Reviews/Previews

INNERVISIONS AT OVAL SPACE

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On October 5th, Oval Space will to hold an Innervisions showcase, bringing together four powerful forces under one roof to see the summer off in style. The German label is without question one of the most revered in the scene, and for good reason. Their stringent quality control has resulted in a consistent flow of innovative house and techno, with a back catalogue brimming with timeless music from some of the best in the game. Everything about the label has a level of professionalism that serves as a testimony to the vision from label owners Dixon & Âme. From the gorgeous cover art by Pierre Becker to the breathtaking showcases worldwide – everything they do displays this, which is why we can’t wait to see them back in London.

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The showcase will feature all the core members of the Innervisions family. Henrik Schwarz will play a live set – a real treat as anyone who has seen him before will know. Marcus Worgull will also be making an appearance, as well as Dixon & Âme who complete the line up. Four fantastic artists in their own right that really need no introduction, all having proved their worth both in the studio and behind the decks. Oval Space have been hosting some brilliant parties since their inception but we’ve got a feeling this one might just top them all. Not convinced? Check out Dixon & Âme tearing it up at the Boiler Room:

 

WHERE: 29-32 The Oval; Bethnal Green; London E2 9DY; United Kingdom

WHEN: 5th October 2013

FULL LINE UP: Henrik Schwarz (live), DixonAmeMarcus Worgull

TICKETS: OVAL SPACE WEBSITE


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MEOKO reviews: Tone of Arc Live @ D-Edge

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It’s been a great year for Tone Of Arc. With a whole host of great reviews and recognition in 2013, the zealous San Francisco producer Derrick Boyd aka Dead Seal seems to be taking it all in his stride, and why shouldn’t he - when his glamorous partner who works vocals is none other than his wife Zoe Presnick!

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Signed to No.19 Records, they frequently rub music shoulders producing and playing gigs around the world with the likes of Art Department’s Jonny White and Nitin (their No.19 label boss). In May 2013 they released their album "The Time Was Right", which was an interesting mix of music ranging from Tech House to "Acoustic Folk Trip". Self-proclaimed recording junkies since their teens, Boyd and Presnick possess a wide range of musical talent. A visit to D Edge club during a mini tour of Brazil was to be expected. D Edge is widely considered to be one of the best clubs in Brazil, and is situated in Brazil's business capital São Paulo. Renato Ratier owns the club: he’s a successful DJ in Brazil, who is also a partner at Warung Beach Club in Santa Catarina.

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D Edge is made up of 3 rooms and a very cool roof top terrace, with a skyline view of the capital perfect for watching the sunrise. The middle room is something really special… Engulfed in multi-coloured, video quality LCD lights, it feels like stepping into a scene from "Tron". Freak Chic is the clubs weekly gay night. On the night the crowd was a good mix and the atmosphere was friendly (D Edge generally brings in a cosmopolitan crowd). The club has a chic design and air conditioning throughout - a far stretch from the more underground, “warehouse style”, sweaty dance floors you find across Europe.

The attitude to clubbing in Brazil is noticeably different to Europe. A bit stuck in the past, most of the time clubbing is more about pulling than the quality of the music. Regardless of this fact D Edge still carries a music-loving crowd. This year, they’ve already hosted artists such as Soul Clap, Nitin, Wolf + Lamb, Daniel Bortz and Jozif, and are constantly bringing talent from overseas to the Brazilian audience. Two rooms were open on the night: the second room and the lounge. For the first half of the night the music was handed over to the Brazilian DJs Mark Rocha and Dani Souto, who both played well, mainly dropping tech house and vocal deep house. In the Lounge, Leo Mafra played a more commercial house and disco mix. The music was enjoyable, but the main event was yet to come.

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After a long wait, Tone of Arc finally arrived to play the middle room at around 4.30am. The set time was way too late, was due to D Edge organizing a simultaneous event where Tone of Arc also performed, whereas focussing on one event would have been far more logical. Thankfully, they were well worth the wait. They performed a live performance entirely of their own music - which they certainly aren't short of. Live bass guitar and vocals were performed with ease and they carried a great connection and presence on the stage as a duo. Song highlights from their album were "Sound Sail", "Surrender" and "Left Field".

