Dear friends,

Four years of SEKOIA, how much we’ve seen, how much we’ve grown. It’s been one hell of a ride, but now the end is here.

Starting with three founding members back in 2011, the SEKOIA team has grown to over twelve steady contributors. The team includes designers, DJ’s, promoters and writers, all being pure aficionado’s of deep electronic music. This group has evolved into something far more than a team and it’s easily the best thing that we’ll be taking home from this whole experience. It’s not a team anymore, we’ve become a family: the SEKOIA family.

Bonded trough our shared passion for deep electronic music, not only within our family but with all of you, our audience. People from around the world listening, watching and commenting. All your messages through the years have meant so much to us, we feel honored that so many people have enjoyed our work and that we’ve managed to connect so many music enthusiasts. If there’s one thing that has become clear to us it’s that music knows no borders whatsoever. We’ll be taking that with us for the rest of our lives.

Unfortunately, for now, it’s time to say goodbye. Our thanks go out to each and every one of you and we hope to see you out in the field!

Dear friends, farewell!

Florinsz, Ward and the rest of the SEKOIA Family.

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Dear friends,

Four years of SEKOIA, how much we’ve seen, how much we’ve grown. It’s been one hell of a ride, but now the end is here.

Starting with three founding members back in 2011, the SEKOIA team has grown to over twelve steady contributors. The team includes designers, DJ’s, promoters and writers, all being pure aficionado’s of deep electronic music. This group has evolved into something far more than a team and it’s easily the best thing that we’ll be taking home from this whole experience. It’s not a team anymore, we’ve become a family: the SEKOIA family.

Bonded trough our shared passion for deep electronic music, not only within our family but with all of you, our audience. People from around the world listening, watching and commenting. All your messages through the years have meant so much to us, we feel honored that so many people have enjoyed our work and that we’ve managed to connect so many music enthusiasts. If there’s one thing that has become clear to us it’s that music knows no borders whatsoever. We’ll be taking that with us for the rest of our lives.

Unfortunately, for now, it’s time to say goodbye. Our thanks go out to each and every one of you and we hope to see you out in the field!

Dear friends, farewell!

Florinsz, Ward and the rest of the SEKOIA Family.

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After an amazing night last Friday we couldn’t hold back on the recordings, could we? Here you go! All the sets of our Farewell party in Amsterdam in chronological order. Big thanks to all family and friends that have joined us during this memorable night. 

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After an amazing night last Friday we couldn’t hold back on the recordings, could we? Here you go! All the sets of our Farewell party in Amsterdam in chronological order. Big thanks to all family and friends that have joined us during this memorable night. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After an intimate closing party with friends and family in Amsterdam last Friday, it’s time to salute you and everyone else that has been following us online. A sign of gratitude. One last present. Our musical testament.

As a final endeavour, we asked all SEKOIA team members to select 5 tracks that have stuck with them through the years. Tunes that fully embody the SEKOIA sound, songs with special stories and music that would directly take them back to special moments experienced in the last four years.

During a rainy January afternoon, Will Oirson, Florinsz Janvier and Vela Uniform got together in the studio and mixed all these tracks into one, massive 5 hour recording. Our final podcast and our last gift to you. Lots of recognisable tracks, a collection of classics. Songs that will stick with us for the rest of our lives. A podcast with different chapters. There’s something in here for everyone. Please enjoy it as much as we did creating it!

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Artist: SEKOIA Family
Based: Netherlands

Social:
SEKOIA: WEB | FB | SC

Image:
Kasper Van Stevenick: WEB

After an intimate closing party with friends and family in Amsterdam last Friday, it’s time to salute you and everyone else that has been following us online. A sign of gratitude. One last present. Our musical testament.

As a final endeavour, we asked all SEKOIA team members to select 5 tracks that have stuck with them through the years. Tunes that fully embody the SEKOIA sound, songs with special stories and music that would directly take them back to special moments experienced in the last four years.

During a rainy January afternoon, Will Oirson, Florinsz Janvier and Vela Uniform got together in the studio and mixed all these tracks into one, massive 5 hour recording. Our final podcast and our last gift to you. Lots of recognisable tracks, a collection of classics. Songs that will stick with us for the rest of our lives. A podcast with different chapters. There’s something in here for everyone. Please enjoy it as much as we did creating it!

SEKOIA
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Streaming live from our Farewell party in Amsterdam!

Live from 17:00 until 22:00

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Streaming live from our Farewell party in Amsterdam!

Live from 17:00 until 22:00

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Tracks that convey emotions with a wide array of backgrounds are hard to follow. Combining so many ethnical influences can go wrong easily, and you end up with a product that pretends to be something its not. It’s a delicate line you’re walking on. Luminodisco is the moniker of Italian producer Federico Costantini, a music fanatic, who makes kraut influenced disco music.
 
