Languid synths and nervous percussions, Leon Vynehall​’s trademark style. They go together just as well as Sundays and parties. Next Sunday will showcase a ‘perfect storm’ scenario for all these elements, since Leon Vynehall is honouring our Kingsnight party in Poppodium EKKO​ (Utrecht) with his presence.

We cannot wait and as it turns out, a lot of people can’t either. We’re on the verge of selling out, so late deciders: be quick. Only a couple of tickets left. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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rtist: Leon Vynehall
Title: This is the Place
Label: Clone Royal Oak
Catalog#: ROYAL23
Releasdate: 2014-07-07

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Languid synths and nervous percussions, Leon Vynehall​’s trademark style. They go together just as well as Sundays and parties. Next Sunday will showcase a ‘perfect storm’ scenario for all these elements, since Leon Vynehall is honouring our Kingsnight party in Poppodium EKKO​ (Utrecht) with his presence.

We cannot wait and as it turns out, a lot of people can’t either. We’re on the verge of selling out, so late deciders: be quick. Only a couple of tickets left. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

[update] Sold out! 50 tickets left at the door, we’ll start at 23:00. Come early!

Cédric
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For the Dutchies: our founders were asked some questions by the sweet people of THUMP! It’s all about SEKOIA heading to the US and giving some more context to the things we do, history included!

Read the interview here: ccccclllllliiiiiiiiiiiiiickkkkkkkkkk

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For the Dutchies: our founders were asked some questions by the sweet people of THUMP! It’s all about SEKOIA heading to the US and giving some more context to the things we do, history included!

Read the interview here: ccccclllllliiiiiiiiiiiiiickkkkkkkkkk

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Every now and then we feel compelled to venture into the world of deep and dark techno and sometimes we discover some diamonds in the very rough that should appeal to you as well. Today we will introduce you to the ‘Thousand’ series of M_REC LTD, the label belonging to Max_M. The ‘Thousand’ series are a bunch of vinyl only dramatic melodic techno bombs, with high levels of set-ending powers. Appearing on each release to date is Italian dj, producer and head honcho of Attic Music Fabrizio Lapiana.

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Artist: Fabrizio Lapiana
Title: 1002B
Label: M_REC LTD
Catalog#: M_RECLTD1002
Releasedate: 29-07-2014

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Every now and then we feel compelled to venture into the world of deep and dark techno and sometimes we discover some diamonds in the very rough that should appeal to you as well. Today we will introduce you to the ‘Thousand’ series of M_REC LTD, the label belonging to Max_M. The ‘Thousand’ series are a bunch of vinyl only dramatic melodic techno bombs, with high levels of set-ending powers. Appearing on each release to date is Italian dj, producer and head honcho of Attic Music Fabrizio Lapiana.

To us, the highlight of the series is 1002B. With no actual plans on repressing this piece of black gold, many deep electronic music fiends still keep a tiny spot reserved for it in their Expedit Ikea record collection cabinets. Dial ‘D’ for drama with this one. It’s all hearts and flowers to our ears. – TS.

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32nd in line for our podcast series is Elias Mazian, the Amersfoort-born Amsterdam-based house DJ. He is a bold, yet very likeable young man with an old musical soul. At last year’s Golden Gnome Awards (Dutch Dance music industry’s Oscars) he was nominated alongside our very own Florinsz Janvier. They both didn’t win. Through our shared grief, we reached out to one another and decided to help each other out by doing a podcast and an interview. Together we stay strong. 

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Artist: Elias Mazian
Label: Voyage Direct
Agency: Voyage Select
Based: Amstedam, NL
Podcast #032

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32nd in line for our podcast series is Elias Mazian, the Amersfoort-born Amsterdam-based house DJ. He is a bold, yet very likeable young man with an old musical soul. At last year’s Golden Gnome Awards (Dutch Dance music industry’s Oscars) he was nominated alongside our very own Florinsz Janvier. They both didn’t win. Through our shared grief, we reached out to one another and decided to help each other out by doing a podcast and an interview. Together we stay strong. 

