- Published on Thursday, 16 January 2020 22:23
Harry Light - Take A Journey [ARTREFORM]
Listen to the premiere of Harry Light - Entrance: https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-harry-light-entrance-artreform
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.
Label owner JOSS
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.
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
- Published on Saturday, 21 December 2019 16:43
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
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).
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.
Words by Francesco Quieti
- Published on Sunday, 15 December 2019 18:42
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.
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.
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.
Further dates in the MEOKO tour will be announced very soon - watch this space...
- Published on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 22:33
Epizode Festival has very quickly established itself as a fantastic collision of art, culture and underground music. The fourth edition promises to be another special one from December 27, 2019 – January 7, 2020, not least because it plays out on Vietnam's Phu Quoc Island.
This place is a real dream-like paradise with gorgeous sunsets over the white sand beaches and turquoise wasters, lush green jungle, rolling hills and all manner of weird and wonderful wildlife. What's more, each year the team assemble giant sculptures and litter the site with all manner of art installations that offer treats or the eyes while your ears are treated to beats from world class artists like Ben UFO, Carl Craig, Moodymann, Rhadoo, Richy Ahmed, Sonja Moonear, Ricardo Villalobos, Djebali, Raresh and many more.
World class sound systems are brought in for each of the stages and of course there is a wealth of culture to explore in the local Phu Quoc area from night markets to spas, boat trips to cable cars, cocktail bars to intercontinental hotels.
New for 2019, the team has have launched an eco-initiative and already do not use disposable tableware and plastic tubes, and continue to use locals to help build and run the event, as well as showcasing plenty of local DJs and collectives so as to help develop the scene in the longer term.
There can be no more magical way of seeing out your 2019 and welcoming in the new year that at this ultimate party in paradise.
Tickets can be purchased online via the Epizode website at www.epizode.com
- Published on Monday, 02 December 2019 18:37
Chrivu - Music Brought Me Here EP [Midas Touch 001]
Listen to the premiere of Chrivu - Music Brought Me Here: https://soundcloud.com/meoko/premiere-chrivu-music-brought-me-here-midas-touch
Romanian rising talent Macarie is about to launch a brand new label called “Midas Touch” – an unexplored space where he’ll be able to showcase his musical vision, expressed by both upcoming and already affirmed producer. For the first chapter, he brings into play Iasi based Chrivu, who provides the entitled “Music Brought Me Here” EP, which includes three driving originals plus a remix by fellow-Romanian friend Vlad Arapasu.
A1 kicks the things off with a breakbeat inspired drums and soft-cosmic arpeggiators over distorted vocals and refined textures, while “In Charge” is a more stripped-back tune with a splash of modular sounds, and a raw darkened bassline that waste no time in setting the mood. On the flip, “Linear Space” follows exactly the journey started on A2, adding to a solid and sharp beat some sci+fi effects and haunting analog stabs. Closing the EP is the Vlad Arapasu’s remix who turns “Linear Space” into a punchy club-oriented version, with shimmering atmospheres above his signature Romanian trademark groove.
Words by Francesco Quieti