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05/26 Scotty.A - Tomorrow (Addex, Frank Maris Remixes)
Towards the end of 2014, Scotty.A provided a trademark sound that shone into "Tomorrow", leaving an incandescent three-track EP that lit up the year. Now revisiting the EP in impressive fashion, a Romanian legend, and rising Dutch star, take up the mantle with brand new remixes.
A man of legion talents and a variety of production monikers across a range of genres, Romanian born Addex is as prolific as he is skilled. A master craftsman favouring "atmospheric deep house with summer sounds, dubby chords and heavy pads", Addex has transcended musical boundaries with a plethora of releases on a host of gold standard labels. His work signed to the likes of LoveZone, Ready Mix and Etoka, Addex has remixed such luminaries as Andrew Chiable, Terry Lee Brown Jr. and Evren Ulusoy en route.
A regular on the celebrated Apollo imprint with over thirty production credits including 2012's successful "Killing Krazy" EP, Addex's work for Proton Music includes a trio of remixes including Colourblock, Juan Deminicis and a standout rework of Embliss' "Stronghold" in 2014. Now returning for a fourth time, the Addex remix of "Waiting For Tomorrow" pays homage to Scotty.A's original with intelligent use of its rhythmic chord foundations while extending their reach with beautifully crafted additional production and counterpoint melody. Reverb soaked vocal cuts add another layer of intrigue as a strong house beat anchors Addex's work with precision while percussive flow is in full evidence.
Frank Maris is a name with a bright future in front of him. The Dutch producer from the Amsterdam capital has hit the headlines with a string of impressive works since a 2013 debut for Groove Life Records. Since then, Maris has become a regular feature on the Axon imprint. The "Nieumarkt/Capybara Obsession" EP provided a glimpse of what was to come as "Neon Waterfall" shone as a 2014 highlight with subsequent remixes from Anthony Yarranton and Yuriy From Russia.
Given high-level backing from both Yarranton and Scotty.A, Maris' work for Particles includes the original "Eyes Filled With Joy" as part of the "Fall Particles 2014" compilation, while a recent remix of Deepfunk in March 2015 has further extended his presence. Making his debut on Proton Music, Frank Maris has taken the soft lilting melodic groove of "Chapter's End" and provided a stripped back interpretation that is fuelled by a soft rolling rhythm that provides the working space for original elements to be heard in all their glory. Additional production material is then subtly applied, making its presence heard in third and fourth movements post-breakdown with emotive persuasion.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by James Warren
Mastered by Addex, Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
05/25 Spring Particles 2015
As seasons shift in transformative change, new growth erupts in spectacular fashion to mark "Spring Particles 2015". As clockwork as the seasons themselves, Particles releases another in a searing compilation series that features the very best of new and established talent. A sextet of tracks combines as artists scattered across three continents join forces to create vibrancy and elegance in keeping with seasonal signature.
Opening proceedings, Bosnian producer, Youngen, provides a near ten-minute journey through deep evolving bass and smooth melodic flow as "That Old Feeling" evolves into an epic work of beauty, emotion and dynamism. Vocal cuts and driving percussion add to the impression, and with work already signed to Mistique and OLD SQL, it is not hard to hear Youngen's production talent.
GMJ has made quite a name for himself on Particles. Both the "Edge of Remembrance" and "Forgotten Wisdom" EPs have helped shaped the Australian's recent musical history and it is now with "Hidden Hearts" that he continues to impress. A pulsating affair, rasping and grooved bass lines throb their way across a backdrop of chunky percussive beats and elegant melodic phrasing to glorious effect.
Debutant, Artem Kalalb, from the Russian capital makes an assured contribution with "Wandering Ghost". Evolving effortlessly throughout its seven minutes, Kalalb displays a skill for building tension through melodic sequences that rise in intensity, allied to reverb-soaked percussive wood block and clever sequencing. The result is an impressive entrance to the progressive house scene.
Dutch producer, Mozaiek, has grown up exploring electronic music production. A pair of original works already featuring on the "Winter" and "Fall" compilations, a third can now be found on the "Spring" edition, courtesy of "Valley". A strong techno offering, solid, rhythmic beat and wave like bass line rises and falls with metallic strains and reverb in abundance. A dark, hypnotic offering, the "Valley" is deep and inviting.
Long-time performer but relative newcomer to the underground dance scene, Greg Tomaz's work for BCSA and Mistique Music has seen the Indian producer begin to "actively experiment" with music production. "The Woods" thus provides an innovative offering full of cleverly used field recordings combined with delicate bass and percussive groove, while luscious pads and gentle melodies complete an evocative offering.
Amsterdam resident, Frank Maris, has been no Particles stranger over the past eighteen months. A regular on the Axon imprint, "Eyes Filled With Joy" for "Fall Particles 2014" and a remix of Deepfunk in March 2015, have paved the way for "A Lofty Spirit" to present itself with smooth rhythmic poise and layers of melodic counterpoint to match. An intelligent offering, Maris' work deserves attention.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Cid Inc., GMJ, Artem Kalalb, Mozaiek
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
05/19 Mondkrater - Mercury
A rapidly rising star furnished with a gift for techno brilliance, Alexander Shtanoprud, has seen his Mondkrater production pseudonym shine brightly in the underground dance firmament, renewed now with his debut EP for Proton Music and the organic, "Mercury."
From the ancient city of Krakow with its culturally rich roots, the Mondkrater sound has been shaped through his work as part of the Mode B outfit. A regular on the Back Home and Visceral series, 2013's "Siebte" on Particles was a hugely impressive example of what was to follow as Alex took his Mondkrater name forwards into a bright new era.
Working in solo guise, the Mondkrater name has been allied to a number of high-calibre imprints. 2014 saw the stunning "Roter Planet" on Traumwelten and the "Siberia" EP for Klangwelt in January 2015 marked the start of a landmark year for the Pole having already seen his work reinterpreted by such luminaries as Microtrauma.. His work supported by Stephan Bodzin, Dominik Eulberg and Ryan Davis, it is not difficult to understand the frisson of anticipation surrounding Mondkater's work.
A Proton Music career that opened with a highly successful remix of Silinder's "Last Light" in March 2015 is now brought into sharp focus with the imaginative and conceptual, "Mercury" EP.
Opening with the title track itself, "Mercury" is an elegant example of melodic techno at its finest. A fluid, melodic phrasing twinkles in rich delays as a growling analogue bass provides depth and emotion. Sitting above a dominant kick and subtle percussive flow that rises in urgency with hi-hat precision, a crystalline lead motif pierces the sonic spectrum with its distinctive analogue character.
Partner track "Baryon" continues the subtle melodic flow of its predecessor backed by a stable of techno beats that keep the character of the EP in unity. A cleverly evolving bass motif provides the basis for harmonious elements to rise and fall as urgency is created with sinister undertones and a driving nature. Modulating synth lines ripple and swell with consummate ease as "Baryon" creates an impression Marc Romboy and Robert Babicz would be proud of.
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