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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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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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)
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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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In the past, Roman Flügel has created and defined genres under countless aliases. Nowadays, he’s not hiding behind those aliases anymore and is garnering a lot of success with his own name. We spoke with the Frankfurt-based artist about his career and his musical future.

It all started with his uncle who owned lots of instruments. Little Roman was especially fascinated with the Roland JX-3P (an old analog synth; one of the first with a MIDI-interface) and thus his passion for music began. “My first serious endeavour into music was when I played drums in a band, but my attention was drawn more towards the keyboard and recording techniques. Besides, I didn’t really like the dynamics that come with playing in a band. There are too many opinions and I noticed that I preferred experimenting on my own.”

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Artist: Roman Flügel
Label: Dial Records, Ongaku, Klang, and many more
Based: Germany
Podcast #025
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In the past, Roman Flügel has created and defined genres under countless aliases. Nowadays, he’s not hiding behind those aliases anymore and is garnering a lot of success with his own name. We spoke with the Frankfurt-based artist about his career and his musical future.

It all started with his uncle who owned lots of instruments. Little Roman was especially fascinated with the Roland JX-3P (an old analog synth; one of the first with a MIDI-interface) and thus his passion for music began. “My first serious endeavour into music was when I played drums in a band, but my attention was drawn more towards the keyboard and recording techniques. Besides, I didn’t really like the dynamics that come with playing in a band. There are too many opinions and I noticed that I preferred experimenting on my own.”

In the period that followed, he started focussing more on developing his production skills, more or less simultaneously with the rise of techno and house in Europe. “I was fascinated with the limitless possibilities that electronic instruments have to offer. To me it was all about driving those devices to their limits.” And so it happened. Roman encountered Jörn Elling Wuttke and together they evolved to a point where they were confident enough to look for platforms to release their music. That same Jörn was Flügel’s associate with Sensorama (deep Techno from the mid-90’s) and Alter Ego (influential Elektro-act at the start of this millennium).

The end of pseudonyms

One of Roman’s earliest successes was with ‘Geht’s Noch?!’, a cheerful Elektro house track that had its influence on many genres, from Elektro Trash to what we now know as Dirty Dutch. After the success of ‘Geht’s Noch?!’ Flügel began using those aliases. “That’s not because I no longer stood behind ‘Geht’s Noch?!’, but because I was afraid that I couldn’t match its success. To me, that’s not very important, but if you fail to produce a project that has the same reaction, it will be viewed as a failure by others. That’s when people will start to call you a one-day fly and it’s really hard to overcome such a stigma. Moreover, using multiple aliases challenged me to creativity, because there’s always a new entity I could assume, R

Still, Roman has decided to do away with the pseudonyms a while ago and to go forth using 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.

Future endeavours

This doesn’t mean that Flügel is only focussing on solo work from now on, which was made evident by his recent collaboration with Simian Mobile Disco on the EP ‘Hachinoko’. “They have a running project where they do live jams with producers they admire. They’ve done one with Bicep, Cosmin-TRG and with me up to this moment. I thought it was a really cool idea, although it’s always a surprise if such a thing works. I went to their studio and they have a lot of great gear. The difficult thing though about live jams with people that you haven’t worked with before is that you need a basis to work with, a sort of foundation. It needs to come right away, otherwise a live jam can become awkward and that’s really hard to get out of. Luckily the foundation was there really fast, because it clicked with SMD, so I’m quite happy with the result.”

The genre defying approach of Flügel might provide difficulties on the front of finding labels to release music, but Flügel says that he hasn’t experienced such difficulties. “The ‘easy’ way out would be to just start my own label, but there’s too much bureaucracy involved and I want to focus solely on music. Usually I just look which label fits best with a certain production and then I make sure it arrives on the desk of the right people. Sometimes a label asks me to produce for them, but I’m cautious with such requests, because that takes a certain amount of creative adaptation. It also depends on the people involved. For instance, the guys at Dial are good friends of mine, so we’re always able to work something out. 

SEKOIA Podcast #025

How Roman’s podcast will be shaped is still a surprise to us, but also to him at the moment of writing. “Oftentimes I like to make podcasts with new and unreleased music by myself and befriended artists, but I might throw things around for this one. Maybe I’ll surprise myself this time.”
 
 
Roman Flügel is playing the NGHTDVSN stage at Buiten Westen Festival on July 19th. His podcast for SEKOIA (#025) will be released on July 29th, simultaneously with DJ Mag NL, where this interview will be featured in Dutch.

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Recently we had a chat with Stimming at the Diynamic Festival, which took place in the Amsterdamse Bos. We sat down with him to talk about his music, production techniques and future endeavors. In terms of style, Stimming is one of the more left-field producers from the Diynamic crew, balancing fragile, live-sounding percussions and melodies with solid techno grooves. Since techno and house music is mainly machine-driven, Stimmings’ aim is to bring back the human feel in the machine. 

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Artist: Stimming
Title: Southern Sun (Dub)
Label: Pampa Records
Catalog#: PAMPA022
Releasdate: 2014-06-20

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Recently we had a chat with Stimming at the Diynamic Festival, which took place in the Amsterdamse Bos. We sat down with him to talk about his music, production techniques and future endeavors. In terms of style, Stimming is one of the more left-field producers from the Diynamic crew, balancing fragile, live-sounding percussions and melodies with solid techno grooves. Since techno and house music is mainly machine-driven, Stimmings’ aim is to bring back the human feel in the machine. 

