SEKOIA has been preaching the gospel of the deeper side of electronic music for years. With their entrancing, harmonic and melancholic style they’re taking over Closure and are going In Depth.

Possibly their deepest dive yet: this edition is all about hypnotising techno. With the subgenre’s most prominent aficionado Etapp Kyle as the main guest and a very special appearance by Dutch mastermind Conforce. Backed up by SEKOIA’s own Vela Uniform, this is going to be one for the books.

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SEKOIA In Depth
24-10-2015
Closure (Amsterdam)
Netherlands

Tickets: €12,50,-
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SEKOIA has been preaching the gospel of the deeper side of electronic music for years. With their entrancing, harmonic and melancholic style they’re taking over Closure and are going In Depth.

Possibly their deepest dive yet: this edition is all about hypnotising techno. With the subgenre’s most prominent aficionado Etapp Kyle as the main guest and a very special appearance by Dutch mastermind Conforce. Backed up by SEKOIA’s own Vela Uniform, this is going to be one for the books.

• ETAPP KYLE (Osgut Ton, DE)
• CONFORCE
• VELA UNIFORM
Doors open: 23:00 – 05:00
Address: Rozengracht 133
Presale: €12,50

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Ada is a new addition to our list of wonderful and imaginative artists hailing from Hamburg. We’ve seen her before on DJ Koze’s album Amygdala, singing on ‘Homesick’, his cover of Kings Of Convenience. At the time we didn’t know she also was a talented producer and DJ for herself, we didn’t dig deep enough. About a month ago we finally discovered her own impressive discography, and boy were we happy.

The tempo of her remix of Aaron Ahrends is infectiously care free. The rhythm feels like wandering home after a inspring afternoon. It could be anything from a dinner with recently met people, or a catch up with a long lost friend. The energy from the moments you had are still filling your head, and the paste Ada creates falls perfectly in line with your mood. It makes you want to take a stroll and start new adventures, and be inspired by the world around you. 

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Artist: Aaron Ahrends
Title: Newborn (Ada Remix)
Label: Andmusic
Catalog#: AND019
Releasedate: 04-04-2015

Buy: WEB

Social:
Aaron Ahrends: WEB | SC | FB
Ada: SC | FB

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Kuhnmi: WEB

 

Ada is a new addition to our list of wonderful and imaginative artists hailing from Hamburg. We’ve seen her before on DJ Koze’s album Amygdala, singing on ‘Homesick’, his cover of Kings Of Convenience. At the time we didn’t know she also was a talented producer and DJ for herself, we didn’t dig deep enough. About a month ago we finally discovered her own impressive discography, and boy were we happy.

The tempo of her remix of Aaron Ahrends is infectiously care free. The rhythm feels like wandering home after a inspring afternoon. It could be anything from a dinner with recently met people, or a catch up with a long lost friend. The energy from the moments you had are still filling your head, and the paste Ada creates falls perfectly in line with your mood. It makes you want to take a stroll and start new adventures, and be inspired by the world around you. 

Max Ferdinand
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There are those horrible days that duty calls. A busy day with an overload of work, and the 24 hours you have don’t seem to be enough. For a lot of people the academic year is starting next week, and this requires some preparations. The days are longer, and the sun shines when you go to work or school and is still shining when you leave. And when you hit the pre-party the sun is shining, and it still is, or already, when you leave.

With the sun emerging, warehouses that pop-up all over as re-living the old rave days, with rooftop-windows, it’s another atmosphere that we’re not quiet used to yet. Sitting inside, as the worker you are, you are looking at the busy streets outside, where the more fortunate people are having a beer on the terrace. Don’t forget to see perspectives. Look outside. 

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Artist: Rivet
Title: Inside Looking Out
Label: Naked Index
Catalog#: NI01
Releasedate: 14-09-2011

Buy: WEB | VINYL

Social:
Rivet:  SC | FB
Naked Index: WEB

Image:
Jeff Sheldon: WEB

There are those horrible days that duty calls. A busy day with an overload of work, and the 24 hours you have don’t seem to be enough. For a lot of people the academic year is starting next week, and this requires some preparations. The days are longer, and the sun shines when you go to work or school and is still shining when you leave. And when you hit the pre-party the sun is shining, and it still is, or already, when you leave.

With the sun emerging, warehouses that pop-up all over as re-living the old rave days, with rooftop-windows, it’s another atmosphere that we’re not quiet used to yet. Sitting inside, as the worker you are, you are looking at the busy streets outside, where the more fortunate people are having a beer on the terrace. Don’t forget to see perspectives. Look outside. 

