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Moonland Festival & MEOKO – Win Over x40 Vinyl.

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An original creation combining music trends and the most highly regarded media arts, in an otherworldly location.
A place that can only be compared to the geology of the Moon. 6 stages, with over 50 hours of music from the likes of Underground Resistance, Barac, DeWalta, Enzo Siragusa, DVS1 and Ion Ludwig to name a few. Sounds perfect, right? Well we have also lined up a competition in the build up to the main event, even better?

For your chance to win please, like, share AND  email us at hello_competitions@devmeoko.co.uk with the  TWO artists you would like to see the most at Moonland Festival. – TO SHARE >> CLICK HERE winvinyl

August 3rd-5th the ruins and remains of Rummu, Estonia play host to the first edition of Moonland Festival. The anticipation is building for what is in store within those prison walls as they present the whole spectrum, catering for all desires. Carefully selected DJ’s and artists from around the world, light and laser shows, full video mapping that has never seen the time of day in Estonia before, and interesting workshops. If dancing in the sandy quarry becomes to much and you need to rest those legs, food courts and chill out areas will also be planted around the festival.

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To come up with this fantastic concept and making it all become reality a team of international organisers have come together. From Estonia (Murk & Hall), Russia (system 108, Arma17, Sila Sveta) collaborating with FUSE (London), Broquade Records (Germany) and Estonia 100. There is years of experience there, and we believe this truly is the start of something amazing.

Full Line up:
Abelle(RU) 
Adamov (RU) 
Andrey Vishnevsky (EE) 
Archie Hamilton (UK) 
Artur Laats(EE) 
Barac (RO)
Boris (DE)
Boym (RU) 
Call Super (UK)
Charlise N Chaplin (BE)
Christopher Ledger (IT) 
Cristi Cons(RO) 
Dana Ruh (DE)
Daniel Avery (UK)
Dasha Redkina (UE) 
Denis Punch(EE)
DeWalta(DE) 
Dorian Paic (DE) 
DVS1(US) 
Eisi (EE) 
EL (RU)
Enzo Siragusa (UK)
Exit Safe Mode (EE)
Hipushit (RU)
I-F (NL) 
Ion Ludwig LIVE (DE) 
Janina(DE) 
Juho Kusti (FI) 
Kamran Sadeghi LIVE (US)
Katja Adrikova (EE) 
Koray Tuncel (TUR)
Kovyazin D (RU)
Legowelt Music LIVE (NL)
Mariano (AR)
Mashkov (RU) 
Mava b2b Nebukat b2b Paul / RutmiKa (EE)
Parallax Deep (SE)
MERIMELL (EE)
Mihkel Maripuu b2b Tarmo Paluoja (EE) 
Mike Shannon (CA) 
Momo Trosman (AR) 
Mr. & Mrs. Jonson LIVE (DE) 
Nastia (UA)
Nikita Zabelin (RU) 
Nima Gorji(DK) 
Octo Octa LIVE (US)
Per Hammar (SE)
Perc (UK) 
Philipp GorbachevLIVE (RU) 
PTU (RU) 
Regis (UK)
Ron Morelli official (FR) 
Rossko(UK)
Sariim (RU)
Shaun Reeves (US)
Shutta (RU)
Sleeparchive (DE) 
Sofia Rodina (RU)
Tanel Mütt (EE)
Taran & Lomov (LV)
Volition Immanent (NL)
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE (US)
Yanatacky (EE)
and many others…

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Several pre parties for this magical event have taken place around the world, and will continue throughout July. So far the team have taken their party to Madrid, Moscow, & Tallinn, Estonia. Still to come is Riga, Latvia, Saint Petersburg and Berlin.

MOONLAND FESTIVAL TICKETS

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Luckily for MEOKO readers, we have teamed up with the Moonland team for a very special vinyl competiton from the majority of the artists involved, and it is very simple to enter. The list below consists of the records on offer already, and as we draw closer to the event we will be adding more so be sure to keep an eye out.

