07/18 Rick Pier O'Neil & Desaturate - Crouch/Cursed
Music collaborations in the twenty-first century often span intercontinental borders and with Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate no exception to this underground dance phenomenon, the "Crouch/Cursed" EP continues a fruitful and exciting relationship.
Requiring little introduction, Rick Pier O'Neil's long history in the dance music genre has seen him hit the heights of US Billboard chart success with his music featuring on industry giants, Sony Music, Universal and Motown, while remixing legends including Donna Summer, Stevie Wonder and Lenny Kravitz. Three decades spent in front of packed club audiences and generating numerous club hits has seen the Frenchman hit heights few could dare to dream of. The success of his RPO and Garbage imprints has also garnered universal support with Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia and John Digweed all fans. Well-travelled, finding homes in France, Spain and Mexico, O'Neil's work for the likes of JOOF, Clinique and Bonzai Progressive has seen the artist continually at the top of his game.
Originally from Yugoslavia and similarly well-travelled, finding homes in Australia and his native Serbia, Janko Dragovic has tasted considerable success as one half of the popular Progress Inn outfit. With DJ appearances across Europe in the late 2000s and appearances at the Future Music Festival and Creamfields at the turn of the decade alongside the likes of the Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J and James Holden, Dragovic's credibility is second to none. Coupled with an enviable production career that has seen Vapour, OLD SQL and Suffused Music home to his productions, a turn to solo activities under the Desaturate soubriquet has bought continued success. With Soulfire Downloads, Replug and Balkan Connection South America part of a growing portfolio, the Desaturate name continues to grow apace.
A Particles debut via the "Spirals" EP saw the Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate pairing hit the ground running before an appearance on the "Sudbeats 3" compilation confirmed their status as one of the underground progressive scene's leading lights. With remixes of "Spirals" coming from Danny Lloyd, LoQuai and Nicholas Van Orton across both Particles and Balkan Connection South America editions, we are delighted to welcome Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate back to the label.
Immediately demonstrating dance floor credentials, "Crouch" opens with a bouncing, grooved bass lines that sits perfectly within dominant kick and entwined in ticking percussive flair. Building with ominous intensity, a series of crashing spot effects add character and depth while a second mirrored bass builds the lower frequency range. Snare rolls and pads add club pedigree in a rousing crescendo to a work of skill and dynamism.
Partner track "Cursed" continues the up-tempo beat and bouncing bass groove of its predecessor as trademark melodic effects spray across the stereo spectrum, accompanied by a simple melodic riff that adds intelligent earworm. Pitched vocal whispers, redolent in delay, add a haunting texture to the running bass and dance friendly structure creating a cleverly constructed floor-filling gem.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
06/29 East Cafe - Indian Summer (Cristian R, GMJ Remixes)
With a production moniker that has spanned the progressive house and breaks genres over a decade, Gabor Kaszas, has been a mainstay of the underground dance scene. Under his East Café soubriquet, Kaszas has hit upon a winning formula that continues to drive his creativity ever onwards. That creative output is now featured on Particles with the wonderful, "Indian Summer", backed by two expertly crafted remixes from the southern hemisphere.
His music signed to such heavyweight imprints as LuPS, Mistique Music and leading progressive breaks label, Morphosis, a quartet of remixes for Particles provide a wonderful slice of East Café culture. A debut original work, "Indian Summer" is a deliciously sultry offering that hits the heights with smooth, reverb dripping chord stabs that shimmer in delayed brilliance. Percussive urgency comes courtesy of a ticking hi-hat pattern while richly textured pads and haunting vocal swirls combine to mesmerising effect with their layers of intricate texture.
From the sprawling Buenos Aries metropolis, Cristian R's rise to the upper echelons of the underground house genre has been deeply impressive. Initially influenced by Danny Tenaglia and Deep Dish, the young producer began to establish his own distinctive sound as skills developed. Early work soon saw global recognition and releases found their way to Lowbit, MNL and Baroque, while 2015's "Outer Space", in collaboration with Kasall, saw a winning debut on Hernan Cattaneo's Sudbeat. Supported by Guy J and Nick Warren, regular appearances on Cattaneo's "Resident" have helped showcase the Cristian R sound. The "Spaceship" EP in August 2015 marked a high point in his Particles career and a high-profile remix of Nikko.Z is now joined by a typically driving rhythmic rework of "Indian Summer". A strong, thick beat is accompanied by intricate percussive patterns as echoes of the original well up from a pool of hypnotic sounds that draw intelligently from East Café's themes. A driving, club monster, the Cristian R remix is sure to find success among the dance floors of his home country and beyond.
