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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Info:
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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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

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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

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

Buy: WEB

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

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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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Hokuto Sato is a Japanese DJ and producer who his superior style ranges between deep and jazzy house music. Twinkly loops, laid back beat. Small in sound, big in mood. Delicate production, balanced in reach. A perfect example of his work is this track called: ‘Aspirations’.

It comes a bit as a surprise that all of a sudden a manly voice shouts: “Get up, it’s party time! Clap your hands!” Don’t get us wrong, we’re not judging (or are we?), but most times these kind of vocals come by they’re followed by some kind of murderous kick drum. Not this time though. This tune doesn’t care and flows on just like it started: chilled. Is our interpretation of this track wrong, can you even do that? Oh well.. doesn’t matter: get up, it’s yoga time! 

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Artist: Hokuto Sato
Title: Aspirations
Label: Thema Chronicle
Catalog#: THEMA824
Releasedate: 2013-12-23

Buy: BP

Social:
Hokuto Sato: SC | FB
Thema: SC | FB

Image:
Dangerous…Dan: FLI

Hokuto Sato is a Japanese DJ and producer who his superior style ranges between deep and jazzy house music. Twinkly loops, laid back beat. Small in sound, big in mood. Delicate production, balanced in reach. A perfect example of his work is this track called: ‘Aspirations’.

It comes a bit as a surprise that all of a sudden a manly voice shouts: “Get up, it’s party time! Clap your hands!” Don’t get us wrong, we’re not judging (or are we?), but most times these kind of vocals come by they’re followed by some kind of murderous kick drum. Not this time though. This tune doesn’t care and flows on just like it started: chilled. Is our interpretation of this track wrong, can you even do that? Oh well.. doesn’t matter: get up, it’s yoga time! 

Tom Stigter
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Barker & Baumecker have been impressing us multiple times recently. If you know some of their repertoire, there is not really a signature sound or genre that can be entitled to them. However, they do have a very strong feeling for building tension with minimal elements, this particular remix for Vessels being a primary example of this excellent quality. For those who know the original version, Barker & Baumeckers remix can come as quite a shock, as its approach is so different from its bombastic and outspoken parent. A perfect track to either slowly build a night or close it at the end of a beautiful party.

We’re not going to focus too much on how all elements slowly fall into place, and how every small bit of percussion and atmosphere that is added throughout the track has such a big influence on the overall feeling. No, we let you figure that one out yourself. But promise us, as much as many people nowadays skip through tracks, this one is worth every tenth of a second of your attention, so just listen to it from beginning to end and take it all in.

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Artist: Vessels
Title: Elliptic (Barker & Baumecker Remix)
Label: Cuckundoo
Catalog#: BB1
Releasedate: 2013-12-09

Buy: BP | BC

Social:
Vessels: WEB | SC | FB
B & B: FB | SC

Image:
David Law: FLI

Barker & Baumecker have been impressing us multiple times recently. If you know some of their repertoire, there is not really a signature sound or genre that can be entitled to them. However, they do have a very strong feeling for building tension with minimal elements, this particular remix for Vessels being a primary example of this excellent quality. For those who know the original version, Barker & Baumeckers remix can come as quite a shock, as its approach is so different from its bombastic and outspoken parent. A perfect track to either slowly build a night or close it at the end of a beautiful party.

We’re not going to focus too much on how all elements slowly fall into place, and how every small bit of percussion and atmosphere that is added throughout the track has such a big influence on the overall feeling. No, we let you figure that one out yourself. But promise us, as much as many people nowadays skip through tracks, this one is worth every tenth of a second of your attention, so just listen to it from beginning to end and take it all in.

Guido de Beer
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As we’re reading the title we see the possibility to go really deep. ‘Road to Nowhere’, that’s just food for thoughts. But well, sometimes the cliché is too obvious and you’ve got to let the music speak for itself. Maybe we’ll do that for one time. We won’t guide you into a certain direction with a recognizable and relatable anecdote. Just enjoy the track, and your weekend(!), like it’s supposed to. Cheers!