The Italian kitchen is very simple, yet elegant. You can get away with a lot, as long as you follow three ground rules: cook fresh, keep it simple, and balance your ingredients well. This is not to be mistaken for laziness by the way, because it is all about balance, finesse and timing. The same applies for Understory, where everything is mixed gently and with time and care. You venture from a Lion King like savanna to tribes in North America, and end up with a big portion of funk and slow grooving mushiness. It could go totally wrong, but the introduction of the funk is done so well, that you don’t even think about boundaries anymore. Ain’t that a thing.
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Artist: Luminodisco
Title: Understory
Label: Hell Yeah
Catalog#: HYR 7142
Releasedate: 09-04-2015

Buy: BC | JU

Social:
Luminodisco: FB | SC
Hell Yeah: WEB | FB | SC

Image:
Dangerous…Dan: FLI

Tracks that convey emotions with a wide array of backgrounds are hard to follow. Combining so many ethnical influences can go wrong easily, and you end up with a product that pretends to be something its not. It’s a delicate line you’re walking on. Luminodisco is the moniker of Italian producer Federico Costantini, a music fanatic, who makes kraut influenced disco music.
 
The Italian kitchen is very simple, yet elegant. You can get away with a lot, as long as you follow three ground rules: cook fresh, keep it simple, and balance your ingredients well. This is not to be mistaken for laziness by the way, because it is all about balance, finesse and timing. The same applies for Understory, where everything is mixed gently and with time and care. You venture from a Lion King like savanna to tribes in North America, and end up with a big portion of funk and slow grooving mushiness. It could go totally wrong, but the introduction of the funk is done so well, that you don’t even think about boundaries anymore. Ain’t that a thing.

Max Ferdinand
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As we look back over the past four years we’re really proud of our different podcasts series. A lot of inspiring artists, friends and personal heroes did us the honor and we like to thank every last one of them for their dedicated contribution. Cheers guys!

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As we look back over the past four years we’re really proud of our different podcasts series. A lot of inspiring artists, friends and personal heroes did us the honor and we like to thank every last one of them for their dedicated contribution. Cheers guys!

Minilogue, Tom Trago, Michael Mayer, Stimming, Roman Flügel, Adriatique, Chymera, John Tejada, N’to, Gregor Tresher, Petar Dundov, Job Jobse, Dj Phono, My Favorite Robot, Fairmont, Nuno Dos Santos, Cinnaman, Elias Mazian, Dimitri, Some Chemistry, Florinsz Janvier, Malbetrieb, Tsepo, Olivier Weiter, Dürerstuben, Will Oirson, Reza Athar, Jorn Liefdeshuis, Spaceandtime, Sirens Of Saturn, Timoka, Vela Uniform, Qbical, PONY, Rachelle Grooten, Alessandro Diga, Roberto Calzetta & Twin Soul, Dennis Williams, Daniel Zuur, Mark Antoni, Bergmann and Romyn.

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This little tune almost got away unnoticed as we were checking the new ‘Church Volumes’. A relaxed and laidback track made for Sunday mornings. It has this kind of new age feel over it. Flowing through the room in the background as you’re making a cup of coffee to start the day. Gently soothing the soul.

Let ‘Darnum Samp’ carefully slide you in to a ‘Sunday of nothing at all’. Calm down, forget and don’t ever leave the sofa today. Except to go to the bathroom. Or for some food? Definitely for sex. To answer the doorbell maybe? “Hey mom!” Shit… Sunday ruined.

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Info:
Artist: Darnum Samp
Title: Therm2
Label: Church
Catalog#: CHURCHV001
Releasedate: 16-10-2015

Buy: BC | BP

Social:
Darnum Samp: SC
Church: WEB | FB

Image:
Dangerous…Dan: FLI

This little tune almost got away unnoticed as we were checking the new ‘Church Volumes’. A relaxed and laidback track made for Sunday mornings. It has this kind of new age feel over it. Flowing through the room in the background as you’re making a cup of coffee to start the day. Gently soothing the soul.

Let ‘Darnum Samp’ carefully slide you in to a ‘Sunday of nothing at all’. Calm down, forget and don’t ever leave the sofa today. Except to go to the bathroom. Or for some food? Definitely for sex. To answer the doorbell maybe? “Hey mom!” Shit… Sunday ruined.

Tom Stigter
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Sinfol came in to our charts like a strike of lightning. Only within a few months his profile grew to a name not to be underestimated. With two solo EP’s and one remix-EP with proper deep electronics (by Francois X and In Aeternam Vale) under his belt, he’s sturdily knocking the door of underground recognition. Sinfol has settled in the Dutch scene by managing a unique style that’s both dreamy and dark but always firm.

