Roman Flügel, aka Alter Ego, aka Sensorama, aka Goya, aka Defiance, aka Springrolls in Firenze, aka Acid Jezus, aka… anywho, you get the gist. Flügel has done away with all of these aliases and decided to focus on releasing music solely under his own name.

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Artist: Roman Flügel
Label: Kompakt, Dial, i.a.
Based: Frankfurt (GER)

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Roman Flügel, aka Alter Ego, aka Sensorama, aka Goya, aka Defiance, aka Springrolls in Firenze, aka Acid Jezus, aka… anywho, you get the gist. Flügel has done away with all of these aliases and decided to focus on releasing music solely under his own name.

“We’ve come to a point where people know who’s behind all my other projects. There’s no use to keep coming up with nicknames if it’s clear to people that it’s me again, but with another brand name. By now, people know that I try to produce within a very broad musical range, so it’s alright to use my own name.”

With a new album rumored to be released later this year, this couldn’t be a better time to get this wizard on board for the latest installment of our podcast. Sit back, relax and enjoy the analog magic that is SEKOIA Podcast #025, by the legendary Roman Flügel. – C.

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Eelke Kleijn has slowly become one of the most prolific Dutch producers of the underground. Not only making music under his own name but also helping other artists in creating their own sound. It’s great to see this EP from him on a label as Suara.

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Artist: Eelke Kleijn
Title: 51 Degrees North (Gregor Tresher Remix)
Label: Suara
Catalog#: Suara137
Releasdate: 2014-06-23

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Eelke Kleijn has slowly become one of the most prolific Dutch producers of the underground. Not only making music under his own name but also helping other artists in creating their own sound. It’s great to see this EP from him on a label as Suara.

Suara, the label with the cats, has had quite a few tricks up it’s sleeve lately. It’s latest accomplishment is this remix by Gregor Tresher. Get ready for six and a half minutes of orchestral epicness, with the signature Tresher sauce and skills on top. Synthwise, the track isn’t that special, as the arped little riff isn’t anything we haven’t heard before. It’s that sampled choir-like sound on the background that’s the real star of this tune, combined with the very well executed drum section, that makes this tune a real winner. Something for the peak hours and something only suited to really good sound system. But when all those boxes are checked and this track drops, you better watch out, ’cause things are about to go crazy.

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A while back, Culoe de Song headlined an evening at TrouwAmsterdam. Prior to his set we took the chance to sit down with him and talk about his music, his view on life and his part in the musical landscape.

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Artist: Culoe de Song
Label: Innervisions
Based: South Africa

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A while back, Culoe de Song headlined an evening at TrouwAmsterdam. Prior to his set we took the chance to sit down with him and talk about his music, his view on life and his part in the musical landscape.

Culoe (Culolethu) comes from a small town near Durban, South Africa. He grew up in a religious community and visited church often, where he got in touch with a lot of different styles of music. ”My family was very active with music and with church going, so that’s where everything started for me. I was surrounded by a lot of music growing up and I think it has been in me from very little age.”

His music style has a very distinct and recognizable sound, but for his third album “Exodus” Culoe wanted to do something different. The title ‘Exodus’ evokes associations with the last book of the bible, but Culoe himself says that the album title has got nothing to do with religion. “Exodus is of course linked to the bible very strongly, but it also means leaving things behind, and  in relation to my album it is more me showing a different side of my music, and taking a step into a new sound. My style is still recognizable, but In a way it is more an album for the people, and taking them on a journey of what I believe to be music.“

Africa seems to be the last uncharted area on the global house map, but it has been working hard the last couple of years to undo that. Culoe tells us that Africa is booming with new artists, and cities and venues are putting effort into hosting new electronic music festivals. Being at the forefront of this motion, we asked how he looks at these new developments.

“Africa is booming at the moment, and djing here seems to be what playing football is in Brazil. At the moment everybody wants to learn it. House music is becoming very large here, and you see that cities start to pick that up as well. There are a lot of new festivals and venues starting in larger cities as Johannesburg, Capetown, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Those are the cities where I play often as well. In 2015 South Africa will host the Ultra Music Festival, but I hope that in the future South Africa will have its own big music festival. You see a lot of new music here and a need for some order. Festivals program a lot of different music now, but I think that in a couple of years house music will be the main sound heard here.”