Tom Stigter
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UK based electronic band Vessels has seen a remarkable rise in fame with their most recent album ‘Dilate’. We’ve had the honour of witnessing them at Best Kept Secret Festival, where they showed that they are more than capable of transmitting their album into a live show, including a fantastic version of Nathan Fake’s ‘The Sky Was Pink’. A great wink to a wonderful classic.

One of the highlights on the album is ‘As You Are’. The slow start with Isolde Freeth-Hale’s beautiful fragile voice (much alike for instance Nosaj Thing’s ‘Eclipse/Blue’, a big compliment) is a true tension builder, one that easily steps up a notch when the bassline kicks in but never loses feeling. The edits and cuts keep that momentum very well in place until Isolde does as second entry until the way, way too early ending at only 4 minute twelve.

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Artist: Vessels
Title: As You Are
Label: Bias
Catalog#: GRID1EX
Releasedate: 02-03-2015

Buy: WEB | BP

Social:
Vessels: WEB | SC | FB

Image:
Alex Holyoake: WEB

UK based electronic band Vessels has seen a remarkable rise in fame with their most recent album ‘Dilate’. We’ve had the honour of witnessing them at Best Kept Secret Festival, where they showed that they are more than capable of transmitting their album into a live show, including a fantastic version of Nathan Fake’s ‘The Sky Was Pink’. A great wink to a wonderful classic.

One of the highlights on the album is ‘As You Are’. The slow start with Isolde Freeth-Hale’s beautiful fragile voice (much alike for instance Nosaj Thing’s ‘Eclipse/Blue’, a big compliment) is a true tension builder, one that easily steps up a notch when the bassline kicks in but never loses feeling. The edits and cuts keep that momentum very well in place until Isolde does as second entry until the way, way too early ending at only 4 minute twelve.

If you have the chance, go check out Vessels live somewhere. Their sound is perhaps not the most unique, but their tracks are very well made, excellent to dance to and fantastically performed.

Guido de Beer
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Last ADE, we joined forces with the mighty HYTE at the Warehouse Elementenstraat in Amsterdam. With a lineup consisting of Laurent Garnier, Meatrik, Recondite and many more, you’d almost miss the action that was going on in the second room. Our room.

Our special guests for the night were Chymera and Tsepo, of which the latter we’ve already shared his set. To bring back all the good memories, Chymera got in touch with us to finally share his own recording and we’re still impressed as ever. Really happy to be able to share this with you.

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Artist: Chymera
Label: Sweat Lodge Agency
Based: Berlin, Germany

Social: FB | WEB

Last ADE, we joined forces with the mighty HYTE at the Warehouse Elementenstraat in Amsterdam. With a lineup consisting of Laurent Garnier, Meatrik, Recondite and many more, you’d almost miss the action that was going on in the second room. Our room.

Our special guests for the night were Chymera and Tsepo, of which the latter we’ve already shared his set. To bring back all the good memories, Chymera got in touch with us to finally share his own recording and we’re still impressed as ever. Really happy to be able to share this with you.

Florinsz Janvier
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We’ll be plain honest about it: we’ve featured quite some tracks made or remixed by Olaf Stuut already. But we think good music is good music, and when we were notified on his Ray Fields remix we, once again, couldn’t resist. The Night Time Nomads EP got released on Subjekt last week, and is a well balanced first release for the young producer. The original is a steady roller, with electrically charged pads and a seducing vocal, which we know to be from his mother. Olaf Stuut slowed the whole track down, gave the vocal some more space, and created an atmosphere that would perfectly fit an art house movie, or an art gallery.

The track slowly and gradually builds, playing with the bass line, the hi hats and the melody pads. After introducing the vocal the song builds up to a subtle peak, where the vocal interacts with a moody and melancholy pad, which puts the atmosphere into a completely different perspective. Olaf Stuut mixes this feeling beautifully with the rest of the track after the break, by taking all the moodiness away, and replacing it with the smooth vibes from the beginning. His builds and breaks are very cleaver and nifty, and because the track feels very spacey all the elements have room to deliver their utmost best. The atmospheres are delightful at their own, but the combination of the different feelings is what makes everything stand out. 

