If there was one big musical revelation last year, it must have been Leon Vynehall. We’ve been looking to bring him to our home town for quite some time and finally we have succeeded. On Kingsnight (our national holiday – the best night for parties in the Netherlands) he will join us in EKKO at Bright X Scala.

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Artist: Leon Vynehall
Title: Time
Label: K7 Records
Catalog#: K7316EP
Releasedate: 06-2015

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If there was one big musical revelation last year, it must have been Leon Vynehall. We’ve been looking to bring him to our home town for quite some time and finally we have succeeded. On Kingsnight (our national holiday – the best night for parties in the Netherlands) he will join us in EKKO at Bright X Scala.

Throughout the year 2014, Leon Vynehall has consistently shown that he is able to produce within a wide variety of genres, while in the meantime maintaining both a high level of production quality and a certain feeling. A Vynehall track is quite easily recognized as one due to specific subtly used signature elements (for instance the double kicks and urban vocal stabs which can also be heard in his wonderful masterpiece ‘Sister’) and more importantly: that particular sort of unexplainable groove. His tracks can never really be described as either cheesily cheerful or overly melancholic by always maintaining a serious notion, a balance he masters up to perfection .

While ‘Music for the Uninvited” deservedly drew much attention last year, many might have overlooked this gem. ‘Time’ has all the elements as explained above. From the minute those pads fade in, you know this one will go straight to the gut. Those pads, those beautiful pads that make you long for an early morning walk in the woods during spring time, those pads that o-so wonderfully swell at 2:08 while the percussion kicks in to the fullest. Goosebumps.

Take a moment to enjoy that part. That liftoff point creates so much momentum that it acts as strong pillar for the whole track, increasingly adding variations and elements such as the high-pitched stabs that o-so carefully enter the stage more and more. Like a day passing by (or night if you will), this track passes by in the same manner: starting out easy going, henceforth fully reaping the fruits of the hours while time progresses and slowly-but-certainly coming to an end while you retrospect how fast time really went. If you ask us, this track could last for eternity.

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Nuno Dos Santos is making terrific steps with his Something Happening Somewhere. Inspiring producers to go beyond their usual patterns and go somewhere else. To look into a different direction. To go on a search, far and between, exploring into the future and into the past, sometimes encountering a former self in the process.

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Artist: Kurt Baggaley
Title: Far Between
Label: Something Happening Somewhere
Catalog#: SoHaSo005
Releasedate: 02-02-2015

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Nuno Dos Santos is making terrific steps with his Something Happening Somewhere. Inspiring producers to go beyond their usual patterns and go somewhere else. To look into a different direction. To go on a search, far and between, exploring into the future and into the past, sometimes encountering a former self in the process.

Taken off the most recent release of the Utrecht based label, it’s a monument to the efforts taken by all parties involved. It’s not easy to run a label, and putting out one stunning release after another takes great skill.

‘Far Between’ is a beautiful example of integrity. A subdued journey through another theme (as done with ‘Former Self’ on the same EP). Completely modest, not expanding outward but inviting the listener to take a look inward. To look for the gaps in between. An entrancing 9 minutes that seem to go on forever.

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Eulogy is a word from Late Latin origin, and describes a speech in honor or praise of someone, or something. A eulogy is mostly used as a remembrance of someone deceased, and they are the speeches held by family members and close friends and try to express their grief and simultaneously pass on hope and good memories. The equally named song by Demdike Stare is part of the two track EP ‘Tespressing #003’ and coincidentally the other track is called Dyslogy, which stands for a speech filled with hatred towards someone.

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Artist: Demdike Stare
Title: Eulogy
Label: Modern Love
Catalog#: LOVE087
Releasedate: 2013-08-26

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Eulogy is a word from Late Latin origin, and describes a speech in honor or praise of someone, or something. A eulogy is mostly used as a remembrance of someone deceased, and they are the speeches held by family members and close friends and try to express their grief and simultaneously pass on hope and good memories. The equally named song by Demdike Stare is part of the two track EP ‘Tespressing #003’ and coincidentally the other track is called Dyslogy, which stands for a speech filled with hatred towards someone.

The two song stand as opposites both in definition as in character, whereas Dyslogy is a fast paced, mean sounding and instigating song, Eulogy is very moody and fragile. Much of the action takes place in the lower frequencies, which ads to the slow feeling of the track. At points they almost sound to heavy, with pounds that feel like your ear membrane is sloppily shaking. This has got nothing to do with the quality of the UK producers, but everything with the fact that the song has been recorded with so much ambience, room and surround that the impact is way more real than any plug in bass could ever do. 

Like a eulogy, the song is uplifting, but not to present. Cheerfull, but not to flashy. And like a real eulogy, when you remember someone you remember the better moments. You remember the achievements and the shared fun, and you share them in a discreet and respectful way, to make them ever more real. And that’s exactly the feeling that Demdike Stare captured.