FASH
He starts his podcast with something that seems like a bold statement about the state of house music nowadays (read below the interview for a translated transcript). “It might seem that way, but I don’t mean it in any way like that at all! I just thought it was a funny fragment. Especially when you think of it in a historic context. The excerpt is from a documentary filmed in the early 1990s. That’s when most people just started to hear about the earlier forms of house music, and he was already kind of complaining about the superabundance. He should see what house music has turned into, with its plenitude of (sub)genres and daily wealth of releases through all kinds of media.”

Although the usage of that particular fragment perhaps isn’t as bold as it might seem, it does hold some more depth than it might meet the eye. “That person is KC The Funkaholic, who could be viewed as my house great grandfather. He is the one that took Mr. Wix under his wings, who in turn took Tom Trago under his wings. And it’s widely known that Tom and I have been good friends for some time now, and I’m thankful for raising my interest in house music.”

HISTORIC CONTEXT
That historic context is something of a common thread in Elias Mazian’s development as an artist. “Historic context is important to me, because I always want to get a complete image of all the music I collect. I’ve always had some kind of hyper focus when it comes to collecting music. I always want to know everything there is to know about a record. Even when I downloaded and music as a kid, I always wanted to collect complete discographies of artists like A Tribe Called Quest. Then I would read up on where all the samples came from and take that as a starting point to discover all sorts of new music. And the beauty of it is: everything is linked and knowing where those links are gives the musical experience a whole new and deep dimension.”

It seems that Elias Mazian is a musical omnivore, yet he also has an abstract criterion of selection. “I want the music to grab me by the short hairs, so to speak. The best music is the music that evokes a reaction through my entire body. It gives me a glimmering sensation. For example, the first time I heard Donny Hathaway, I didn’t know what came over me. That feeling can come at any time, even when I’m DJ-ing. Fortunately, it keeps coming back and it’s always dependant on context.”

VENTURING INTO HOUSE MUSIC
For someone that is so deeply entrenched in all sorts of music, it’s striking that his interest in House music came only a few years ago. “I sort of had my formative experience at Lowlands. All my friends were more interested in the bands that were playing, but I thought – since I was there anyway – why not give Dave Clarke a shot. I went there sort of by myself, and somehow I was entirely focussed on the music and forgot everything around me.

That’s why Lowlands is still my favourite festival in the world: it’s such a diverse combination of musical genres and people. It’s the best way to discover different things by accident. Last year was the first time I played there. I played in the 24-hour stage on the last day of the festival. Lowlands usually has a limiter during the nights, but the stage manager ‘accidentally’ pulled out the antenna of the limiter. That meant that all of a sudden the music played at full force. We went on like that for two hours and it was amazing.”

FUTURE ENDEAVORS
Elias has released his first EP on Voyage Direct last year, but it’s been a while and we are looking forward to a new release. “I can’t say too much on that, but I am working on a singing EP for the end of this year. It’s a 12” and it will be a little bit more on the boogie side, not just house. But before that I’ll be releasing an EP that consists of proper club music. Furthermore, since sadly my old agency Barkers stopped, I joined Tom Trago’s new agency Voyage Select.”

TRANSCRIPTION OF PODCAST INTRO
- “How’s it going?”
— “Good.”
– “What are you up to?”
— “Processing CD’s. House CD’s”
– “Oh yeah?”
— “Yeah.”
– “Shall I turn off that music? [yelling] Can someone please turn down that noise?!”
— “Is there a lot?”
– “What?”
— “Is there a lot in the area of House CD’s?”
– “What, in, what… Incredibly much. It’s overwhelming. Every week there’s about 6 or 7 compilation CD’s coming out.”
— “Compilation CD’s?”
– “Compilation CD’s. They all contain the same tracks, but everyone thinks it pays off, so everybody releases one.”
— “And it sells?”
– “Like hot cakes. It’s a niche market. Check this out, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7… It’s too much. The quality is dropping. Everybody with two fingers can make a House track nowadays. You buy a W-30, a Roland, you press the keys and you release it. The same with vinyl, 12″, every week like 300 to 400 titles. It’s impossible to keep track of.”

