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Set Sail with 3 Smoked Olives this Summer + Exclusive Amir Javasoul Mix

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From July 24th– July 30th on a remote island located on the Danube River between Calarasi Romania and Silistra Bulgaria, the 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival will be hosted, one intimate gathering that brings music, nature and people together. As in previous editions, 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival 2019 offers a highly curated line up from the minimal house scene, bringing names to the bill like Sammy Dee, Nicolas Lutz, Amir Javasoul, Arapu, Gescu, Herodot, Mihai Pol, Alexandra, Sedee, Sublee among other artists will set the tone to this magnificent experience in a remote natural paradise. As with any festival but particularly due to its exotic location, attendees will share respect to the island by taking care of the landscape through their no straws policy, recycling reusing and disposing properly of garbage.  People from all over the world will travel to the Danube River to find a place where electronic sounds and nature welcome those who open themselves to an adventure, one that connects people and their environment through music.

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In order to attend the event visitors must follow the registration process at the 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival websitwww.3sof.com ,in order to purchase their tickets. Follow the instructions, which include uploading an ID card and your social media profile. After validating the information provided, islanders will be able to purchase their tickets for a price of 65 euros until June 15th, when the full line will be revealed. The festival has a cap of two thousand islanders, making this event one intimate gathering that offers a comprehensive lifestyle experience that ranges from recycling initiatives, outdoor activities (cinema, yumeiho massage, ostho massage, stand-up paddle, kayak-canoe, volleyball, boat rides), quality people, great food and a billion star hotel as a unique setting. For more information about the logistics, line up and activities of the festival connect to their facebook and instagram accounts below.

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3 Smoked Olives will host a brilliant international line up with talent hailing from Germany, Romania, Canada, Italy, Russia, Uruguay and Venezuela to name a few.  Among these artists, we find Sammy Dee, one of the leading figures of minimal and electronic music who has been active since the late eighties. These decades of experience have shaped his sound and music collection with plenty of unique records and his impeccable technique. Having worked with other big names in the industry like Zip and Ricardo Villalobos, Sammy Dee is one of those few artists that has a trajectory that extends for decades full of knowledge and love for electronic music. His work with the iconic and forward thinking label Perlon, his joint live set project with Bruno Pronsato, Half Hawaii, presentations at international stages like Epizode festival in Vietnam, the legendary Superlongevity showcase at Closer Ukraine, Get Perlonized nights at Berghain/Panorama Bar, and performances at Concrete in Paris and Fabric London are just a few of the many sides and events that the german selector has under his belt. Sammy Dee is definitely a major highlight to the festival, a true djs’ dj, that will delight crowds with his vast expertise and masterful selection of trippy and spacey sounds inducing dancers in a timeless journey.

Nicolas Lutz is another name that continues to marvel crowds across Europe. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay and based in Berlin Lutz is one of those djs that has grown professionally and personally along with his music through travelling and experimenting across musical genres. A regular resident at Toi.Toi.Musik. in London and at Club Der Visionaere in Berlin, Lutz is a true music collector and dj, that has developed a complex, diverse and refined mixing style.Having played at well-known venues and events in Europe, North America and Asia, Lutz will add his sophisticated and multifaceted style to the bill, making his performance at the festival a surprise that’s not to be missed.

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Amir Javasoul, Canada based and Iran born will also showcase his masterful selection and technique as a dj. Constantly playing in established parties and venues in North America and Europe like Montreal’s Stereo, Washington D.C.’s Flash, New York’s Resolute and Concrete Paris, Javasoul is a dedicated audiophile worth watching. If you want a preview of what to expect, back in 2017 he did an incredible back to back set with Ricardo Villalobos at Stereo in Montreal that still feels fresh to listeners and continues to hit right in the soul.

Arapu, Gescu, Herodot, Mihai Pol, Alexandra, Sedee and Sublee will also take on the bill as they are part of the usual suspects at the infamous Sunwaves festival among other local and international stages. Arapu is one to manage skillfully the relationship of rolling bass lines and spicy rhythms that drive feet into unceasing motion. Gescu, will showcase his selection as he uses subtle textures and beats to seduce the listener with extreme care. Herodot and his distinctive style that incorporates somewhat reminiscent percussion sounds of old school hip hop infused with minimal house and breakbeat are sure to draw people into a syncopated trance. Mihai Pol is one to create a sophisticated blend of minimal house with deep house. His productions use luscious pads, delicate melodies, profound atmospheres and textures that evoke leisure and groove with beautiful hints of vintage house and the golden days of house music.