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If there is one good word with which can describe “Warm Control” then it is dreamy. However, dreamy tracks often miss a sense of direction; a plan or a hook if you will.. something that keeps you interested. Monokle seems to understand that and gave the track a proper introduction, breaks and small percussion elements to keep it dynamic.

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Artist: Monokle
Title: Warm Control
Label: iD.EOLOGY
Catalog#: iD.053
Releasedate: 24-03-2009

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If there is one good word with which can describe “Warm Control” then it is dreamy. However, dreamy tracks often miss a sense of direction; a plan or a hook if you will.. something that keeps you interested. Monokle seems to understand that and gave the track a proper introduction, breaks and small percussion elements to keep it dynamic.

The breakbeat subtly rolls on while the bass suddenly gives a bit of strength to the whole piece. The lead guitars and strings are perfect in their minor additions at first and swell so wonderfully onwards, with the quiet guitar solo in the break and climax behind it as absolute highlights, after which the dreamy pads make their re-entry magnificently. A sublime work by Monokle.

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We’re going to Amsterdam.

Entrancing, harmonic and melancholic, SEKOIA has been preaching the gospel of the deeper side of electronic music for years. The recently opened club Closure​ is providing us the space and time to go In Depth.

• LAKE PEOPLE (PERMANENT VACATION, DE)
• NUNO DOS SANTOS
• FLORINSZ JANVIER
• CURSED P

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SEKOIA In Depth
08-05-2015
Closure (Amsterdam)
Netherlands

Tickets: €12,50
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We’re going to Amsterdam.

Entrancing, harmonic and melancholic, SEKOIA has been preaching the gospel of the deeper side of electronic music for years. The recently opened club Closure​ is providing us the space and time to go In Depth.

• LAKE PEOPLE (PERMANENT VACATION, DE)
• NUNO DOS SANTOS
• FLORINSZ JANVIER
• CURSED P

Doors open: 22:00 – 05:00
Adress: Rozengracht 133
VVK: €12,50

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To remix Radiohead can be considered quite ballsy, to say the least. How often has one claimed that the original of so many songs, especially Radiohead songs, should stay untouched for any alteration could be considered blasphemy.

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Artist: Radiohead
Title: Reckoner (Henry Saiz Vocal Mantra Remix)
Label: Unreleased
Catalog#: Unreleased
Releasedate: Unreleased

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To remix Radiohead can be considered quite ballsy, to say the least. How often has one claimed that the original of so many songs, especially Radiohead songs, should stay untouched for any alteration could be considered blasphemy.

Enter Henry Saiz. The Spaniard retouched ‘Reckoner’ like only he can, giving the song some spice while maintaining that wonderful Radiohead vibe. Thom Yorke’s voice is so well incorporated in the break, lifting the track to great heights while in the meantime keeping pace so well. We can see this working o so well halfway an evening, moving from warming up into deeper territories. Very dancefloor oriented, yet containing so much emotion. A very different approach to the beautiful downtempo song that is the original.

Fun fact: As to be read on his Soundcloud account, Henry Saiz made this as entry for Radiohead’s Reckoner remix project. We are not sure whether they ever announced a winner, but with remixes by Nosaj Thing and Flying Lotus and of course this particular one by Henry Saiz, it would have been a very tough decision. Either way, no blasphemy here if you ask us, just pure bliss.

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In order to describe Berlin based producer Telephones, one must be creative. There really is no genre that could define his work. Perhaps the Resident Advisor profile page says it best: “As a DJ and producer he’s steadily gained a reputation for his free-spirited tuttifrutti-mix of cosmic, balearic house, italo-disco and percussive workouts. In productions as well as DJ-sets, Telephones inhabits the space somewhere in the twilight between organic-equatorial heat and scandinavian-synthetic cold, often spinning everything from chicago- and italo-classics to obscure findings, topped off with fresh fruit and secret weapons.”

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Artist: Telephones
Title: Blaff
Label: Running Back
Catalog#: RB047
Releasedate: 11-02-2015

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In order to describe Berlin based producer Telephones, one must be creative. There really is no genre that could define his work. Perhaps the Resident Advisor profile page says it best: “As a DJ and producer he’s steadily gained a reputation for his free-spirited tuttifrutti-mix of cosmic, balearic house, italo-disco and percussive workouts. In productions as well as DJ-sets, Telephones inhabits the space somewhere in the twilight between organic-equatorial heat and scandinavian-synthetic cold, often spinning everything from chicago- and italo-classics to obscure findings, topped off with fresh fruit and secret weapons.”

