- Published on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 23:41
For all those out there familiar with the London music scene, who have encountered the sounds that have reverberated through one of the many London warehouses, may question the relevance of this title to them. Why Romania? After all, this country probably isn’t the next place you’ve planned to spend your holidays in…
Yet, if you’ve been out clubbing in the past decade, you without doubt have already thrown some shapes to this significant export. Their influence has shaped much of current electronic music and Minimal-Deep-Tech-Micro House (or whatever its name could possibly be).
Far away from London’s brick made clubs, Berlin’s never-ending Techno metronomes, and that one Spanish island, who would have thought that a sound of a third type would come from the depths of Eastern Europe? It’s precisely there that a collection of people, with a love of electronic music decided that it would change: if Techno wouldn’t come to them, they would become Techno.
A ‘breeding ground’ of talent was present, yet it was missing the spark that could set the genre on fire. And it’s precisely at this time that Rhadoo, Petre Inspirescu, and Raresh set the cat among the pigeons when they gave birth to the label Arpiar. Miles away from the Beatport DJ generation, they would take the 24hr train to Prague to find the nearest record shop, and since have been releasing their music on vinyl alone. Their talent didn’t however remain unnoticed for long as Ricardo Villalobos quickly decided to take the young Romanians under his competent wing. The Chilean augur foresaw in them the logical continuity of his musical works, and undoubtedly has been influenced by them as much as he influenced the Romanian sound.
After all what really was added to the scene? It brought back some meaning to it, like a poet unveils words and give them unexpected meaning, the Romanian musicians gave up with ridiculous samples and high-energy vocals (if in need for a human voice, they prefer to record directly with an opera singer). Minimal music brought the necessary space for Romanians to make use of their sound design goldsmithery, forging music with various levels of understanding. Numerous artists are now proudly carrying the torch (Phrasis Veteris, VID, Nu Zau, TC Studio and Sepp to name a few) with an almost chocking humility.
The point here isn’t to say their music is going to be the next big thing (it has already been existing and moving people around the world for an extended period of time) but to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s: the Romanian sound can be considered as a genre itself, and the evidences of its radiation are everywhere around you. If you feel curious enough, head to the nearest record shop and check out their ‘Romanian labels’ section: discussing their music is certainly one thing, but listening to it is another kind of experience.
- Published on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:16
I have often wondered about the sub-genre: why is it there, what is its purpose, is it just another fad? All of which are valid questions to ask, and there are many views, both for and against its existence, so let’s take a quick look at both.
Let’s say for one minute you are new to this world of House and Techno: where do you start? There’s the ever-standing opinion that “it all sounds the same”, so in steps the sub-genre to act as your navigational system to this new found land. Whether you’re at your local record shop or trawling through the online stores, they act as a guide to the evolving tribes of music under the Mother and Father that is House & Techno. ‘Dub-Techno’ is one example. Individually they represent two different streams of music; Techno, with its origins in Detroit, and Dub with its origins in Jamaica. The marriage of the two in the early 90’s across the globe in Berlin birthed a beautiful, warm, stripped-back sound capable of filling spaces in ways unknown previously. Basic Channel were the forefathers on the sub-genre we have still thriving to this day, with descendants of the movement such as Sven Wiesemann now flying the flag.
Basic Channel: Quadrant Dub I
Sven Weiseman: Light Sway
Each sub-genre has its own set of associations, whether it’s the tempo, the kick drum or an arrangement of percussion. It all relates to a state of identity; a real sense of belonging to not only the artists and DJs, but the listeners and partiers alike.
And then we flip the coin. Some feel that the sub-genre is simply a black-hole in music; a void in which elements rarely surpass the embryonic stage; a system of pigeon-holing artists for the purposes of the marketing leviathan in a consumerist culture. There is some concern that sub-genres are nothing other than a current fad. It becomes almost fashionable, for a short period and then falls by the way side, having no real essence, powered by the drivers behind the commercial steering wheel.
