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The connection between Ben Vedren and Concrete will always be special, we asked Ben of his top five moments at Concrete

A sad occassion for all party goers this summer, as we waved goodbye to an integral part of the night scene in, Paris. Sadly Concrete had to shut it's doors. Ahead of his fantastic 'In Harmony' release on his label Reduce Records, we managed to catch up with long term resident and friend of the club, Ben Vedren. The two track EP sees one original from the French artist and co founder Leiris supplies a classy remix. 
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The connection was and always will be strong between Ben and Concrete, so we asked him his top 5 moments since he became a resident at the club... 
 
1. First Live : wood floor 23/07/2012

Probably my strongest memory at Concrete… was hot and sunny summer afternoon, and  many of my dearest friends were here for support! This moment would change my life forever.
 
 
2.  Afterparty first Weather Festival 19/05/2013
When you play at Concrete, you have the privilege to share the lineups with the best artists. This day, I was thrilled to be around all those incredible guys, which I admire the work of most of them.
Playing my live set between Kerri Chandler and Robert Hood in the main room was a blessing to me.
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3. New Years Eve_ main room 31/12/2018
Definitely the most intense vibe I’ve experience at Concrete… that night was completely out of control. Those kind of moment you get stuck for days after!
VIDEO :  https://www.facebook.com/benvedrenmusic/videos/343995466196962/
 
4. Parents_Main room
I can’t remember which party it was, the only thing I know it was a Sunday afternoon. I decided to invite my dear parents to assist my show, a way of trying to show them what I do as they never been to a party before. My dad was really intrigued and my mum dancing all the way. And every one from staff to public were sooo nice to them. Was just the right moment to do it !
 
5. Closing Party : woodfloor 21/07/2019
Learning that Concrete will be over for good was a shocking news for all of us. But we decided that this moment should not be a sad, even if nostalgia was in everybody’s mind.
 

Keep up to date with all things Reduce Records, Reduce Records Soundcloud, Reduce Records FB. 

Artist profiles Ben Vedren Soundcloud, Ben Vedren RA, Ben Vedren FB, Leiris Soundcloud, Leiris RA, Leiris FB


Listen back to the Reduce Records back catalogue here, Monkey Nenufar - Pusspo/Element and Ben Vedren’s MXA EP, coming soon on digital platforms. Watch this space!

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MEOKO and Point are joining forces once more to present Argenis Brito (LIVE) in a secret warehouse location {Friday 11th of October}

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MEOKO and Point are joining forces once more to present Argenis Brito (LIVE) in a warehouse location on Friday the 11th of October. 

 

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The relationship between MEOKO and Point. has been one filled with incredible memories, great friendships and unforgettable parties soundtracked by the most infectious tunes. It goes without saying that MEOKO are delighted to be collaborating with Point. once more for another one-of-kind event this October. 

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As the weather gets colder, the nights get longer.  And what better way to make the most of it than a warehouse affair.  We are pleased to invite Argenis Brito with a live set to headline the occasion.

MEOKOYou’ve collaborated many times with Ricardo Villalobos using both your original names and the “POX & POL” alias. Where does name come from and why did you start a brand new project?

Argenis: "I and Ricardo are good friends for over 20 years and we‘ve been making music together for a long time. „POX & POL“ is our last project and we actually started this new moniker as an inside joke that is funny only in Spanish. :) Talking about our output, we‘ve wanted to use a different alias to make things more fun, curious and unexpected." - FULL INTERVIEW HERE 

One of the most experienced artists on the circuit, the Venezuelan born talent is recognised for bringing excitement to dance floors across the globe across a career spanning well over a decade. His prestigious reputation in the underground scene is preceded by a discography as impressive as it is extensive, with quality releases on labels like Crosstown Rebels, Cadenza, Dame Music, Mobilee, and Contexterrior. We are absolutely buzzing to have Argenis Brito on board and look forward to the incredible vibes he is bound to deliver. 

Argenis Brito - June Podcast | 100% own productions

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Supporting duties lie in the capable hands of some of London’s finest:  Gianni, Georgia Girl, Denny Kem and Ludo M. These DJs truly delivered quality with each performance and this event is sure to be no exception. 