A small gang of groupies at the front singing along to their songs… the crowd obviously loved these guys! Boyd wood the crowd his new age hipster vibe whilst Presnick seduced them with her performance. In the song "Easy Rider" Boyd chanted incomprehensible lyrics, and there was something very psychedelic about this song. On closing your eyes (and with a little imagination), you could easily be transported to a jungle rave in the middle of the Amazon.

Tone Of Arc´s music is a concoction of old and new styles brought together with a twist of originality - a refreshing change in comparison to a lot of the boring rubbish churned out these days. With so much going for them we are sure to see much more of Boyd and Presnick over the coming months.

 

Words by Holly Johnsen Fontanelli

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PIEK – Insorit (SINCO17)

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The next release to come from Spanish imprint Sincopat comes from Piek. The versatile producer has already released on labels including DIYnamic, Cecille and Smoke N Mirrors, and his tracks have found themselves in compilations from Derrick Carter and Nic Fanciulli. His latest work – the Insorit EP– comprises of two summery cuts alongside remixes from Marc Scholl and label owner AFFKT.

Title track ‘Insorit’ opens the release with fairly straightforward foundations that are gradually embellished upon with a tasteful combination of filtered melodies and soulful interjections, blossoming midway through in what would make a nice summer opener. Marc Scholl puts his own twist on things with his ‘Glory Hole’, adding weighty reinforcements to the bassline and introducing a slightly darker undercurrent that feels a little fresher than the original.

What You Want From Me’ couples some expertly programmed percussion that shuffles along with silky-smooth vocals, in what is undoubtedly the more unique of the two originals. AFFKT puts to use the melodic build up from the second half to form the basis of his remix, which snowballs around a thickset rhythm.

It’s a strong addition to a label that already boasts a diverse back-catalogue of house music with a hint of Spanish flavour, and will surely get some heavy play time this summer. 

RELEASE DATE: 1st August 2013

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Words: James Ellis
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Art in London: Louise & the Supernatural at DegreeArt.com

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www.DegreeArt.com present Louise McNaught’s solo residency and inaugural exhibition ‘Supernatural’. Open daily from 12 - 6pm and runs until 28th July 2013.

The pursuit of art can be found to be confusing but also ever so fascinating; it is, however, an interest not many have time to dig in to, and possibly something that not everyone can afford…but Elinor Olisa and Isobel Beauchamp wanted to change the game. So, together, they funded and opened the pioneering DegreeArt in 2003, and by doing so provided us with one of the first online galleries of high quality and affordable art. In 2007 they opened the doors to DegreeArt’s gallery space “The Execution Room”, on East London's Vyner Street. Not only do they sell art to the common man online - alongside art events, exhibitions and art fairs - they also hand-pick and nurture new talent to provide a helping hand in how to market, present and sell art. One segment of the DegreeArt platform is the residency program, this particular concept is built on the possibility for the public to not only enjoy but to interact with art - through workshops, talks, discussions, performances and by meeting the artists.

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Currently, The Execution Room is playing host to artists, Louise Mcnaught, where she is carrying out her residency. Louise graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2012 with a Fine Art Bsc and takes her inspiration from all things wild, strong and beautiful in nature. She paints on a whole range of supports (glass bottles, light bulb, newspaper, music scores and celestial maps) as well as canvases. Her art is suitable for everyone; from experienced collectors to art-newbies. When browsing through her work you are guaranteed that something will catch your eye due to the variety in style, mixed-media and the playfulness that runs through her work. Louise has a way of giving animals an elevated status by using neon paint in her work, illuminating and highlighting the most eye-catching features.  

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I met with Louise at the exhibition space in DegreeArt to have a chat about Supernatural, and she greeted me with a smile and hands full of gold leaf remnants. The room is currently filled with natural light, and the painted walls and scattered materials provide a colorful and shrine-like back-drop to her paintings which feature nature’s finest and most interesting animals (stags, zebras and a wide variety of humming birds). I can’t help to ask her if she has ever seen all these creatures in real life? “The stags I’ve watched and photographed in deer parks, the zebras I’ve seen in zoos all over the world…I think the only animal I haven’t been familiar with is the humming birds.” The interesting thing with the artist residency program is that the work is always changing. During my visit – Louise was working on a large scale picture of two stags fighting. In front of the painting there was a camera set up to take a picture every couple of minutes to then be used in a stop motion animation giving a “behind the scenes” insight into her work.  Louise frequently uses social media and videos to showcase her work, giving the viewer the chance to follow the process from the beginning. “Wild Spirit” one of the bigger paintings in the exhibition, measuring 185x185 cm, on which a grand stag has center focus on the canvas surrounded by butterflies- painted with fluorescent paint for that magical glow - is a prime example of this as Louise showed the whole naissance of the painting on her Facebook page (pictured above). Is she not scared someone will steal her ideas? “I think if an artist wanted to copy my ideas they would do so anyway, there is no secrets in the way I paint. I have in the past been contacted especially by students on various levels wanting to use my paintings as inspiration for projects and assignments.” I guess that’s the best compliment for any artist.

