OPEN-TO-CLOSE CONVERSATIONS | VOLCOV & LINKWOOD
In our monthly Open-To-Close series, we’re inviting artist(s) for a special all night session where they’ll open up their musical soul & guide yours through the night. From start to finish, from open to close, nobody knows which direction it goes.
Our March edition brings around an international friendship: Volcov & Linkwood. With his refined ear for all things melodic, Volcov has been collecting records and presenting them in honest fashion since the 80s. Through his record labels Archive & Neroli, Volcov keep releasing music with constant quality, always embracing the soulful. Linkwood will be standing right next to him, who's one of the finest underground DJs out there. His records as well as his seminal Techno and House sets fill dancefloors with no problem.
We've asked Volcov to tell us which Linkwood records are his favorites and asked Linkwood to pick a couple of tracks from Volcov's discography and record labels.
Volcov #1: Linkwood – Ignorance Is Bliss (Live Mix)
This one is without a doubt my favorite record. It's an emotional piece of music. 'Ignorance Is Bliss' is a proper masterpiece in my book, a very special song. Intense and deep at the same time.
Volcov #2: Linkwood – Nectarine
'Nectarine' has got all the elements of a dope Carl Craig circa 1995, but with its own twist. Nick is a true sound magician. As with 'Ignorance Is Bliss', both songs are very emotional and remind me of certain Detroit releases or even some UK electronica from mid 90s... Which in both cases is stuff we both love.
Linkwood #1: Isoul8 Feat. Kaidi Tatham – A Silent Force (Long Ride Mix)
Phew, it's hard to pick one, let alone a couple... But one of my favorite productions of Enrico [Volcov] has to be the track he did with the magician on the keys Kaidi Tatham called 'A Silent Force' on Kinda Soul Recordings. It's a proper deep gem, perfect for the wee hours of the night/morning!
Linkwood #2: Domu – The Long Way Up
This Domu cut is actually a record Enrico gave me as a gift. It so happens to be his first release on Neroli as well. And for a first release, it's pure gold! Every track is a beaut but 'The Long Way Up' steals the show for me. Neroli is one of the best European House labels without a doubt, so its hard to choose favorites...
Linkwood #3: Nu Era – Marz 2010
As Enrico also ran the record label Archive, I'll have to mention the Nu Era Broken Techno EP. This one is a pure classic and shows Enrico's versatility & his ear for greatness. I still play Marz 2010 all the time!
Catch Volcov & Linkwood March 17th for our only monthly Open-To-Close.