Abstract Divison are two blokes from the Netherlands that are engulfed up to their crown in underground techno. Separate from each other they were already active as DJ’s and they were heavily involved in the inner operations of the Dutch techno scene as bookers for artists, label owners and party promoters. Now they’ve really hit the ground running though, and we are anxiously monitoring their steps into music as artists. Usually their music falls more under the abstract techno denominator, but this dog has a different bark and we like it a lot.

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Artist: Deepbass
Title: Sleepwalker
Remixer: Abstract Division
Label: Rising
Catalog#: ?
Releasdate: 09-2014

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Forrest Cavale: WEB

Abstract Divison are two blokes from the Netherlands that are engulfed up to their crown in underground techno. Separate from each other they were already active as DJ’s and they were heavily involved in the inner operations of the Dutch techno scene as bookers for artists, label owners and party promoters. Now they’ve really hit the ground running though, and we are anxiously monitoring their steps into music as artists. Usually their music falls more under the abstract techno denominator, but this dog has a different bark and we like it a lot.

Complete freefall and terminal velocity; that’s what this track reminds us of. At first, there’s about two minutes of building tension, with nothing more than a techno beat that slowly adds elements. In other words, the lift off. Then, about more than two minutes into the track the descent begins, as if you’re standing on the edge of an aircraft and you’re letting yourself fall as slowly as possible and you feel absolute weightlessness.

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You might know Some Chemistry as a DJ that frequently collaborates with our own resident and co-founder Florinsz Janvier. Then again, you might also know him as mister Ridzert Beetstra, programmer of Buiten Westen, Oranjebloesem and Next Monday’s Hangover.  The latter club concept will celebrate its next edition next week (Saturday September 20th; tickets herrrre) at their dream location Amsterdam Roest. You can expect installations, illusions and more stimuli for the eyes and the mind. Moreover, you can expect Robag Wruhme, Pachanga Boys, DJ Tennis, Avatism, Weval and Some Chemistry himself to offer you a night you might never remember, yet cherish in your deepest primal emotions.

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Artist: Some Chemistry
Based: Amsterdam (NL)


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You might know Some Chemistry as a DJ that frequently collaborates with our own resident and co-founder Florinsz Janvier. Then again, you might also know him as mister Ridzert Beetstra, programmer of Buiten Westen, Oranjebloesem and Next Monday’s Hangover.  The latter club concept will celebrate its next edition next week (Saturday September 20th; tickets herrrre) at their dream location Amsterdam Roest. You can expect installations, illusions and more stimuli for the eyes and the mind. Moreover, you can expect Robag Wruhme, Pachanga Boys, DJ Tennis, Avatism, Weval and Some Chemistry himself to offer you a night you might never remember, yet cherish in your deepest primal emotions.

Therefore, we asked Ridz for our latest installment of Around the Clock. In his own words: “I will interpret these 24 hours as if I were on a road trip that ends up at a good festival in the summer, which is generally my ideal ‘round-the-clock-sort-of-day’. I don’t like routines.”

11:00 – Jarabe De Palo – La Flaca

Let’s wake up with La Flaca by Jarabe De Palo, one of my favourite Latin American songs. It’s actually good during any hour of the day. It reminds me of the time I spent living in South America, this song was really popular in the 90s over there and I still listen to it a lot. I think the song is about a guy trying to impress a skinny (flaca) girl.

15:00 – Eels – Last Stop: This Town

In the car now, the best place to listen to music.. Eels is a band I generally listen to whenever I go on a road trip. I wanted to feature ‘Mr. E’s Beatiful Blues’, but ‘Last Stop: This Town’ has the best videoclip. I mean the carrot in the video is awesome, plus the guitar riff during the bridge has such a nice hook to it. It’s a classic.

20:00 – Phoenix – Love Like  A Sunset (Part 1 & 2)

After dinner relaxation. I don’t know where to start with this track. For me it’s really up there right next to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and such, simply one of the greatest songs I have ever heard in my life. I love marimba’s, I love guitars, I love synths, I love a solid bass-line, I love long breaks, I love tempo changes, I could go on for a while.. this song has it ALL. According to Phoenix, it’s an homage to Steve Reich. Catch the whole story behind this anthem in the video. 

