Influenced by such diverse characters as Mark Twain and Stephan Bodzin, Alexander Shtanoprud has been at the cutting edge of the underground dance scene with his Mondkrater production soubriquet. A Proton Music regular, Alexander now returns to the imprint with a brand-new three track EP in the shape of "Binary".
Inspired by the German electronic dance music scene, the Ukrainian born artist has continually impressed since debut work for Ideological in early 2013. Before that, Shtanoprud found success with the Mode B pseudonym and releases on Mango Alley, Particles and Ryan Davis' Back Home with the 2010 "Arina" EP. Using the Mondkrater alias to represent a new sound, the name perfectly represented his specific and unique brand of "soul-floated melodic electronic dance music". Full of imperious production techniques and sound design, the Mondkrater sound evolved into a beautiful representation of Alexander's personality and musical potency.
Supported by such eminent artists as Stephan Bodzin, Barry Jamieson and Dominik Eulberg, Traumwelten, Klangwelt and Click Records have all played their part in featuring the Mondkrater sound, with the latter accounting for the outstanding "New Illusion" EP in November 2016. Furthermore, Proton Music has been responsible for helping shape the sound and development of the Mondkrater name through two high-calibre original EPs. 2015's "Mercury" and "Icarus" EPs won support and plaudits from fans and peers alike as a quartet of blue chip remixes saw Oliver Lieb, Mononoid, Huminal and Orsen continue to keep Mondkrater in the spotlight.
As Mondkrater now returns to Proton, the musical triptych that is "Binary", showcases the Ukrainian's redoubtable production talents. Opening track, "Stellar Depth" is full of brooding electronica menace. A hypnotic and eerie sequence evolves elegantly across the six-minute offering, providing a subtle and textured bed for analogue bass to fit perfectly atop as dominant kick and intelligently placed percussive sounds find their mark, not least in delayed claps. The resultant work is a menacing masterpiece.
The title track is full of percussive urgency as machine gun hats and percussion fire off a dramatic rhythmic bed in perfect synchronicity with resonant kick and cavernous bass line. A stylish riff makes its presence felt in delicate fashion as a shimmering freeform melody, full of dazzling delays, reaches its zenith in the breakdown before emerging once more with white-noise fuelled pad in the third movement.
Final track, "Limb" continues the evolution of the Mondkrater sound with its dance floor credentials and head-shaking groove, illustrated through off-beat hi hats, low-frequency kick and trademark delayed claps. Building with consummate ease via pulsating pad and emotive chord progressions, a sumptuous crystalline lead finds its voice at the mid-point, building with metronomic bass stabs that usher in a third movement that returns to scintillating rhythmic construction and melodic threat.
Three definitely goes into two as Mondkrater and his musically astute "Binary" EP put the '1s' and '0s' in all the right places.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by James Warren
Mastered by Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
04/10 Kaiserkraft (Michael A, Simos Tagias Remixes)
An artist at the height of his powers, Greek producer, Simos Tagias, continues to develop a strong name for himself with a heady mix of rhythmic joy and melodic emotion, combined in a unique progressive house cocktail. A regular across the clubs of his homeland and undertaking a Portuguese tour in September 2016, Tagias' production output is nothing short of spectacular with a prolific release schedule that continues to showcase a variety of skills. Lynx Records, Movement Recordings and Balkan Connection have played a host a to a plethora of original and remix material as Tagias is supported by the likes of Guy J, Moshic and Luis Junior.
A regular for Particles with his appearances on the seasonal compilation series, it was the "Airlock" EP in January 2017 that saw Simos Tagias arrive on Proton Music with a considerable bang and a twin-track offering of rare quality. Now, remixing "Sendher", Simos Tagias supplies a trademark rhythmic foundation full of intricate percussive cadence and deep kick. Elegantly hinting at elements from Angenehm's original, a wonderfully deep and emotive bass line is introduced that serves as the perfect backdrop for an effortless melodic exchange that resonates with the original, while adding layers of additional production material in a rich groove that is certain to keep dance floors across the globe, full.