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Chantelle May Purcell, the Sales & Art Residencies Manager also told us a little about their plans for the following year: “Our hopes for next year are to provide an even more experimental program that will see international exchanges as well as group and solo residencies that challenge the notions of display and presentation and work to provide an educative, accessible archive.”

The Supernatural exhibition is currently running until the 28th of July at The Execution Room on Vyner Street in East London. Louise herself is there on most days until 6pm and will be holding artist talks on the 25th of July 6pm-8.30pm; her art work is also presented online at www.Degreeart.com. The pricing starts from £55 for her smaller jewelery.


For more info visit: www.degreeart.com/events/louise-mcnaught-supernatural

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AMA Mixology Vol. 1 – Ray Okpara

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AMA Mixology Vol. 1 – Ray Okpara 

Brought up in Nigeria but residing in Berlin, Ray Okpara has slowly been shaping his sound for over a decade, with releases on Mobilee, Cecille, Oslo, Get Physical, and Area Remote warmly received by DJs across a broad spectrum of electronic music, thanks to his versatile, groove driven style. Natural progression led to the birth of AMA Recordings back in 2010, an imprint which stems from his own middle name and means ‘you will never get lost’ – a comment the strength and unity found through music. AMA Mixology Vol.1 feels like a celebration of the label so far, and features exclusively material from artists that have previously released on the label.

The release offers both a mixed & unmixed version, allowing you to sit back and enjoy Okpara crafting together his selection to form an hour of forward thinking house music spanning across the darker stretches of the genre. Alternatively, each track can be taken in separately and in its entirety, which will no doubt prick up the ears of fellow DJs. Kicking things off is Sek with ‘Bala Rina’ with dark atmospherics reverberating around a straight laced beat, before a far techier offering by Enrico Peretti dubbed ‘Lentamente’. Okpara follows up with one of his own; ‘Airplane’ has that unmistakable percussive swing synonymous with his name – provided by a bouncing two-note bassline. It’s simple but effective, and one of the strongest on the album. Back to a techier feel with ‘Looper’ by Andre Butano & Juan Zolbaran, which is a pretty versatile track but doesn’t realy leap out at you.

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Double Change’ by Maiki, Matthew Lima & Toni Varga is littered with lovely rich textures from a combination of percussion and effects. ‘Nelipot’ is a track by Greek duo Ntemos & Stef; driving techno with a metallic lead and a relentless backbone. Nekes is next up, and he lays down the no-nonsense ‘KUTSCHO (RAW)’ – a track that’s been a favourite of Okpara’s for some time now. He makes his second appearance alongside Mobius Strum next for the eighth chapter in the album – ‘Skumpt’. It’s got a real nice feel to it, with a pounding bassline that moves through you, coupled with snappy, marching snares and the obligatory robotic monotones. The next track, 'I Tell You (Marcus Sur RMX)' by Sven Kerkhoff & Bata again stands out as one of the strongest tracks on the release; a sophisticated remix that never fully lets go, leaving you constantly craving a little more, which is delivered in calculated doses throughout as the track moves forwards.

Marko Nastic’s ‘Just a Ride’ crosses borders between house, techno, acid and electro, as Nastic toys with a 303Clone to great effect. The penultimate track by Gebrüder Hartmann has a different feel once again. ‘Mono Moon’ is a pacey deep house number with a playful keyboard acting as the main foothold whilst soulful vocals soften the edges, before the original of ‘I Tell You’ closes the release with bags of funk that really feeds the craving felt earlier during the remix. All in all a strong release and a great representation of the label.

RELEASE DATE: JULY 24nd 2013

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Words: James Ellis
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