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Tornado Wallace is one of those names that always creeps around in the back of your head. You know, one of those artists that you have heard of, but you never really really checked his stuff out. About time that you do!

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Artist: Recloose
Title: Don’t Get Me Wrong (Tornado Wallace Remix)
Label: Get Physical Music
Catalog#: GPMCD088
Releasedate: 01-05-2014

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Tornado Wallace is one of those names that always creeps around in the back of your head. You know, one of those artists that you have heard of, but you never really really checked his stuff out. About time that you do!

Take this remix of Recloose’s “Don’t get me wrong” for instance. For a track that clocks in at a nifty 111 bpm, it holds so much energy. It feels like it vibrates through your speakers, all thanks to that echoing bassline, hats and snares, while in the meantime it never really gets nervous (unless you decide to pitch it up to 118+bpm, but who in the right mind would do that?!).

The reverbed pads and main synth melodies that kick in after the intro give it more body, but the vibrance stays and the energy only picks up more and more. “Don’t get me wrong!! I said, don’t get me wrong!” alongside the synths really intensifies the drama, as if you can almost feel the despair. Ah, yes, the feelings that music can evoke. Well done mr. Wallace.

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The moment we got word of Ike Release and Hakim Murphy joining forces was like music to our ears. The Chicago born moniker Innerspace Halflife already lived through a couple of years, and boy, is it something we keep an eye on from time to time. We’re pointing out today, the release on Skudge White, ranging in style between prompt house and cosmic techno.

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Artist: Innerspace Halflife
Title: Electric Gaze
Label: Skudge
Catalog#: Skudge W03
Releasedate: 08-07-2013

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The moment we got word of Ike Release and Hakim Murphy joining forces was like music to our ears. The Chicago born moniker Innerspace Halflife already lived through a couple of years, and boy, is it something we keep an eye on from time to time. We’re pointing out today, the release on Skudge White, ranging in style between prompt house and cosmic techno.

Electric gaze is a modern sounding techno track with a high volume of intergalactic feel. If we might ever earn enough money to buy our commercial flight into space, this track would be one to consider playing, as we’re floating our way through the cabin. Can anyone send Christopher Nolan a message, that we found his soundtrack to his second space movie? We’ll settle for the remake of E.T. as well, you know, for the scene with the bicycle and stuff. What we’re trying to say is, the sound of the track is a little bit out of this world, cosmic, again is the best word to describe the modernity of the sound the duo gave birth to.

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9 days left!

Fri 17 Apr

Only 9 days left until Leon Vynehall heads to Utrecht!

Here’s a plan for you: head on over to Utrecht on Sunday night, if you’re not already there. Grab a burger with your friends at one of our many magnificent burger bars, have a pre party in a typical Utrecht tavern or visit the locally famous “vrijmarkt” and then come to EKKO.

But first, get yourself some tickets. Early birds and group tickets are already sold out, so don’t hesitate too long!

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Bright X Scala
26-04-2015
EKKO (Utrecht)
Netherlands

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Only 9 days left until Leon Vynehall heads to Utrecht!

Here’s a plan for you: head on over to Utrecht on Sunday night, if you’re not already there. Grab a burger with your friends at one of our many magnificent burger bars, have a pre party in a typical Utrecht tavern or visit the locally famous “vrijmarkt” and then come to EKKO.

But first, get yourself some tickets. Early birds and group tickets are already sold out, so don’t hesitate too long!

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Together X SEKOIA
We’re humbled and very happy to announce that, this May, SEKOIA will be crossing the pond to bring some of our dearest artists to America. During the Together Festival in Boston we’ll present you some of the best our country has to offer.

On Wednesday the 13th at the Middlesex Lounge the mighty Martyn and Tom Trago, supported by our residents Florinsz Janvier and Cursed P will hit the decks. None other than the talented VJ Heleen Blanken is on visual duties. Together we’ll show you the underground dance culture of The Netherlands and give you a sneak peak of Amsterdam’s nightlife. 

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Together X SEKOIA
13-05-2015
Middlesex Lounge (Boston)
United States

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Together X SEKOIA
We’re humbled and very happy to announce that, this May, SEKOIA will be crossing the pond to bring some of our dearest artists to America. During the Together Festival in Boston we’ll present you some of the best our country has to offer.

