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Part of the sultry 16-track package that comprised the "Summer Particles 2014" compilation, Antrim and his track, "Metheny", provided an arpeggio led work that twinkled and sparked with soft rhythmic poise in a moment of delightful contemplation. Now returning for a full release, "Metheny" is well served with remixes from Australia, Greece and Argentina.
Melbourne’s GMJ has trodden an impressive path in recent times with a steady flow of production material throughout 2014 that has caught the attention of an ever-widening fan base. A renowned DJ, he describes his sets founded upon a passion for "deep spatial atmospheric music". Having performed at venues across the globe, his production work has hit the catalogues of Open Records, Vapour and Stripped with regular frequency. Supported by the likes of Eelke Kleijn, Kassey Voorn and Dousk, quality is one component that has not been in short supply. November’s "Forgotten Wisdom" EP for Particles marked a high point for the GMJ sound as Gavin Griffin now returns to remix Antrim. A complex rhythmic foundation forms the backdrop for a sustained pad to wash over the listener, evolving and pulsating throughout the track. Full of emotion with haunting vocal and deep bass treatments, the GMJ "Silent Pause Mix" of "Metheny" is an impressive work hinting cleverly at Antrim’s original.
Greek producer Simos Tagias has been responsible for a prolific burst of material during the course of 2014. Gradually carving out a niche sound with each release, his work for Lynx, Stellar Fountain and Silk Angel have each brought him greater notoriety and support. Accomplished in both original production material and remix work, Tagias’ music has seen him feature two original works on the "Spring" and "Summer Particles 2014" compilation series, combined with two remixes of Jelly For The Babies and Omar El Gamal in April and July. Remixing Antrim, the Simos Tagias interpretation opens with hi-hat urgency and up-tempo feel. Cleverly using the melodic foundations of the original with sensitivity, Tagias creates a sublime texture of bass and pads with a reworking of the arpeggio to provide a strong fast-paced piece with sinister edginess.
Martin Kazez claims his current role is "trying to understand and explain life through sounds". Born and raised in Argentina, a clutch of releases to his name has thus far seen his work allied to such impressive imprints as Stripped Digital, Green Snake and OLD SQL. At home with both original and remix productions, Kazez claims his music is "from my heart" and "for your soul". A debutant to Particles through the "Fall 2013" compilation, Martin Kazez’s "Untouchable" is now joined by his remix of "Metheny". A soft meandering journey of subtle rhythm and melodic interplay, clicking percussive elements are juxtaposed against soft pads to provide elegant reminders of Antrim’s original melodic phrases. The resultant work is a creation of skill and subtlety for his fellow countryman.
A group of new interpretations has taken Antrim and his "Metheny" to a new milieu of impressive underground house.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Antrim, GMJ, Cid Inc., Martin Kazez
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
01/08 Anthony Yarranton - Soul Tax (Scotty.A, Exoplanet RemixeS)
Anthony Yarranton and his "Soul Tax" EP provided a showcase of the UK producer’s burgeoning talent in September 2014. Three tracks with a head nod towards the deeper end of the underground house spectrum combined with two delicate and elegant sounding downtempo pieces, the EP now receives remix treatments courtesy of a fellow countryman and a Dutch master as "Soul Tax, Pt. 2" now comes to the fore.
Scott Andrews has matured into one of the UK’s most respected underground house producers in recent times. A talent that has grown as the music industry has changed, his Scotty.A production moniker has continued to blossom as tastes have shifted in the wider context of dance music. A competition winner through is remix of Denis A’s "Heroin", Scotty’s "passion for music and complete dedication to his craft" have meant that his work is always much anticipated by fans and peers alike.
Well over a century of production credits tell their own story allied to such imprints as Tulipa, ARVA and Axon, supplemented by DJ appearances across Europe and beyond, including a turn at John Digweed’s Bedrock and Sasha’s Last Night On Earth nights in London. Moreover, Scotty.A’s relationship with Proton Music has borne a wealth of fruit in both a number of original EPs and a clutch of outstanding remixes. Taking on Anthony Yarranton, Scotty.A’s remix of "Marrakech" is typical of the mature sound so prevalent in his recent work. Cleverly reworking the original, a sublime groove rolls in effortless fashion, evolving gently accompanied by rhythmic stabs that drift joyously atop, filling the stereo spectrum with delicious reverb. This is high-calibre work.