Blaff is a prime example for that matter. It is a very tropical track in a non-cheesy way. A cheerful ode to summer, while maintaining a steady groove to keep on dancing to. Those elements are prevalent in multiple tracks: on the B-side of this “The Ocean Called” EP we find ‘Hot Destinations For a Cooler You’, a track as sunny as the title would let you expect and a similar approach from its A-side brother. To us, this warm-yet-credible-yet-not-overly-disco is a very welcome addition to the sometimes overly moody sounds of lately. – GdB

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Any person deserves a day of rest, at least once a week. Depending on which religious reading one observes, that day could either be Saturday or Sunday. “Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy” is one of the Ten Commandments as Moses received them on Har Sinai. To appease all possible Gods, we choose the safe way and observe both options for Sabbath and celebrate every day of the weekend.

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Artist: Lawrence
Title: Har Sinai
Label: Dial Records
Catalog#: DIALCD29
Releasedate: 09-16-2013

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Any person deserves a day of rest, at least once a week. Depending on which religious reading one observes, that day could either be Saturday or Sunday. “Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy” is one of the Ten Commandments as Moses received them on Har Sinai. To appease all possible Gods, we choose the safe way and observe both options for Sabbath and celebrate every day of the weekend.

So we commemorate Moses on this first day of our weekly Sabbath by sharing a track that’s named after the place where he received the two stone tablets. A track that’s fit for both days of the weekend, because it’s both a relaxing track and a club track. Lawrence’s irregular heavy synth blips and calmly pacing rhythm make it a perfect party starter, whereas the smooth, ethereal chords make it just as fit for a relaxing Sunday in the garden. Enjoy your weekend.

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An oldie but a goodie. From time to time we feel the pressing need to shine a light on Nicolas Jaar again. Last year was the final year of his DARKSIDE project, but that hasn’t lead to much new solo releases. Maybe that’s because he’s working on a bigger project (this is us praying for a follow-up on Space Is Only Noise), a different side project or maybe he’s just focusing on his label Other People, which has just signed John Bence. Bence is not really a good fit on SEKOIA, but you should definitely check out his work. It’s intense and even scary at moments.

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Artist: Shlohmo
Title: Rained the Whole Time (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
Label: Friends of Friends
Catalog#: FOF113
Releasedate: 28-02-2012

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An oldie but a goodie. From time to time we feel the pressing need to shine a light on Nicolas Jaar again. Last year was the final year of his DARKSIDE project, but that hasn’t lead to much new solo releases. Maybe that’s because he’s working on a bigger project (this is us praying for a follow-up on Space Is Only Noise), a different side project or maybe he’s just focusing on his label Other People, which has just signed John Bence. Bence is not really a good fit on SEKOIA, but you should definitely check out his work. It’s intense and even scary at moments.

On to this remix of Shlohmo’s ‘Rained the Whole Time': it’s perhaps the best way to summarize Nicolas Jaar’s genius. It’s sultry and sexy, with that muted guitar riff. It’s nervous and dancey, yet calming and serene. Like calmly dipping your toes in a fast flowing river on a hot summer’s day. With classics like this, it might not even be that bad that there isn’t much music coming out. There’s still enough life in the old work to enjoy.

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Let’s talk about perfection for a while. Many people strive for perfection, but how boring would a perfect world be where everything is exactly how it should be?! A second view on perfection is: Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Stockholm based label Northern Electronics often seems to use that as their starting principle. It has a distinct hypnotizing and ambientic sound, a minimalistic approach but with a very sophisticated and full spectrum of frequencies. There is so much more that meets the ear once you listen closely. Small adjustments, filters and other mesmerizing details that makes their music almost machine-like specific.

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Artist: Dorisburg
Title: Uncertainly
Label: Northern Electronics
Catalog#: NE14
Releasedate: 12-14-2014

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Let’s talk about perfection for a while. Many people strive for perfection, but how boring would a perfect world be where everything is exactly how it should be?! A second view on perfection is: Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Stockholm based label Northern Electronics often seems to use that as their starting principle. It has a distinct hypnotizing and ambientic sound, a minimalistic approach but with a very sophisticated and full spectrum of frequencies. There is so much more that meets the ear once you listen closely. Small adjustments, filters and other mesmerizing details that makes their music almost machine-like specific.

One of the more accessible tracks is ‘Uncertainly’ by Dorisburg, a title that already raises eyebrows due to its apparent juxtaposition. Once listening, its strength immediately shows. That main mysterious echoing sound heard from the beginning onward is ever evolving in its composition with the result that not a single second in this track is ever the same as another thanks to the continuous development of this particular sound. Honestly, it could go on for days if you’d ask us. The supporting percussion is ever so soothing as the main sound itself. Small echoes and variations in the toms and bass elements make it apparent that every detail in this track is so well thought through. No cutting corners on this one, Dorisburg singlehandedly disproves the theorem that perfection is always boring.

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