Africa is reported quite differently in the news often, how does that relate to you? What do you see of that?

I think Africa is just as any country in the world, and I personally think that the news is mostly responsible for the bad image Africa has because there is a to great focus on the bad things here. I see those bad things of course, but I don’t want that to determine what I do and don’t do. It’s all about where you put your focus, because there are good and bad things in every country around the globe, and you can’t let those bad things guide your way.”

Skipping back to the music, we talked about his first releases and his connection with Innervisions. Culoe de Song is part of Soulistic Music, a label founded by Black Coffee, and has released all of his albums there. Besides that he has three releases on Innervisions, which gave him the key to Europe as an artist. “A lot of people had already tipped Innervisions about my music, and when I was at the Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona in 2008 a lot of people told me the same. I took this as a sign and some time later my first release there was realized. I then discovered the influence the label had in Europe, and I am still a big fan of them. They have a similar vision about music as mine, and that is that they are not afraid to step out into a whole new segment of music. Music comes from all kinds of places, and they are able to take something that is very distinct in its own right, and release it. They don’t have to pigeonhole.”

The music of Culoe de Song has a tribal and minimalistic, but very colorful and sophisticated vibe. He is not a big fan of studios and locking himself up, but he prefers to be outdoors, there where the things are he gets inspired by. “Studio equipment is getting smaller and smaller, so why would I confine myself to a studio room when I can make music whilst traveling, or just out in the open? I prefer working on small devices actually, surrounded by my inspirations. Of course you don’t have to disregard the past all at the same time, for many sounds of old analog synthesizers are still being used, also by me. But I use them  in form of software plug ins, to create something new.  I don’t believe that there is a limit to music, and as long as music comes from a good place, people will be open to it.”

We then continue to talk about his dj sets and how he incorporates his visions about music and life when he is playing. Culoe doesn’t believe in keeping secrets, but wants to share as much as possible with the people around him. Because from sharing knowledge, he himself gains knowledge. “When I play a dj set I try to make a connection with the dance floor, and give them some of my experience and knowledge of music. Everybody starts somewhere, and has their own entry level into the music scene. I like to see people develop themselves, and try out new things As an artist, if you have success with something, it doesn’t mean that you have to keep doing the same. It is a dangerous thing, especially when something becomes trending, but for me the only interesting move after you’ve established something is to try and create something new. It doesn’t mean that it’s not you anymore, but a different you. That’s what I like to experience when making music. You shouldn’t be afraid to try out new things, and I think that for everybody that is the best way to look at life. From different views and working manners derive different things. You don’t have to go out and find yourself, but you have to create yourself into what you want to be. I believe that everybody has the responsibility to create themselves, or else you have nothing to inspire other people with. And by inspiring other people, and by showing them what you do, you push them to develop themselves as well, and you give them the tools to do so simultaneously. That is a very important part we as DJ’s and artists play, because in the end, my profession revolves around entertainment and putting a smile on people’s faces. I like to spread some meaningful words with my music, and  I always incorporate that into my dj sets. There is nothing else I can think of that would suit me better than this.”

Culoe de Song comes across as a very inspired person, even though he is only 24. The SoHaSo evening turned out to be a wonderful event, where Culoe de Song played a three hour set filled with new and inspiring music. Word is out on the streets that he will be releasing a new EP on Innervisions soon, so be sure to keep a close watch on him.

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‘A Forest’, Christian Löffler’s album from 2012, has made its way to our music players once again. Especially ‘Pale Skin’ is a fitting musical expression of our collective grief. It has a way of tearing through flesh and expressing a collective feeling of loneliness and terror.

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Artist: Christian Löffler
Title: Pale Skin
Label: KI Records
Catalog#: KICD02
Releasdate: 2012-06-18

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Paul Harrer: WEB

‘A Forest’, Christian Löffler’s album from 2012, has made its way to our music players once again. Especially ‘Pale Skin’ is a fitting musical expression of our collective grief. It has a way of tearing through flesh and expressing a collective feeling of loneliness and terror.