Oscar van der Knapp has been a modern marvel under his Exoplanet pseudonym. A rare capacity for portraying a range of different sounds, Oscar’s gift of synaesthesia affords him the ability to "view geometrical objects with a tactile texture." Influenced by philosophy, science and literature, the Exoplanet sound is a joy to behold. Long-term friend of both the Proton Music and Particles imprint, the Exoplanet name has been attached to almost a century of production credits for the latter. An astute producer whose original work leaves listeners in awe of his impressive production talent, the recent "Arboreal Kingdom" is testament to that skill set. Moreover, 2011’s full-length album, "Nothing Divides Us Here" was a Proton Music highlight, followed, in the same year, by the quartet of track that made up the techno inspired "Delta" EP.
Returning to the label for the first time since 2011, the Exoplanet remix of "Happens To Be" is another masterpiece full of the musical sensibilities that adorn the Dutchman’s work. A beautifully smooth piece, Exoplanet takes Yarranton’s original and works it into a compelling underground piece, full of melodic assurance and the complex rhythmic interplay that is a hallmark of his craft. As the track develops free form melodies swirl and scud across the higher frequency spectrum weaving a magical spell.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by James Warren
Mastered by Cid Inc., Exoplanet
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
01/06 Derek Howell - Swift Wings (James Monro, Battage Remixes)
Throughout 2014 Derek Howell has proved why he is such a highly regarded and well-respected producer. A back catalogue that includes work for Bedrock and microCastle has also seen Howell become a legendary figure within the Proton Music and Particles spheres. Building on a stellar reputation, "Swift Wings" in April 2014 was another standout moment for the Texan as Particles now returns to release with remixes from the UK and Netherlands.
James Monro is a producer with a formidable reputation within the modern underground dance movement. UK born but with a strong connection to South America, Monro's influences stem from the '70s and '80s experimental electronic music of Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno mixed in a cocktail of disco, early hip hop and acid house. The result: a compelling blend of production skill and live performances that has seen him travel across the globe playing alongside such luminaries as Sasha, Cattaneo and Digweed at such venues as "Womb", Tokyo and "Amnesia", Ibiza.
An impressive production portfolio has seen Monro's work featured on Nick Warren's "Renaissance Masters Series" as well as Bedrock and his own 4DigitalAudio (run with Grant Collins aka Excession), while the 3-track "Fonik" EP in December 2013 was a Proton Music highlight. Making his debut for Particles, the James Monro remix of "When the House Sleeps" is a superlative piece with groove-laden bass line accompanied by a collage of dizzying, stereoscopic effects. Evolving gracefully, touches of Howell's original melodic elements make their play atop a thumping beat to create a work of subtlety and skill.
Home to Dutch talent, Martin Ter Braake, Groningen's finest has carved out a growing reputation for himself under his Battage pseudonym. Formerly known for his Harde Bass moniker, Braake has been a much-lauded DJ in his home country through his "Hartslag" nights, bringing such leading lights as Stephan Bodzin, Petar Dundov and Pan-Pot to Dutch shores while combining "deep and dark minimal-house" and "fall-to-the-floor techno" in his own sets.
A production career that has already earned the plaudits of Max Cooper, calling Battage's work "beautifully constructed music", a trio of pieces for Particles represents a growing talent. "Ouvrant" and "Occupe" for the "Spring" and "Summer Particles 2014" series were beautifully crafted works and now Battage follows a remix of Ferdy in March 2014 with a reinterpretation of "On Swift Wings". Keeping the core themes of Howells original in tact while subtly shifting its emphasis, the Battage remix carefully constructs a sublime stripped back atmosphere full of emotion and achingly deep and dark textures that are a perfect illustration of the Dutchman's skill and talent.
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