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The colourful collaborative pairing of Italian and Canadian origins has seen Christopher Tooker and Shawna Hoffman take their KMLN production soubriquet to a myriad of successes. Both highly regarded in their respective fields of production, additional skill sets see Tooker as a talented musician and Hoffman a renowned fashion designer. Coming together as KMLN, their constant innovation and diverse sounds has seen them deliver DJ sets to expectant crowds across the globe in a musical collage, where "organic meets modern" and "future meets past". Mainland Europe, west coast USA and a two-month tour of Mexico have all played host to the varied and colourful sounds that have seen the duo continually adapt to the ever-changing musical landscape at festivals such as "Burning Man", making their artistic name so apposite.
An exciting production career has followed in tandem with music signed to Crosstown Rebels, Touch of Class and Luca Bacchetti's Endless. Furthermore, a growing number of production credits has seen KMLN feature on the best-selling Sol Selectas imprint as part of the number one "Summer Sol" release in June and the highly successful "Salibu" EP in October 2016. Making a welcome debut on Proton Music, the KMLN remix of "Sendher" is a highly intelligent reworking, full of dynamic rhythmic intricacies and a rich, vivid sound palette. Combining rhythm and melody to masterful effect, interspersed with distorted effects and vocal cuts, clever use of Luc Angenehm's original components make the KMLN rework a remix to savour.
A man at the forefront of the modern underground scene in multiple capacities, Dan Orsen is a musical tour de force. Fully ensconced in his adopted Austrian homeland, UK born, Orsen, has seen his distinctive brand of music find its way to the forefront of the scene in double quick time. Using a variety of production techniques to create his unique sound staging, field recordings and painstaking sonic design are staples of his production palette. In a short career thus far, Orsen has already found his music reaching the catalogues of celebrated imprints: Perspectives Digital, Optimized and Sudbeat, where the five-track "Komorebi" EP for the latter provided him with a number one spot on Beatport's Progressive House Top 100. Furthermore, the "Look Twice" EP for Replug afforded Orsen with an opportunity to co-manage the label, working closely with boss, Cid Inc.
A 2016 regular on Particles, not least through the musical triptych that made up the "Elysium" EP, a single remix in the shape of Mondkrater's "Mercury" is now complemented by a remix of "Sendher". Using his diverse range of production skills and techniques, Orsen has created a rich and textured environment from which clicking offbeat percussion marries seductively with strong beat and subterranean bass line. Shimmering melodic lines glisten like sonic shards across the eight-minute voyage, reaching a zenith at the mid-point breakdown, as white-noise effect and elegant rhythmic groove in the third movement create an imaginative and compelling work.
01/10 Huminal - We Dwell in the Past (D-Formation, Rodrigo Gallardo Remixes)
One of the musical finds of the past couple of years, Dutch pairing, Huminal, have risen the crest of a successful wave with a stellar collection of original and remix material. No better was this talent illustrated than with the July 2016 "We Dwell in the Past" original EP, the title track now receiving two world class remixes from Spanish and Chilean Proton Music debutants.
Dimas Carbajo needs little in the way of introduction to the dance music cognoscenti. Through his D-Formation alter-ego, Dimas has taken the underground scene by storm in both the world of DJ and production with over a quarter-of-a-century's experience to his name. Owner of ‘Beatfreak Group' business alliance since the late 1990s, the D-Formation name has thus led Spain's assault on the dance industry with his influence extending far beyond its borders. Winner of the "Spanish DMC DJ Championship" aged 17, DJ appearances across the globe subsequently followed in such cosmopolitan venues as Womb (Tokyo), Space (Miami) and Ministry of Sound (London), alongside such stars as Marco Carola, Carl Cox and John Digweed. Furthermore, an illustrious production career has seen the D-Formation name allied to a plethora of high-profile imprints that include Suara, Yoshitoshi and Toolroom as well as a double-century for his own Beatfreak Recordings.