Alexandra will be the cherry on top of the icing at 3SO, as she explores the trippy yet melodic aesthetic of minimal, mixing music with an enchanting gracefulness and extraordinary technique. Her sets at the incredible Sunwaves Festival, Robert Johnson in Frankfurt and De School in Amsterdam are just a few places where she has drawn smiles and feet with seamless charisma. If vinyl is your thing, then Alexandra’s performance will definitely be one worth witnessing.

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Sedee and Sublee will also bring their repertoire full of introspective yet powerful technoid sounds combined with darker shades of minimal. These artists are ones that deliver sounds that surely make any dancefloor at two in the morning go into a complete frenzy of adrenaline and euphoria within the darker tones of heavy, deep basslines and mysterious melodies. 

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Fabe, Kozo, and Giuliano Lomonte will also feature in this year’s edition of the festival, bringing their respective styles and expertise to the island. Fabe is known for his groovy percussions and quirky melodies, blending minimal house with techy elements creating a rare and yet familiar Mannheim sound. Kozo is an artist that continues to amaze crowds with his hidden gems of minimal that drive people into a dancing hypnosis.  Giuliano will bring dynamism to the dancefloor combined with a relaxed flair as his characteristic Italian minimal sound has shades of deep, trippy and groovy tech sounds. Vlad Dinu (Romania) and Giorgio Maulini (Venezuela born) respectively, are newer faces in the game that have shown great technique and amazing music selection that continues to dazzle audiences throughout Europe and abroad. These two selectors among the other names on the bill are proving that quality is more than quantity.  So be sure to give each artist a careful listen while enjoying the beautiful European summer at 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival, where musical vibrations and nature will converge in a unique and profound experience.

MEOKO and 3 Smoked Olives Island Festival have teamed up to bring you an exclusive three-part dj set series from some of the artists that will perform at this amazing event. First one up is Amir Javasoul on 31/05, take a listen and keep updated for more carefully selected sounds. 

See you on the Island! 

By: Daniel Ordoñez 

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Arupa Music Announces Second 2019 Event With Dubtil, Sepp

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On March 23rd Arupa Music has planned its second event of the year, following the success of their mighty NYD party that started 2019 in style. This time the organisation is inviting two exceptional guests directly from Romania: Dubtil and Sepp. The event will take place at Overlock Arts in Hackney, East London, starting from 11PM until late hours. The line-up will be completed by Arupa’s founders and residents Carlos Ryan

 
 

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The event follows the success of the New Years daytime party which was held in an East London warehouse featuring Mihigh, Paul K, Chrissy Hope and Carlos Ryan, as well as the epic 36 hour party in a magical and secret under-the-bridge location, which hosted Crihan, Vincentiullian, Keruan, H.E.R, JADA and Midds, as well as the founders Carlos Ryan. Both event came to life as a collaboration with The Sunday Afters.
 
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Arupa Music started when the duo Carlos Ryan decided to further their love for music by creating their own imprint to showcase the music they loved. Now an established project within the London underground scene, Arupa Music has been operating for five years, trying to find new and upcoming talented artists to put on the spotlight at their parties and thought their label releases. 
 
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A new vinyl issue from Bexu, the ‘Calatoria EP’, is on its way to be released on the Arupa label – Arupa Music Limited 002 will also include a Crihan Remix. The label also has upcoming releases from other notorious artists such as Sepp and Paul K planned for later through the year. On the other hand, the digital release series of the label aims to discovering like-minded new talents from around the world that represent the music style Arupa believes in.
 
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Moreover, in sight of this special event, you have the possibility to win 2 tickets for the party, one Arupa t-shirt, One Arupa vinyl and a Sepp vinyl release. In order to get your hands on one of the prizes, all you need to do is sending us an email at meokolondon@gmail.com with with a DJ you would love to see on the line-up of an upcoming Arupa event.
 
