- Published on Friday, 01 November 2013 14:49
Life and Death take their dark, emotive take on house and techno to Berlin's Renate club on Thursday, November 7th. The label, run by DJ Tennis, has evolved into one of the scene's most revered outfits, providing a springboard for the careers of Clockwork, Tale Of Us and DJ Tennis himself. Following a Halloween bash in Colombia on the 1st, the full crew will gather in the German capital and launch a takeover of the alternative, multi-floor nightspot.
Booked to perform at the 12-hour rave are Francesco Leali AKA Clockwork, Italian duos Mind Against and Margot, and The/Das, who will play live. Following a string of appearances alongside DJ Tennis at Guy Gerber's Wisdom of the Glove venture in Ibiza this summer, New Yorker Bill Patrick will also join the label chief on the night. To round out the bill, a special guest will put in an appearance. Who that might be is still very much up for debate, but you can be sure they'll fit the venue, and the label's, idiosyncratic appeal.
The/Das - Live
Doors open at midnight on Thursday, November, 7th, and close at midday.
- Published on Thursday, 31 October 2013 19:52
MEOKO is a 360° events and promotional agency / Online Magazine specialising in cutting-edge, underground electronic music and events. With clients ranging from festivals to smaller boutique events. MEOKO has garnered a strong, reliable reputation in the two years it has been running. As well as Promotion, MEOKO is also passionate about top-quality journalism and regularly hosts reviews, interviews and features on its website written by some of London's finest journalists.
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- Published on Monday, 21 October 2013 15:36
MEOKO Halloween Guide Special ...
Following a summer finally spent in the company of sunshine, it's with added weariness that many of us head into another wet and windy London winter. At hand to help combat these feelings however is the city's bustling party scene, which looks ahead to a busy weekend of Halloween-themed events. Below, MEOKO rounds up its top ten picks.
Weekend of Oct 25th
Krankbrother Halloween, Fri Oct 25th, PULSE
Returning for a third successive year, the Krankbrother Halloween bash is fast becoming one of London's favourites. Located in a TBA East London venue, the party will fuse “terrifying, sexy and hedonistic” decorations with a dark and diligently curated techno lineup. Ellen Allien, Pan-Pot, Troy Pierce and Ivan Smagghe will all feature across the space's three rooms.
The Hydra: 20 Jahre Kompakt, Fri Oct 25th, Fire
Following recent R&S and Erased Tapes showcases, its iconic Cologne imprint Kompakt's turn to receive the Hydra treatment this weekend. Forming part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, the party will host DJ sets from Blond:ish, Sascha Funke, Pachanga Boys, Robag Wruhme and head-honcho Michael Mayer, as well as highly anticipated live performances from Kolsch and Saschienne. Taking place in Vauxhall's Fire club, this looks to be a real cracker.
Low Life presents Noir, Sat Oct 26th, Corsica Studios
Corsica Studios will host the next instalment of legendary dance music scribe Bill Brewster's Low Life series. Titled Noir, the party will bring together UK veteran Mudd, Very Polish Cut Outs and Brewster himself for a night spent investigating the more experimental side to club music. If you're looking for something a little less polished, with top-notch sounds to boot, this is an obvious choice. Dress code? Wear black.
Random Magic Halloween, Sat Oct 26th, Fire
With Kompakt's Hydra takeover on the Friday, Random Magic will complete another action-packed weekend for Fire. Topping the bill is FXHE boss Omar-S, with Futureboogie Recordings curating the remainder of room one (Maxxi Soundsystem, Hackman). Horsemeatdisco go head-to-head with Classic Music Company's Luke Solomun in room two, featuring performances from Honey Dijon and Dan Beaumont. As if that wasn't enough, Optimo will spin all night long in room three.
Half Baked Halloween Special, Sun 27th, Secret location
Perlon-affiliates Ark will perform live at a secret location as part of seasoned Sunday promoters' Half Baked Halloween special. Ostgut Ton's Virginia, Wesley Razzy and Greg Brockmann have also been booked. Details of the party are proving hard to come by in advance, but given the strength of the HB reputation, you can be sure it won't disappoint.
Weekend of Nov 1st
Zombie Soundsystem pres... Cadenza Halloween, Fri Nov 1st, Netil House
For this year's customary Halloween outing, Zombie Soundsystem join forces with powerhouse label Cadenza Records to bring a touch of international flair to London Fields' Netil House. Expect to find all manner of weird and wonderfully-dressed individuals bouncing off the walls to the sounds of Guido Schneider, Marlowe, Chica Paula and the talented Mirko Loko.
