You’d think there would be some French folk behind RSS Disco, but it’s 3 guys from Hamburg, Germany who are taking the reigns here. With it’s alluring title, ‘Des Taxis Pour Les Galaxies’ flaunts you with an air of secrecy, wanting to discover what’s hiding behind the veil.

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Artist: RSS Disco
Title: Des Taxis Pour Les Galaxies (Original Mix)
Label: RSS Discovery
Catalog#: RSS Discovery 01
Releasdate: 2012-10-01

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You’d think there would be some French folk behind RSS Disco, but it’s 3 guys from Hamburg, Germany who are taking the reigns here. With it’s alluring title, ‘Des Taxis Pour Les Galaxies’ flaunts you with an air of secrecy, wanting to discover what’s hiding behind the veil.

Once started, it’s guitar lines and pulsing bass only enlarges the internal question marks. But right at that moment, the vocal comes in. Those sweet, innocent French words, telling us she’s not afraid of the road ahead.

The total package, including dramatic instrumental solo, makes for a beautiful 8,5 minutes of listening. We’re happy to share this with you, even if it’s almost 2 years old.

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Tennis is a lot more than playing a tiny yellow ball to your opponent. It’s a test, a battle, a showdown of skill and endurance. The best games are those where you and your opponent are on the same level. Those games where you get challenged and have to reach a higher level to compete with your nemesis. It’s no fun to see Nadal beat a rookie, line him up against Djokovic and you’ll get next level stuff.

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Artist: DJ Tennis
Title: Anatomy (North Lake Remix)
Label: Life And Death
Catalog#: LAD017
Releasdate: 2014-14-04

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Tennis is a lot more than playing a tiny yellow ball to your opponent. It’s a test, a battle, a showdown of skill and endurance. The best games are those where you and your opponent are on the same level. Those games where you get challenged and have to reach a higher level to compete with your nemesis. It’s no fun to see Nadal beat a rookie, line him up against Djokovic and you’ll get next level stuff.

A dancefloor is kind off the same thing. Both players need to bring their A-game in order to make a night work. A DJ has to make sure he’s comfortable with his racket, is focussed on the game and knows how to hit a curveball. A crowd must know the rules, respect the DJ’s serve and make sure that they don’t settle for anything less than Ace.

A great night is equal to a great rally. Crowd and DJ are working together, hitting that ball back and forth. Both giving their best, putting in the effort and willing to give everything for that victory. It takes time, it takes patience but when that opportunity finally comes, make sure to smash that fucker right out of the stadium. Game, set, match.

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Another pick of Einmusik’s new album. Necromancy is a form of magic involving communication with the deceased — either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily — for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge.

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Artist: Einmusik
Title: Necromancy (Original Mix)
Label: Einmusika Recordings
Catalog#: EINMUSIKA026
Releasdate: 11-04-2014

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Another pick of Einmusik’s new album. Necromancy is a form of magic involving communication with the deceased — either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily — for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge.

Can you hear the passed away speak through this track? Well, we don’t, but we are ready to dance our asses of to this track. Einmusik will be back here in the Netherlands this summer, at Soenda Festival on May 17th. We’ll be hosting a stage there as well. See you there!

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Einmusik day! The avid producer from Germany has a new album out, celebrating 10 years of touring and performing restlessly all over the planet. It shows how far our genre has come and what a place it has taken within the industry as a whole. We’re going global!

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Artist: Einmusik
Title: 5 A.M. (Original Mix)
Label: Einmusika Recordings
Catalog#: EINMUSIKA026
Releasdate: 11-04-2014

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Einmusik day! The avid producer from Germany has a new album out, celebrating 10 years of touring and performing restlessly all over the planet. It shows how far our genre has come and what a place it has taken within the industry as a whole. We’re going global!

To be frank, ’5 A.M.’ is pretty basic. But it’s simplicity in it’s highest form. You don’t always need layer upon layer with unorthodox sound just to get something that stands out. Take the simplest elements and execute them to perfection and you’ll get something that’ll close eyes and raise hands, just around 5 A.M.

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When you think of house music around the globe, Detroit and Chicago pop up as cities where it all began, but also Berlin and Amsterdam, where the free spirited techno sound lives and breathes. While it is a saying among many foreigners that Holland is the capital of Amsterdam, we harvest more than that.

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Artist: Malbetrieb (Niels Schilder)
Label: Klopfgeist
Based: Groningen, the Netherlands
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When you think of house music around the globe, Detroit and Chicago pop up as cities where it all began, but also Berlin and Amsterdam, where the free spirited techno sound lives and breathes. While it is a saying among many foreigners that Holland is the capital of Amsterdam, we harvest more than that.

Way up in the north lies Groningen, a city filled with students and northerners. They are sober and sturdy, pragmatic and honest folk. News from the north rarely finds it way to the busy and hasty Amsterdam, but some true gems reside there, and we took the time to talk to one: Malbetrieb.