Which of the two arguments you choose to side with is neither wrong, nor right. Personally I feel that both sides hold elements of truth. I don’t feel there should be any boundaries when it to the progression of music as an art-form. But, as with the example above, some great sub-genres have developed out of this process and still remain today. “Survival of the fittest” as Charles Darwin would say…
But what are your thoughts and opinions?
- Published on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 09:37
Bank holiday weekends can be stressful sometimes, hectic often, and bad for your health presumably always. No need to worry though, MEOKO's Weekend Guru is here to help with all your raving requirements; from warehouse parties, all day blow-outs, Sunday summer shindigs and more. Below is a selection of this weekend's top house and techno events, where you can expect to see at least one of the MEOKO team gracing (ahem) the dancefloor!
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Cirque Du Soul - Islington Metal Works
It’s carnival weekend, and for those of you who like can’t wait until Sunday to get dressed up than there’s nowhere better to be on Friday night than Islington Metal Works. Throw Psychemagik and Medlar into the mix and you’ve got a winning combination for a quality night!
Time: 10.30pm - 5am
Trouble Vision Carnival Warm Up - Corsica Studios
Stones Throw hip-hop superstar J Rocc alongside Detroit legend Marcellus Pittmann. Need we say more?
Time: 11pm - 6am
South West Four - Clapham Common
This will certainly be one of the highlights if you’ve been lucky enough to get yourself a ticket! The Carl Cox & Friends Arena is where we’d be headed, with Carl Cox going b2b with Loco Dice for the first time in the UK, as well as Marco Carola, Adam Beyer, Guti, Hector and Carl Craig. Armin van Buuren is also playing on the Kiss Main Stage, if that’s more your sort of thing…
Time: 12pm - 12am
The Hydra: Underground Resistance presents Timeline Live - Electric Brixton
A marathon 12 hours of Detroit techno featuring UR, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, James Ruskin and Samuel Kerridge. Not one for the feint hearted!
Time: 10pm - 10am
House of Disco day & night party at Oval Space
If Detroit techno aint your thing and you’re not up for shelling out for a festival ticket… head to Oval Space for some BBQ and beats from the likes of Satin Jackets, Greg Wilson, Late Nite Tuff Guy and Session Victim!
Tickets: DAY & NIGHT SOLD OUT. Night only £20+bf
ELM Second Birthday with Magda - Village Underground
ELM turn two and celebrate by inviting one of the most revered names in techno from the Minus family.
Tickets: DAY & NIGHT SOLD OUT. Night only £18+bf
Half Baked Voodoo Voodoo Special at TBA
Half Baked always deliver, and to celebrate the Bank Holiday are opening their doors until 2am. They’ve invited Seuil, Vadim Svoboda (who’s treating us to a live set), Cristi Cons and Robin Ordell down…
Time: 2pm - 2am
Toi Toi - TBA
Thomas Melchoir and Ion Ludwig take to the stage at a secret warehouse location, in a special open event from these esteemed London promoters.
Time: 12pm - 12am
Tickets: £10 before 3pm, more after
WetYourSelf! Bank Holiday Special – fabric
Three rooms brimming with quality from every avenue, with DJ Deep and Dinky heading up room one, TIEF in room two with Axel Boman from the Pampa family and Uncanny Valley’s Jacob Korn. As if that’s not enough, The Meoko Project’s headliner Valentino Kanzyani will be tearing it up in room 3!
Time: 11pm - 8am
Krankbrother Carnival Afterparty - TBA
The annual Krankbrother after party is always worth hitting up, especially given Steve Bug, Heidi and Justin Martin will be behind the decks. They're also promising their best venue yet, let's hope it delivers!
Time: 8pm - 6am
Lokee Love WIlde Renate - Netil House
Lokee are another favourite of ours... simply because they seem to get it spot on every time. This Sunday sees Matthew Johnson, Ryan Crosson, Peak & Swift play alongside Nisekay & Sebastian Voigt. They also win the prize hands down for best artwork!
