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Music Review: Ema Remedi - Outsider EP [Visionquest 081]

Montevideo-born and Berlin-based producer and DJ Ema Remedi (Melisma, Drumma, Sketches Records) is ready to drop her debut release on the legendary Visionquest label. 'Outsider' EP consists of 4 original cuts, in which Ema melts her typical Latino groovy-roots together with the most avant-garde European meticulous approach, giving life to some lovely deep house pieces of art.

 

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Visionquest's 81st release kicks off with 'Even Odds', characterized by curious vocoderized parts, which turn to be almost sung by robots. The vocals float above sharp compelling groove and under short and panned arpeggiators, whilst deep chords are joined by various tiny elements. 

A2's 'Why' is a hell of stripped-back number with a mean bassline, modular sounds, repetitive distorted vocals and a powerful dose of 909 grooves.

 

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Click HERE to listen to the exclusive premiere of 'Open Closing'

 

On the flip, 'Open Closing' is a proper deep house tune within which you can (easily) find all the Berlin-ish typical elements: dancefloor-oriented grooves, delicate cymbals, deep pads, sparkling and crispy synths, all together perfectly in keeping with the rolling sub frequencies drawn into an addictive low-end pattern.

Closing the EP is the creepy 'No Sun, No Problem (feat. Sol)' which features sinister keys, distorted effects, unexpected squelches and rattles. The track is raw, gloomy and murky and proceeds with solid sub-bass, piercing hats and electric synths, wrapping the listener in a halo of mystery, as the title track itself foreshadowed.

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

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The extraordinary Traumer about to drop a huge LP on Berg Audio

Parisian top-producer Traumer is back on Berg Audio for his most immense project to date - Assembling Pieces LP - an outstanding triple vinyl LP consisting of 8 originals + 3 exclusive collaborations.

 

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Click HERE to stream the previews

 

Traumer is a familiar face into the Berg Audio family, in fact, his latest track called 'Citron' was released on the label as part of the 'Construction Tools Vol. I, II & III'. Going back even further in time, his original 'A Different Path' EP came out in 2017 and it was one of the earliest releases of Berg Audio, a label that since its first chapter showed an incredible musical output.

 

 

This huge LP showcases his marvellous talent in the studio, and the EP's name - Collecting Pieces - may refer to the unrestrainable musical research of his current idea of sound, a perfect blend of dub techno, minimal and deep house. Inside, we can find three collaborations with top-notch producers such as Steve O' SullivanPriku and Cristi Cons, and this contributes to making of this already massive LP a really epic one.

 

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Words by Francesco Quieti

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Music Review: Harry Light - Take A Journey [ARTEFORM 037]

Harry Light - Take A Journey [ARTREFORM]

 

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Listen to the premiere of Harry Light - Entrance: https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-harry-light-entrance-artreform

 

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Ukraine is one of those countries that is slowly making his appearance into the European scene, being influenced by the “Rominimal” sound from the West and the more techno-oriented sound from the East. Within the vast panorama, JOSS’ label ARTREFORM has been a stable point over the last 8 years, with releases that involved names such as the local studio-wizard iO (Mulen), Chaim, Ugur Project, Tripmastaz, Rhadow, FilOu, Christian Burkhardt, GFD, and Kirik to name a few. 

 

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The 37th release comes from the wise hands of Harry Light, who’s back on the label after three years since his debut EP with the entitled three-tracker ‘Take A Journey’. Kickin' off with the main track, Harry delivers a huge a dancefloor tool with a bouncy bassline, siren-ish synths and a solid 909 rolling groove; here, the aggressiveness of the track is contrasted by a whispering female vocal and some epic sinister atmospheres. Next, is ‘Faux Bro’ where punchy kicks and 909 open hats perfectly match with an old school-sounding bassline (remember the old Hot Creations stuff?) and more female vocal chops amongst sweeping synths and rich drum shots.

 

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Closing the EP is 'Entrance', marked by lovely deep pads, which are later joined by dubby and delayed synths. Little by little, the track evolves with skipping drum licks and bubbling sub-bass, accented by infectious female vocal loops throughout, rounding out an impressive EP.

 

 

 

Words by Francesco Quieti

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Music Review: Entoniu & Agape - Prelucrare EP (incl. Rowlanz Remix) [Salomon Recordings]

Entoniu & Agape - Pelucrare EP (incl. Rowlanz Remix) [Salomon Recordings 015]

 

Buy now on Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/release/prelucrare/2769189

 

Listen to the premiere of 'Entoniu & Agape - Pelucrare (Rowlanz Remix)': http://bit.ly/meoko-pelucrare-rowlanz-rmx

 

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South America is one of the countries contributing heavily to the house and techno scene at the moment, especially if we take a closer look at the rising ro(minimal) movement. Mexican-based Salomon Recordings continues to provide a great musical output that it has provided over its 10+ releases. These guys have released some quality stuff from established artists like Mahony, Dudley Strangeways, Javier Carballo, Red Pig Flower and Dubphone plus upcoming talents like Chklte, Mike.D, Stoilku and Octave (RO). 

 

Their 15th instalment comes from Italian duo Entoniu & Agape with their ‘Pelucrare’ EP which also includes a remix from man of the moment Rowlanz (INFUSE, Yoyaku, Berg Audio). 

 

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The original version is a 7-minute deep immersion into the typical SW-inspired groove enriched with jungle textures and crispy percussion. Characteristic Romanian vocals gently introduce airy ambience and lovely synths, giving life to a delicious warm-up tool. 

 

On the B-side, UK producer Rowlanz reinvents the track with his trademark signature style, using the original vocals and synths and adding light arpeggiators and the right dose of groove. His remix is a blissful after-hours weapon, especially if you think about some proper 'hands in the air moments which come from the celestial sounds introduced to us during the long breaks.

 

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Words by Francesco Quieti

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MEOKO Tour 2020: an Australian beginning on the other side...

Trading the European winter for the bright Australian summer, MEOKO is heading down under this December for a series of parties with some of the scene’s finest crews.

Beginning on the 29th of December, MEOKO will be kicking off the tour at S*A*S*H, with a Secret Guest headliner. Supporting duties lie with Australia’s export Monika Ross (Talman Records / Berlin) and the formerly Brighton based B A G resident Manfred Spagnoli. The tour continues into 2020, as MEOKO will be joining forces with Mantra Collective for the first dance of the decade in Melbourne.

 

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Continuing from their Sydney Warehouse Party, Mantra Collective will be flying south to Melbourne to collaborate with MEOKO and The Breakfast Club for a spectacular day-long affair on the 1st of January. Headlining the occasion is one of the circuit’s best: Lamache

 

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The Yoyaku French artist and Discobar label-head has carved a secure place for himself amongst the most respected selectors. Expect a day of classy grooves and top-shelf tunes, with support from Mantra Collective and Breakfast Club residents. 

 

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Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2441940072747231/

 

Further dates in the MEOKO tour will be announced very soon - watch this space...

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