Ion Ludwig / Toi Toi Musik /  #6 : Remixes Villalobos / Brito

Dorian Paic / Raum Musik / Sasse – Soul Records : Remixes Ricardo Villalobos

Dewalta / Saluki Master 865109

Shaun Reeves / Shantu 001

Mashkov / TLP004 /

Maher Daniel / TOS / Number 004 : Remixes by Dana Ruh, Agenis Brito and Ada Kaleh

Janina / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YV29POcr3w

Nastia / Propoganda Records / Rayo Lezo

B Voice /  SAKTU001

Momo Trosman / Cure Musik / 006 The Flip

Artur Lääts / Murk / Apollo EP – Artur Lääts

Christopher Ledger / Brouqade / 0044 Chrisopher Ledger

Dana Ruh / Cave Recordings / CR003 Double Vinyl

Mariano / La Montana Discos / LMD001 / unknown artists from Rosario

Mariano /  Mirca / Various Artists / remixes from Federico Mollinari. Gulp

Phillip Gorbacachec / PG-Tune /  Double Vinyl

Abelle /  Arma Records / Number 017 /  Remixes Mick Wills

Archie Hamilton / Moscow Records / Moscow 023 – Archie Hamilton Confused EP

Dasha Redkin – https://www.discogs.com/The-Kicks-Experimental-Boat-Edition/release/11183678

Boym – [BPV018] Rainer – Psilocybin EP

For your chance to win please, like, share AND  email us at hello_competitions@devmeoko.co.uk with the  TWO artists you would like to see the most at Moonland Festival.

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I think that an artist always has pressure to deliver something good at anytime’: Under The MEOKO Microscope – Giuliano Lomonte & Mix

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Here at MEOKO, we took the opportunity to interview Giuliano Lomonte as part of our Under the MEOKO microscope feature, where we scout out emerging and underrated talents. He tells us about his musical journeys from his homeland to Germany and paints us a picture of what clubbing is like in both countires. And of course the future plans including his own record label Point of View. Read on…

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Hi Giuliano, thanks for your time! How’s life been treating you lately?

Hello guys, thanks for having me. Life is great now that Summer is finally here and that always puts me in a good mood.

You’re originally from Italy but when did you move to Berlin? What decided you?

I moved to Germany 10 years ago actually, it was 28.08.2008 🙂

During the years before I decided to move, I was actually flying to Germany once a month to go and visit all the best parties that were happening around the Frankfurt area at the time like seeing Ricardo Villalobos playing at Robert Johnson, Love Family Park Festival and many others.

After realizing at some point that I was spending more time Germany than I was in Italy, I decide to relocate to Mannheim, as during that time I met and became friends with many people from there so it seemed like the most logical step.

After an intense 2.5-year experience there I felt there was more for me to discover in Germany especially as it was, and still i, the heart of the electronic music scene so in March 2011 I moved to the city that would inspire me even further to continue to pursue this musical dream, and that was Berlin.

How was the scene like back in Italy?

The scene has been always been strong in Italy. The country has a long history of appreciation for house music and club culture. Italians love to go out and celebrate and there are many nightclubs all over the country for people to enjoy.

We still have many good club that made the history of the italian nightlife, to name a few, Goa Club in Rome, Clorophilla in puglia, Tenax in tuscany, Cocorico in Riccione. Since day one, they all run top quality party!

Do you have any favourite clubs to play? I know we can quite often catch you behind the decks at Club der Visionaere and Hoppetosse…

There are many clubs that are on my favorite list but on the very top is Robert Johnson.

I love playing there so much and it is such an honor every time I get the chance considering this was the place for me where everything started and inspired me to change my life completely!

Of course I really like to play in Berlin at CDV and Hoppetosse too, there is such a feeling of freedom behind the decks there, I can play things I would never be able to in other cities as the crowd is always up for everything and the parties last so many hours that as a DJ you are really able to show a range not possible in short sets like in most other clubs around the world. I really feel home when I’m there.

I must also add, a few years ago I discovered another club that has all the characteristics for a perfect party. It’s called VENICEBERG and is in Verona, Italy.