02:00 – Seams – Nachtmusik

Ok let’s slowly start dancing a little with some amazing sample based lofi electronic music by Seams, a Berlin based producer & live act who records sounds of the city and mixes them into his music. That’s probably why his first EP was called Tourist, I can recommend it to any lover of indie/electronic music.  

05:01 – Nico Stojan – After the Hour (Lake People Remix)

Ok, it’s past 5am now, time for some deep after hour anthems. My friend Lake People is really good at making them. He understands the power of deep grooves with subtle melodies. His nicely titled ‘After the Hour’ remix is perfect for a never-ending party. The break in this track really does it for me after 6 and a half minutes. 

08:00 - Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas – Mighty Girl

Finally, time to bring some good vibes back when the day ‘starts’ again. I have an awesome memory during ‘Mighty Girl’ as I played it around 8 in the morning on a Sunday in Berlin’s infamous Sisyphos last year. A sax player spontaneously joined in to make it even more epic, I’ll never forget that moment. Sleep is for the weak, they say. Cheers.

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You can leave it to those crazy Scandinavians to come up with some complete out-of-the-box concept to surround their already brilliant music. Mungolian Jetset are not just a Norwegian electronic music duo: they’ve come up with a whole mythology around their music, going even so far as to create characters and their own language. Music for a big part is also about story telling and the way Mungolian Jetset has effected this, has resulted in a cult following. We invite you to delve deeper into this aspect about Mungolian Jetset yourselves, since those things are better to discover on your own.

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Artist: Mungolian Jetset presents: Jaga Jazzist vs. Knights of Jumungus
Title: Toccata
Label: Smalltown Supersounds
Catalog#: STS228
Releasdate: 2012-08-20

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Laurens Corijn: WEB

You can leave it to those crazy Scandinavians to come up with some complete out-of-the-box concept to surround their already brilliant music. Mungolian Jetset are not just a Norwegian electronic music duo: they’ve come up with a whole mythology around their music, going even so far as to create characters and their own language. Music for a big part is also about story telling and the way Mungolian Jetset has effected this, has resulted in a cult following. We invite you to delve deeper into this aspect about Mungolian Jetset yourselves, since those things are better to discover on your own.

On to the music: it’s somewhere in between minimal music, combined with the playfulness that we’ve seen in artists like DJ Koze, and with a broad instrumentation, reminiscent of Pantha du Prince. This specific track is fascinating, because it plays around with syncopation and dissonance in a way that’s slightly abrasive, yet eerily comforting.

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This month we went all the way back to one of the Netherlands’ very own house and techno pioneers. He was one of the first Dutch dj’s to play house music and always did it in his own way, mixing rather on melodies and harmonies than on rhythm. This resulted in two distinct outcomes: his mixes had more of a melodious character and he was able to combine a wider range of genres in his sets, something he has always been celebrated for.

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Artist: Dimitri
Label: Trouw
Based: Amsterdam (NL)

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This month we went all the way back to one of the Netherlands’ very own house and techno pioneers. He was one of the first Dutch dj’s to play house music and always did it in his own way, mixing rather on melodies and harmonies than on rhythm. This resulted in two distinct outcomes: his mixes had more of a melodious character and he was able to combine a wider range of genres in his sets, something he has always been celebrated for.

After his sabbatical a few years ago and some very serious health issues, Dimitri is back once again and with a vengeance. We’re honored he has done this podcast for us, displaying his entire range and showing exactly what he has become infamous for. Enjoy the 26th installment of our podcast series.

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SCALA is the new semi-regular club night curated by the people of SEKOIA. Switching between the intimate EKKO, with it’s signature low ceiling and compact capacity and the brand-new TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, expect big acts in small settings, unique acts in bigger settings and everything in between. 

Throwing parties that are parties. Nights that are about music, dancing, losing yourself in a couple of reckless hours on the dance floor. How it’s supposed to be.

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SCALA
24-10-2014
EKKO (Utrecht)
Netherlands

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SCALA is the new semi-regular club night curated by the people of SEKOIA. Switching between the intimate EKKO, with it’s signature low ceiling and compact capacity and the brand-new TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, expect big acts in small settings, unique acts in bigger settings and everything in between. 

Throwing parties that are parties. Nights that are about music, dancing, losing yourself in a couple of reckless hours on the dance floor. How it’s supposed to be.

Lineup (TBA):
- Lake People (DE)
- Florinsz Janvier
- Dennis Williams
- Romyn

Presale has started! You can buy your tickets right here.