Time: 11pm - 6am
So there we have it! Three days of pure unadulterated hedonism await, so get a group together, cop your tickets on RA and we'll see you on the other side!
- Published on Thursday, 15 August 2013 19:40
Booth bitch: listen up!
Before I begin, understand that I really am saying this for your own good. It seems the only logical explanation for your behaviour is that nobody has told you what you’re doing makes you look like a dickhead - or if they have - you’ve put it down to jealousy that they can’t work a dance floor into a frenzy like you can. But something needs to be said about the way you’ve taken to infiltrating the DJ booth (like so many others before) posing next to a man twice your age looking like a cheap escort.
First of all, you’re not fooling anyone. We all saw you skulking by the entrance to the booth, waiting for the bouncer to take a fag break so that you could slip in unnoticed, after your elaborate attempt of wrapping a flyer over your wrist to imitate a VIP band failed miserably. We also saw every time Mr DJ palmed you off after you tried to get him to do a lazy fist pump in unison with you. He doesn’t want a line of your shit coke, doesn’t have one for you, and you were more likely to get a restraining order than phone number the way you were acting.
Realising that any chance you thought you had with the superstar in the room had been blown once again, I watched as your attention gradually turned to the crowd after a couple of hours. It was around this time that the DJ booth transformed into a platform to radiate your sexuality across the entire room, and no inch of the dance floor was left untouched! You may not have caught the big fish, but you seemed confident that the chance of getting your paws on some sort of industry head or lesser-known talent is high… and that’s still worth some pretty major kudos. You’re too good for the jerk in this booth anyway, right? Nonetheless, despite your best efforts of looking like Nina Kraviz making ‘those eyes’ at everyone, it just looks a bit like you’re pranging out off some dodgy MXE. We’re embarrassed for you down here. Haven’t the Boiler Room sets taught you anything?
At the end of the day, surely you want to get your money’s worth? After all, it’s nice on the dance floor! People are having fun and the music sounds a lot better when you’re in front of the speakers than in some dead zone to the side of the monitors. Besides, you’re not going to make any friends brown nosing a guy that’s going to be on a plane back home in three hours.So for the love of God, take off those ridiculous high heels, turn down the intensity of your stare and come and have a fucking dance. Anyway, that woman dancing next to you that just wouldn’t piss off despite your best efforts? That’s the DJs wife.
- Published on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:15
Local enterprising charity ‘Hackney Pirates’ appreciate just how important it is to nurture our future generation. They strive to develop literacy and creativity amongst young people by giving them one-to-one attention provided by volunteers, working on an plethora of projects including developing music videos and theatre productions, as well as creating T-shirts, CDs and Hackney post cards. They have already worked with 150 young people, 500 volunteers and given over 12,000 hours of attention to these fantastic projects!
To cater for the growth of this increasingly popular endeavour, they are launching a crowd-funded campaign to raise £20,000 in order to move into a brand new building – an innovative space both for them and the community. Not merely an ideal location for their ongoing literacy workshops, the ‘Ship of Adventures’ will be a hub of creativity, with a retail area and events space incorporated into the venue, which will moor up on Kingsland High Street in the heart of Hackney. It will act as a public front to the organisation, not only providing a new space for the community but also raising awareness for the Hackney Pirates – who they are, and what they do. But in order to make this a reality, they need your help first.
In return for supporting the cause, there are a number of rewards available in return for certain levels of contribution – ranging from £5 - £1000. A Seadog will receive the young pirates guide book to Hackney, a Jolly Roger will receive a guided tour of the area, from tourist spots to some of the lesser known treasures on offer. A Quartermaster will get an invite to the VIP launch of the ship and the use of the space for their own private event, and a Buccaneer will enjoy a candle lit boat dinner amidst an evening of exciting conversation and educational innovation in a beautiful setting!
To get involved and demonstrate your support for this brilliant cause, you can donate HERE