Own Jupiter is a multimedia invitation onto the planet Edurne and Nicolas Lutz have created for themselves. For the 10th release the Uruguayan artist Michelle drops a killer album with 8 floor bombs that will keep you dancing till eternity. Zocco!

Audio: httpss://www.juno.co.uk/products/michelle-zocco/714822-01/

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SOUL CAPSULE

Overcome/Lady Science (NYC Sunrise) (12" repress)

Trelik - TR 11:11

REPRESS ALERT: Trelik returns with a repackaged edition of one of the catalogue's most treasured releases. Written and produced by Thomas Melchior and Baby Ford aka Soul Capsule, these tracks came from one of the many sessions recorded at the West London Ifach Studio in 1999.

Audio: httpss://www.juno.co.uk/products/soul-capsule-overcome-lady-science-nyc-sunrise/471578-01/

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Giammarco Orsini

Regression Progression EP (12")

Partisan - PTN012

Matching classic motifs with a bold, crisp production style that sits comfortably in the ever-expanding Partisan catalogue, Giammarco Orsini once again proves himself to be a vital rising talent in the European House and Techno scene.

Audio: httpss://www.juno.co.uk/products/giammarco-orsini-regression-progression-ep/716204-01/


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INTERNATIONAL ANYTHING

Like This Girl (12")

Perlon - PERL120

Next on Perlon is an EP from International Anything, the collaborative project of label head Markus Nikolai and Ole Schulte. Debuting on the infamous Superlongevity compilation in 2017, this 12" is the first solo release of the duo.

Audio: httpss://www.juno.co.uk/products/international-anything-like-this-girl/714979-01/



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 WAREIKA

Shamania (double 12")

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Wareika's double-EP “Shamania” features two collaborative remixes from Ricardo Villalobos and Thomas Melchior, Wareika’s original and a remix from Dunkle Dummies. Due out on Sleep Is Commercial. Nothing more to add!

Audio: httpss://www.juno.co.uk/products/wareika-shamania/709212-01/

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 Various Artists

SOL10.2

Slices of life | SOL10.2

Slices Of Life celebrates the 10th release with a two-part vinyl compilation: SOL10.1 and SOL10.2! Label owner Barbara Preisinger gathered seven unreleased tracks on two seperate 12 inches, by previous Slices Of Life artists as well as producers who relate to the label through friendship, events and personal support.
Audio: httpss://www.juno.co.uk/products/cab-drivers-slices-of-life-10-2/707119-01/


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BINH

Lost'n'Rex EP (double 12")

Time Passages - TP 10

Binh releases a double pack via his own Time Passages. For the labels 10th release Binh carries his own tracks and some collaborative work with Evan Baggs, Sven Röhrig and Dj Masda.

Audio: httpss://www.juno.co.uk/products/binh-lostnrex-ep/709208-01/

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THE MOLE

A Walk In A Field (12")

Serialism - SER047

The Cobblestone Jazz man shows off some of his vintage colours courtesy of a release which comes at us here from Cesare vs Disorder’s Serialism imprint. The music of The Mole is engaging, captivating and mind-blowing at the same time.

Audio: httpss://www.juno.co.uk/products/the-mole-a-walk-in-a-field/712519-01/

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DEWALTA

Lyra (180 gram vinyl double 12")

Meander - MEANDER 025 

Lyra is DeWalta’s fourth large project and third full-length album following Wander in 2012 (on Haunt), llumination in 2014 (on Meander) and Dark Matter in 2017 (on Amphia). The album consists of two individually available parts and is by far DeWalta's most extensive and refined project to date.

Audio: httpss://www.juno.co.uk/products/dewalta-lyra/710330-01/
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Ben RAU

Gravity EP (12")

Inkal - INKAL 005

Ben Rau has been steadily developing his unique twist on modern house music over the past few years via his Inkal and Meta imprints. Here we see Ben return to Inkal with a new two-tracker which shifts focus in a dynamically unfolding fashion.

Audio: httpss://www.juno.co.uk/products/ben-rau-gravity-ep/714130-01/

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RHADOO

Semantics (double 12")

Nervmusic - NM 023EP

Semantics is Rhadoo’s first EP since 2015's Zanzibar on Amphia. Spanning four tracks spread across two discs, Semantics will come out through Berlin-based label Nervmusic. A founding member of the [a:rpia:r] label and collective, Rhadoo is one of Romania's key artists, having helped shape the country's distinctive minimal sound.

Audio: httpss://www.juno.co.uk/products/rhadoo-semantics/711569-01/

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 Brawther

Fairground / Kitten

Cabinet Records - CAB55LTD

Cabinet sees the return of Brawther on the driver's seat. Pulling out two razor sharp bouncing party jams, “Fairground” and “Kitten” will sort any dancefloor out! Worth mentioning that this is Cabinet’s first pressing with a limited number of 333 labels.