Every person mourns in their own private way. Some show anger, yet some show no emotion at all. Moreover, people should be free to grieve in the way that fits them best. Emotional music like ‘Pale Skin’ however has the power to make us at least feel this mourning and process our feelings on our own. So let’s take one last time to grieve in solitude together and mourn those that we lost.

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Buiten Westen was, without a doubt, one of the most memorable festivals of the year. The quality line up, the improved production values and the heat which resulted in tons of water guns, sweat and dust. Having one minute of silence and remembrance for the victims of flight MH17 was the most intense festival experiences we’ve come across in a long time.

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Buiten Westen 2014
19-07-2014
Westerpark (Amsterdam)
Netherlands

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Buiten Westen was, without a doubt, one of the most memorable festivals of the year. The quality line up, the improved production values and the heat which resulted in tons of water guns, sweat and dust. Having one minute of silence and remembrance for the victims of flight MH17 was the most intense festival experiences we’ve come across in a long time.

But in the end not the memories of certain moments remain, but the overall feeling a festival gives you. Manoah Biesheuvel, who co-directed our Inner Circle videos with us, captured the feeling of Buiten Westen in a sublime way. Matched perfectly to Jefferson Airplane’s ‘White Rabbit’ and with the focus on emotions instead of moments. A beautiful aftermovie for a great festival.

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It’s time to freshen things up! Today we’re finally releasing our new visual identity! An updated logo and even better: animated videos! From now on, no more static images on our Youtube channel, but a series of animations made by graphic wizard Jeisson Drenth. We asked him if he wanted to introduce the first animated video himself, while explaining his design process a bit.

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Artist: Adam Mashall
Title: Heavy Metals
Label: New Kanada
Catalog#: NK44
Releasdate: 2013-10-09

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Iviaggi Del Delfino: WEB

It’s time to freshen things up! Today we’re finally releasing our new visual identity! An updated logo and even better: animated videos! From now on, no more static images on our Youtube channel, but a series of animations made by graphic wizard Jeisson Drenth. We asked him if he wanted to introduce the first animated video himself, while explaining his design process a bit.

“In the restyling of SEKOIA’s visual identity I’ve looked for possibilities to take the existing logo -a witty and elegant metaphor for trinity- to the next level. A thorough briefing and loads of experiments with illustration, typography, and motion graphics lead to a mixture of several proposals. It has been an exciting puzzle! Pinpointing the clients passion and ambition.. amplifying this with a visual translation.. I love this process. It has resulted in a library of several motion graphics that is dying to grow and craves loads of future crossmedia applications.

As for how music relates to my work it’s these type of tracks that really appeal to my creativity. Whether you close your eyes and rock your head from one side to the other, or bite your lip because you can’t wait to feel this bassline on anything better than your computer speakers. Synths taking you high, a solid bassline pulling you back in. Way up and deep down, everything balanced out nicely and quite inventive.

It’s a game well played with this type of versatileness that is exciting to me. Things that grow into a specific form by the combination of multiple particles, legible on different levels and composed in a way that creates an interesting dynamic. Like Walter ‘Walt’ Whitman -American poet, essayist and journalist- once said: “I am large, I contain multitudes”. Complexity, pluriformity, versatileness.. These are the elements I love to work with and I believe make a sustainable design that can grow along with what it represents.” – JD.

We’re really happy with the result and hope you’ll enjoy it too. Thank you Jeisson. We’ve received a lot of questions about merchandise and we’re happy to inform you that we’re working on some materials like t-shirts, bags and new stickers. Keep your eyes peeled for those.

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We’re very much looking forward to Apparat playing Buiten Westen next Saturday. But how can you highlight such an highly acclaimed producer if millions around the globe already follow every step he takes? We delved deep into his discography and found this relatively unknown remix of Ladytron.

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Artist: Ladytron
Title: Tomorrow (Apparat Remix)
Label: Nettwerk
Catalog#: N0010518DIG
Releasdate: 2011-03-08

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Kelly Sikkema: FL

We’re very much looking forward to Apparat playing Buiten Westen next Saturday. But how can you highlight such an highly acclaimed producer if millions around the globe already follow every step he takes? We delved deep into his discography and found this relatively unknown remix of Ladytron.