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Overlock Arts is a versatile and spacious 350 capacity venue located in the vibrant Hackney neighbor in East London. A perfect place to party until the early hours in the morning.
 
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Round Up | Istanbul event | Resolute collaboration & Cocoon showcase in Prague

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Round Up just announced a series of events throughout Europe. While we are waiting for the second edition of the mighty Up Festival, this year taking place on the 13th and 14th of July in Prague, the Round Up agency announced three special events happening throughout the Spring, in Turkey and their homebase Prague.

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15.03.19 – Round Up x MU @ Istanbul, TR

On the 15th of March the warmer season will be started off with an extraordinary collaboration with the Istanbul creative space “MU”, a venue based in Seyrantepe Sanayi – the industrial district of Istanbul – hosting a different variety of music events. Psychedelic minimal maestro Barac will be headlining the event, and accompanying him into this music journey you will find Round Up’s own Bruno Curtis and MU’s resident Seko. All in all this one promises to be a wonderful event for the flourishing Istanbul scene, and a perfect occasion to visit the city for underground sounds lovers too!

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29.03.19 – Round Up x Resolute @ Prague, CZ

A couple weeks after the first event, Round Up will be back in Prague, this time joining forces with the renowned New York organization Resolute. The two promoters are landmarks for their cities underground scenes and beyond, so we expect this party to be a special one too – also considering the jaw-dropping line-up. Three of the most wanted and best selectors around will perform at this event until early hours. The long-time queen of the scene Sonja Moonear will be headlining along the Italian selector Francesco Del Garda; you probably found yourself looking after one of the record he played in the last year. The cherry on the cake is Shonky, part of the Apollonia trio and a guaranteed party-starter. Mari.te, Bruno Curtis & Eddie Mur & Agustin Alvarez complete the line-up. The event is celebrating the 3 years of Round Up parties at the Microna Bunker, and you can get tickets here.

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10.05.19 – Round Up x Cocoon Showcase @ Prague, CZ

Round Up will also bring for the very first time the full Cocoon showcase to Prague. This event will be much more than a simple party, bringing the full Cocoon experience to Czech Republic with it’s main artists Sven Vath, Ilario Alicante and André Galuzzi, accompanied by original Cocoon visuals.

You can follow the Round Up page for more info coming soon and already get your tickets here.

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Preview: Otaku_03: Sublee at FOLD

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Otaku Records, exciting underground label music and brand is back with its 3rd installament in the new Canning town venue FOLD, a new institution for the arts, Home of music, creative studios and a 500 capacity state-of-the-art performance space with a 24-hour dance floor above a print factory on an industrial estate. Custom–made soundsystem limited at 110DB and a bottom end of 32hz has the freedom to fill the main room untill the music stops.

23rd of November will be the stage of an incredible line up, entirely filled by the finests DJs of the minimal underground scene with Sublee as headliner of this Special party!

Sublee is a familiar name to the Underground Scene, The Bucharest-based producer, real name Stefan Nicu, has previously appeared on Baumbaum Label and Raresh’s Metereze, to name a few. His sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity redefine his style specialises in trippy style of house and techno. After years of a very rooted Djing career that makes a name for himself also proved his stunning production talents ranging from deep, dubby house to uplifting and seductive techno.

After a lifetime friendship and some previous creative projects together, Domenico and Mario in 2016 founded their label Otaku Record and the year after joined their minds as Laboratori OTK. Their sound is minimal but complex, both in their productions and DJ sets, marked by a constant attention to the dance floor no matters the musical genre. Even tho is a new project Laboratori OTK already got the support of many international artists, to name but a few Sepp, Nu Zau, SIT, Arapu, Herodot, Butch, Priku, Gescu, Fabe and John Dimas. After releasing on Hoarder and Vivus Records, Laboratori OTK have some VA, Remixes and EPs coming out soon, the most recent on their new label Clear Horizons. The duo is ready to drop an amazing records selection for the party and the after party..