Audio: httpss://www.decks.de/track/brawther-fairground-kitten/cdj-5g
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Varhat

Hokenkok EP

Polyson - POLYSON001

Minibar’s boss Cabanne (also heavily associated with Perlon) is launching his vinyl-only Polyson label with a new EP from Varhat, Hokenkok. On this EP Varhat delivers two originals with Cabanne on remix duties.

Audio: httpss://www.decks.de/track/varhat-hokenkok_ep/cdv-lx

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Fabe

Water Tower

Salty Nuts - SN008 

Fabe kicks off 2019 by dropping his debut full length on his own Salty Nuts label. Here he shows a wide spectrum of minimal house and techno style across eight tracks that feature Fabe's typical, loopy signature groove.

Audio: httpss://www.juno.co.uk/products/fabe-water-tower/713134-01/

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UCHITOSHI

Mursakino (12")

YYK No Label

Hand-stamped unlabeled record from Japan expected out early February. This 12” features 3 tracks; Budōnoki, Budō and Wain and it sounds dope.

Audio: httpss://www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/157571

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From our fav MEOKO selector DENNY KEM

 

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Burning Man Fashion - Another Planet

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When it comes to Burning Man, one will find it extremely difficult to put into actual words, infact it is probably impossible to describe it unless you have been and experienced this 'other planet', of course! I guess it can be anything you want it to be and more, set in the Nervada Desert catering for around 80 000 over 9 days .  This festival takes creativity, fashion, community and imagination to a new level. A festival when literally ANYTHING goes. 

"Over the course of its history, the Burning Man community has developed its own peculiar lexicon, an organic outgrowth of the event, the culture, and the unique landscape of the Black Rock Desert where the event takes place"

Some have described it as life changing, a rebirth, others claim there simply is just no way to describe it.

Jim Simpson, a longtime “Burner,” said he and his friends came up with the concept of “Oogmoo,” which is a word to describe something you have to see for yourself.

MEOKO put together some of our favourite fashion pictures from BM over the years. 

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And that is a WRAP! 

 

Disclaimer - if any photographer would like to get intouch, we would be more than grateful to add your credits. 

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Knowledge is King - One to Read

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Hello all,

Hope you all had a nice Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year. As an end of year message I would like to emphasise the importance of cultural knowledge and passing on information from generation to generation which in turn, sustains the truthfulness of our music movement, like any other. With electronic dance music however, it is slightly different as, for being a relatively young movement, it has not been documented as widely as it should have in my opinion, such as in the academic realm as we still find ourselves trying to prove its cultural relevance in many ways as seen during fabric’s recent closure. I have, over the years, compiled lists of documentaries which guides us through this history and later contributed to some groups like the programme for Electronic Dance Music at City University where I did my Masters so I would like to share them here. They go through Disco, House, Techno, Geek (gear, technology, etc), amongst other things. They travel through showing how House made its way to the UK while Techno made its way to Berlin / Germany and how advances in technology had an impact in the history of music making.

(Isis Salvaterra - Founder of Toi Toi Musik, Agency and Record Label / Press and Communications at GuestHouse

 

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EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY

 
 
 
 
 
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Why Beauty Matters (subs in Portuguese)
 
 
That should you guys busy for a while ;)
 
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Romanian Dj / Producers to Watch in 2019

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Despite years of growing popularity, the Romanian scene managed to maintain striking integrity and passion. The list of artists from the country who developed their signature sound in the last decades is remarkable, showing an outstanding creative spirit and a strong will to explore minimal dance music outside the box. But the Romanian scene is also known to pay attention to its local uprising talents instead of focusing solely on the same characters over and over. Meoko is delighted to show its love and support to the Romanian scene and signal some talents to keep an eye on throughout 2019.

Abel Soleil

 
Apart from a release on Blumea in 2017, we don’t know much about Abel Soleil, but a quick online search of this mysterious pseudonym will lead you to some of the highest quality music we’ve heard in a while. The rhythmic, atonal and strikingly well-produced minimal textures under this moniker make us think we’re going to hear a lot from him in 2019.
 
 
 

Aparte

 
Very active in the Bucharest scene, this year Aparte played next to DJs like Arapu, Barac, Lizz, and more. The Dj and producer delivers a strong synthesis of modern micro-house infused with old school Detroit acid techno. While we are waiting for more news on releases in the new year, we can enjoy the few previews shared on his Soundcloud, that just leave us wanting more. 
 