Niels Schilder grew up in Lemmer, listening to the jukebox at home. Here, his love for analog gear began as well as his affection for buying music. He started collecting hardware gear and has been jaming for over 6 years now. His name was derived from his own name, Schilder, which means “painter” in Dutch. It was rather a hasty pick; “When Nuno Dos Santos called me and told me he had arranged a release for me, I needed an artist name. My brother had just started a painting company, and since that corresponded with our family name I thought of a name that linked to my family name. Malbetrieb comes from the word Malerbetrieb, which is German for painting company.

The scene in Groningen is very interesting at the moment, and Malbetrieb is deeply rooted in it. “I’m very proud of the atmosphere we’ve created here. There is a lot of cohesion between organisations and the crowd. People keep track of each other’s developments, and we put true heart and effort in our productions. In contrary to Amsterdam, we don’t have a lot of competition, so we are pretty much free to try out anything new. If it doesn’t work, we’ll stop it and try another thing. Right now things are developing nicely, and with clubs like Paradigm we’re working towards a place where we can exhibit cutting edge artists and really do what we love.”

We ask what kind of a role he plays in the Groningen music scene, and what his part is, but Niels states that he doesn’t see it that way. “I can overview the scene, but I can’t place myself in it in a specific place. That is for other people to do, I just do what I like to do. With Paradigm we do play an educative role, but we never intended it that way. It just came with the time.”

Malbetrieb has been working long on his own sound, collecting ideas from his day to day whereabouts. “I am constantly recording sounds with my phone and recorder. I can have hours of fun from small and unusual things or sounds I hear in the streets. When I make music I work with pre selected scenes from all these recordings and jam with them. I have a large mixing table and my hardware instruments that enable me to record a track in real time. I want to give my tracks a live feel, so I don’t arrange my tracks upfront anymore, but just let it happen. You can really hear that the music has been made live, along with little errors. But that’s just what gives it its charm.”

“The downside of being influenced by so many things is that my style never really settled. I even notice it when I’m mastering my album, where I sometimes don’t agree with the track itself anymore. It’s frustrating, but it is what I love doing. Music is one of the few things that can really keep me going for days and it clears my mind. I also have a dog now to help me with that. He forces me to go outside and leave the studio every now and then, which also helps me to create a right mindset for producing.”

The podcast he made for SEKOIA has a distinct dubsound, which differs from his own producing sound. Malbetrieb really wants to make a distinction between the two aspects of his artist profile. “I would call the sound I display when DJ’ing abstract house. At first I played out my tracks when I did a DJ set, but now I have separated that. A DJ set is something else then producing or a live set in my eyes, so I make a distinction. I want to create contrast in my sets, wake people and tell them a story, and I like the minimal side of house where you can create huge lows and bring it all back to a peak all of a sudden.”

Listen to the podcast and be sure to keep an eye out for Malbetrieb, for winter may not be coming, yet the north surely is on the rise.

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Last night, we ended with ‘Antartide‘. Today, we’re waking up with ‘Canyons’. Released on Sasha’s Last Night On Earth, it seems pretty clear what the sound of summer 2014 will be. If all the major players in the industry will be picking this up (just look at Diynamic for example), we’re in for one hell of a season. 

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Artist: Hunter_Game
Title: Canyons (Original Mix)
Label: Last Night On Earth
Catalog#: LNOE027
Releasdate: 2014-03-24

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Last night, we ended with ‘Antartide‘. Today, we’re waking up with ‘Canyons’. Released on Sasha’s Last Night On Earth, it seems pretty clear what the sound of summer 2014 will be. If all the major players in the industry will be picking this up (just look at Diynamic for example), we’re in for one hell of a season. 

There’s a question that remains though: does this specific style of music work outside the dark clubs? Can you imagine yourself dancing away the day on a festival to music like this? Or will it still be the upbeat, positive, happy deep house tracks that will be the big summer hits? We’re still undecided, and will take our time to find out.

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Compared to the stuff they’ve been making and playing a few years ago, there’s almost nothing recognisable left of the Hunter_Game duo. The Italians are going along for the ride with the rest of the producing duets hailing from the home of the pizza. Deep, down and dark is the way to go it seems. With ‘Antartide’, it’s all growling, fixed basslines forming solid grooves, creating large spaces for the aired out little twinkly synths to fly through.

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Artist: Hunter_Game
Title: Antartide (Original Mix)
Label: Last Night On Earth
Catalog#: LNOE027
Releasdate: 2014-03-24

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Compared to the stuff they’ve been making and playing a few years ago, there’s almost nothing recognisable left of the Hunter_Game duo. The Italians are going along for the ride with the rest of the producing duets hailing from the home of the pizza. Deep, down and dark is the way to go it seems. With ‘Antartide’, it’s all growling, fixed basslines forming solid grooves, creating large spaces for the aired out little twinkly synths to fly through.