Thierry settles himself in the underground world of sound systems and warehouse parties in London. Between 2005 and 2010 he was involved with Acme Soundz throwing raves with the likes of MFM sound, KSS, Disjunkt, Malfaiteurs, and eventually took charge of the Drum&Bass room for Family Groove. This took him gradually to play in some of the best venues around. Since 2015 by helping Art of Dark and Home London on the smooth running of their events taking place at Studio 338, Troxy, MangleE8, Oval Space, Studio 9294. Being responsible for such high rated brands ultimately has led him to co-found one himself : Stump in 2016 London born, and has since been inviting artists such as Raresh, Petre Inspirescu, Cezar, Barac, Priku, Gescu, Arapu, Cap, Herodot, Nima Gorji, Suciu, Sepp, Kozo, Dubtil.

AGHNES had a burning desire to establish a proper female techno collective in Rome. Having grown up on an eclectic combination of deep and minimal music when she was 18, she travelled around Europe collecting records ending up with quite a mixed spectrum of musical influence. Her strong love for club culture translates into sets where she picks apart and infuses together all the pieces of this music she likes best. Acid and groovy sounds characterize her style. In 2015 Aghnes moved to London becoming DJ Resident at ‘ We Play the Music We Love’, label and party collective. Since then she got a deeper insight of the London underground scene and started playing in the most popular clubs and warehouses and many underground events between London and Berlin as Keep on Going, Grooves London, Point., The Sunday Afters, Plattenkiste, and others.

With her life-time partner in crime Ameliée they decided to co-found She Made together in 2013 and DJs Erica.me and Sara Siu joined the project in 2015.

She Made is an ambitious all-female party concept and a label soon; the project started growing with the aid of the participants who spread the word and turned She Made into one of the 10 most prominent events in Italywhich lead them a residency at Goa Club (Rome) in 2017.

‘Prepare to emerge into a musical journey filled with healing vibrations and hypnotic rhythms as we dance until the sunrise.’

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Preview: Decay Records Five Year Anniversary

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This November London based Decay Records celebrate 5 amazing years of sharing beautiful music amongst likeminded people, carrying their passion for delivering high quality dubby grooves. Moving the entirety of the focus away from trends and hype, showing faith in music they believe in. Saturday 3rd November the Decay family have curated an intimate affair underneath the arches of, Rolling Stock.

The artists on offer on the night fully live up to the expectation of an occasion such as this, seeing old friends and new artists come together. Christian Burkhardt will be bringing his live performance to the heart of Shoreditch. Someone who does not need much introduction, due to his reputation for slaving away immersing himself amongst his technology. Whether working on other parties releases or on his own personal imprint, Burkhardt’s inner ability to create a groove remains at the forefront. A live and rare set amongst this intimacy means this will surely be one for the books. Two back-to-back sets will be taking place on the anniversary including Romanian maestro Mihai Popoviciu and house production machine, James Dexter. Both artists will bring their flavours together, with only one possible outcome. Music to make you move.

The second back to back comes from the brains behind it all, Davide Decay and Max. Davide saw a vision five years ago, and it was called Decay records, and for him to share his music on this milestone will be special within itself. Featuring alongside friend of the camp, Max. Rounding off the bill will be Lenka and Sagia. A concoction of sounds, to create a vibe we have become so familiar with from the Decay Records team over the years, an evening of friends old and new coming together.

Hope to see you under the arches!

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Preview: 4 Years of Oscuro

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Oscuro, one of London’s leading underground music brands, turns 4 years old; experiencing at Hackney’s wickED venue Studio 9294, an open-air terrace during the daytime with the beautiful canal in the scenery, then the party will move into the warehouse space from sunset until sunrise which seems like a perfect setting to honour the anniversary! 

15th of September will be the stage of an incredible line up, entirely filled by the some of the finest top DJs of the underground scene with Lamache and Voigtmann as headliner of this Special party!

Lamache is a familiar name for lots of us, his sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity redefine his style previously a member of Toi Toi Musik alongside Voigtmann was a hugely credible and established label and party on the London circuit,  sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity redefine his style specialises in trippy style of house and techno. After years of a very rooted Djing career that makes a name for himself in London, his personal journey led him to Berlin to concentrate on developing his label Discobar which brought him traveling all around the world hosting memorable showcases representing a skilled collective including Zendid, Digby, Robin Ordell, The Mole + many more! His sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity redefine his style specialises in trippy style of house and techno, can’t wait for this one!

