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Unknown djs Berlin 001 w/ COSMJN lands at Hoppetosse this Sunday, February 16th

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Unknown djs Berlin debuts at Hoppetosse this Sunday, February 16th with COSMJN, Remelie, Daniela Cast and project heads Alexander Kraemer & Dean Marc.

Electronic music is all about reinventing itself. So what best way to do so than through the new event series Unknown djs focused on showcasing as its name expresses, up- and- coming talent, in the legendary Hoppetosse in Berlin?

The concept behind this new event series is very simple: showcase new talents from all over Europe, giving them the best spot to play, alongside them with renowned artist such as the captain COSMJN, in this case, who will have to guide the ship. 

COSMJN is part of the third Romanian generation of amazing artists that the southeastern European country has delivered and continues to fascinate audiences all across the continent and abroad with his minimalistic signature and, as his name suggests, galactic style. His characteristic sound drives from minimal house to a more technoid sound, always providing a distinctive futuristic edge. During the last couple of years, he has seen his music released on labels like RORA, Subtil and Eastenderz to name a few. 

He has started 2020 in style with his “Soul Things” EP on playedby and is a regular guest at the renowned Sunwaves Festival. His last release on Romanian playedby label it’s just small yet substantial anticipation of the incredible COSMJN talent that you’ll be able to experience.

 

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For the first Unknown deejays event series, London based Remelie will be the second guest and new talent invited on the boat. Her tactful selection and delicious technique will make you rolling in the deep with pulsating basslines and catchy atmospheres. She’s definitely a one to watch for 2020 thanks to her hypnotic grooves glued together with dark tones to keep the dancefloor enthralled.

 

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Local Berlin selector Daniela Cast and founder and Unknown Djs’ residents Dean Marc and Alexander Kraemer will also show their distinctive signature, showcasing a wide display of brand new music. Hailing from Argentina, but now based in the winter dance music Mecca, Dani Cast has a vibrant selection that has led to her establish herself in the local circuit. She’s going to get the night started with her lush and deep minimalistic approach, while founders Dean Marc and Alexander Bleh will represent Unknown djs. This Sunday is going to be a night to remember, one that will pave the way for more newcomers and talented artists, a much-needed space for renewal and creation within the electronic music.

 

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 Click HERE to see more infos about the event… see ya on the boat! 

 

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Words by Daniel Ordonez

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Into the Woods Kicks Off 2020 Season with Alci and Miroloja

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Cutting edge and London based Into The Woods brand constantly brings top-tier talent from Europe and abroad to their parties, and for their first event of the year on Friday, February 21st, they will go all-in until 6am: hosting Alci, a rising face in the minimal house scene hailing from Zurich and the new french wonder kids Miroloja. Residents Tarek Charbonnier, Kolo & Dyze and special guest and Artefax movement label boss, Oside, will ignite the dance floor on warm up duties and will get the evening started properly. Into the Woods with Alci and Miroloja as headliners will be off the books as the night will be a beautiful gathering that revolves around a highly curated line up and minimal entrancing rhythms in addition to top quality sound provided by the venue’s incredible Funktion one sound system.

Alci, one of the latest Swiss exports, is a unique and avid selector that has played and delighted international dancefloors such as: Berlin (Hoppetosse), Paris (Rex Club), and Ibiza (DC10) going all the way to beloved Sunwaves Festival or Vietnam’s Epizode for instance, and keeps gaining attention for his signature laidback charisma behind the decks and eclectic record collection which keeps providing smiles and endless dancing throughout the globe. The Swiss selector and resident of Sunday Breakfast Club (Zurich) will display his sophisticated selection, impeccable technique and deliciously contagious minimalistic house infused beats which are indeed a unique treat to enjoy that will keep you energized and dancing incessantly until early hours of the morning.

Correspondingly Miroloja is one of the latest French exports and will add the French flair and elegance to such diverse and dynamic line up. The duo has been producing some serious grooves that have landed them parties around Europe and releases on labels like Infuse, MTM and the NG Trax label owned by the esteemed, Nima Gorji. If one thing is certain, is that French minimal house and techno has a deep touch and chic style that will keep the dance floor on fire. Tip: listen to their exclusive Meoko mix below!

 

In the past ,Into The Woods events have hosted the likes of Afriqua, Ben Balance, Alexra, Traumer, Nacho Bolognani, Petre Inspirescu, Sammy Dee and Voigtmann to name a few of the amazing guest selectors that have been part of these long and exciting nights for locals and foreigners at the British capital. Be sure to bring your dancing attire for this evening accompanied by the best music and vibe at Mick’s Garage. This will be a top quality music and promising evening you won’t want to miss.