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Of course, the party will go on, and as the sun rises we will celebrate with an after party by the canal. The magic of these occasions is like no other. If you know, you know, and if you don’t, you’re in for a treat! Confirmed talent for the after party, is a b2b between Rebecca Prn and Lamine Toure with two other acts to be revealed in due course. 

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The countdown is well and truly underway for an event we have been anticipating for a while. The  word magic may be overused, but this event is sure to be something else. See you there. 

 

FULL EVENT INFO HERE 

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Noctuary Vol. IX: Alci // Tamer

Following the success of their last outing, July’s Yoyaku showcase with Varhat and Janaret, Dubai’s Noctuary return this Thursday the 12th of September to present Swiss Maestro Alci.

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Noctuary have steadily established themselves for their events where both atmosphere and music are of exceptionally high quality. Alci is one of the circuit’s most in demand acts, with a touring schedule that has seen him perform around the world at some of electronic music’s most respected dance floors. Alci’s accolades in the studio are similarly as impressive. Since emerging on the scene, he has released on imprints including Apollonia, Meander Æternum Music, Be As One Imprint, Sunday Breakfast Records, Spoon and his own imprint SEEING SOUNDS. Alci’s distinct groove is undeniably infectious, and his presence in the booth is that of a master. Alci will be supported on the evening by Noctuary’s resident Tamer for a night of positive energy and exceptional tunes. Doors open at 10pm, RSVP on Noctuary’s Facebook event.

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Serialism London in collaboration with MEOKO this Sunday at 93Feet East - Win Entry & Wax


The highly respected and established Serialism Records arrives to London this September 8th at 93 Feet East to host its first series of events by the name of Serialism London in collaboration with MEOKO. The promising new party will focus on an amazing curation of sophisticated music along with new and established talent at this unique and special location of the British capital.  This coming Sunday afternoon will be a musical gathering not to be missed, Serialism London will bring an overall vibe of endless dancing and harmony signature of Serialism’s parties all over the world.  Last but not least, MEOKO and Serialism will sort two VIP free entrances plus a rare vinyl by Jichael Mackson at the event so keep posted of our social media for more information regarding the event and the VIP prize. 

FULL EVENT INFO - Click HERE

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Serialism London will host a stellar bill: The Mole (Live), Alexkid, Alex Arnout, Cesare vs Disorder and Quenum (both residents, with the former being founder and the latter co-owner of Serialism Records respectively), and Oli Silva to kick off the anticipated party series that has already made waves in cities like Berlin, Brussels and Sao Paulo among other cities around the globe.

Check out our Interview with Quenum - A journey through the years: Behind the scenes with the unstoppable Quenum

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The Mole (Canada) is not only a veteran and avid record collector with a career that spans for over twenty years of constant digging and experimentation with music. This artist’s passionate digging and careful selection has continued to delight crowds with his groovy yet eccentric sound that flows effortlessly in the dance floor, making his live performance one to be off the books.

Alex Arnout and AlexKid also well-known names in the industry will showcase their own takes on house music and its nuances which will induce the public into constant motion.  Likewise, Cesare vs Disorder and Quenum will bring in the heat to London with their signature Serialism Records’ sound, a perfect balance of groove and energetic beats that continues to seduce audiences internationally. Cesare vs Disorder and Quenum will showcase their skillful mixing and cultivated selection separately this Sunday afternoon, which is nothing new to them as they have constantly enchanted crowds as well in their joint performance as Azimute.   Warm up duties will be handled by Oli Silva, so expect nothing but a tasteful musical curation at Serialism London, a new event series that arrives to the city synonym of freedom, no boundaries and prejudice and most importantly love for music.  