 

Bizar

 
Bizar is, like most Romanian artist, one who would rather share his art through sounds instead of long DJ descriptions. We don’t have a lot of info about Bizar, but going through his Soundcloud and Bandcamp you will find an impressive variety of quality minimal productions. As his name suggests, his music might sound ‘bizarre' at times, but isn’t originality something we all love? The producer is certainly bringing something fresh on the table and we’re excited to hear more from him. Check out more on this artist here - Bizar Bandcamp 
 
 
 
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Diferit

 
Is likely that 2019 is going to be a great year for Diferit. The Romanian DJ and producer has been shaping up an open horizons style, where quality is the only imperative. His 2018 release ‘Edge of Space’ is simply something else, adding a steady electro rhythm to a marvellous and spacey ambient background (on the B-side you also find Christopher Ledger on remix duties - check it out below). We’re just thrilled to hear more this year.
 
 
 
 
 

Dragusanu

 You might have heard Dragusanu's project together with BRYZ, Fildesh, which has been going strong since 2015. The young Bucharest born DJ and producer has also been making excellent music under his solo moniker ‘Dragusanu’; his ‘Umbra EP’, released this year on the artist’s Bandcamp, captured our attention for his soothing and dreamy vibe.
 
 
 
 
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Herck

Despite being around for a while, we feel this year might be a great one for Herck. The artist has been developing a peculiar and complex sound; in his music very often you might hear processed vocal samples that sound from outer space and glitchy robotic rhythms. Whether you like his style or not, his sets and productions have the outstanding quality of never being boring.
 
 
 
 
 

Leanca

Vlad Leanca is another one to watch in the coming year. The DJ/producer has been developing a psychedelic sound showing he is not afraid to experiment (his Alter Hour mix sounds almost hypnotic - in the best way). Leanca has already been receiving support from notable figures in the scene: check out Barac playing an unreleased hallucinatory bomb from him at this year’s edition of Ostrov Festival in Ukraine below. We’re very much hoping for this one to be released in 2019.
 
 
 
 

Macarie

The young DJ and producer from Cluj-Napoca shows a remarkable sense of groove in his mixes and productions. The bass in his recent remix of Sonohat's ‘Whispers’ results in instant head nodding, and his mix for RTS.FM Budapest this year combines undiscovered gems and solid tracks with impressive fluidity, convincing us he’s one to watch in the new year.
 
 
 
 
 
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Matje

 You probably have heard Matje’s reinterpretation of The Doors’ Riders On The Storm more than one time throughout 2018, either at an afterparty or from your favourite Youtube recommendations. Matje’s inventive rework of this psychedelic rock classic was one of the most iconic tracks of the year; the Romanian DJ and producer seems to able to turn anything into a deep dance-floor cut, as you can also hear from his Stayin' Alive remix (listen below). But Matje has proven to be capable of delivering much more than that: his style also adds a mesmerizing and hypnotic ‘dub’ vibe to a solid Romanian microhouse substance. The result? His sets to sound like deep submersions into unknown worlds, where it is extremely easy to get lost. Just check out his last podcast on Soper Univers below.
 
 
 
 
 

r107

 r107, pronounced “riot”, is another Romanian talent to keep an eye on into the next year. Apart from the many shows in Bucharest and around his country, this year r107 also played in Corse and Switzerland delivering the Romanian style we all love with a tight attitude. You can listen below to his track ‘Infinitea’, which was included in the Ensis Black compilation ‘Unknown Heroes' this year.
 
 
 
 
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Robert Apetrei

We don’t know much about Robert Apetrei, but his November release ‘Alpha Si Omega’ speaks by itself. Vibrant and rhythmic, with a clean audio design, the two tracks sound more like an expert’s work than a debut. We’re already hoping for new releases in 2019.
 
 
 

Sonohat

Sonohat’s debut on the new underground minimal Miami/Bucharest label Cedesciu Wax is nothing short of impressive (in here you also find Macarie’s remix referenced to earlier). The frisky beats of ‘Whisper’, the brain-scraping sounds in ‘Hoe Lee Choir’ and the non-stop energy of ‘Galop Dupa 5’ all make us guess we’re going to hear these often at parties in the next year.
 
 
 
 
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Zen

 
Last but not least we would like to signal Zen, a.k.a. Chronosymmetry. As his name suggests the music has a nice meditative connotation to it. Just check out his recent mix for Exid, or the ‘Symbiosis’ release under his Chronosimmetry moniker, which feels monumental thanks to the atmospheric string progressions, but also tranquil and sedative at the same time. Sit back, relax, and let the music transport you.
 
 
 
The upcoming year promises to be one filled with exciting news and creativity. It’s impressive how the underground music scene in Romania still manages to reinvent itself and surprise us with new talents. We’ll keep our ears up for more news and releases throughout 2019. Meanwhile, see you at Sunwaves in Spring.
 
Words by 

Giovanni Bodrato

 

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