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The fun will not finish at 6am as the ITW crew have secured an intimate spot for the occasion. After party will be held at a brand new location for ITW and close to the main-event venue, by featuring the full works. Miroloja,Gabriel amaru,Davide Decay,Max Frisina,Tarek Charbonnier,Ollie & Beal will be behind the decks between 4am and 2pm.

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Written by: Daniel Ordoñez

 

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Sunwaves Festival reveals First Phase Line-Up for SW27 – Spring Edition

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Sunwaves 27, the first wave of artists revealed! It is that time of the year again, the anticipation to the Spring season, a new year ahead and another special edition of the renowned Sunwaves Festival starting on Thursday, April 30th and going till Wednesday, May 6th in Mamaia Nord, Constanta in the Romanian coast.

The festival will be celebrating its 14th year of existence with a highly curated line up that will bring people from all over the world together as the sun and ocean witness another magical Spring edition for the books. Only 27 names of artists were revealed out of the 95 that will be present at the festival, each with a unique take on avant-garde music, a truly one of a kind experience that revolves around music and culture.

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27 names of the first wave artists below, take a look! (in alphabetical order)

Arapu
Cap
Cuartero
Dan Andrei
DeWalta
Dubfire
Dubtil
Floog
Gescu
Herodot
Jamie Jones
Joey Daniel
Kozo
Lee Burridge
Loco Dice
Mahony
Marco Carola
Mihigh
Paco Osuna
Petre Inspirescu
Pîrvu
Priku
Raresh
Rhadoo
Ricardo Villalobos
Sonja Moonear
Tulbure

More artists will be announced as the festival date gets closer. In the meantime, take a deeper look at some of these top-class talent and get ready to embark and enjoy this unique musical gathering filled with beautiful sounds within a sublime and peaceful setting from sunrise to sunset.

 

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Celebrating 6 years of Soundopamine w/ Varhat and S.A.M. in a time capsule for the next generations: Club Guesthouse

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Soundopamine is a duo live act who combines warm microcosmic grooves with the human touch. They are a fresh breath of air in the Romanian music scene, always keeping the crowd craving for more.

Chris & Natasha are lifetime musicians that met at the courses of the National Music University in Bucharest, back in 2012, creating their own everyday paradise soundtrack ever since. In 2017, the duo – live act took part in the #wildmusictracks experiment in which they transformed a bus into a musical instrument on the way to Sunwaves Festival and they were also invited as production trainers along with Rhadoo, Mahony and Fouchat, in the Romanian DJ Bootcamp. 2018 had even better energy, as they’ve by being nominated as one of the 2018’s “ones-to-watch” artists.

The summer brought a collaboration with the Open-Air crew in Portugal which culminated with a huge party under the stars in central Lisbon, and in July the first 12′ Moment EP came on vinyl, released on their own label EverydayParadise.

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Fast-forwarding ahead after all this flashbacks of Waha Festival, Amural Festival, 3SmokedOlives Festival, Electric Castle Festival, Neversea Festival, Untold Festival, Airfield Festival, Picnic Fonic 2019, Snowfest France, Open Air Portugal, TEDxBucharest, Musai Fest / Club Eden / Club Control / La Gazette (Cj), Floreasca Pool, Oha Beach, H2O Beach, Monteoru Mansion in Bucharest and many others.

2020 will bring us their 2nd vinyl release ”Una Cu Natura” EP, which will include 2 lovely originals and two remixes by Harrison BDP and Swoy. Their Bandcamp page is loaded with more digital goodies and we’re thrilled to share with you an exclusive FREE DOWNLOAD new track called ‘We Should Talk’ as part of the ”On The Road” VA special compilation. A personal and close to their heart track with no strings attached.

 

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6 Years after their debut, road trips, festivals and obscure events playing along with Archie Hamilton, Afriqua, Mano Le Tough, Tulbure, Ada Kaleh, Charlie, Bryz, Harrison BDP, Los Bastoneros, Prichindel and other cosmonauts, they’ve put together a stellar lineup in one of the main electronic music culture spots in Bucharest, at Club Guesthouse with S.A.M. (Delaphine) & Varhat (Yoyaku), around their live act and some local support from Grizzly (evp) & Vlad Bretan (evp).

The night will be completed by a visual trip made out of paintings and visual mapping! 