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Info:
Artist: Ray Fields
Title: Night Time Nomads (Olaf Stuut Remix)
Label: Subjekt Recordings
Catalog#: SBJKT015
Releasedate: 2015-08-10

Buy: WEB

Social:
Ray Fields: SC | FB
Olaf Stuut: SC | FB | WEB

Image:
Pixabay: WEB

We’ll be plain honest about it: we’ve featured quite some tracks made or remixed by Olaf Stuut already. But we think good music is good music, and when we were notified on his Ray Fields remix we, once again, couldn’t resist. The Night Time Nomads EP got released on Subjekt last week, and is a well balanced first release for the young producer. The original is a steady roller, with electrically charged pads and a seducing vocal, which we know to be from his mother. Olaf Stuut slowed the whole track down, gave the vocal some more space, and created an atmosphere that would perfectly fit an art house movie, or an art gallery.

The track slowly and gradually builds, playing with the bass line, the hi hats and the melody pads. After introducing the vocal the song builds up to a subtle peak, where the vocal interacts with a moody and melancholy pad, which puts the atmosphere into a completely different perspective. Olaf Stuut mixes this feeling beautifully with the rest of the track after the break, by taking all the moodiness away, and replacing it with the smooth vibes from the beginning. His builds and breaks are very cleaver and nifty, and because the track feels very spacey all the elements have room to deliver their utmost best. The atmospheres are delightful at their own, but the combination of the different feelings is what makes everything stand out. 

Max Ferdinand
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We mentioned the Polish label Transatlantyk before, and already posted ‘Earth Track 1’ by The Phantom yesterday. This second one by Newborn Jr. (perhaps a far away relative of the American jazz musician Phineas Newborn Jr.?) called ‘Loft Version’ is one of our other high up favorites.

Newborn Jr. is a newcomer, and with that, we mean very new. This is actually his first release if we look at the Discogs page. However, if this is what to be expected, we should keep an eye out for him in the future. “Loft Version” holds a unique middle ground in between a salsa-esque swing thanks to the bass chords and a bit of a moody feeling due to the sweeping strings that dominate the track. However, this combination is never at all a misfit throughout the nine minute plus piece. It sits marvelously in between these normally quite opposite concepts, sometimes leaning to either side to kick back once all the elements realign. Unique, romantic and swinging. Well done mr Jr.!

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Artist: Newborn Jr.
Title: Loft Version
Label: Transatlantyk
Catalog#: TRNSPOLO
Releasedate: 17-06-2015

Buy: BANDCAMP | WEB | JUNO | RUSH HOUR

Social:
Newborn Jr.: SC | FB
Transatlantyk: SC | FB | WEB

Image:
Jake Givens: WEB

We mentioned the Polish label Transatlantyk before, and already posted ‘Earth Track 1’ by The Phantom yesterday. This second one by Newborn Jr. (perhaps a far away relative of the American jazz musician Phineas Newborn Jr.?) called ‘Loft Version’ is one of our other high up favorites.

Newborn Jr. is a newcomer, and with that, we mean very new. This is actually his first release if we look at the Discogs page. However, if this is what to be expected, we should keep an eye out for him in the future. “Loft Version” holds a unique middle ground in between a salsa-esque swing thanks to the bass chords and a bit of a moody feeling due to the sweeping strings that dominate the track. However, this combination is never at all a misfit throughout the nine minute plus piece. It sits marvelously in between these normally quite opposite concepts, sometimes leaning to either side to kick back once all the elements realign. Unique, romantic and swinging. Well done mr Jr.!

Guido de Beer
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One of the newer labels making waves in Poland is Transatlantyk. Their seventh and most recent addition to the roster is called ‘Polo House – A Look Into The Bowels Of The Polish House Underground’, which is a bit of a silly name for something that is actually quite amazing. We’re very impressed by most of the tracks on the vinyl release.

B1 is ‘Earth Track 1’ by The Phantom. The title kind of gives you a hint feeling of the track; it is as if you are exploring the depths of mother earth herself, either underwater (oh man, those filtered strings) or exploring a cave (oh man, those echoes). As if Bartosz Kruczynski is a direct descendant of a native tribe living deep in the Białowieża Forest, his track has a very organic feeling, as if you’re listening to the mechanism of a tree with a stethoscope. Note it down: Transatlantyk. Poland has the future! 

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Info:
Artist: The Phantom
Title: Earth Track 1
Label: Transatlantyk
Catalog#: TRNSPOLO
Releasedate: 17-06-2015

Buy: BANDCAMP | WEB | JUNO | RUSH HOUR

Social:
The Phantom: SC | FB
Transatlantyk Records: WEBSC | FB

Image:
Kuhnmi: WEB

 

 

One of the newer labels making waves in Poland is Transatlantyk. Their seventh and most recent addition to the roster is called ‘Polo House – A Look Into The Bowels Of The Polish House Underground’, which is a bit of a silly name for something that is actually quite amazing. We’re very impressed by most of the tracks on the vinyl release.

