Remember those real-time strategy games from the late ’90s? Exoplanet’s Metaphor would be great as a soundtrack for one of those games. Preferably a futuristic one, where you’d control how a species develops into a civilization on a far away planet.

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Artist: Exoplanet
Title: Metaphor
Label: Particles
Catalog: PSE0906
Releasdate: 2009-10-12

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Remember those real-time strategy games from the late ’90s? Exoplanet’s Metaphor would be great as a soundtrack for one of those games. Preferably a futuristic one, where you’d control how a species develops into a civilization on a far away planet.

These RTS-games had a gift of sucking you in, where you’d be able to play for hours straight, forgetting about homework, exams or time in general. They’d teach you about discipline and patience, albeit with a video game that you probably shouldn’t play that long in the first place.

The main reason for that were those majestic soundtracks and this takes us back to that period. Maybe we should dust off that old copy of StarCraft again.

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Ambient house would be a fitting description for this track. A celestial voice repeatedly talking in a heavenly way create a peaceful vibe. Strangely enough it’s hard to think of a fitting scenery for this track. The beginning sounds as if you are being carried to the afterlife, floating through the skies. But then a rather tough classic house beat sets in, as if you have to make haste, rushing to heaven.

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Artist: Rising Sun
Title: Nostalgia (Version D)
Label: Kristofferson Records
Catalog: Kristofferson 001
Releasdate: 2012-01-30

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Tyler Finck: WEB

Ambient house would be a fitting description for this track. A celestial voice repeatedly talking in a heavenly way create a peaceful vibe. Strangely enough it’s hard to think of a fitting scenery for this track. The beginning sounds as if you are being carried to the afterlife, floating through the skies. But then a rather tough classic house beat sets in, as if you have to make haste, rushing to heaven.

Somehow, “Peak” by Tigerskin just keeps popping up in our heads when listening to this track, which is strange because the two don’t seem to have that much in common except for that strange, “lost in a moment”-kind of feeling. Peaceful, as if nothing really matters and everything will be alright no matter what happens.

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Applescal is on a winning streak it seems. Atomnation keeps releasing stellar tracks and now there’s finally his new release – The Veil. We first heard it in a mixtape he dropped some time ago. Actually it was impossible to ignore; the powerful beat combined with a chopped up, howling vocal makes for an amazing atmosphere.

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Artist: Applescal
Title: The Veil (Original Mix)
Label: Atomnation
Catalog#: ATM018
Releasdate: 2014-04-07

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Applescal is on a winning streak it seems. Atomnation keeps releasing stellar tracks and now there’s finally his new release – The Veil. We first heard it in a mixtape he dropped some time ago. Actually it was impossible to ignore; the powerful beat combined with a chopped up, howling vocal makes for an amazing atmosphere.

Very suitable track for any club environment as it clearly works its way up to a climax after which it once more picks up its powerful tempo. Both the intro and the outro make it real weapons to start and/or close a set with too!

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Have you heard of Romyn yet? He has been writing for us for quite some time now, but the fact is that Romyn is also a talented DJ and we’re proud to call him one of our residents. He’ll be playing at our stage during Soenda Festival, with tracks that you’ve probably never heard before, but won’t be able to stand still to. By the way, those tracks will probably become big a few months after, ‘cause Romyn is always at the head of the cue, somehow. Even we don’t know how he does it. To give you a little taste of what’s coming, check out this podcast he made especially for this occasion.

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Artist: Romyn
Based: Amsterdam (NL)
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Have you heard of Romyn yet? He has been writing for us for quite some time now, but the fact is that Romyn is also a talented DJ and we’re proud to call him one of our residents. He’ll be playing at our stage during Soenda Festival, with tracks that you’ve probably never heard before, but won’t be able to stand still to. By the way, those tracks will probably become big a few months after, ‘cause Romyn is always at the head of the cue, somehow. Even we don’t know how he does it. To give you a little taste of what’s coming, check out this podcast he made especially for this occasion.

✚ Soenda Festival: http://tinyurl.com/ofcm9ao
✚ Ticket link: http://tinyurl.com/pgefv78

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You’d think there would be some French folk behind RSS Disco, but it’s 3 guys from Hamburg, Germany who are taking the reigns here. With it’s alluring title, ‘Des Taxis Pour Les Galaxies’ flaunts you with an air of secrecy, wanting to discover what’s hiding behind the veil.

