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Opening with the beautiful "Devotion", UK based Midge, provides lilting melodic flow interspersed with strong beat and house groove that is sure to find favour with many. With the first of two tracks, BC2 regular, Arthur Minnahmetov, steps forward with a strong rhythm and bass dominated offering, "High Line". Typically smooth, reverb-drenched motifs are a regular feature in a stripped back work of poise. Flush with success on Mango Alley earlier in 2015 with Alex O'Rion, Rolando Vallice and "Barking Spiders" continue the bass fuelled underground progressive house sound. A pulsating bass line merges with percussive style to create a dark track further enriched by wonderful textured, effects laden chord structures that fizzle throughout.
Another artist fresh from the success of "Boarded" on Mango Alley, Swiss artist Stoertebeker sees French producer Clawz SG remix the same track with a galloping bass line and intricate percussive layers for a unique retake including some imaginative reworking of original melodies while retaining the overall feel. Arthur Minnahemtov then returns with his second offering "NY Zombie" – a stomping affair with more than an air of film score dynamism discovered though textured layers of tense arpeggio lines and rolling urgency. Building to an intense crescendo, Minnahemtov's work is impressive indeed. Russian artist, Pavel Denisov, continues a rich vein of form found more recently on Silk Music and Incepto, with a track title steeped in connotation. "Insomnia" is a carefully constructed offering that revels in emotive melodic flow and haunting lead lines to create a work with an air of delicious melancholy.
Belgian pair Max Cue and William Forest begin the final chapter with the aptly named, "Obscured by Fog" – LFO pulsing, its presence is felt in typical techno fashion through echoes of Gui Boratto while an intricate and complex rhythm section adds further depth. Prolific Inmost Records head, Following Light, collaborates with Russian Ilya Gerus on "Vertical Skyline" with impressive consequence as cloud like motifs drift across a dancing percussive section, bristling with electric energy. Artem Kalalb's success on Particles has already been well documented as the Russian producer continues to carve out a name for himself. "Iordan" demonstrates a producer on the rise with chunky bass groove locked to low-slung beat and evolving melodic sequence that filters into full force. Spring Tube resident, Anthony Mea, closes proceedings with a strong tech house offering that is full of hiss penchant for clever rhythmic interplay combined with house elements, breathy vocal pads and hypnotic dance floor flow. The result is a work that hits its genre brief squarely on point.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Cid Inc., Arthur Minnahmetov, Following Light, Artem Kalalb.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
11/16 Stephen J. Kroos - Kraton (Ferdy & Daniel, Fretwell Remixes)
In October 2014, Dutch producer, Stephen J. Kroos, supplied Particles with an incredible, bass-fuelled journey through his innovative production mind. A man with a history steeped in the underground dance scene, Kroos' work for the Spring Tube label is unsurpassed. Now returning to Particles via two remixes from a Dutch compatriot and a stalwart of the breaks scene, "Kraton" finds its mark once more.
With two original EPs in the shape of "Raindrops" and "Dust", Ferdy and Daniel van der Zwaag have been making sizeable waves throughout 2015. A man with a century of production credits to his name for some of the finest imprints including early work for Global Underground and Armada, Ferdy's penchant for a unique blend of house, techno and progressive sounds has led to an impressive output. Always on the look out for "interesting collaborations" Ferdy's productive relationship with fellow Sneek resident Daniel van der Zwaag and his accomplished performances with guitar and keyboards has led the pair to become a regular feature on their local club circuit and beyond.
Accounting for some twenty-five of those production credits, Ferdy's output on Particles through his solo work on the "Crossroads" and "Spaceman" EPs plus further remixes of Fran Von Vie and Mode B, have demonstrated a talent at work. Finding his own work remixed by luminaries, Pole Folder and Navar has only added to Ferdy's cachet in the studio. Now reprising his collaborative association with van der Zwaag, the duo's remix of the title track sees them take "Kraton" on a smooth flowing journey, full of luscious, textured pads and additional melodies that glitter and sparkle across a stripped back mid-section. Building relentlessly thereafter, echoes of Kroos' bass dominance can be felt as a Ferdy and Daniel's remix provides a new intensity.