I recently I had the opportunity to play a 12 hour B2B there and it was magic!

The booth was perfect, the sound system was amazing and the crowd were all so connected to us and each other, so it made the place very special. Im so glad we have a club there like this today, it really makes me proud to be Italian.

“La Musique” makes me think so much of Sunwaves where it was rinsed last year, it seemed like the perfect place for this tune. So I was wondering, do you produce with a specific context in mind — for example, those aforementioned clubs…?

To be honest I didn’t had anything specific in mind, just the bassline. All the rest came after I had that.

I did go to Sunwaves a couple of years ago so maybe something stuck in my subconscious about a moment I had in that environment that somehow I might have accessed without being aware of it when I started the idea for the track. I always try to allow myself to be free and not think too much when I’m making music as this tends to interrupt the whole process for me and creativity is a very delicate thing that comes moment by moment without having the feeling l have control over it.

And how was it getting back to production after such a hit? Did you feel any pressure to craft another banger, for example?

The La Musique EP was probably the best expression of myself that I have released up until now so it was nice to get such great feedback on the production, and it gave me the confidence to continue and make that my minimum standard to strive for with all my future records.

I think that an artist always has pressure to deliver something good at anytime, and this becomes even more intense once you have some success with a particular track. I had to learn not to be too hard on myself after this came out and got so much attention because you can’t choose what is going to become a hit with the people and what isn’t. You just have to be happy with what you have done for yourself when you put your music out into the world for other people to hear as and then after that’s totally out of your control.

I feel like your style is usually more understated, but would you say you have a “style” yourself? And if so how would you describe it?

Well I was a clubber to begin with and that will always stay with me in the style of music I make as a producer and play when I DJ. I always aim to create an experience where people can feel high on the dance floor even if they are totally sober!

Are you an after-hours kind of person?

I am all all hours kind of person haha . I would say yes i’m also; its the time when finally i let myself go after all the work is done. and if you are surrounded by good friends and people can just be great!

It seems like you’ve had more gigs outside of Germany lately, do you feel like your career’s picking up recently? Did it affect your daily life?

Since I signed with Solid AM in 2017 it has been really great especially to have the support from an agency like that, based in the city i live, which represents so many other great artists such as John Dimas, Vera, Steve O’Sullivan and Sammy Dee.

Actually I was working full time as a professional chef for the last 15 years and just doing music and DJing on the side in my spare time but I had to make the decision last year to quit that so I could focus all my time and energy on the music as it was really taking off so much I couldn’t manage both any longer.

How was it playing across Europe, and even Japan and Australia recently?

It was incredible! Japan was totally insane! Such a different culture for me to experience, it was like taking a glimpse into the future! I have to say though that Australia was the biggest surprise and shock. So many great gigs, especially SASH in Sydney and then Breakfast Club at 161, I couldn’t believe so many cool people were out in Melbourne on a Monday afternoon going crazy and so into the music! They really should do this party all over the world. I was very impressed with the Australian way of life. It felt so relaxed and easy with so many friendly and happy people but 6 days was definitely long not enough to be there and I can’t wait to get another chance to visit there again but next time I would love to stay much longer.

Let’s talk about the label now if you’d like! What’s your motivation with Point Of View, and how did it come about?

I wanted to start my own label as a place to be free to release my own music and music from other artists I believed in without the time pressure or difficult release schedules from other labels where sometimes you can be put in a position where you need to wait for years before they finally are able to release your tracks. This can be incredibly frustrating as it can also happen that over those years you are waiting, the tracks feel so old to you that by the time they finally come out you could be in a totally different place musically and creatively which can also be confusing for people that do love and follow your music.

How do you choose the producers you’re going to release on the label?

It’s usually friends i believe in which I feel is the most important. We all share music in our daily lives with each other and if I hear something i feel i can support with the label I really like to do this. I feel the personality of an artist is so important as it comes through in the music they create as its the expression of the artist’s soul and I really believe in all the people I have around me.

Speaking of which, what can we expect from you and Point of View in the near future?