“I use a lot of live recordings, that is my trick. I wanted to bring back the man into the machine, or at least let the machine serve the human aspect. I record all the elements of my track , for example the percussion, live in one take. During recordings I can notice a little segment that I really like. I then cut that one out and loop it. That way I can ensure a groove that is still solid, but hasn’t lost its human touch. I never quantize my recordings.”

Recently Stimming released an EP on Pampa Records, with three new tracks. In regard to what he said about his recording techniques, you can definitely hear a warm and subtle unbalanced feel to the records, that only a real person could have created. The dub version of Southern Sun backs his story perfectly, where the focus of the track lays completely on an intimate, three-minute long piano solo. There is a sense of romance hidden within every part of the song. The wobbly baseline, the percussion, the weird pitched vocals, and of course those beautiful keys. Everything is a bit weird and unusual, and that’s exactly the kind of imperfection that give the song its charme. This is one of those stand-alone tracks, that will not fit every set or every setting, and isn’t a peak time bomb either. It is quite the opposite. This is a track ment for longer club sets, and when things tend to go deeper, more dangerous and adventurous, this is your gem that will swoon everybody.

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Belgium has always had a bigger footprint in electronic music than you’d expect. R&S, Soulwax aka 2manydj’s, Music Man, Junior Jack and Stromae (HA!) are only a few of the big players hailing from the nation south of ours.San Soda can be counted among them, quickly rising among the ranks of house connoisseurs in recent years, especially with his Panoramabar anthem edit of ‘It’s You’. 

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Artist: Sauce81
Title: I See It (San Soda Remix)
Label: Catune
Catalog#: CATUNE51
Releasdate: 2013-09-01

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Belgium has always had a bigger footprint in electronic music than you’d expect. R&S, Soulwax aka 2manydj’s, Music Man, Junior Jack and Stromae (HA!) are only a few of the big players hailing from the nation south of ours.San Soda can be counted among them, quickly rising among the ranks of house connoisseurs in recent years, especially with his Panoramabar anthem edit of ‘It’s You’. 

This remix of sauce81 is a bit simpler than that. It’s a classically structured track, built around a recurring synth and bassline. Something that might not work as well at home as it will do in a club, but we’re taking chances here today. Just wait ’till you hear this one on the dancefloor later tonight. -

San Soda is playing the Cartel-stage at Buiten Westen Festival, July 19th in Amsterdam.

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Lake People is sort of like Ten Walls: seemingly coming out of nothing with music that sounds fresh as ever, yet twisted and turned into new ways and forms that seem as equally logical as it’s revolutionary. The resemblance stops there, as Lake People doesn’t seem to care much about hit potential, but more about the music itself.

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Artist: Lake People
Title: No Turning Back (Original Mix)
Label: Rumors
Catalog#: RMS003
Releasdate: 2014-06-16

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Lake People is sort of like Ten Walls: seemingly coming out of nothing with music that sounds fresh as ever, yet twisted and turned into new ways and forms that seem as equally logical as it’s revolutionary. The resemblance stops there, as Lake People doesn’t seem to care much about hit potential, but more about the music itself.

‘No Turning Back’, released on Guy Gerber’s Rumours label is a beautiful example. No fancy intro’s, hooks, or rushed parts. Instead taking the time to introduce the main theme only half way through the track. No excessive drops, no hip vocals, no grawling basslines. This is just musical bliss. A simple theme. Great execution. One synth line backed up by lights strings and a steady groove. ‘No Turning Back’ won’t become a hit. And that’s a good thing. This is music that should stay under the surface. Not flung in your face as the next big hit, but a track that will be found during those nights of searching for new music. Slowly making it’s way to record bags all around the globe.

Lake People will be playing the Next Monday’s Hangover-stage at Buiten Westen Festival, July 19th in Amsterdam.

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When talking about interesting discographies, Simian Mobile Disco shouldn’t be left out of the discussion. The avid English musicians have produced everything in the range from heavy techno all the way towards the lighter shades of house and everything in between. This diverse range could be explained by the duo’s extensive range of collaborations, counting Florence and the Machine and the Arctic Monkeys among them. But this is ‘Hachninoko’, and ‘Hachinoko’ has Roman Flügel written all over it.

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Artist: Simian Mobile Disco & Roman Flügel
Title: Hachinoko (Original Mix)
Label: Delicacies
Catalog#: DELI013
Releasdate: 2014-03-24

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When talking about interesting discographies, Simian Mobile Disco shouldn’t be left out of the discussion. The avid English musicians have produced everything in the range from heavy techno all the way towards the lighter shades of house and everything in between. This diverse range could be explained by the duo’s extensive range of collaborations, counting Florence and the Machine and the Arctic Monkeys among them. But this is ‘Hachninoko’, and ‘Hachinoko’ has Roman Flügel written all over it.

The guys of Simian Mobile Disco invited Roman over to their studio in Britain to do some serious jamming. The result is surprisingly Romanflugelish, with his signature bleepy synths taking the reigns, layered over a driving yet subtle groove. Hachinoko works both ways: it’s got enough depth to keep you entertained while listening at home, but the build up during the track makes it equally suited to dark dance floors. Just the way we like it. More interesting stuff about Roman Flügel can be found soon, right here at SEKOIA. In the meantime, press that play button again.

Roman Flügel is playing the NGHTDVSN-stage at Buiten Westen Festival on July 19th in Amsterdam.

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