Tim Fretwell's place in the history of the progressive breaks scene is all but assured. Responsible for a plethora of high-profile productions from his Sheffield home in the north of England, Fretwell's early work, after demos sent to the UK's famous "Computer Music" magazine, saw a clutch of successful releases supported by the DJ elite including Kleinenberg, Digweed and Zabiela. Contacted by Digweed himself to remix Pole Folder and CP's legendry track "Dust", Fretwell's place in history is secure.
Seeing his music featured on Digweed's Kiss FM radio show and Bedrock's "Layered Sounds 2", in addition to UK TV and Anthony Pappa's "Balance 06" compilation, Tim's work for Baroque, Mesmeric and Mistique Music is well documented. A trio of remixes for Abdomen Burst, Kyohei Akagawa and Progreg during 2012 and 13 represent Fretwell's work for Particles thus far as we welcome him back now for a fourth time. Lending itself well to the Fretwell sound, Tim's remix of "Nyctophilia" is a sublimely produced slice of melodic goodness. A driving beat and bouncing bass line provides the backdrop for a delicately swung groove that hints at the Fretwell past, while reverb and delay-drenched effects and textures enrich proceedings. A work of class, elegance and poise, Fretwell's return is a joy to behold.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by Marina Gerardi
Mastering by Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
11/13 Ferdy & Daniel - Raindrops (LoQuai, Navar Remixes)
Released in February 2015 with striking artwork from Ben Mautner, "Raindrops" produced a ray of sunlight from Ferdy and Daniel van der Zwaag as the twin-track EP lit up the northern hemisphere winter. Now making a triumphant return, Particles invites two new interpretations from high rollers of the underground dance arena.
German based producer, Konstantin Alt, has hit upon considerable success with his LoQuai alter ego. A man in possession of extensive production talents, the Kazakhstan born artist has continued to impress audiences with a unique combination of melodic interplay and rhythmic sensibility that few can surpass. Combining a variety of styles into a unique underground progressive sound, coupled with academic prowess at the SAE School in Frankfurt, 2005 saw Loquai's debut release for Ultimate House Records.
Since then, almost 150 production credits have found their way to Mistique Music backed by a supporting cast including Balkan Connection, Bonzai Progressive and OLD SQL. Particles too, has been a regular supporter of the LoQuai sound, centred upon 2014's "The Native Language" EP which saw remixes from Inkfish, Praveen Achary and Danny Lloyd. Having remixed both Navid Mehr and James Monro in 2015, LoQuai now returns to Particles for a third remix this year, fully showcasing his skill portfolio. An intricate percussive layer signals intent with pounding beat as pads wash with wave-like textures tantalisingly across the stereo image. A chunky bass groove adds further weight and vocals samples from the original combined with a delicious piano riff from LoQuai's production arsenal provide a touch of majesty to an impressive rework.
"Inspired by a broad range" of musical genres, Dutch star, Navar, is a man whose technical prowess in the studio is matched by a sparkling output of original and remix material. With the pulse of the underground scene beating inside him, the electricity that sparks from his fingertips has seen him hit the heights on numerous occasions. Forming alliances with such celebrated imprints as microCastle, Wasabi and fellow countryman Eelke Kleijn's Outside The Box, since a 2010 debut for Klopfgeist, Navar has never once looked back. Furthermore, a pair of original EPs for Guy J's Lost and Found cemented his position at the high table with music supported by Laurent Garnier, Henry Saiz and Marco Bailey to name but a select few.
A remix of Scotty.A for Proton Music has been in addition to the "Clean Sights" track on the "Particles Summer 2011" compilation and a remix of Ferdy's "Why" in 2014. Now returning to Particles for a second remix of his Dutch colleague, the Navar "Wiwang Wacipi" remix of "Raindrops" is a delightfully stripped back affair, full of sonic texture from manipulated ambient background recordings that drift in and out of the mix combined with a subtle, pitched melodic riff. Percussive interest is generated by a melange of hi-hat combinations that ricochet across the stereo soundstage with delay and reverb, creating an exacting rhythm section with sheen and lustre.
Kingdom) polish DJ and music producer. My music is focused around trance, progressive house. Since very young age I was very interested in music, I attended private school for musicians, which I finished with an outstanding grade. Read More...