There has been a full concept behind the label since I started it which revolves around the number 12 which has always been a very significant number to me. There are 12 letters in Point Of View, and there will be 12 releases on 12 inch vinyl and a big surprise for the last release which is going to be something very special from me personally and will tie up this whole project in a really interesting way. I feel it’s so important these days to do something with meaning, there are so many labels out there, to stand out you have to be unique in your concept and deliver quality music consistently.

The next point007 that will be out in September is going to be the third original EP from me on the label which I’m also very excited about.

Finally, thanks for your mix! What were you aiming for with it?

Well I wanted to give you guys something very special. It’s a part of my last set recorded live from Robert Johnson which I think shows exactly what people can expect of me as a DJ for any club set I play from opening, to main and also to after-hours. And considering how special this club is to me and my whole story, I hope you will all enjoy listening to it as much as i loved playing it.

Words by Pierre-Alexis Chauvin

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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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‘Part of a Community Brought Together for the Love of Great Music’ Gottwood Festival

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Now in its 9th year, Gottwood Festival has become known as one of the best small festivals in the UK, with a loyal following who keep returning year upon year, for a lineup of the best in underground music and beautiful location. After hearing so many glowing reviews, I felt it was time that I had to experience it this year.

Setting off first thing in the morning on Thursday to reach the site at Holyhead in Anglesey, there was already a magic in the air. I travelled through tunnels and over bridges, passing sheep and mountains, before arriving at the campsite, overlooking calm seas on the Welsh north-west coast.

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After pitching up the tent and getting to know the neighbours, who were Gottwood regulars and who soon became friends, I went to check out the arena where the stages lie. Walking into this area it was a joy to the senses. Initially walking through lush green woodland with tall trees, where the sun was breaking through, this plays host to lots of the smaller stages. Individual pieces of interesting, colourful, hand painted artwork are scattered throughout. The largest stage named ‘The Lawn’ is an open grassy area from the trees and is opposite an old manor house bathed in ivy; this is where the majority of the live acts and more chilled out sounds would feature across the weekend. In the middle of all the stages is a shimmering lake with lily pads and fountains, providing relaxing tranquility. With pure blue skies overhead it couldn’t have been more perfect and I spent some time just taking it in sat down next to the lake, I couldn’t think of anywhere more picturesque for a festival.

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With the sun starting to drop behind the trees it was time to get stuck into some music. What better way to kick it off than with FUSE boss Enzo Siragusa and label stalwart Archie Hamilton. Playing on The Curve stage, a fairly large tent, the boys had got it filled from early on. Archie was first up playing some of his own signature tracks with distinctive percussion such as ‘Confusion’ on his own label Moscow. Enzo then took over, by which time the tent was bouncing. He played a festival party set laden with house and tech-house bombs including ‘What was Missing’ by Jamie Trench forthcoming on Seb Zito’s ‘Seven Dials’ label. To cap things off the pair then finished the night going b2b with some classic house tunes, smiles and hands raised all round. This was a great energetic start to proceedings.

Following a good sleep and with the sun continuing to glow, waking up on the Friday was made easy, with the prospect of plenty of sunshine vibes to come on the day. It became a ritual over the weekend to head to The Lawn first thing to recover, listening to some down-tempo, live electronica and dub/reggae. Ready to dance again after eating some delicious wood fired pizza, just one of many outstanding food stalls; it was time to head to the Trigon Stage.

Arguably one of the most impressive, the area is surrounded by walls of hay bales, with a wooden triangular tunnel structure leading it’s way to the DJ booth. Secretsundaze were playing, with music perfectly suited to the blistering skies, including the Dusky remix of ‘Do You Want Me Baby’ by Cloud 9. One thing worth mentioning here is the friendly attitude of everyone at the festival, it was easy and comfortable to strike up a conversation with everyone who I bumped into, including the bar staff and security. Due to the small capacity of 5000 you would often come across the same people you had been chatting to at the campsite on the dance floor and this added to a great feeling of unity and positivity that I haven’t really experienced at a festival before.