 

Azimute MEOKO Mix - Click to Play

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After twelve years of cutting edge music (since its creation in 2007) and top artist releases (Jichael Mackson, Dewalta, Mathew Jonson, Cassy, Mike Shannon, Loquace, Cristi Cons, Sublee etc.) and having hosted parties including: (an eight-year residency at the infamous Watergate club in Berlin), Paris, Sydney, Moscow, Ibiza, Brussels, Bangkok, Geneva and Sao Paulo to name a few, Serialism London will surely provide a dynamic and inclusive space for music lovers. The last couple of years, Brazil and more specifically Sao Paulo, has been the latest stronghold to the label’s events, bringing avant-garde music to new frontiers. Having booked several major artists (Rhadoo, tINI, Dan Andrei, Rich NXT, Anthea, Denis Kaznacheev, Janina, Lamache, Losoul etc.) the label’s showcases and events certainly contributed positively to the development of the underground scene in the giant Latin American country. Surely, Serialism London promises to be another successful musical venture and will provide the local scene with top quality music and experiences as they have done before.

 

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Words by Daniel Ordoñez

 

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BeAvantGarde - 5 Year Anniversary

The past twelve months have been overwhelmingly successful for BeAvantGarde (B A G) - once a Brighton-based collective, now pushing the boundaries down under.

Since 2014, B A G has been involved in curating special nights for their loyal following in the UK - squat parties, church raves, secret locations. With the momentum gained from 4 years of consistent events, a spur-of-the-moment decision to relocate to the Southern Hemisphere was made. Favouring the warm weather, the sand, and the surf, founder Andrea Dev moved to Sydney with main resident and co-founder Manfred Spagnoli earlier on in 2018.

Upon arriving in Sydney, the crew got involved with locals dedicated to facilitating the secondary phase of the brand's growth, and a series of secret location parties ensued. The first invite-only event took place in a dilapidated 2nd World War Bunker on the Lower North Shore of Sydney.

 

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After the success of their first party, the BeAvantGarde crew went public, taking a gamble with a much larger war bunker. They took to the headlands for a larger bunker, armed with a sound system, a generator, and proceeded to have 500+ people rock up to one of the spot parties of the year. During the bump out back to the vans on Sunday morning, it was common belief between the members of the crew that they were onto something special.

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They'd tapped into a situation with demand far out-weighing the supply. Sydney's warehouse scene had always been around, but the makeup of events had traditionally been skewed towards the techno and electro sphere, broken beat, ambient - more left field collectives. Artists in Australia pushing the sounds littered throughout underground communities in Europe simply had less opportunities to present their selections, or more introspective tips.

Securing their first private venue in September 2018, B A G hosted London-based selector Junki Inoue, in a collaboration with Losing Control, a Melbourne-based brand. The outstanding visuals and sound set the precedent for quality nights, with as much focus on the experience as the music, and a careful crowd curation policy focused on introducing people to the scene as well as celebrating diversity.

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Since the party with Junki Inoue, B A G has hosted Giammarco Orsini, caLLy, Mike Shannon, ALCI, Spacetravel, Nu Zau, Etienne, Takashi Himeoka and Magico - with lots more on the way. The nights have become respected for facilitating the platform needed to host overseas talent in the correct environment. Events they run allow the DJ's to spread their artistic sensibilities down under, in a safe space for one to truly "let go".

The recent 5th Birthday marks 5 years of parties for BeAvantGarde, and so to celebrate in the best way they know how, a visit to Europe has been planned this August with a series of curated events, some of them in collaboration with MEOKO.

 

5th Birthday Tour Dates

13.07 ⟜ B A G w/ Magico Sydney Secret Location (12hr) || Sydney, AU

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14.07 ⟜ B A G x Losing Control w/ Magico || Melbourne, AU

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02.08 ⟜ BAG x MEOKO x COSMO w/ Hamish & Toby - Free Beach Party || Brighton, UK

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03.08 ⟜ BAG x AlterHour x MEOKO - Secret Location || Brighton, UK

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 09.08 ⟜ BAG @TBA || Berlin, GER

11.08 ⟜ Sundays at fabric: BAG x Meoko with Spacetravel & Gene On Earth || London, UK

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23.08 ⟜ BAG x Cosmo w/ Oshana || Catania, ITA

31.08 ⟜ Full Scale x BAG - Fête de la Musique || Lille, FRA

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For the occasion, resident Manfred Spagnoli has put together a mix showcasing the sounds - check this out!

 

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