We can’t say anything else besides: it works! This is beautiful stuff and we totally love this new direction, although we’re wondering how long this ‘hype’ will last…

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Johannes Brecht is the kind of musician you can easily become jealous of: able to play a plethora of instruments seemingly at ease and quite prolific at playing all of them.

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Johannes Brecht is the kind of musician you can easily become jealous of: able to play a plethora of instruments seemingly at ease and quite prolific at playing all of them.

He started playing music at 5 years old and stemming from a family of musicians, he hasn’t known a different life since that point forward. To get by, he started making music in a multitude of ways. “I studied music in Stuttgart and although I was very interested in every aspect, studio production is what fascinated me the most. That’s when I started dabbling in electronic music. I was a bandleader for Henrik Schwarz’ Instruments orchestra and at one time I played him one of my electronic productions. That was Holla.”

Holla has since been released on Schwarz’ Sunday Music label. It was a big success and it has led to a great launch of Brecht’s career into electronic music. Most recently he remixed Mayaku’s Bushwalking for Nuno Dos Santos’ Something Happening Somewhere label. “I met Nuno at EKKO when I was playing Opkikker. He asked me if I wanted tot do a remix for his label and I did. It took some time before it was released, but that time has come. Now I am playing his label night next Saturday (April 12th) at Trouw Amsterdam.”

It’s kind of curious how a classically schooled musician has been able to build a steady career in electronic music so quickly. “Well, I’ve visited clubs, so I know what kind of conventions apply. Nonetheless I still want to approach club music like a musician. I always play live and I like to start up a track very simple and then add elements. Of course, I use the conventions of club music, but I also like to play with them.”

Another thing that stands out about Johannes Brecht is that he has done only a few releases, yet he has never done a podcast. “Yes, that’s correct, I don’t make podcasts. I want my productions to reflect my live performances, as I only play live. As for podcasts, that would only be possible if I do them exactly the same way as I do a live set, but that kind of defeats the purpose. A live set is live and I want it to be tied to a certain moment. You lose that when you put it on the internet at a later moment.”

So electronic music is his latest successful endeavour into music, but what will the future hold for Brecht? “Right now I try to focus on doing what I do now, which is producing electronic music and performing live. I’m never sure what the future holds, because I always look for new challenges. I might release a jazz album very soon or maybe try something new. I don’t really plan too far ahead and see where inspiration takes me.”

Something Happening Somewhere in Trouw Amsterdam does not have a pre-sale. Tickets cost €18 at the door. If you come before midnight, a ticket costs only €8.

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On one hand this track is not entirely in line with the music on our channel, yet on the other hand, it most definitely is. We’ve had our doubts about uploading this one, since it’s probably the most poppy track we will ever feature. Yet, if you think about it SOHN encompasses everything that SEKOIA stands for. It’s deep, it’s electronic and it’s atmospheric.

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Artist: SOHN
Title: Lights
Label: 4AD
Catalog#: CAD3403
Releasdate: 08-04-2014

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On one hand this track is not entirely in line with the music on our channel, yet on the other hand, it most definitely is. We’ve had our doubts about uploading this one, since it’s probably the most poppy track we will ever feature. Yet, if you think about it SOHN encompasses everything that SEKOIA stands for. It’s deep, it’s electronic and it’s atmospheric.

Today SOHN’s album was officially released and covers a wide spectrum. Comparison’s to James Blake and Jamie Woon are very obvious, yet he more effectively uses influences from club music, which makes him more fitting to be considered an artist that fits within our spectrum, albeit on the very far edges of everything that we do.

If you enjoy this track, check out his album. It’s called ‘Tremors’, it has been playing on repeat in our office since it has been featured on Spotify.

 

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Is it a girl or a baby? Or a baby girl? Not sure, but that doesn’t change anything about this hauntingly beauty of a track made by Gidge. ‘Huldra’ is part of the recently released Atomnation compilation of which we featured Fran Seven’s ‘At least’ a while ago. ‘Huldra’ kept popping up in our playlists and was one of the tracks that when played out drew a lot of people to the booth asking what magic was coming out of the speakers.

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Artist: Gidge
Title: Huldra
Label: Atomnation
Catalog#: ATM017
Releasdate: 2014-02-18

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Is it a girl or a baby? Or a baby girl? Not sure, but that doesn’t change anything about this hauntingly beauty of a track made by Gidge. ‘Huldra’ is part of the recently released Atomnation compilation of which we featured Fran Seven’s ‘At least’ a while ago. ‘Huldra’ kept popping up in our playlists and was one of the tracks that when played out drew a lot of people to the booth asking what magic was coming out of the speakers. Well people, it’s this: almost 7 minutes of pops and crackles, elegantly organised and spliced through with female cries of joy and sorrow. Throw in some filtered piano chords with heaps of reverb and we’re almost there. Of course, this written dissection doesn’t live up to the actual track in any way, so instead of reading this, click that play button.

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