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Artist: RSS Disco
Title: Des Taxis Pour Les Galaxies (Original Mix)
Label: RSS Discovery
Catalog#: RSS Discovery 01
Releasdate: 2012-10-01

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You’d think there would be some French folk behind RSS Disco, but it’s 3 guys from Hamburg, Germany who are taking the reigns here. With it’s alluring title, ‘Des Taxis Pour Les Galaxies’ flaunts you with an air of secrecy, wanting to discover what’s hiding behind the veil.

Once started, it’s guitar lines and pulsing bass only enlarges the internal question marks. But right at that moment, the vocal comes in. Those sweet, innocent French words, telling us she’s not afraid of the road ahead.

The total package, including dramatic instrumental solo, makes for a beautiful 8,5 minutes of listening. We’re happy to share this with you, even if it’s almost 2 years old.

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Tennis is a lot more than playing a tiny yellow ball to your opponent. It’s a test, a battle, a showdown of skill and endurance. The best games are those where you and your opponent are on the same level. Those games where you get challenged and have to reach a higher level to compete with your nemesis. It’s no fun to see Nadal beat a rookie, line him up against Djokovic and you’ll get next level stuff.

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Artist: DJ Tennis
Title: Anatomy (North Lake Remix)
Label: Life And Death
Catalog#: LAD017
Releasdate: 2014-14-04

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Tennis is a lot more than playing a tiny yellow ball to your opponent. It’s a test, a battle, a showdown of skill and endurance. The best games are those where you and your opponent are on the same level. Those games where you get challenged and have to reach a higher level to compete with your nemesis. It’s no fun to see Nadal beat a rookie, line him up against Djokovic and you’ll get next level stuff.

A dancefloor is kind off the same thing. Both players need to bring their A-game in order to make a night work. A DJ has to make sure he’s comfortable with his racket, is focussed on the game and knows how to hit a curveball. A crowd must know the rules, respect the DJ’s serve and make sure that they don’t settle for anything less than Ace.

A great night is equal to a great rally. Crowd and DJ are working together, hitting that ball back and forth. Both giving their best, putting in the effort and willing to give everything for that victory. It takes time, it takes patience but when that opportunity finally comes, make sure to smash that fucker right out of the stadium. Game, set, match.

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Another pick of Einmusik’s new album. Necromancy is a form of magic involving communication with the deceased — either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily — for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge.

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Artist: Einmusik
Title: Necromancy (Original Mix)
Label: Einmusika Recordings
Catalog#: EINMUSIKA026
Releasdate: 11-04-2014

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Fré Sonneveld: WEB

Another pick of Einmusik’s new album. Necromancy is a form of magic involving communication with the deceased — either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily — for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge.

Can you hear the passed away speak through this track? Well, we don’t, but we are ready to dance our asses of to this track. Einmusik will be back here in the Netherlands this summer, at Soenda Festival on May 17th. We’ll be hosting a stage there as well. See you there!

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Einmusik day! The avid producer from Germany has a new album out, celebrating 10 years of touring and performing restlessly all over the planet. It shows how far our genre has come and what a place it has taken within the industry as a whole. We’re going global!

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Artist: Einmusik
Title: 5 A.M. (Original Mix)
Label: Einmusika Recordings
Catalog#: EINMUSIKA026
Releasdate: 11-04-2014

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Laurens Corijn: BH 

Einmusik day! The avid producer from Germany has a new album out, celebrating 10 years of touring and performing restlessly all over the planet. It shows how far our genre has come and what a place it has taken within the industry as a whole. We’re going global!

To be frank, ’5 A.M.’ is pretty basic. But it’s simplicity in it’s highest form. You don’t always need layer upon layer with unorthodox sound just to get something that stands out. Take the simplest elements and execute them to perfection and you’ll get something that’ll close eyes and raise hands, just around 5 A.M.

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When you think of house music around the globe, Detroit and Chicago pop up as cities where it all began, but also Berlin and Amsterdam, where the free spirited techno sound lives and breathes. While it is a saying among many foreigners that Holland is the capital of Amsterdam, we harvest more than that.

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Artist: Malbetrieb (Niels Schilder)
Label: Klopfgeist
Based: Groningen, the Netherlands
Podcast #022

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When you think of house music around the globe, Detroit and Chicago pop up as cities where it all began, but also Berlin and Amsterdam, where the free spirited techno sound lives and breathes. While it is a saying among many foreigners that Holland is the capital of Amsterdam, we harvest more than that.