Belarusian, Mikhail Akulich, has ridden a soaring wave of success across 2016 with his Michael A production moniker. An artist whose ubiquitous presence across the progressive house scene has resulted in him hitting the catalogues of the finest modern imprints and the Beatport charts with regular occurrence, Akulich has been a regular on Balkan Connection, Stripped Recordings and his own Genesis imprint with over 500 production credits to his name. Furthermore, the "Micrologica" EP for Hernan Cattaneo's Sudbeat in February 2017 highlighted yet another significant step forward in a career with a steadily rising upwards trajectory, supported by the likes of Nick Warren, Guy J and Cattaneo himself.
A regular on Particles with work centred around the three-track "Behind the Moon" EP in 2014, "Bright Hope" in February 2017, saw the start of an incipient production career on Proton Music with an outstanding EP full of verve and vitality. Now supplementing that work, the Michael A remix of "Kaiserkraft" is an innovative offering that beautifully plays on the strong bass theme of the original with subtle variation, while a dynamic and urgent hi-hat pattern provides new percussive impetuous. Intelligent use of Angenehm's original components, combined with additional production material through freeform melodic lines and sumptuous pads, extend the reach of the German's work further still as do delicate vocal cuts that appear throughout.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by James Warren
Mastered by Simos Tagias, Michael A
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
03/21 Tim Penner - Lost Again
An artist who has charted a meticulous path to the upper echelons of the underground dance scene, Tim Penner continues to deliver astounding pieces of music full of emotion and soul. Returning to Proton Music with an original EP for the first time since May 2014's "The Tunnel", Penner now hits new heights with "Lost Again".
An artist very much at the vanguard of the underground movement, within his Toronto hometown and far beyond its frontiers, Tim Penner has continually crafted and moulded his productions into a uniquely distinctive sound that sets him apart in a crowded and saturated industry. Always engaged and accessible to his growing fan base, the Canadian is a model for the modern DJ and producer in the second decade of the 21st century.
Reinvigorated and energised by a Portuguese sabbatical that brought into sharp relief the paradox between inspiration, craft and the proliferation of production technology, Penner witnessed a paradigm shift in his approach to the music-making process. With "creativity, originality and experimentation" watchwords for his methodology, Tim Penner's career has continued to rise, unhindered by the chains of trend and fashion. Able to bridge genres with consummate ease, a remix of Max Graham's "Airtight" saw his work selected as one of Beatport's "Top 10 Tracks of 2015". A regular on Graham's "Cycles" shows, compilations and live appearances, Penner's iconic DJ performances have seen him behind the decks at a plethora of clubs and events across North and South America and continental Europe as he melds time signatures, tempos and genres into a melting pot that bubbles with kinetic dance floor energy.
A regular on such high-profile labels as JOOF, Afterglow and Black Hole, and supported by the DJ elite that includes, Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J and Nick Warren, Penner's own Slideways imprint continues to provide a vehicle for his own work and carefully selected artists that consistently gain momentum in the underground scene. A regular on Proton Music since 2013's debut, remixes of Oliver Lieb, Andre Sobota and Huminal have showcased an array of talents, spearheaded by two original EPs in the shape of 2013's "Pyrogen" and 2014's "The Tunnel".
As an explosive 2017 beckons, Tim Penner now returns to Proton Music with the twin-track, "Lost Again" EP. Opener, "Kharon", is a rolling, hypnotic piece full of gravitas and seething dance floor prowess. A strong kick locks tightly to a running bass line, while lustrous arpeggio touches evolve elegantly into detailed sequences that reach a spine-tingling denouement in the breakdown. Percussive claps and hi-hat urgency usher in club familiarity while textured and granular effects sustain interest throughout.
The title track is a work of beauty and majesty. Full of passion and imbued with Penner's personality and soul, a wondrous sustained bass line and crystalline arpeggio sequence create an exhilarating backdrop for a sumptuous vocal to sit atop, "Lost Again". Coalescing with a further counterpoint melodic line in breakdown and third movement, dynamism and vitality flow through the track's musical heart.
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