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Artist: Delano Smith
Title: Road to Nowhere
Label: Mixmode Recordings
Catalog#: MM07
Releasedate: 2009-12-28

Buy: BP

Social:
Delano Smith: FB | WEB
Mixmode: FB | SC

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Alex Holyoake: FLI

As we’re reading the title we see the possibility to go really deep. ‘Road to Nowhere’, that’s just food for thoughts. But well, sometimes the cliché is too obvious and you’ve got to let the music speak for itself. Maybe we’ll do that for one time. We won’t guide you into a certain direction with a recognizable and relatable anecdote. Just enjoy the track, and your weekend(!), like it’s supposed to. Cheers!

Tom Stigter
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Norse producer Skatebård has an obvious love for all things retro. There are certain common denominators in his tracks, like an energetic groove, reverbed synths and pads, classic hi-hats and that eighties feel that might or might not be a self-fulfilling prophecy instigated by his moniker. Go listen to Vuelo (and please do so, it is another magnificent piece of music), it has that same signature vibe, while the elements itself are completely different. No cutting corners on re-using samples for this guy.

Amazingly, ‘June Nights South of Siena’ actually very much feels like a scene from an old action movie depicting a cruising night drive alongside the coast of Italy, which again might or might not be a self-fulfilling prophecy instigated by the track title. What we’re trying to say is that a track like this, with such a strong appeal to the imagination without ever overdoing it, is quite unique. 

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Artist: Skatebård
Title: June Nights South of Siena
Label: Sex Tags Mania
Catalog#: MANIA 07
Releasedate: 25-11-2006

Buy: IT | JU | DO

Social:
Sex Tags: WEB
Skatebård: FB | SC

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Florent Lamoureux: FLI

Norse producer Skatebård has an obvious love for all things retro. There are certain common denominators in his tracks, like an energetic groove, reverbed synths and pads, classic hi-hats and that eighties feel that might or might not be a self-fulfilling prophecy instigated by his moniker. Go listen to Vuelo (and please do so, it is another magnificent piece of music), it has that same signature vibe, while the elements itself are completely different. No cutting corners on re-using samples for this guy.

Amazingly, ‘June Nights South of Siena’ actually very much feels like a scene from an old action movie depicting a cruising night drive alongside the coast of Italy, which again might or might not be a self-fulfilling prophecy instigated by the track title. What we’re trying to say is that a track like this, with such a strong appeal to the imagination without ever overdoing it, is quite unique. 

Guido de Beer
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We made it our mission to send as many quality tracks into your ears as possible. Still, there are a lot of beauties that haven’t had their turn yet. They remain unreleased for weeks, months or sometimes never see the commercial day of light. Tracks that are forever circulating between the more fortunate dj’s and/or that one fanatic that could have grabbed the limited pressing for a reasonable price.

‘ZHF (Poppers Mix)’ is a track that’s coming out of our back-catalog, not to be found for months. But finally the time has come. Does it still matter? Is it still relevant? Is it outdated? Why would we care, shit is smooth, shit is accurate. There is always some more room for good and steady house music. Let’s round this one up, here you go! 

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Info:
Artist: J-Zbel
Title: ZHF (Poppers Mix)
Label: Brothers From Different Mothers
Catalog#: BFDM003
Releasedate: 05-01-2015

Buy: BC | JU | CL

Social:
BFDM: WEB | BC | FB | SC

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Dangerous…Dan: FLI

We made it our mission to send as many quality tracks into your ears as possible. Still, there are a lot of beauties that haven’t had their turn yet. They remain unreleased for weeks, months or sometimes never see the commercial day of light. Tracks that are forever circulating between the more fortunate dj’s and/or that one fanatic that could have grabbed the limited pressing for a reasonable price.

‘ZHF (Poppers Mix)’ is a track that’s coming out of our back-catalog, not to be found for months. But finally the time has come. Does it still matter? Is it still relevant? Is it outdated? Why would we care, shit is smooth, shit is accurate. There is always some more room for good and steady house music. Let’s round this one up, here you go! 

Tom Stigter
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