Gavin Griffin's musical heritage is striking. A regular at clubs and festivals in and beyond his native Australia, work under his GMJ name has provided ample reassurance of his musical credentials. Initial work for Open Records in 2007 soon blossomed into music for Vapour at the turn of the decade, while a host of credits for the likes of Balkan Connection, Stripped and Clinique illustrate why the GMJ name is highly prized by peers and fans alike. The "Superposition" EP with fellow countryman, Matter, in May 2016, hit new heights on Proton Music, while multiple production credits for Particles has seen a raft of original material and remixes for the likes of Oliver Lieb and James Monro. Now, GMJ returns with a spellbinding interpretation of "Indian Summer" through his "Seasonal Shift Mix". Tension-filled string textures pulsate across a deep, rich bass line, full of power and spine-tingling emotion as the vocals of East Café's original are brought fully to the fore. The chord stabs pay further tribute to Kaszas' work as a raft of additional production material supply atmospheric melodic interplay in a work poise of and skill.
06/17 Scotty.A - Touching the Void (C9, East Cafe Remixes)
Part of a shift to the deep and tech house arenas, Scotty.A and his "Touching the Void" EP formed a vital part of the Proton Music catalogue in 2015 as the UK producer continued to represent a vital part of the label. Now, seeing a new reimagining of his work, Swedish and Hungarian stalwarts remix "Touching the Void" with outstanding results.
Karl Johan, under his C9 alter-ego production moniker, has made a substantial impression on the underground dance scene. A Swedish producer of renowned talent, work under his own name has found itself allied to a raft of high-profile labels that include Baroque, Mango Alley and Echoes Records. Furthermore, a debut album for Spiral Trax in 2009 spotlighted a future talent. Supported by such leading lights as Nick Warren, Hernan Cattaneo and James Harcourt, Johan's work has made significant strides.
Switching to his C9 moniker, Karl Johan has shone a light on a different side of his musical character. Exacting and delicate, a debut remix of Lonya's "Consensus Must" in May 2015 was a signal of intent as his debut original EP, under the C9 name, saw "A1Txi" hit the Proton catalogues toward the end of the year. Full of humility and with an understated approach to naming conventions, the C9 project has always let the music speak for itself. Taking the core themes central to Scotty.A's original work, the C9 remix of "Out in the Boonies" is a beautiful, musical study adding depth, emotion and context through Johan's stunning additional production. Subtle key changes, from the second movement onwards, see the remix evolve elegantly as driving beat, warm bass and filtered riffs keep the delicate energy high.
Gabor Kaszas is a man of considerable renown, developed with impressive consistency through his East Café production pseudonym. A Hungarian at the forefront of the progressive breaks genre alongside fellow countryman Retroid, the East Café name has featured on a host of leading labels. Over a century of production credits have found their way on to a quartet of labels in Mistique Music, LuPS, Clinique and Morphosis Recordings, as Kaszas' maturing progressive house sound has found favour with such luminaries as John Digweed, Nick Warren and Hernan Cattaneo.
A quartet of spellbinding remixes for Particles including reworks of Mononoid's "Lack of Evidence" and Derek Howell's "Interstellar Homecoming", over the past two years, is now supplemented by a debut remix for the flagship Proton Music. Taking the deep house vibe of Scotty'A's original, the East Café interpretation soon brings familiar progressive leitmotifs to the fore. Sumptuous and emotive pads pan delicately across the stereo spectrum as a delightfully elegant arpeggio wends itself effortlessly atop a ticking percussive cadence. A rich, warm bass line keeps the emotion high in a work of genuine skill that underlines the East Café contribution to the underground house movement.
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