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Track number 2 on Aroy Dee day is simply an edit of ‘Weird F’ by Design a Wave. This track appeared on an unlabelled vinyl, released on Rush Hour recordings, with two uncredited edits of the original version. The first one is allegedly done by Aryd, one of Aroy Dee’s aliases.

All Aroy Dee did with the original is adding his signature filtered drums to an ambient record, yet in a very effective way. The original version is fit for laying in bed and doing nothing more than inspecting your ceiling and drifting away in thoughts, while the addition of drums results in a mysterious early morning house track. Aroy Dee knew that the record didn’t need a lot of frills to turn it into an instant classic.

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Whenever we feel that we’ve failed to shed light on an artist that deserves a lot of attention, we dedicate a day to them. Such is the case with Aroy Dee, one of the most under appreciated Dutch selectors since the late eighties, and a prolific producer of quality vintage house tracks since the beginning of this millennium.

‘Pure’ – off his debut album ‘Sketches’, released in June of this year on his own label MOS Recordings – is a display of his proficiency in melodic, emotive house compositions. It exemplifies his trademark style of using elongated synth chords, paired with filtered drums, creating a nimble, yet thumping record.

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We’ll be taking over the TUNEMELT offices in Amsterdam on September 12th for an evening with SEKOIA
From 17:00 to 23:00, one hour sets from six residents and friends of the family will be played and broadcasted live.

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SEKOIA Streaming Session
12-09-2014
TUNEMELT Headquarters
Netherlands

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We’ll be taking over the TUNEMELT offices in Amsterdam on September 12th for an evening with SEKOIA
From 17:00 to 23:00, one hour sets from six residents and friends of the family will be played and broadcasted live.


Lineup: 
- Tsepo
- Pieter Jansen
- Florinsz Janvier
- Romyn
- Dennis Williams (DJ)
- Thom East

Tune in at www.sekoia.nl

Want to join us? It’s totally free, but there’s limited space. Please send a message to SEKOIA and we’ll put you on the list if there is still room!

Nobody likes to watch an empty room. So everyone joining before 18:00 will be DRINKING FOR FREE ALL EVENING. We’ll be putting stamps on those lucky people. Beers are provided by the good folks over at WARSTEINER.

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Welcome to the Future returns to the warehouse with a party lead by one of the all time legends of the underground—Laurent Garnier. The French house and techno icon is joined by long time cohort Scan X (live) as well as Maetrik, Recondite (live) and Nuno Dos Santos.

The second room will be hosted by SEKOIA. The Utrecht-based collective for deep electronic music invited Chymera and Tsepo to play along with their residents Florinsz Janvier and Dennis Williams.

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HYTE Warehouse: Welcome To The Future
16-10-2014
Warehouse Elementenstraat (Amsterdam)
Netherlands

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Welcome to the Future returns to the warehouse with a party lead by one of the all time legends of the underground—Laurent Garnier. The French house and techno icon is joined by long time cohort Scan X (live) as well as Maetrik, Recondite (live) and Nuno Dos Santos.

The second room will be hosted by SEKOIA. The Utrecht-based collective for deep electronic music invited Chymera and Tsepo to play along with their residents Florinsz Janvier and Dennis Williams.

Room 1:
LAURENT GARNIER
MAETRIK
RECONDITE (live)

SCAN X (live)
NUNO DOS SANTOS

Room 2:
CHYMERA
TSEPO
FLORINSZ JANVIER
DENNIS WILLIAMS

Get your tickets here.

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Drowsy Monday night. Did any of you ever watch Lost? Somehow, this track of all time hero Robag Wruhme reminds me dearly of those brilliant (yes, brilliant) six seasons spent on the island with Jack, Hurley, Sawyer and all the others.

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Artist: Robag Wruhme
Title: Bortonkk
Label: Boxer Recordings
Catalog#: BOXER089
Releasdate: 2012-03-12

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Artwork:
Kilian Schönberger: WEB

Drowsy Monday night. Did any of you ever watch Lost? Somehow, this track of all time hero Robag Wruhme reminds me dearly of those brilliant (yes, brilliant) six seasons spent on the island with Jack, Hurley, Sawyer and all the others.

Besides the obvious memories the track calls up, it’s a clear example and tour de force of Robag’s immersive, extraordinary style. Making house that’s almost as ambient as it is danceable. We could listen to this all day. Take us back to the island. – FJ.

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