Another headliner smasher Claus Voigtmann very well know into the scene as the Co-founder of London’s most underground and conceptual party, Toi.Toi.Musik and all around the world, is an artist with an ever increasing catalogue of knowledge, taste and skill, providing what come forward to be a long road ahead of him.

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Max Vaahs & Cedric Dekowski mostly showcases at the ever illustrious Robert Johnson in their residing Frankfurt have bring them massively fame!

Finally to close this exciting line up a very sick duo The Ghost, are the two DJS behind Berlin’s first mobile record shop. Josh Tweek and James Creed, British native, have a combined 15 years of experience in varied corners of dance music – most significantly are getting ready to drop an amazing records selection for the Warehouse after party.

To complete the bill Jack Ling & Jayar . The two have made a strong impression lately been hosted by Half Baked last party and they’ll  definitely beat themselves again.

Come early then and I’ll see you on the dancefloor!

Words by Aghnes 

 

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Exploring A Spectrum of Electronic Music | House and Techno Flavour: SONUS 2018 Preview

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With less than two months remaining until the yearly pilgrimage, we decided to look at what is in store at this year’s Sonus Festival, Croatia, presented to you by Time Warp. Five days, and five nights of parties on the beach (or some special boat parties) exploring a spectrum of electronic music, with a house and techno flavour. A handful of names on the bill; Craig Richards, Dixon, Enzo Siragusa, Nicolas Lutz, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Vath, Praslesh and Sonja Moonear

After celebrating their 5th birthday last August, Sonus Festival continue to grow each year bringing you some of the most loved artists in the world to a unique location. An opportunity to see your favourites, and take a dip in the crystal clear waters all in one place. Many high quality outlets and brands will be collaborating with Time Warp for this year’s event, including Sunwaves, Club Der Visionaere, Fuse London, Junction 2 Festival, Nordstern and many more.

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For the 2018 addition almost 70 artists will make the trip to the Island of Pag, just off the coast of Croatia. A beautiful destination, waiting to be explored. Each year the marathon party takes place on Zrće beach, a party haven consisting of 3 clubs where each of the parties will take place day and night. Whether you are looking forward to the reputable Fuse after party in Kalypso, or seeing Marco Carola take over the setting of Papaya, there is something for all dancers.

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Line-Up

Adam Beyer – Adriatique – Agoria – Âme DJ
Amelie Lens – Andrea Oliva “Official” – Archie Hamilton – Binh – Boris Brejcha – BUTCH (DJ / Producer) – Cassy – Cezar – Charlotte de Witte – Chris Liebing – Craig Richards – D’julz – Dana Ruh – Digby – Dixon – Dorian Paic – Dr. Rubinstein – 
Eats Everything – Enzo Siragusa – Ian F. – Jackmaster – 
Jamie Jones – Jennifer Cardini – Johannes Brecht live – 
Joseph Capriati – Kölsch – Konstantin – Len Faki (OFFICIAL) – LOCO DICE – Luigi Madonna – Maceo Plex – Marco Carola – MEAT – Nastia – Nicolas Lutz – Pan-Pot – Peggy Gou – 
Praslesh (Raresh & Praslea) – DJ Ralf – Recondite live
Rhadoo – Ricardo Villalobos – Richie Hawtin – RØDHÅD – Rossko – Ryan Elliott – Seth Troxler – Dj Skizzo – Solomun (Official) – Sonja Moonear – Stephan Bodzin live -Sven Väth – Tale Of Us – The Martinez Brothers – Valentino Kanzyani

Locals
Andrea Ljekaj – Felver – Groovyman – Kristijan Molnar – 
Mariano Mateljan – Marina Karamarko – Yesh

 

MEOKO recommends: Enjoy the special after party mornings, & catch up with the local heroes if you have the opportunity.

Keep an eye out for stage splits and full timetable including boat parties. See you at Zrće beach, who is ready for the marathon?

