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KOI Series debuts in style with "Andromeda" EP by Cristi Murar

The enigmatic KOI Series opens its door for the very first time with a stunning 2-tracker EP by Cluj-Napoca groover Cristi Murar.

 

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Coming from years of experience in the underground music scene, the Italian guys at RE.FACE Records have decided to step on the way to the sky opening a brand new one vinyl-only label. KOI Series overlooks at aesthetic lands of zen gardens, fairy feelings and cherry trees in bloom, and just looking at the artwork, you can immediately see the organic vision behind the whole concept. 

 

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Andromeda EP marks a double debut because it's also the first release of this talented Romanian producer under his real name. Previously he had releases with his "ICS" alias on renowned labels such as Sintope, Jargon!, Get Physical and Dirtybird to name a few. The EP is an astonishing and immersive trip with fluffy and ethereal sounds, smooth and happy grooves and manages to condense diverse dancefloor moments in 2 tracks only. We can say that it's the perfect example of the "less is more" motto, because both the tracks are just perfect in every aspect and detail, not making us regret about the absence of two more tracks.

A1 "Andromeda" is about dreamy synths and light grooves, while on the flipside, "Mos" is a stomping tune with some serious low-end power which is clearly designed for the dancefloor.

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Music Review: Grec - Climacool EP [MINIM Records 006]

Grec - Climacool EP [Minim Records 006]

 

Pre-order on decks.de: http://bit.ly/grec-climacool-decks

Listen to the premiere of Grec - TC90: http://bit.ly/grec-tc90-meoko

 

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NYC based MINIM is back with 006 in their vinyl-only series. This time around they welcome a young Ukrainian by the name of Grec to showcase his debut ‘Climacool EP.’ We kick things off with the title track ‘Climacool’ which is a high energy, astral journey through space and time. A low rumbling bass, a chest-thumping kick drum and starry notes all interlace to deliver a dancefloor mover.

 

 
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Legendary Derek Carr turns out a toned-down remix but still packs enough to find it’s way into most DJ’s record bags. A sundrenched interpretation that really hits the spot!

TC90 is another fast-paced trip which twists and turns with finely programmed drums, jacked out percussion, high pitch squeals and a lovely yet haunting vocal that makes for an enjoyable listen.

TIJN delivers the remix on this one and has done a great job of stripping this back with skippy hats, atmospheric pads and a groove to get any floor moving!

 

 

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Music Review: Cristi Murar - Andromeda EP [KOI Series 001]

Cristi Murar - Andromeda EP [Koi Series 001]

 

Available now on deejay.de: http://bit.ly/cristi-murar-mos-deejayde

Listen to the premiere of Cristi Murar - Mos: http://bit.ly/cristi-murar-mos-meoko

 

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The enigmatic KOI Series opens its door for the very first time with a stunning 2-tracker EP by Cluj-Napoca groover Cristi Murar.


Coming from years of experience in the underground music scene, the Italian guys at RE.FACE Records have decided to step on the way to the sky opening a brand new one vinyl-only label. KOI Series overlooks at aesthetic lands of zen gardens, fairy feelings and cherry trees in bloom, and just looking at the artwork, you can immediately see the organic vision behind the whole concept.

 

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Andromeda EP sees the Romanian producer working under his real name for the very first time; previously he had releases with his "ICS" alias on renowned labels such as Sintope, Jargon!, Get Physical and Dirtybird to name a few.

The EP is an astonishing and immersive trip with fluffy and ethereal sounds, smooth and happy grooves and manages to condense diverse dancefloor moments in 2 tracks only. We can say that it's the perfect example of the "less is more" motto, because both the tracks are just perfect in every aspect and detail, not making us regret about the absence of two more works.

A1 "Andromeda" is about dreamy synths and light grooves, while on the flipside, "Mos" is a stomping tune with some serious low-end power which is clearly designed for the dancefloor.

 

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Music Review: St. Joseph - Player Nr. 1 EP [Dokutoku Records 006]

St. Joseph - Player Nr. 1 [Dokutoku Records 006]

 

Available now on deejay.de: http://bit.ly/stjoseph-dokutoku006

Listen to the premiere of St. Joseph - Feel (Arno aka Einzelkind Remix): http://bit.ly/feel-arno-remix

 

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For their 6th instalment, Katie Drover’s label Dokutoku Records brings us a sublime EP from the talented and Tini & The Gang member St. Joseph with his ‘Player Nr. 1 EP.’ Three delicious original tracks along with an infectious, groovy number turned out by Arno (aka Einzelkind) complete the package.

 

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We kick the A-side off with ‘Feel’ which is a slow, hypnotic rolling track you’d expect to hear in a basement club in the early hours. A bouncy b-line mixed with drawn on Rhodes notes really take us on a voyage of self-discovery, which leads into ‘Random,’ a jazzy track that sounds like it was produced back in the hay day of the ’90s. Seriously good! The B side really takes things up a gear with Arno's (better known as Einzelkind) remix which is a peak time number that you’ll find hard not to move to. What’s surprising about this is that Arno actually created his version without the benefit of the original parts, giving life to a monstrous track over its 10 minutes ride …very impressive! Rounding off the package is ‘Player Nr 1’, a chuggy, slowed-down groover, providing a lovely 3-minute interlude to close the EP in style.

 

P.S. Don't forget to check out Katie Drover's exclusive Live Moments Episode on our Soundcloud channel!

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Ampere will host once more the renowned [a:rpia:r] label showcase in Antwerp, Belgium on Friday December 6th

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Ampere will host once more the renowned [a:rpia:r] label showcase in Antwerp, Belgium on Friday December 6th, another impressive event to their list after their recent Ampere Open Air festival edition. Both definite highlights to the Belge nightlife and culture.

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[a:rpia:r] is one of the most established and prolific Romanian record labels currently in the global music scene, and is what some of us may refer to as, the whole package deal: concept driven, top quality artists and beautiful music. Part of their not so secret success is the fact that the label operates as a sort of family of superb artists and friends (Rhadoo, Petre Inspirescu and Raresh), which unmistakably translates their distinctive energy to the dancefloor.

Each of their founding members is considered as one of few unmissable microhouse and minimal house acts by an international audience due to their high technical skills and ground-breaking sound. The commitment and integrity to music the label has is remarkable, evidenced throughout the whole [a:rpia:r] universe, every release, individual artist performance or as their collective DJ super group, RPR Soundsystem, is unique and unprecedented.

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The latter format, is a three-way back to back DJ set, that works as a powerful dynamic whole that complements itself from the conjunction of each of their artists’ signature style. Rhadoo, Petre Inspirescu and Raresh, are some of the most appreciated artists of the Romanian minimal wave as they keep pushing their sound and craft to new frontiers, always delivering exceptional music to audiences worldwide and Ampere’s [a:rpia:r] showcase will certainly be a night to remember.

Get your Ticket, Book your Flight and see you on the Dancefloor

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Words: Daniel

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