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

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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! 

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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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Info:
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

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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.

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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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Info:
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. 

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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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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

Image:
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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We’ve made so many friends and family over the years, it’d be a shame not to get them together for one last celebration.

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SEKOIA’S FAREWELL
Friday Feb 5th
Secret location, Amsterdam
17:00 – 02:00
FREE ENTRANCE – INVITE ONLY!
Capacity: very limited.

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Info:
SEKOIA’S FAREWELL
05-02-2016 | 17:00-02:00
Secret Location (Amsterdam)
Netherlands

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We’ve made so many friends and family over the years, it’d be a shame not to get them together for one last celebration.

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SEKOIA’S FAREWELL
Friday Feb 5th
Secret location, Amsterdam
17:00 – 02:00
FREE ENTRANCE – INVITE ONLY!
Capacity: very limited.

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There’s a very limited amount of spots available to this event. Want to join? Send a private message to the SEKOIA Facebook page. Full = full

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Line up: SEKOIA RESIDENTS AND FRIENDS

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This event will be streamed live. Tune in at www.sekoia.nl

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In light of our recent announcement regarding our closing, we promised you to keep on posting music as normal. The thing with rounding up and setting everything straight is, although it’s sad, it also gives you the possibility to praise those who deserve to be praised.

Florinsz Janvier is, and has been, one of the driving forces behind SEKOIA and his place in our podcast gallery feels like a natural thing. His devotion and dedication towards the channel has been unprecedented and along with SEKOIA, Florinsz has also grown into his role as a DJ.

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Artist: Florinsz Janvier
Collective: SEKOIA
Based: Amsterdam (NL)

Social:
Florinsz Janvier: SC | FB

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Greg_Men: FLI

In light of our recent announcement regarding our closing, we promised you to keep on posting music as normal. The thing with rounding up and setting everything straight is, although it’s sad, it also gives you the possibility to praise those who deserve to be praised.

Florinsz Janvier is, and has been, one of the driving forces behind SEKOIA and his place in our podcast gallery feels like a natural thing. His devotion and dedication towards the channel has been unprecedented and along with SEKOIA, Florinsz has also grown into his role as a DJ.

SEKOIA’s typical sound originated for a big part from his mind, as our channel and his music collecting urge form a harmonious symbiosis. But not everything that Florinsz finds makes its way on to SEKOIA, and not everything SEKOIA posts is Florinsz’s cup of tea (he doesn’t drink coffee… go figure).

We’re pleased to have him on podcast duties to showcase his personal take on melancholic and deep electronic music. The musical growth that Florinsz went through, and his unique asset of combining ethereal melodies with dance ready grooves is laid out before you in our 39th podcast. We tip our hat, thank you for everything sir!

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Out of nowhere, Anjunadeep introduced seemingly newcomer Baio on remix duty for Lane 8. Seemingly, because it appeared to be Vampire Weekend’s bassist Chris Baio taking matters into his own hands under his solo moniker. His debut album ‘the names’ was released in September last year, quite a poppy and vocal album that places itself right in the middle of the band he became huge with, Jamie XX style percussions and a hint of Bodhi’s basslines and vocalwork. Have a listen if you’re into those kind of stuff.

We could picture it well: Life & Death veteran DJ Tennis listening to ‘All the Idiots’ thinking: “Hmmm okay, but you know what would make this track really stand out? A touch of melancholy and ruthless chords!”. And that’s how this remix was born. It is an absolute killer of over 8 minutes long, tense and introvertsy in its buildup, but letting it all out after the break like a bullied kid with a temper tantrum. That humming chord cuts through almost anything when played at high volume. 

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Info:
Artist: Baio
Title: All the Idiots (DJ Tennis Remix)
Label: Glassnote
Catalog#: 00044003183810
Releasedate: 2015-11-13

Buy: BP

Social:
Baio: WEBFB | SC
DJ Tennis: FB | SC
Glassnote: WEB | FB | SC

Image:
Dangerous…Dan: FLI

Out of nowhere, Anjunadeep introduced seemingly newcomer Baio on remix duty for Lane 8. Seemingly, because it appeared to be Vampire Weekend’s bassist Chris Baio taking matters into his own hands under his solo moniker. His debut album ‘the names’ was released in September last year, quite a poppy and vocal album that places itself right in the middle of the band he became huge with, Jamie XX style percussions and a hint of Bodhi’s basslines and vocalwork. Have a listen if you’re into those kind of stuff.