Hit up the Sonus Festival official website for any ticket/lineup/accommodation information plus more: https://www.sonus-festival.com/

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Preview: Club GUESTHOUSE A Special Night Out

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One of the most relevant clubs of the Minimal scene in Bucharest is hosting its annual event on 29th of June for a special Night Out. CLUB GUESTHOUSE since its inauguration is becoming the point of gravity off all the roaster Artists of the European Underground Scene. The event held at their home will kick off at 10pm on Friday night and estimated finish time is 6pm on Saturday night. Get your dancing shoes ready for the long marathon. (P.S.: As we all know club guesthouse, it would not surprise us if the party lasts until sunday morning.)

Petre Inspirescu and Raresh, big cheeses of the Romanian scene subtitled [a:rpia:r] for an intense and memorable music journey  will drive this crispy line up. 

Cabanne and Lowris, the French wheels, have started on 2017 a new and fresh collaboration called K.O.D. released already on Minibar, which is going to be introduced for the first time in Romania as the Kings of Delay.

For an impeccable set, Priku one of the most promising DJs in the minimal scene also for his stunning soft techno and and deep house productions talent, is going to join this high finest order line up.

Definetely not to miss will be Charlie very young DJ and on developing his auspicious carrer is going to join this wicked line up. Also a special mention to Cote that will be in charge of the visuals to make the event good for ears and eyes.

Take your well-needed rest today and be ready for this special night out, a mini marathon in other words!

Words by Aghnes

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REPLAY SUNSET PARTY TURNS 6 AT CAJA MAGICA, MADRID

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Madrid is a city of many charms. You may have heard about its amazing weather, its astonishing architecture made over centuries, its museums, its extraordinary and delicious gastronomy, even its electronic music scene which is in fact excellent.

Replay Sunset Party, one of Spain’s leading electronic music brand turns six years old in a very special location : CAJA MAGICA , in the Spanish Capital.

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Made out of steel, wood and glass, it is one of the capital’s major architectural reference points, with a stunningly versatile and functional design. In the past already hosted a number of unforgettable festivals like ‘ Mad Cool’ and will bring again the public an overwhelming space for a party that seems like a 12-hour daytime festival.

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Sunday 15th of July will be the stage of an incredible line up, entirely filled by the high finests top DJs of the underground scene with a very Special Guest on top of that; Sonja Moonear.

Her sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity and lead her to perpetually redefine her style specialises in trippy style of house and techno whose spiritual home is Club Der Visionaere. In Sonja’s hands, you might hear minimal sounds mixed with acid house, or electro into dub techno, but always connected by subtle transitions that never sound rushed or disjointed, she has the best ear for groove.

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In action as Headliner smasher, the Perlon Co-Founder aka Dimbiman aka Zip is a familiar name for lots of us. Famous for his epic minimal shifts within the 4/4 scheme, he has an illustrious musical history which began in 1986 as singer in the band Second Voice to turn up on 1996 in Frankfurt where he got together with Markus Nikolai and Chris Rehberger to form the audio-visual project Pile, very interesting fact this one which took them in 1997 to found the banging Perlon labeI.

From Jupiter to Madrid we’ll see the master of mystery and implacable seeker, Nicolas Lutz alongside the old ruler at the Farringdon local and recently active in one of the most cosy venue of music quality in London with his new concept : Craig Richards & Friends that has seen a sequence of high class performances from the beginning of this year. This time together for a very elegant and awaited B2b.

For an impeccable Live Master Ion Ludwig, a fundamental key on the Toi Toi roaster, actively producing in the studio places like Weekend Club and Club der Visionaere helped shape is live performances to perfection . Synthesizers, drum machines combining with his sound spreades an endless story and energy.

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A key innovator representative of a new class of producers who are reaching melody, moving away from the classic Romanian sound towards something more bumpy and colorful, Barac will perform on the Madrilenian stage to deliver a powerful minimal set.

The support will be from Simon Garcia and Alvaro Medina, both masters at Replay’s parties, standing out for them genuine, timeless, personal, hypnotic and futuristic sounds are going to close this interstellar line up!

Last but not least, the Brunch will be hosted by Roots with a London figure and Eagervision Records resident Alffie b2b Hons and Maryo.