7 years of Ketoloco: Halloween soiree, Fri Nov 1st, Autumn Street studio
It's incredible to think that seven years on from their first sweaty after-hours in a basement in Leeds, Ketoloco are now considered one of London's top clubbing brands. As is custom, the anniversary and Halloween will merge into one, big celebration, with house hero Chez Damier booked to headline the 2013 edition. Joining him will be Ejeca and local talent Jay Sheapheard, who will perform live, alongside the esteemed ranks of Flux and Ketoloco residents. This year's fancy-dress theme is Heroes & Villains.
Secretsundaze Halloween Asylum Party, SAT Nov 2nd, Oval Space
In keeping with tradition, this heavyweight of the London scene have thrown together a tasty-looking lineup for their annual Asylum Halloween event. While James Priestley, Giles Smith, Sven Weisemann and Redshape all promise to deliver the goods, it's the rare house set from Function that separates this party from the rest.
Spilt Milk presents Spilt Blood Halloween afterparty, Sun Nov 3rd, Crucifix Lane
The appropriately-titled Spilt Blood Halloween party will be the first of its kind from Spilt Milk. Rather than go the traditional route and throw a bash into the early hours, the London outfit will seize the day, starting at 7 AM. Citing Dawn of the Dead as their inaugural theme, Mr C and Marc Ashken will be joined by three special guests across Crucifix Lane's two rooms, all of whose names cannot yet be revealed. However, you will be both surprised and satisfied in equal measure.
Fuse Halloween Rave, Sun Nov 3rd, Village Underground
Following a successful season in Ibiza, Fuse are now back and fully focused on London and the continued exploration of their new(ish) home, Village Underground. Providing the suitably inky soundtrack for this year's ten-hour fancy-dress party will be Onur Özer, with support from the notable residents: Enzo Siragusa, Seb Zito and Samuel Bellis.
- Published on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 18:26
Rewind to the UK in the mid 90’s: The clubbing scene was celebrating the end of the Thatcher era and was awash with the sound of Jungle. These beats were moving towards a harder sound, and gradually alienated a section of its previously faithful audience, who was seeking a lighter and more merciful tone. This hardness even reached the point of no return where women deserted the dancefloors, leaving the clubs to a bunch of Break-Beat hardliners.
It was at this moment when US Garage records landed on UK shores, and this import was precisely what Jungle fans looking for some relief were about to submerge themselves in. DJs started to speed up their records and soon a collection of producers commenced on a new twist of the genre which came to be defined as “Speed Garage”. Yet this faster tempo wasn’t enough of a shift in itself. Former Junglists gradually incorporated a semi-demented shuffling beat into this sound…and that’s exactly how UK Garage was born.
UK Garage is indivisible from a specific geographical scene where it reached maturity in the late 90’s, before it exploded onto the world’s stage. Until then, it had been very much of a London thing, which flourished throughout Sunday after parties. Initially UK Garage associated itself with an idea of exclusivity: the attendees were well turned out, proudly displaying their sport lux clothes and drinking Hennessy almost exclusively. This materialistic scene with its flashy accessories drew an urban crowd where a gangster lifestyle was flaunted.
Pirate radios represented a lifeline in the spread of UK Garage’s popularity, most being former Jungle stations that switched to the new genre. It didn’t take long until these fast and syncopated beats reached the neglected Jungle MCs attention, who then started to bring their flow to the music, rapping live in clubs. As the Garage scene thrived, it started to flirt with a new genre which was taking over US charts, a derivative of Soul - RnB. Following this union, Garage and RnB eventually gave way to a incongruous offspring: 2-Step. From it’s Garage roots it kept the skip in its beats, and from it’s RnB influence the abandonment of a 4x4 pulse, giving it an easy-listening laid back sound with honeyed lyrics. As a consequence, these more soulful and sexier sounds brought women back into the clubs.
What is really interesting is not the success of UK Garage per se, as many of its classic anthems have in fact failed to stand the test of time. In the end, the smooth and cheesy sound of commercial Garage didn’t endure, yet its heritage survived: UK Garage patterns opened a whole new universe of sounds for adventurous producers, and were applied to many genres, bringing along a fresh wind of vitality into Techno, Deep House and Tech House. If you listen current music productions, you might notice some doubled kicks and syncopated high-hats, which are the living proof that Garage has not entirely disappeared, but simply evolved. The recent Garage revival found in UK Bass was the incontrovertible evidence the movement isn’t dead yet, and probably still has a lot of surprises to reveal.
- 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.