With the track ‘Crystalline’ (ft. Barbara Ford) also on his ‘Intra’ EP on the Amsterdam based label Anagram, Mr. Sinfol might have a future classic on his name. We feature ‘An Odyssey’ because it has the SEKOIA-stamp all over it, but please don’t stop there. His work is solid. Maybe a bit heavier than you’re used to but this man knows what’s up. As his last release is from May 2015, we are longing for new material in 2016. This guy is a very welcoming addition to the Dutch techno scene. 

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Artist: Sinfol
Title: An Odyssey
Label: Anagram
Catalog#: ANAGRAM003
Releasedate: 22-05-2015

Buy: CL | DJ

Social:
Sinfol: FB | SC
Anagram: FB | SC

Image:
Kuhnmi: FLI

Sinfol came in to our charts like a strike of lightning. Only within a few months his profile grew to a name not to be underestimated. With two solo EP’s and one remix-EP with proper deep electronics (by Francois X and In Aeternam Vale) under his belt, he’s sturdily knocking the door of underground recognition. Sinfol has settled in the Dutch scene by managing a unique style that’s both dreamy and dark but always firm.

With the track ‘Crystalline’ (ft. Barbara Ford) also on his ‘Intra’ EP on the Amsterdam based label Anagram, Mr. Sinfol might have a future classic on his name. We feature ‘An Odyssey’ because it has the SEKOIA-stamp all over it, but please don’t stop there. His work is solid. Maybe a bit heavier than you’re used to but this man knows what’s up. As his last release is from May 2015, we are longing for new material in 2016. This guy is a very welcoming addition to the Dutch techno scene. 

Tom Stigter
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Koett, Aleksander Tochilink, released his debut album on Atomnation in back 2013 and now he’s back with new material. ‘Thaw’ will be released in February but we have been glowing over ‘Night Furia’ for some time already. The opening track of the new album is some very solid work. That rhythmic baseline, the wonderful snare and allover melancholic mood takes us right back to past nights in TrouwAmsterdam.

Probably the coolest fact about this tune is that it was recorded on a Polivoks, or Polyvox or Поливокс if you want! A duophonic analog synthesizer comparable to the ‘Moog’ but a Soviet production. “It is arguably the most popular and well known Soviet synthesizer, likely due to the uniqueness of both its appearance and sound. Because of its unique history and relative rarity, the Polivoks has become popular as much for its sounds as for its aesthetics.” Comes to show: it takes beautiful instruments to make beautiful music.

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Info:
Artist: Koett
Title: Night Furia
Label: Atomnation
Catalog#: ATM034
Releasedate: 05-02-2016

Buy: WEB

Social:
Koett: FB | SC
Atomnation: WEB | FB | SC

Image:
Scott Wylie: FLI

Koett, Aleksander Tochilink, released his debut album on Atomnation in back 2013 and now he’s back with new material. ‘Thaw’ will be released in February but we have been glowing over ‘Night Furia’ for some time already. The opening track of the new album is some very solid work. That rhythmic baseline, the wonderful snare and allover melancholic mood takes us right back to past nights in TrouwAmsterdam.

Probably the coolest fact about this tune is that it was recorded on a Polivoks, or Polyvox or Поливокс if you want! A duophonic analog synthesizer comparable to the ‘Moog’ but a Soviet production. “It is arguably the most popular and well known Soviet synthesizer, likely due to the uniqueness of both its appearance and sound. Because of its unique history and relative rarity, the Polivoks has become popular as much for its sounds as for its aesthetics.” Comes to show: it takes beautiful instruments to make beautiful music.

Berend
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The last few years we’ve become really obsessed with music. Yes, we had a healthy interest in music way before the start of SEKOIA but as time passed things kind of got out of hand. The numbers in our team grew, the one even more dedicated than the other. Each contributor brought something different to the table and this resulted for a big part in the back catalogue we’ve featured with you over the years. As we look back we notice that a lot has changed as time went by. Genres came and went and our taste in music developed. Of course a touch of deep was always present but shit we even featured Wankelmut back in the day! No regrets though, it felt right at the time and we wanted to share it with you guys. But things changes and brought us to here, to today, the day of Art Crime.