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Special Request aka Paul Woolford continued the mood, moving things up a gear as it progressed into the evening, with music from his UK rave inspired album ‘Belief System’ including the wobbling bass and euphoria of ‘Make it Real’. For the night time hours it was all about the Hypercolour stage at the Walled Garden, another outstanding venue that is situated in the garden behind the manor house. It has a secret garden feel to it, as you pass under the old brick walls, through the low hanging plants, before reaching the stage that is sunk into the garden with a terraced grass area behind it. Kate Miller was playing here and was one of my surprise highlight sets of the weekend, a diverse blend of electronic music summed up by the classic dubstep anthem ‘Night’ by Benga & Coki. The legend that is Andrew Weatherall closed out the night, taking the crowd on a journey and telling a story through a progressive nature that only someone with such knowledge in the game can.

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Saturday fast came round and the daytime hours were again spent with some down time in the open areas of the festival. Some amazing live music featured on The Lawn all weekend such as the stripped back meditative rhythms from the Cuban Iranian group Ariwo and uplifting worldly inspired melodies of Africane 808. This was the perfect tonic after a night of heavy raving. The night held some of the most anticipated sets of the weekend with Half Baked in Ricky’s Disco, featuring Zip and Margaret Dygas headlining and playing for a combined 7 hours. Ricky’s Disco was a great tent and felt like one of the most intimate, spherical in shape, with a large disco ball and hanging flowers. The vibe inside was probably the standout of the weekend for Margaret Dygas. She played an awe inspiring set, with long flowing mixes and plenty of unknown and unreleased grooves. A discerning crowd of Perlon and Half Baked supporters loving every moment, particularly big receptions came when she dropped the timeless classic acid tinged beat of ‘The Sun Can’t Compare by Larry Heard, the vocals on everyone’s lips.  Zip continued the raucous atmosphere with music like ‘I Have You On My Sound’ by Son of Sound & Jus Ed, a peak time Underground Quality US house stomper. Cheers, whistles and hugs between friends and strangers could be seen and heard all around the tent for the duration. There was even time to catch the final hour of Ben UFO who was constructing a mix at Trigon of music without the borders usually put up by genres.

At many festivals I have been to Sunday can often feel like a downer as people are tired and ready to go home, but this was not the case at Gottwood. With radiant skies still overhead reflecting on the lake, it was easy to get out of bed to grab a Bloody Mary and get back to a spot on the lawn, where Craig Richards was playing the first of two sets, a special dub and reggae set. Wearing a trademark patterned shirt, he demonstrated the diversity of his record collection, pulling out 7 inches like ‘I Man Can’t Live Like this’ by Barry Brown. A pure Sunday afternoon ambience was being created, almost as if you were on a beach, as I sipped a drink with my toes in the lake to cool off. It felt like a real honour to be part of such a special event and it was great to see the owner of the Gottwood site, an older gentleman, walking around the site and enjoying seeing people appreciate the natural charm of the landscape around them. In the afternoon I caught City Fly Records over on the other side of the lake at the open Cpt. Cabeza stage. A label based in my hometown city of Leicester, they played a great disco and house set that even got what looked like the youngest member of the crowd, a small young boy (not sure how he passed the challenge 25 policy!) dancing.

On the final evening I was spoilt for choice with One Records at Ricky’s Disco, Butterside Up at Trigon and The Nothing Special at the Walled Garden. Fortunately due to the long set times, another great feature of the festival, I managed to catch a bit of everything. One Records had John Dimas, Voigtmann and label owners Adam Shelton b2b Subb-an playing their brand of always high quality house and techno, aimed squarely at the dance floor and with rolling beats aplenty. Over at the Trigon it was a slightly different affair to the daytime flavours, as Nicolas Lutz went b2b with Binh. Another highlight of the weekend, the pair made their way through a devastating set of some of their cosmic electro, spacey house and garage tinged minimal tracks on vinyl, from their respective My Own Jupiter and Time Passages labels. This included the forthcoming ‘Tschuss’ by Draculas Lutz & Omar. The Trigon at its best underneath the dark red lasers and smoke cannons, with the crowd going for it and using every single last drop of resource in their limbs. The anthemic reach for the sky ‘Atmosphere’ by Luca Lozano came out the stacks and provided another boost. Sonja Moonear maintained the high intensity, producing another all vinyl masterclass of house and techno.