B1 is ‘Earth Track 1’ by The Phantom. The title kind of gives you a hint feeling of the track; it is as if you are exploring the depths of mother earth herself, either underwater (oh man, those filtered strings) or exploring a cave (oh man, those echoes). As if Bartosz Kruczynski is a direct descendant of a native tribe living deep in the Białowieża Forest, his track has a very organic feeling, as if you’re listening to the mechanism of a tree with a stethoscope. Note it down: Transatlantyk. Poland has the future! 

Guido de Beer
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This is a track that has a slow build, but within a minute we get overwhelmed by a flush of warm chords. Like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket after the shower you took, just returning from a night out. That comfortable feeling is exactly what Route 8 created with this beauty.

It hasn’t been the first time it was love at first listen (see what we did there?) and it won’t be the last. Music has a way of softly touching that side of the heart, and creating that little dash of magic that gives you goosebumps. This mostly happens when you hear a track again after a festival or night out. You’re sitting in the train, and all of the sudden your arm hair will point to the sealing accompanied with a chill over the back of your neck.
This track is delicate, fragile, just like the first time you stare the Mr. or Mrs. you feel affection towards in the eyes. You don’t know what will happen, or how it will go, and you certainly don’t know how it will end. But it is a feeling of unspoken guarantees that the next sunrise together will be a good one.

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Artist: Route 8
Title: The Sunrise In Her Eyes
Label: Lobster Theremin
Catalog#: LTWHT004
Releasedate: 2015

Buy: WEB | DISCOGS

Social:
Lobster Theremin: WEB | SC | FB
Route 8: SC | FB

Image:
Douglas Scortegagna: WEB

This is a track that has a slow build, but within a minute we get overwhelmed by a flush of warm chords. Like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket after the shower you took, just returning from a night out. That comfortable feeling is exactly what Route 8 created with this beauty.

It hasn’t been the first time it was love at first listen (see what we did there?) and it won’t be the last. Music has a way of softly touching that side of the heart, and creating that little dash of magic that gives you goosebumps. This mostly happens when you hear a track again after a festival or night out. You’re sitting in the train, and all of the sudden your arm hair will point to the sealing accompanied with a chill over the back of your neck.
This track is delicate, fragile, just like the first time you stare the Mr. or Mrs. you feel affection towards in the eyes. You don’t know what will happen, or how it will go, and you certainly don’t know how it will end. But it is a feeling of unspoken guarantees that the next sunrise together will be a good one.

Tom Stigter
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A while ago there suddenly was a wave of motivational quotes on the internet. “Good things come to those who wait”. “Believe in yourself”. “Persistence is the key to succes”. “Work hard.”. Luckily that vibe has settled a bit, because in those quantities we couldn’t handle them anymore. Which is a shame actually, because there is definitely truth in most of those sayings.

Montignac is a track with two faces. At first you are faced with a tremendous amount of funk, in a way that only acid can do. Gradually diving into the track subtle and calming pads start tot appear, and bring the whole to a more relax state. Then, the break bring everything down, and suddenly the funk fades away, and you are in a much calmer state. It is like being on holiday and having to face the rocky coast before you can take a dive in the ocean. Persistence is the key to succes seems to be appropriate here.

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Info:
Artist: Rolando Simmons
Title: Montignac
Label: 030303 Recordings
Catalog#: 030EP008
Releasedate: 02-03-2015

Buy: WEB

Social:
Rolando Simmons: SC | FB
030303 Recordings: SC | FB | WEB

Image:
Superfamous: WEB

A while ago there suddenly was a wave of motivational quotes on the internet. “Good things come to those who wait”. “Believe in yourself”. “Persistence is the key to succes”. “Work hard.”. Luckily that vibe has settled a bit, because in those quantities we couldn’t handle them anymore. Which is a shame actually, because there is definitely truth in most of those sayings.

Montignac is a track with two faces. At first you are faced with a tremendous amount of funk, in a way that only acid can do. Gradually diving into the track subtle and calming pads start tot appear, and bring the whole to a more relax state. Then, the break bring everything down, and suddenly the funk fades away, and you are in a much calmer state. It is like being on holiday and having to face the rocky coast before you can take a dive in the ocean. Persistence is the key to succes seems to be appropriate here.

Max Ferdinand
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