Way up in the north lies Groningen, a city filled with students and northerners. They are sober and sturdy, pragmatic and honest folk. News from the north rarely finds it way to the busy and hasty Amsterdam, but some true gems reside there, and we took the time to talk to one: Malbetrieb.

Niels Schilder grew up in Lemmer, listening to the jukebox at home. Here, his love for analog gear began as well as his affection for buying music. He started collecting hardware gear and has been jaming for over 6 years now. His name was derived from his own name, Schilder, which means “painter” in Dutch. It was rather a hasty pick; “When Nuno Dos Santos called me and told me he had arranged a release for me, I needed an artist name. My brother had just started a painting company, and since that corresponded with our family name I thought of a name that linked to my family name. Malbetrieb comes from the word Malerbetrieb, which is German for painting company.

The scene in Groningen is very interesting at the moment, and Malbetrieb is deeply rooted in it. “I’m very proud of the atmosphere we’ve created here. There is a lot of cohesion between organisations and the crowd. People keep track of each other’s developments, and we put true heart and effort in our productions. In contrary to Amsterdam, we don’t have a lot of competition, so we are pretty much free to try out anything new. If it doesn’t work, we’ll stop it and try another thing. Right now things are developing nicely, and with clubs like Paradigm we’re working towards a place where we can exhibit cutting edge artists and really do what we love.”

We ask what kind of a role he plays in the Groningen music scene, and what his part is, but Niels states that he doesn’t see it that way. “I can overview the scene, but I can’t place myself in it in a specific place. That is for other people to do, I just do what I like to do. With Paradigm we do play an educative role, but we never intended it that way. It just came with the time.”

Malbetrieb has been working long on his own sound, collecting ideas from his day to day whereabouts. “I am constantly recording sounds with my phone and recorder. I can have hours of fun from small and unusual things or sounds I hear in the streets. When I make music I work with pre selected scenes from all these recordings and jam with them. I have a large mixing table and my hardware instruments that enable me to record a track in real time. I want to give my tracks a live feel, so I don’t arrange my tracks upfront anymore, but just let it happen. You can really hear that the music has been made live, along with little errors. But that’s just what gives it its charm.”

“The downside of being influenced by so many things is that my style never really settled. I even notice it when I’m mastering my album, where I sometimes don’t agree with the track itself anymore. It’s frustrating, but it is what I love doing. Music is one of the few things that can really keep me going for days and it clears my mind. I also have a dog now to help me with that. He forces me to go outside and leave the studio every now and then, which also helps me to create a right mindset for producing.”

The podcast he made for SEKOIA has a distinct dubsound, which differs from his own producing sound. Malbetrieb really wants to make a distinction between the two aspects of his artist profile. “I would call the sound I display when DJ’ing abstract house. At first I played out my tracks when I did a DJ set, but now I have separated that. A DJ set is something else then producing or a live set in my eyes, so I make a distinction. I want to create contrast in my sets, wake people and tell them a story, and I like the minimal side of house where you can create huge lows and bring it all back to a peak all of a sudden.”

Listen to the podcast and be sure to keep an eye out for Malbetrieb, for winter may not be coming, yet the north surely is on the rise.

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Last night, we ended with ‘Antartide‘. Today, we’re waking up with ‘Canyons’. Released on Sasha’s Last Night On Earth, it seems pretty clear what the sound of summer 2014 will be. If all the major players in the industry will be picking this up (just look at Diynamic for example), we’re in for one hell of a season. 

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Artist: Hunter_Game
Title: Canyons (Original Mix)
Label: Last Night On Earth
Catalog#: LNOE027
Releasdate: 2014-03-24

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Last night, we ended with ‘Antartide‘. Today, we’re waking up with ‘Canyons’. Released on Sasha’s Last Night On Earth, it seems pretty clear what the sound of summer 2014 will be. If all the major players in the industry will be picking this up (just look at Diynamic for example), we’re in for one hell of a season. 

There’s a question that remains though: does this specific style of music work outside the dark clubs? Can you imagine yourself dancing away the day on a festival to music like this? Or will it still be the upbeat, positive, happy deep house tracks that will be the big summer hits? We’re still undecided, and will take our time to find out.

Florinsz Janvier
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