We could picture it well: Life & Death veteran DJ Tennis listening to ‘All the Idiots’ thinking: “Hmmm okay, but you know what would make this track really stand out? A touch of melancholy and ruthless chords!”. And that’s how this remix was born. It is an absolute killer of over 8 minutes long, tense and introvertsy in its buildup, but letting it all out after the break like a bullied kid with a temper tantrum. That humming chord cuts through almost anything when played at high volume. 

Guido de Beer
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This legend doesn’t really need an introduction does he? As the head honcho of Klockworks, resident at Berghain and as he’s tearing down venues all over the world Mr. Klock is a big shot in the scene. Although.. it has been a bit quiet on the production-side of things. So we’re really glad to hear from him as he returns to release on the familiar Ostgut Ton label. Ostgut recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and that comes with a lot of really, really good music. The compilation, named: ‘Zehn’ contains 30 exclusive records from all the names you were expecting.
 
‘Sirens’ is a proper dance floor tune and at the same time a haunting and dreamy track. That’s where SEKOIA comes in! It’s the sound we expected. It’s effectively Ben Klock and perfectly in line with his ‘Before One’ EP, the ‘Compression Session’ EP and his album ‘One’. Now let’s hope that this time his next release on this progressive label will not be another couple of years away.
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Artist: Ben Klock
Title: Sirens
Label: Ostgut Ton
Catalog#: ostgutlp20
Releasedate: 30-10-2015

Buy: WEB | BP

Social:
Ben Klock: FB | SC
Ostgut Ton: WEB | FB | SC

Image:
Dangerous…Dan: FLI

This legend doesn’t really need an introduction does he? As the head honcho of Klockworks, resident at Berghain and as he’s tearing down venues all over the world Mr. Klock is a big shot in the scene. Although.. it has been a bit quiet on the production-side of things. So we’re really glad to hear from him as he returns to release on the familiar Ostgut Ton label. Ostgut recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and that comes with a lot of really, really good music. The compilation, named: ‘Zehn’ contains 30 exclusive records from all the names you were expecting.
 
‘Sirens’ is a proper dance floor tune and at the same time a haunting and dreamy track. That’s where SEKOIA comes in! It’s the sound we expected. It’s effectively Ben Klock and perfectly in line with his ‘Before One’ EP, the ‘Compression Session’ EP and his album ‘One’. Now let’s hope that this time his next release on this progressive label will not be another couple of years away.

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Hodge is on a roll. With about five releases over 2015 we have to take him pretty serious, as the quality levels of his EP’s are not to be underestimated. Last one from the pressing plant is his record on Berceuse Heroique. A label known best for its limited pressings, controversial artwork and next level electronics that might not always be understood by everyone. Hodge is not going as raw, muddy and experimental as some previous featured artists, but blows a delicate wind of fresh air between the ranging styles on the label.

All tracks on the EP are killer. ‘Burned into Memory’ being the rawer power track, ‘He Woke in Darkness’ the more delicate spacy track, we chose for the B1 side of the record. It’s the tune you would buy the EP for instantly. We’re still looking for the reason why this track is so easy to listen to though. It has something tranquilizing although its ‘simplicity’ might perhaps be a bit frustrating. That’s a good thing in our opinion. We believe Hodge will be a busy man the upcoming years. If his releases over 2015 are a harbinger for the future, we’re up for a big treat.

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Artist: Hodge
Title: Forms Of Life
Label: BH024
Catalog#: Berceuse Heroique
Releasedate: 04-11-2015

Buy: JU | BP

Social:
Hodge: FB | TW | SC
Berceuse Heroique: FB | SC

Image:
Dangerous…Dan: FLI

Hodge is on a roll. With about five releases over 2015 we have to take him pretty serious, as the quality levels of his EP’s are not to be underestimated. Last one from the pressing plant is his record on Berceuse Heroique. A label known best for its limited pressings, controversial artwork and next level electronics that might not always be understood by everyone. Hodge is not going as raw, muddy and experimental as some previous featured artists, but blows a delicate wind of fresh air between the ranging styles on the label.

All tracks on the EP are killer. ‘Burned into Memory’ being the rawer power track, ‘He Woke in Darkness’ the more delicate spacy track, we chose for the B1 side of the record. It’s the tune you would buy the EP for instantly. We’re still looking for the reason why this track is so easy to listen to though. It has something tranquilizing although its ‘simplicity’ might perhaps be a bit frustrating. That’s a good thing in our opinion. We believe Hodge will be a busy man the upcoming years. If his releases over 2015 are a harbinger for the future, we’re up for a big treat.

Tom Stigter
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The end is SEKOIA is near but we’ll be around for another month, so there’s still a lot of good music to enjoy the coming days. What better way to continue than with this fresh beauty from Basses Terres on Brothers From Different Mothers.