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Info:
Artist: Art Crime
Title: Obsession
Label: Phonica
Catalog#: PHONICA015
Releasedate: 2015-05-25

Buy: BP

Social:
Art Crime: FB | SC
Phonica: WEB | FBSC

Image:
Greg_Men: FLI

The last few years we’ve become really obsessed with music. Yes, we had a healthy interest in music way before the start of SEKOIA but as time passed things kind of got out of hand. The numbers in our team grew, the one even more dedicated than the other. Each contributor brought something different to the table and this resulted for a big part in the back catalogue we’ve featured with you over the years. As we look back we notice that a lot has changed as time went by. Genres came and went and our taste in music developed. Of course a touch of deep was always present but shit we even featured Wankelmut back in the day! No regrets though, it felt right at the time and we wanted to share it with you guys. But things changes and brought us to here, to today, the day of Art Crime.

DIR
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After parties. A strange but lovely phenomenon if you ask us. Some see them as the ultimate way to chill out with your best friends after a long night of dancing; others see it as a way of extending the euphoria and dance like there literally is no tomorrow. The music always reflects the nature and mood of the after party, often floating somewhere in between hypnotic and pulsating spacy or somewhat more sturdy and deep.

We first heard ‘Glowworm’ at an after party last NYE. It stood out because it perfectly captured that exact moment; a mixture of dancing with a sense of blissful warmth and wonder. The swelling synths felt like that morning would be the start of an amazing 2016.

Forever Sound hasn’t released that many tracks. This particular one was release on Horn Wax in 2013, and featured last October by Prins Thomas on one of his weird-but-amazing CD series called ‘Paradise Goulash’. Just one release is to be found (Geist, on Cocktail d’Amore) and some remixes. Let’s hope the 2016-edition will be an amazing one as well with more releases for us to play in the morning hours. 

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Info:
Artist: Forever Sound
Title: Glowworm
Label: Horn Wax
Catalog#: HWFIVE
Releasedate: 25-03-2013

Buy: BP | CL

Social:
Forever Sound: WEBFB | SC
Horn Wax: WEB | SC

Image:
Henry Work: FLI

After parties. A strange but lovely phenomenon if you ask us. Some see them as the ultimate way to chill out with your best friends after a long night of dancing; others see it as a way of extending the euphoria and dance like there literally is no tomorrow. The music always reflects the nature and mood of the after party, often floating somewhere in between hypnotic and pulsating spacy or somewhat more sturdy and deep.

We first heard ‘Glowworm’ at an after party last NYE. It stood out because it perfectly captured that exact moment; a mixture of dancing with a sense of blissful warmth and wonder. The swelling synths felt like that morning would be the start of an amazing 2016.

Forever Sound hasn’t released that many tracks. This particular one was release on Horn Wax in 2013, and featured last October by Prins Thomas on one of his weird-but-amazing CD series called ‘Paradise Goulash’. Just one release is to be found (Geist, on Cocktail d’Amore) and some remixes. Let’s hope the 2016-edition will be an amazing one as well with more releases for us to play in the morning hours. 

Guido de Beer
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Most of the time the tracks we feature are a bit dark, deep or melancholic. Sad… one might say. Just to make sure: we’re shiny happy people. It just happens to be that we like these characteristics in music. Still, nobody can avoid the occasional sparkle in your mood. The moment of ecstasy as you hear that one joyful tune.

You’re standing in front of a traffic light, this Lars Behrenroth remix kicks in, and all of a sudden a smile forces its way upon your face. Sun breaks through the clouds and dashes of sunlight are clearing up the whole area. Birds land on your shoulders, whistling delicately along with the tune. Halo above your head. Butterflies everywhere and perhaps even a few of those flying elephants we mentioned earlier. Enjoy this moment of cheerfulness, next feature will be dark again: ‪#‎janken‬ 

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Info:
Artist: Gabriel Magdelani
Title: Face Down (Lars Behrenroth Remix)
Label: Deeper Shades Recordings
Catalog#: DSOH055
Releasedate: 28-12-2015

Buy: BP

Social:
Gabriel Magdelani: FB | SC
Lars Behrenroth: FB | SC
Deeper Shades: FB | WEB

Image:
Matthias Ripp: FLI

Most of the time the tracks we feature are a bit dark, deep or melancholic. Sad… one might say. Just to make sure: we’re shiny happy people. It just happens to be that we like these characteristics in music. Still, nobody can avoid the occasional sparkle in your mood. The moment of ecstasy as you hear that one joyful tune.

You’re standing in front of a traffic light, this Lars Behrenroth remix kicks in, and all of a sudden a smile forces its way upon your face. Sun breaks through the clouds and dashes of sunlight are clearing up the whole area. Birds land on your shoulders, whistling delicately along with the tune. Halo above your head. Butterflies everywhere and perhaps even a few of those flying elephants we mentioned earlier. Enjoy this moment of cheerfulness, next feature will be dark again: ‪#‎janken‬ 

Tom Stigter
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