If you are a music lover and you’re looking for a reason to travel, you can now stop. You’ve already found the perfect plan!

Words by Aghnes

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Preview & Competition: Kinder Garden x Slow Life : RMMT Bday

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It’s hard to be a dance music globe-trotter sometimes. Ask any touring DJs and they’ll tell you about the exhaustion that comes with the lifestyle. Same for us at MEOKO: Romania, Prague, Barcelona… There’s always a good party going on somewhere outside of our homebase of London, and when we spot one, we’ve got to be there. This is worth all the comedowns in the world, after all, and so this time we’re setting sails to Paris, for the “Kinder Garden X Slow Life” on June 22. 

Kinder Garden is a fairly new Parisian venture thrown by the collective RMMT, always focusing on a specific crew while showcasing younger members of the French capital’s scene in a second room. After Traffic or Libertine, they’re receiving Slow Life on June 22nd — and celebrating RMMT’s 1st birthday by the same occasion. If you’re French yourself, and probably even if you ain’t, you know that the local scene for all things minimal is at the top of its game lately. RMMT is one of the crews giving it a new youth, so this party in their 13th arrondissement basement is not one to miss, especially with such guests of honor.

Slow Life is a motor in this part of the minimal scene that’s been focusing on excavating forgotten gems from the vaults of dance music past, seeing treasures in what others would have dismissed as mere dusty wax. This makes it hard to pinpoint their sound: it’s more about vibe than genre, electronic music with a dare-to-be-weird attitude that never sounds forced, yet genuinely oblique and out there — organically grown by dedicated crate diggers.

It’s a six-person collective based in Berlin but with roots in Spain and Italy, one where friendship is at the base of the working relation. The four DJs though, all playing at the Kinder Garden, are Laurine, Cecilio, DJ Tree and S. Moreira, the latter of which might sound the most familiar as he produces as well and was behind all the early productions on the label — which says a lot as they largely contributed to put Slow Life’s name on the avid music seekers’ lips outside of their home base of Berlin. 

If you need any introduction to the label, one that would perfectly summarize their ever-curious free-wheeling attitude, look no further than their 2016 compilation “Chromophore”. Here, you’ll find along Moreira likeminded young sprouts like Uruguay’s Luis Malon and Saverio Celestri, facing off with veterans Seafoam, A², and Mick Welch.

Besides this kind of dreamy breaks-leaning deep house that Moreira specializes in, another familiar face since the beginning is fellow Berlin Italian transplant Saverio Celestri. The label’s close friend has released his only LP so far on Slow Life, in his trademark electro-influenced style, full of rattling bass and out-of-control snares. 

Lately the label’s been on a fantastic streak. Keeping it in the family, Moreira has collaborated with the in-house designer Santi Uribe for an album of ambient outerspace excursions surely inspired by the kind of experimentations techno and trance producers would often try their hand to in the 90s — the sort of stuff Slow Life must have encountered a countless amount of time in their digging journeys. And it’s no wonder that their most recent releases featured 100hz, Marco Repetto or Tim Jackiw — all more-or-less forgotten producers returning to the spotlight in the past years thanks to digging culture. They’ve also opened the label to other younger artists sharing their vibe, with Swedish newcomer Basement Space taking the UK route and Berlin duo Primary Perception going deeper than deep on their debut LP and stellar “Retrofitted Future Vol. 1” EP — perhaps my favourite record on the label.

But it’s really behind the decks however that the Slow Life ethos can be experienced. Anyone attending their regular label nights at Club Der Visionaere or Hoppetosse cannot fail to see the enthusiasm of the crew’s DJs, like a bunch of friends excited about sharing their discoveries to one another — a spirit summarized in the title of Slow Life’s second release, courtesy of Moreira: “We All Are Fra!”

With the whole crew invited, this Paris bash is one for the books. To celebrate the occasion, we’re holding a competition, the winner of which will get a

– 1×2 entry and

– Slow Life’s most recent release, Basement Space’s “Cosmic Collision”. 

You know the drill, just email us at hello_competitions@devmeoko.co.uk with “Kinder Garden” as the subject heading. And if you don’t feel so lucky, book your tickets here. Happy birthday RMMT!

Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin

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