Do you ever think about the words you don’t speak? The questions that rise in your head but you never pronounce? Questions that probably will never receive a genuine answer, only a fragile counter-thought. What if we would speak out these flashes of realizations? What if we would follow up on thoughts like: “What if I’d pack my bags?” or “What if I’d quit my day-to-day routine and start doing something radically different?” Questions about turning left instead of right. The subjects or origin may vary but we all have them. 

Realizing that a lot of your past decisions have been based on the counter-thoughts is kind of an unsettling thing. It limits you and your abilities. Although… its pretty easy to judge if these choices have profited you in the past. Just ask yourself the question: are you happy right now? If the answer is yes: don’t bother. If the answer is no: turn left.

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Artist: Basses Terres
Title: Going Until I Am Gone
Label: Brothers From Different Mothers
Catalog#: BFDM006
Releasedate: 15-01-2016

Buy: WEB

Social:
BFDM Rec.: WEB | SC | FB

Image: 
idreamlikecrazy: FLI

The end is SEKOIA is near but we’ll be around for another month, so there’s still a lot of good music to enjoy the coming days. What better way to continue than with this fresh beauty from Basses Terres on Brothers From Different Mothers.

Do you ever think about the words you don’t speak? The questions that rise in your head but you never pronounce? Questions that probably will never receive a genuine answer, only a fragile counter-thought. What if we would speak out these flashes of realizations? What if we would follow up on thoughts like: “What if I’d pack my bags?” or “What if I’d quit my day-to-day routine and start doing something radically different?” Questions about turning left instead of right. The subjects or origin may vary but we all have them. 

Realizing that a lot of your past decisions have been based on the counter-thoughts is kind of an unsettling thing. It limits you and your abilities. Although… its pretty easy to judge if these choices have profited you in the past. Just ask yourself the question: are you happy right now? If the answer is yes: don’t bother. If the answer is no: turn left.

Tom Stigter
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ByebyeSekYT

Wed 13 Jan

Last Sunday we celebrated our 4th birthday. Four years of sharing tracks and recordings, four years of sharing stories, four years of sharing our passion for deep electronic music. Four years after which we’ve decided to put SEKOIA on hold, indefinitely.

SEKOIA has always been about high quality output, which requires a large amount of dedication from all people involved. With over 80.000 subscribers, reaching over 500.000 views every month, you could say we’re doing pretty well. But, lives have changed and other projects, jobs and interests have become bigger parts of our daily routines. Simply put: the time, focus and dedication to keep up the level we stand for is no longer there. It’s something that we truly regret but have to confess nonetheless. We’ve looked into different ways to continue but it would only lead to SEKOIA becoming a shadow of it’s former self. After sharing almost 700 tracks and podcasts, we would rather finish this project on a high note, giving it a worthy end.

We’ve experienced a lot of great moments and collected some beautiful memories throughout the years, something that is definitely worth celebrating! On Friday, February 5th we’ll celebrate for one last time with an intimate get together at a secret Amsterdam-based location. More info on that will follow soon! For people out of reach to join: we’ll have a sizeable musical present for you afterwards, a musical testament as it may.

We’ll be around for about another month, sharing music like we’ve always done and working towards a nice ending. After that, sadly, it’s done.

Thank you all for your continuous support throughout the years! 

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Last Sunday we celebrated our 4th birthday. Four years of sharing tracks and recordings, four years of sharing stories, four years of sharing our passion for deep electronic music. Four years after which we’ve decided to put SEKOIA on hold, indefinitely.

SEKOIA has always been about high quality output, which requires a large amount of dedication from all people involved. With over 80.000 subscribers, reaching over 500.000 views every month, you could say we’re doing pretty well. But, lives have changed and other projects, jobs and interests have become bigger parts of our daily routines. Simply put: the time, focus and dedication to keep up the level we stand for is no longer there. It’s something that we truly regret but have to confess nonetheless. We’ve looked into different ways to continue but it would only lead to SEKOIA becoming a shadow of it’s former self. After sharing almost 700 tracks and podcasts, we would rather finish this project on a high note, giving it a worthy end.

We’ve experienced a lot of great moments and collected some beautiful memories throughout the years, something that is definitely worth celebrating! On Friday, February 5th we’ll celebrate for one last time with an intimate get together at a secret Amsterdam-based location. More info on that will follow soon! For people out of reach to join: we’ll have a sizeable musical present for you afterwards, a musical testament as it may.

We’ll be around for about another month, sharing music like we’ve always done and working towards a nice ending. After that, sadly, it’s done.

Thank you all for your continuous support throughout the years! 

SEKOIA
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