On Wednesday the 13th at the Middlesex Lounge the mighty Martyn and Tom Trago, supported by our residents Florinsz Janvier and Cursed P will hit the decks. None other than the talented VJ Heleen Blanken is on visual duties. Together we’ll show you the underground dance culture of The Netherlands and give you a sneak peak of Amsterdam’s nightlife. 

This is the first time we reach out beyound our borders and if you’re around, make sure you join us. We truly can’t wait to meet you there!

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Yesterday we featured the a-side of Love Over Entropy’s new release Tonii, and today we are focusing on the more subtle and introvert b-side. Where Tonii takes your breath away and smashes a variety of emotions in your face, Tucoraya Pt. 1 is more held back, more intimate and abstract, and maybe also requires a little more attention. There is minimum story telling and tention building in the beginning, yet the whole song is enchanting and extremely captivating. And while you listen, Tucaroya secretly does take you to an incredible climax, with a haunting synth line that is absent throughout the rest of the song.

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Artist: Love Over Entropy
Title: Tucaroya Pt. 1
Label: Something Happening Somewhere
Catalog#: SoHaSo 006
Releasedate: 13-04-2015

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Yesterday we featured the a-side of Love Over Entropy’s new release Tonii, and today we are focusing on the more subtle and introvert b-side. Where Tonii takes your breath away and smashes a variety of emotions in your face, Tucoraya Pt. 1 is more held back, more intimate and abstract, and maybe also requires a little more attention. There is minimum story telling and tention building in the beginning, yet the whole song is enchanting and extremely captivating. And while you listen, Tucaroya secretly does take you to an incredible climax, with a haunting synth line that is absent throughout the rest of the song.

The whole song moves like the undulating surface of a quit river, running through an old and enchanted forrest. The airy pads spread out over the whole song feel like dew in the morning, stretching out over the whole land and covering everything in a blanket of crystallized quietness. With smart variations in the absence and presence of the kick drum the song works towards a climax, a small peak where everything that has been slumbering suddenly comes to light. The elements remain almost unaltered, but everything is put in a different perspective. The magic of absence and minimalism is portraid beautifully here, and simultaneously showcases the depths in which Love Over Entropy is willing to take his listeners. -

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Once in a while an artists pops on your radar from who’m you’ve never heard before, and manages to blow you away completely. Over a year ago, Love Over Entropy did just that by releasing his first EP on the SoHaSo imprint run by Nuno Dos Santos. Today, after a year of shows, tours and finding sources of inspiration, Love Over Entropy is back with a new heart breaking release.

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Artist: Love Over Entropy
Title: Tonii
Label: Something Happening Somewhere
Catalog#: SoHaSo 006
Releasedate: 13-04-2015

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Once in a while an artists pops on your radar from who’m you’ve never heard before, and manages to blow you away completely. Over a year ago, Love Over Entropy did just that by releasing his first EP on the SoHaSo imprint run by Nuno Dos Santos. Today, after a year of shows, tours and finding sources of inspiration, Love Over Entropy is back with a new heart breaking release.

Toni tells a story of love. Of hope. Of a never-ending search for something that tried equally as hard not to be found. His journey is encapsulated in a 12,5 minute timespan filled with rollercoasters of longing and joy. At first Tonii is a little held back, setting up a mood with haunting synth stabs and deep, hollow, bass lines. The bass plays along with the synth, and everything is quite harmonious. But all of that changes at the two minute mark, that’s where things go rogue. A hauntingly beautiful melody joins in, and flushes every doubt in your mind away. You cannot escape form the velocity and from the way it carries you relentlessly to points where it is useless to keep on deciding for yourself.

We could not have been captivated any more by Tonii then we already are. The way the melody cries and opens all registers of the human range of emotion is just wonderful, and almost scary. Still we keep coming back to it, for Tonii may be a hard teacher, he shows you life in a pure and elegant way, that harnasses no evil, and from which you shouldn’t look away.

Max Ferdinand
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