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To close out the weekend it only felt right to catch the end of Craig Richards hosting The Nothing Special all night at The Walled Garden. A far cry from his earlier set, this time he was in the midst of a high octane mix of techno and electro. A DJ that is arguably one of the most experienced in underground music, with his long running residency at fabriclondon, where he has played before so many names. He crafts together mixes that include multiple genres and records that you may never have stumbled upon before.

Also painting abstract art outside of DJing (some may be fascinated by his label artwork) his expression through music is always mesmerising to watch and the tent was a carnival of warm emotion as a chant of DJ Otzi’s ‘Hey Baby’ rang out on top of the serious music, bringing a smile to Craig’s face. As the last track was played and I made my way back to the campsite, I was immediately thinking of when this enchanting, all-encompassing musical and arts experience could be absorbed in again. My mind was on Houghton, Gottwood’s sister festival, curated by Craig himself and where many of the people I had spoken to over the weekend would be heading to next. Four days had taken place where we were blessed with outstanding weather, an extraordinary location and you become part of a community brought together for the love of great music, the Gottwood family as it is described. You return with new friends, inspirations, favourite artists and a yearning to taste what is a truly unique environment once again.

Words by Tom Warner

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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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CHECKPOINT 5 Years of Love

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We had a very original and interesting chat with Sampol, relevant member of the Artists collective Checkpoint represented also by Sonodab, very talented producer has edited several of the most respected labels as Kina Music, Trazable Recordings and as well remixed the best artists of the moment.

Let’s start with Checkpoint concept, is a combination of arts established and focuses its events in Barcelona since 2013, as resolute forward-thinking approaches between different  and contemporary shapes of House and Techno with unconventional artistic trends. Counting both musical and visual conceptions accurately aligned with having on board the most emerging electronic music artists of European’s underground scene, always located in emblematic spaces where a socially and culturally atmosphere is acoustically set.

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And the residents; Baraso, passionate in Electronic music and culture, has a long career which is seeing him playing quite a lots around the best European stages and clubs.

Rainer, owner of Therapy Records and one of Checkpoints regular guests is releasing on various different labels such as Half Baked, Vinylclub and Bodyparts to name just a few. Rainer is defo an artist close under our MEOKO microscope. 

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Last but not least Rick Maia is an extremely versatile DJ able to adapt his unique sound to any kind of environment where he combines impeccable taste with impressive technical skills to superb effect. He has the passion, intelligence and a understanding of the dance music environment which makes him a truly exciting prospect.

The main impressive thing is that the aim to create a special, characteristic scene in Barcelona offering people the possibility of an experience where the quality of music and art are staying in focus.

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Regulary collaborations with rising multimedia artists, installation designers or sculptures talented from the most acclaimed local art academies and galleries, all of this is represented with the colorful graphics of the flyers which respect the themes and the different locations of the parties.

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Constant collaborations with rising multimedia artists, installation designers or sculptures talented from the most acclaimed local art academies and galleries, all of this is represented with the colorful graphics of the flyers which respect the themes and the different locations of the parties.

Approaching to the OFF WEEK, best occasion to celebrate 5th anniversary of Checkpoint. The event is a three day-tour-de-force with dozen of DJs and live acts spread between three different venues.

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Celebrations will start on 13th of June at Backyard Villa surrounded by a pool garden terrace and more hidden spots inside the house combined with a super tasty line up :  Binh,  Andrew James Gustav, Saverio Celestri, Christian AB, Giammarco Orsini and all the rest of O300f Recordings crew.

After a fresh orange juice and couple of bananas we’ll walk to Port Forum for a special outdoor Rooftop after party, right in front of the sea, special set up for the occasion where the Resident Djs will take over the decks shouder to shoulder with Robin Ordell B2b Onirik, Seuil, Quest and a very special Guest TBA… 

 

Third, last and  awaited one, MEOKO edition at the Meetingpoint Gallery where in the heart of Raval we will be involved in an avant- garde Music and Art community , Vinyl market, workshop, upcycle crafts and more activities all day long.