 

Getting hyped up? You better, as we’re all gonna get first row tickets deep outer space and flowing in zero gravity. Suit up, pull up your hypnotic panties, do some pushups or whatever you need to get ready for a joyful ride into the micro-cosmic grooves asteroid.

 

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Belgian club Ampere presents Nicolas Lutz & Binh

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Ampere is a unique gem for music and culture in Antwerp, Belgium that consistently hosts incredible talent and this February 15th , will be a special night for the city as they invited two of Berlin’s finest selectors, Nicolas Lutz and Binh along with supporting acts Curtis and Laurens, for a new edition of their incredibly curated parties.

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Lutz and Binh are internationally known for their mind bending sets that range from Noon at Club Der Visionaere, Undersound, Breakfast Club and the mythical Fabric London to name a few. Both guests for this unique gathering are constantly working on ambitious projects besides their role as DJs, such as Lutz’s My Own Jupiter imprint and Binh’s role as producer having releases on highly respected labels like the legendary Perlon label and Cabaret Recordings among others, establishing them in the international electronic music scene as they share their love for music in all its forms with people across the globe. Curtis and Laurens will be on warm up duties for this extraordinary night, as they display their skillful mixing techniques and delightful selection that will gracefully induce dancers into a state of disinhibition and unison in anticipation to the rest of this extraordinary evening.

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It’s no surprise that Nicolas Lutz and Binh will provide the dancefloor a truly exceptional night this February 15th, as they showcase their honed craft behind the decks and drop carefully selected tracks one after the other, as they dive into the deepest territories of minimal, house, electro and UK techno and garage from past decades to the most recent releases, exploring and pushing genres beyond norms. Their mastery to mix music that ranges from different eras and sounds reflects on their years of experience behind controls and devoted digging which takes audiences on a timeless journey, a vortex of beautiful sounds.

The event will be one for the books, two of Europe’s best vinyl selectors in an incredible location, affordable tickets and most importantly, love driven music for the public to dance off, an unmissable one of a kind experience courtesy of Ampere.

 

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Albanian Riviera Getaway UNUM Festival Returns For Spectacular Second Edition

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After making a huge impression in its first year, the magical UNUM Festival returns to the Albanian Riviera from May 28th to June 1st 2020. The first wave of names for this sun soaked, naturalistic getaway include Raresh, Seth Troxler, tINI, Sonja Moonear, Dyed Soundorom, John Dimas, Priku, Praslea, Cap, Digby, Cesar Merveille with many more to be announced.

In 2019, UNUM made an immediate mark with its debut edition, that played out on the stunning Albanian Riviera with a world class line-up. The festival really shined a spotlight on the last untapped corner of Europe: Rana e Hedhun, in the town of Shengjin, on the idyllic Albanian coastline.

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Now running even longer by starting Thursday and continuing non-stop until Monday, music plays both the day and night, so you can expect blissful sunrise and sunset parties, as well as a wealth of water sports, local culture, rich food and drink offerings and a music loving crowd from all corners of the world. There are also isolated bays and golden sand beaches to explore, and all with the stunning Albanian Alps as the backdrop. UNUM is the type of blissful and dreamy, organic and natural place, that feels undiscovered and hidden away from the rest of the world.

In 2020, there are once more three stages: The Beach Stage, which runs from sunrise until sunset, will be more experimental and chilled during the daytime, to give people a place to enjoy the surroundings. The Main Stage, which runs from sunset until dawn, and finally the Into the Pines Stage, which runs 24 hours a day and mixes world renowned names, regional artists and a mix of alternative and experimental musical styles, all in the shade of lush pine trees which infuse the air with their scent.

 
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More than 50 international and local artists from across the house and techno spectrum will perform, such as Raresh, Seth Troxler, tINI, Sonja Moonear, Dyed Soundorom, John Dimas, Priku, Praslea, Cap, Digby, and Cesar Merveille.

This is a boutique event that offers the chance to experience a brand new and lesser known corner of Europe with a world class soundtrack. There are also pre-parties lined up from now until the festival in Berlin, Zurich, Geneva, Istanbul, Tirana, Skopje and Belgrade.

 
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 LINE-UP PHASE ONE

Raresh
Seth Troxler
tINI
Sonja Moonear
Dyed Soundorom

Cap
Cesar Merveille
DJ Reas
Digby
Donna
Ezikiel
Franco Cinelli
Gemza
George Adi
Hajdar Berisha
John Dimas
Jonny N’ Travis
Lepaya
Manocalo
Nemax
Nikifor
Nikola Vemic
Praslea
Priku
Rrrron
Secret 47
Tatu
Vadislav Rashkov

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

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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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Further dates in the MEOKO tour will be announced very soon – watch this space…

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Epizode⁴ at Phu Quoc Island: ”The Ultimate Party in Paradise.”