Making his debut on Proton Music, the D-Formation remix is a truly joyous affair. A crisp new rhythmic shell provides a delicious dance-floor underpinning as the melodic themes so central to Huminal's original are given a new workover, intelligently entwined with a raft of new production material from the D-Formation studio. The result is a highly prized interpretation that bristles with dynamic energy and soaring synth lines bringing an innate sense of skill and technique to proceedings.
Chilean artist, Rodrigo Gallardo, from the Santiago capital in central Chile, is an artist who has shot to prominence in 2016. With his work for the massively successful Sol Selectas label, Gallardo's twin appearances on the number one best-selling "Summer Sol" compilation saw him become a huge commercial success, thrusting him into the deep house limelight with a unique and innovative sound. Beginning his production journey in 2012, the "Bachiana Brasileira No. 5" EP for Aires Music was followed a year later by a remix for Copycow, before 2016 brought even greater success.
A welcome debut appearance on Proton Music now sees Rodrigo Gallardo create a sumptuous laid back groove that brings an entirely different character to Huminal's work. Remixing "We Dwell in the Past", a gradual evolution of the emotive melodic sequence so central to the original, gradually filters into listener consciousness, lilting enticingly in its new rhythmic pattern. Weaving in and out of the percussive cadence in perfect harmony, the resulting work is a piece of skill and unadulterated joy.
Production soubriquets are a commonplace occurrence in the world of dance of music. Providing the anonymity and opportunity to express artistic creativity from a blank canvas, uninhibited by the weight of expectation that comes from the use of a familiar name, can be a powerful artistic force. Thus, a nom de plume provides the perfect vehicle to construct a new creative vision through rhythm and music. To this end, Rave Child and his "Oceans of Imagination" excels, introducing a fresh and vibrant name to the underground dance scene with an important and highly relevant message to impart.
A twin-track concept EP, "Oceans of Imagination" was written, based upon the state of the world's seas brought about through global warming and societal disinterest. The tandem processes of constant thermal expansion and melting polar ice caps, leads to ever-rising sea levels and a problem of paramount importance to our planet's future. Humanity must transform and adapt. Too often, however, lives are led in an insular bubble, lost in an 'imaginary' world and focused on the here and now. A generation glued to glass screens see lives measured in trite affectations and meaningless affirmations, oblivious and uncaring to the world's plight that requires immediate action. Government policies are replete with 'damned lies and statistics' and piecemeal change tantamount to wilful negligence. A revolution in thoughts and deeds is needed.
Opening track, "Imaginary", immediately hits a sombre techno stride with a huge beat that thumps through the ribcage with low-end presence aplenty. Evolving cleverly, a stuttered beat and a raft of percussive intricacy hit their dance floor mark through metronomic layers of hi-hat urgency. A cavernous bass anchors itself to the dynamic rhythmic section as a filtered melodic sequence gradually develops in the foreground to mesmerising and hypnotising effect, reaching its zenith in a sumptuous breakdown. Drawing to a thrilling denouement, a huge drop then brings back the rhythmic elements in the third movement, driving relentlessly forwards and creating a work that is certain to fill dance floors across the globe.
Partner track, "Oceans" continues the galloping techno themes of its predecessor as a seismic kick creates a running pattern that ties in perfect unison to an arpeggio bass riff. White-noise effects rise and fall in waves, creating dynamic interest, breaking up the relentless beats before chord changes and an evocative melodic progression juxtaposes subtlety and grace in highly intelligent fashion. Rippling outwards, a musical crescendo is reached at the breakdown before the tireless beats once more emerge, allied to a crunching metallic chord that jars the listener out of their reverie in scintillating fashion.
Conjured Records is a record label mostly oriented towards electronic music with a vision to expose great cutting edge upcoming electronic music produced by tomorrow’s headliners, connect artists together through their work and become a pioneer in it’s field. After our first year, it is clear that Conjured is becoming a respected entity to work and collaborate, gaining artist loyalty and steadily building an audience.