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From this match with Meetingpoint, another great occasion was born for Checkpoint, a twin project, a space for work and  training and dissemination, the experience of using a public space in a self-managed way through the use of healthy and natural materials, innovation and creativity that has become the residency Home for Checkpoint.

The Location, Espai Txema is one of the winning projects Pla de BUITs contest sponsored by the Council of Barcelona city in 2013. Small building built with materials / recycled, compostable and / or reusable. It is a project that aims to involve citizens in a process of continuous learning.

We literally can’t wait!

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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Djebali Mix & Interview x MDRNTY Cruise 2018 ‘just have to go with the flow.’

By Festival, Hot Off The Press, Interview & Exclusive Mix, Interviews, MEOKO Exclusive, MEOKO Presents

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A Parisian club kid in the early 2000s, Djebali has grown into one of the most accomplished house producers from the city’s new generation of talent, leading to his Rex Club Residency. It is with great pleasure that MEOKO caught up with the French Star, ahead of his appearance at MDRNTY Cruise alongside a special mix recorded live at Rex Club in March at the Ideal Juice Showcase with Fumiya Tanaka.

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Q1- Hey Mehdi, first of all thank you for the mix and your time. How is life so far; what have you been up to?

Hi guys, All’s good so far! Even though I recently had a flood in my studio area, meaning I had to spend an entire week cleaning up the mess and reorganizing & testing the machines, thanks god everything’s working well. Again; Summer is finally here, and I just can’t wait for all those outdoor sunny parties to happen!

Q2- Rex Club is a big player in Paris Club Scene. It must take a lot to be a resident at Rex Club and it is surely a great match. How did it feel when you used to go there to party and how does it feel now to be in charge of the club during your set?

Rex Club is celebrating his 30th anniversary this year. That means something special, I guess it’s a dream for loads of clubs (all?) to be able to get this longevity whilst keeping on offering since day one quality music and DJs performance from around the world.

Of course I am honored to be part of the club history. As you mentioned, I’ve been going to rex club since my tender age, been then invited to play a few times before eventually becoming a resident. It’s been 4 years now that I have been holding Ideal Juice residency, and that goes beyond all expectations!

I love playing there, the audio set up sounds amazing, the Rex crew is always making you feel like home and I have the freedom to bring the dj’s / performers I fancy like recently Fumiya Tanaka, Ion Ludwig, Satoshi Tomiie… it’s a perfect match! 

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Q3- It is definitely one for the diary; MDRNTY Cruise 2018, a 3-day paradise across the Mediterranean Sea. You played at the first edition and it is nobody’s surprise you are back for the 2nd edition as well. How was your experience there last year and any expectations on this year?

Well, I feel very lucky to return for the 2nd year in a row as it is a total renewed line up for this second edition!

Last year was simply amazing, I didn’t know what to expect because it was my first “cruising” experience! Everything was so well organized!

An incredible line up, 24/7 music, food and drinks, sunshine, day & night parties, but also some great boat facilities like spa, sport, casino… you could do whatever you want, whenever you want, so easily! On top It was so much fun walking around the boat and bumping into the crowd, the other djs, the staff.. it was a friendly vibe all over and big fun all cruising long! I had the chance to stay on board for the whole journey last year and I am looking forward to doing it all over again this June.. 3 days long no less!

A lot of friends are playing there too amongst which Guti, Mathew Jonson, Archie Hamilton, Lazare Hoche, Cassy and of course Dan, Dyed and Shonky as Apollonia, as well as a ton of very good artists.. Once on board, you’ll just have to go with the flow.

Again a big Thank You to MDRNTY crew to offer this special cruise to the electronic crowd!

Q4- Approaching the middle of 2018 already; how has your year been so far and what have you got planned for the rest of the year? Any upcoming releases, gigs, plans to share with MEOKO readers?

