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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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"Noctuary X yoyaku with Varhat b2b Janeret

 
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Dubai-based outfit Noctuary sit at the vanguard of their regional scene, pushing high-calibre minimal sounds in the Middle East. After a brief hiatus, Noctuary are returning on Thursday the 25th of July for their Season 2 launch with an event of serious magnitude: a Yoyaku showcase with Varhat b2b Janeret on headline duties and Noctuary’s own Hameed supporting.
 
The event will take place amidst the divine ambience of Level 5, the home of Noctuary’s previous chapters that have played host to the likes of Ion Ludwig, Thomas Melchoir, Traumer, Barac and more.
 
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Given the calibre of talent Noctuary has previously welcomed, it was only a matter of time before a Yoyaku showcase took place. Yoyaku is one of the scene’s most respected 360 degree contingents, pioneering forward-thinking sounds through their label, agency and record distribution.  The name Yoyaku now stands synonymous with gold-standard minimal around the world and discerning ears can quickly identify the distinguishable ‘Yoyaku sound’.  Yoyaku veterans, Varhat and Janaret, have established themselves as two of the scene’s most consistent artists, in both the studio and the booth. Both artists have catalogues of admirable proportions in terms of both quality and quantity, with their distinctive and diverse sound, both driving and delicate, found across the many Yoykau Joule imprint, YYY series, Hostom, AKU, Tartouffe and YoY.  Both individually and back-to-back, Varhat and Janaret are deservingly in high demand, revered for their ability to seamlessly weave together considered selections and tell a story through their sets.  Playing together, the two have an inimitable connection and a knack for choosing records that speak to each other with synergy.
 
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Noctuary look forward to showcasing their talent in a night that will truly give meaning to the saying “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Support for the evening lies in the capable hands of Ahmed Hameed. A rising star in the scene, Hameed will be returning to Noctuary where he has previously supported SIT and Traumer. Aside from his experience in his home region, Hameed has also performed in the UK alongside Apollonia, Wareika, Ion Ludwig and Barac at the unleash open air. Sure to be a night of intricate soundscapes and classy grooves, Noctuary Vol. VIII is not one to miss. With just under two weeks to go, it’s time to lock those plans and get excited. The event will commence at 10pm with tickets available cash only on the door for AED 100.
 
 
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- Escape the demands of modern life and immerse yourself into the idyllic world of a secluded island paradise - Three Smoked Olives Festival

 

Our 3 Smoked Olives countdown has been underway for a while, as we eagerly await one of the most unique music experiences of the summer. With just under 3 weeks to go, the excitement is truly burning and our time on the island could not come sooner.

 

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Taking place from July 24th– July 30th, 3 Smoked Olives invites attendees to escape the demands of modern life and immerse themselves in the idyllic world of a secluded island paradise. Now in its seventh edition, 3 Smoked Olives pairs an inimitable location with a faultless soundtrack and a welcome focus on sustainability and self expression.

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Names like Sammy Dee, Herodot, Lamache, Suciu and Francesco Del Garda to name only a few are sure to secure the event’s high calibre status, while more underrated artists like Vlad Dinu and Amir Javasoul (both of whom we have had the pleasure of hosting in our MEOKO podcast series) elevate the lineup’s expert curation. 

THE LINE UP

Alexandra
Ali Nasser
Amir Javasoul
Andrei Ciubuc
Arapu
Bălașa Percussion
Cally
Cap
Cesar Merveille
Charlie
Clovis
Cosmjn
Denis Korablev
DJ Vasile
Emi
Fabe
Francesco del Garda
George L
Gescu
Giorgio Maulini
Giuliano Lomonte
Herodot
James Mc Hale
Kosta
Kozo
Lamache
Leo Pol
Lowris
Matt Foley
Mihai Pol
Nicolas Lutz
Noizar & Borys
Prichindel
Sammy Dee
Sedee
Sepp
Sublee
Suciu
The Rabbit King
Vincent Lemieux
Vlad Dinu

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Following the inaugural edition of our 3-part mix series giving you a taste of the sounds to expect on the island, we are delighted to deliver the second installment. We welcome James McHale and Giorgio Maulini, who have dug deep into their respective collections to deliver an electric b2b set. The two swiss artists have a reputation for their groove-fueled sets rich with energy and spontaneity, and the hour-and-a-half journey they have delivered to us is no exception. Full of infectious rhythms, robotic basslines, with a healthy dose of swing, McHale and Maulini provide a nimble journey through a selection of electro tinged club cuts. Guaranteed to have you dreaming of the dancefloor, this is the perfect mix to fuel the fire that is the 3SO anticipation! A listen guaranteed to lift spirits and evoke excitement, we cannot wait to see what James McHale and Giorgio Maulini bring to the Island. Dive in head-first to this one and keep your ears close to the ground for our next 3 Smoked Olives podcast.

 

 

Islanders, The countdown has truly begun.

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28th of July, Elétrico Festival returns to Porto’s Parque da Pasteleira

From the 26th to the 28th of July, Elétrico Festival returns to Porto’s Parque da Pasteleira. The boutique festival launched last year, born from the charismatic energy and culture of the Porto city. Taking its name “Elétrico” from the Portuguese word for “Tram”, the festival aims to be a “vehicle of emotions”, offering connection, immersion and liberation through a dynamic artistic and cultural experience.

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MEOKO is delighted to be partnering with Elétrico in 2019, celebrating one more year of positive energy through music and the outdoors.  The festival prides itself on its values of cultural sustainability and diversity, which permeate all dimensions of Elétrico. The festival aims to bring the unique Porto character to the world in an inclusive atmosphere, where the musical offering is complemented by artistic exhibitions and a focus on nature and wellness.

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This years’ musical programming fills the big shoes left by last year’s instalment, with a richly curated selection of local and international talent from house to jazz, minimal to funk, and techno to disco. Elétrico's tasteful line-up caters to heads from all corners of the musical landscape.

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Artists include (in alphabetical order): Apollonia, D'julz, Diana Oliveira, Helena Guedes, Inner City (live), Janus Rasmussen live (Kiasmos), João Dinis, João Tenreiro, Leo Cruz, Levon Vincent, Matthew Herbert, Maria Gambina - Fashion Designer, Marcel Dettman, Magazino, Maayan Nidam (live), Moodymann, Petre Inspirescu, Rui Vargas, Theo Parrish, Tiago Carvalho and Vasco Valente.

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What stands out most about Elétrico’s programming is the selection of highly influential artists that have been at the forefront of their respective genres: names like Dettman, Parish and Inspirescu are undoubtedly synonymous with stalwart status. For those looking for a July weekender away from the hype of commercialism, Elétrico is an excellent choice. If last year’s edition was anything to go by, the festival will enrich and energise while offering you the opportunity for immersion in the beautiful city of Porto. 3 day tickets are currently available for 45,00€ via the Elétrico website.

 

Tickets for Elétrico

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