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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.

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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. 

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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

 

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Pentajam & Musikplatz Showcasing Metrica, Roderic, Ulises and more @ Jägermeister Night Embassy Berlin

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Meoko is excited to report from Berlin where some of the most revelating musicians and their audiences come together, to give you an insight about interesting new developments within the scene. In this context, we would like to introduce you to the Night Embassy, a Jägermeister-sponsored concept, the core idea of which is to celebrate emerging electronic music culture in an international context; basically, the only embassy on this planet where people from all over the world can jam and party together all night long. 

 

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On December 13th, the masterminds behind the Embassy concept conjure a really special final event row by announcing country-based showcases, including a Latin-American showcase, represented by Musikplatz. Der Musikplatz is a Jägermeister-sponsored music platform which showcases emerging talent from Latin America. The driving forces, some very capable musicians and creatives from Mexico, manage to gather artists from all over the continent, and present them in a professional context. 

 

To take them abroad, namely to Berlin, is the latest coup, and for this special Jägermeister-powered night which is part of the Night Embassy programme which has been running since the end of September in the specially refitted Baumhaus Bar location right next to Watergate, they got Alejandro Bernal from Colombia and Rene Roco from Chile, Metrika, Roderic, Evil Tapes and Ulises, to name but a few.

 

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The event is created to provide a laid-back backdrop for the musicians to play together and fuse their crafts and musical vibes. The jam where musicians present their live projects will smoothly transition into a party that kicks off at 11 p.m. to showcase those talents from Latin America and Berlin that manage to create a synergistic dynamic and perfectly capture both worlds’ spirits by building musical and cultural bridges. As this is Musikplatz’ first showcase in Berlin, it is amazing to hear that it will be repeated every year to reinforce the idea of cultural exchange. 

 

The Night Embassy’s concept draws inspiration from both Jägermeister’s own heritage and the free and unbridled creativity of Berlin’s celebrated nightlife and art scene. It unites artists based in Berlin from all backgrounds, ages, genders and level of experience, and has so far showcased six individual crews and collectives from Berlins, such as Pansy, Sweetest Taboo and Move.Unltd, most of which are intersectional. Now culminating in a string of international closing showcases including South Africa, Austria and China, this is bound to find its way into any sorted Berlin nightcrawler’s agenda. 

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ARTISTS
 
METRIKA (LIVE) / CROSSTOWN REBELS / SOL SELECTAS
RODERIC (LIVE) / KATERMUKKE
ULISES (LIVE) / SOL SELECTAS
BILLY MENDRIX (HYBRID) / CALYPSO RECORDS
EVILTAPES (LIVE) / SHABOOM / INDIGO RAW
ALEJANDRO BERNAL (HYBRID) / MUSIKPLATZ
RENE ROCO (LIVE) / MUSIKPLATZ
ANICONIC / MUSIKPLATZ
 
 
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Preview: Into The Woods Halloween x TELUM w/ Priku, Ferro & Iuly.B and more

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London’s Into The Woods has long been leading the way in the underground scene, continually setting the benchmark with minimal-leaning parties in the finest locations. For Halloween this year, the outfit are teaming up with label-of-the-moment Telum to present some of the scene’s most exciting talents at Studio 9294, the canal-side space in Hackney Wick.

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Headlining the occasion, is one of the circuit’s most in demand artists: Romania’s Priku. Continually inspiring with his sets, filled with enchanting selections and mixed with addictive flair, it is safe to say Priku does not disappoint. Joining him, is Amsterdam’s revered Ferro, an artist whose rise has been exponential in recent years. The VBX resident exudes pure enthusiasm and devotion in all the music he plays and produces. Rounding out the impressive triple-headliner is another of Romania’s most exciting talents: Iuly.B. His productions on labels like Rora, Visionquest, Mulen, Subtil and Fuse London have garnered him international acclaim. The deep and hypnotic energy he brings to every set makes him a favourite by dance floors big and small. Complementing the evening’s musical offering, are Telum and Into The Woods residents Kolo & Dyze, Tarek Charbonnier and Isam Mellagui.

 

With the party continuing through until 6am, with a special warehouse afterparty still to be announced, this will certainly be the place to be this Halloween. A night filled with the perfect musical tricks and treats awaits.

 

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