Apparat’s remix of ‘Tomorrow’ features a droning, bodeful buzzing that’s present throughout the track. Around the 1:50 mark he starts playing with the harmonies of the referred chord, making it comforting instead of threatening. The same contradiction is found within the vocals, they’re a bit haunting but yet calming. This remix expresses musically that there’s a sense of security in fear. Even in the darkest times.

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Sadness

Fri 18 Jul

As you might have heard, unfortunately we’ve lost a lot of fellow Dutchmen yesterday. A plane from Maylasian Airwways, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was hit by a Russian/Ukrainian missile. Nobody survived the impact and as more details from the crash are becoming clear we know that already over 295 innocent people have lost their lives.

This shocking news reminds us of how fragile life is, but even more how utterly useless war always will be. Our hearts go out to all the victims and everyone involved or connected to this tragedy.

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As you might have heard, unfortunately we’ve lost a lot of fellow Dutchmen yesterday. A plane from Maylasian Airwways, which was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was hit by a Russian/Ukrainian missile. Nobody survived the impact and as more details from the crash are becoming clear we know that already over 295 innocent people have lost their lives.

This shocking news reminds us of how fragile life is, but even more how utterly useless war always will be. Our hearts go out to all the victims and everyone involved or connected to this tragedy.

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At SEKOIA we always admire diversity in electronical music genres. We don’t mind monotonous hypnotizing tracks for which techno is known, but we think that sometimes a change of pace in one track can add to the experience of listening to it. This phenomenon, when a song changes over time, is what’s called progression. A track progresses from start to end, and the difference between those two points can either be quite small, or sometimes huge. But even when the start of the track and the end may be quite similar in terms of atmosphere or vibe, the progression inbetween is what counts. And that’s what makes this remix of ‘Soundsail’ special. When people say the journey is more important than the destination, this little wonder is a perfect example.

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Artist: Tone Of Arc
Title: Soundsail (Deniz Kurtel remix)
Label: No. 19 Music
Catalog#: NO19028
Releasdate: 2012-10-22

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Taylor Leopold: WEB

At SEKOIA we always admire diversity in electronical music genres. We don’t mind monotonous hypnotizing tracks for which techno is known, but we think that sometimes a change of pace in one track can add to the experience of listening to it. This phenomenon, when a song changes over time, is what’s called progression. A track progresses from start to end, and the difference between those two points can either be quite small, or sometimes huge. But even when the start of the track and the end may be quite similar in terms of atmosphere or vibe, the progression inbetween is what counts. And that’s what makes this remix of ‘Soundsail’ special. When people say the journey is more important than the destination, this little wonder is a perfect example.

It starts out with an ominous synth line and somewhat creepy distorted vocal. You’re intrigued and you start to think about where this track could go in terms of progression. But you’re probably wrong. Because the bass kicks in, the synth is pushed back, some cool housey piano chords enter the scene, and boom; it’s a whole other ballgame. And so you think ‘alright, cool, little switch up, nice’. But after the bass-heavy-house-piano bit, here comes the progressive side with easy going bubbly synth sounds and a nice shaker, accompanied by vocal snippets and a kick. It’s easy going, the track may have already peaked. But you’re wrong.

At 4:25 the hi-hats and snare drop, the synths get melodically more interesting, and we are now dancing on the table. And even after that climax the melodies change and the vibe progresses once more. It’s changing constantly, it’s unpredictable, it touches upon various moods and emotions, but it’s so smooth and subtle you don’t even realize it the first time you listen to it. Unless you’re reading this before playing it. So please don’t. Argh, too late…

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As we’re all gearing up for Buiten Westen this Saturday we feel the anticipation rising at the same speed as Dutch temperature. Let’s cool down with this sweet dedicated mix by N’to. Unfortunately the festival is completely sold out. Hate to say we told you so.

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Artist: N’to
Based: Marseille (F)
SEKOIA Supports Buiten Westen
Event: FB

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As we’re all gearing up for Buiten Westen this Saturday we feel the anticipation rising at the same speed as Dutch temperature. Let’s cool down with this sweet dedicated mix by N’to. Unfortunately the festival is completely sold out. Hate to say we told you so.

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