The year has been great so far, I had the chance to play some big events for the first time like Caprices Festival in the Alpes, or to return to The Block in Tel Aviv, or to PIV events in Amsterdam etc..

Closer to us, the season in Ibiza looks already amazing. I will play several shows in Amnesia for Pyramid x Keep on Dancing on Mondays, which is meant to be my new home for the summer, also I’ve been invited by Black Coffee  to play his residency at HÏ Ibiza and one play at Heart Ibiza in august. No need to say that I am very excited. 😛

Releases wise, there is that OAM (once a month) project I’ve been running since January. The idea is to offer every month of the year a track for free Download. Subscribe to my channel on youtube to be warned when a new track is available with a video trailer. Caution! each free download will be limited in time to 3 weeks. May’s just been released via XLR8R.

On another note, I had the chance to remix a track called Fall from Legend DJ Pierre as part of his album Wild Pitch (Story) named after one of his alias and released on Get physical in May. On the remix duty, look out too the one I did of Enzo Siragusa and Nima Gorji “Foreal” and out too. Several 12” coming out: one collab with POD, coming out on POD Cross, and another one called “ Into the depth” on Reda Dare’s label Signatune.

Another highlight will be the remix I did for Guti’s album that will be out on the martinez brothers’ label, cuttin’ headz

Regarding my own labels, a new EP from Chris Stussy is just out on ( djebali ) presents, and the following one will be an EP from Italian friends Jonny n’Travis! ( djebali ) reworks will add to the catalog, remixes from Audio Werner and Rossko, and ( djebali ) extra an EP from NTFO with a remix of mine.

Q5- It is a great pleasure to see you join our mix series. It has been on our wish list in a while. Was it a live recording or you recorded in your studio? How would you describe it?

A shared pleasure it is! It s a mix I recorded live at Rex Club back in march at the occasion of the Ideal Juice with Fumiya Tanaka. That night I first opened the night, and closed it too afterwards.

Here I present the first part, the start. The recording is 2h30 long. This was Fumiya’s warm up so expect a deep start to an ongoing journey until I passed on the decks to Fumiya; Enjoy the mix!

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Thank you again and see you on the Magic Boat. We hope to see you in London sometime soon as well!

Thank you! See you on the boat and also for sure in London soon!

Words by Erchin Jon

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fabric x Toi Toi Barcelona – OFF Week 2018 – Win Tickets + More

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This June will see a big return to the decks together a very finest class B2b, Margaret Dygas and Craig Richards for the Sonar OFF week. Both old rulers at the Farringdon local with a long history of alongside sets.
Minimal, breaks and tasty blend of house and techno, Richards’s sounds entirely reflect the successfull partnership between Fabric and Toi Toi ; as well the minimalistic sounds of the beloved Perlon label will be shown by Margaret.

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For an impeccable Live Ion Ludwig, a master 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.

Rhadoo, perhaps the most famous student of the Villalobos style, an artist with a very strong Romanian identity, proved his stunning production talents ranging from deep, dubby house to is not only known as one of the most promising DJs in electronic club music, but he also uplifting and seductive techno. A perfect example is Fabric’72 an exclusive compilation of bomb records he takes with him all around the world.

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Finally to close this exciting line up…..

Herodot. Not just a exceptionally talented DJ, Label Owner, Promoter and Club Guesthouse’s representative to part of the family Toi Toi Booking Agency Rooster, his sets are very well know for keeping the party going for endless hours…

“I’m booking my flight tickets right now to don’t miss this boiling line up, I willwear my coolest sunglasses…Nos vemos en Barcelona, WOLF Club / SonarOFF .”

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Join the competition by emailing us at hello_competitions@devmeoko.co.uk  and answering in the subject title: Which one of these is an actual alias name of Rhadoo?

A. B. C.

Benone

Colorhadoo

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Amazing prizes for the winner !

2 x Tickets 

Pox & Pol – Argenis Brito & Ricardo Villalobos vin

Fabric 01: Craig Richards CD 

Good luck…

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Words by Agnese Aghnes Valentini