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A bright and rapidly growing force within the underground dance community, Mikhail Akulich has shone incandescent over 2016 with his Michael A production moniker. As 2017 stretches before him, he now debuts with his first original EP for the label and the aptly named "Bright Hope".
From the manufacturing centre of Mazyr in southern Belarus, Michael A has stepped beyond the landlocked borders of his native homeland with a steady and constant stream of successful releases. Owner of the successful Genesis Music imprint which has been a stylish vehicle for his own production work and legion like-minded artists, over 150 production credits can be found next to the Michael A name in 2016 alone with a half century on Genesis. Able to place his finger on the pulse of the modern underground progressive sound, Akulich's music has featured on such celebrated imprints as Balkan Connection, Stellar Fountain and Lowbit. Furthermore, the June 2016, "Flying" EP for Mango Alley saw a remix from none other than Australian industry stalwart, Jamie Stevens, while November saw an appearance on Cid Inc.'s successful "Replugged, Vol. 2" compilation with the track "Human Revolution".
A regular on the Particles imprint, multiple appearances on the seasonal compilation series have been supplemented by the stunning "Behind The Moon" EP which has gone on to see remixes from GMJ, Dustin Nantais and Marius Ene. Remixes of Huminal and Derek Howell with sometime production partner, Mou. have also extolled Michael's production credentials, supported by such industry heavyweights as Guy J, Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren. Now making his debut appearance on Proton's flagship imprint, "Bright Hope" continues the Michael A story with a brand-new chapter.
Opening track "Seven" is a typically polished affair. A strong beat and rolling percussive cadence keep energy high while a muted arpeggio filters into aural consciousness on the back of a subterranean bass line that rumbles in the lower frequencies. Sumptuous pads continue to add layers of depth and evocative texture, reaching a climax in the breakdown, before the deep rolling groove picks up again in the third movement to delicious dance floor effect.
The title track itself is a full-bodied offering that opens with seismic kick and stereo panned shuffling hi-hats. Pulsating side-chained pads present club-friendly atmospherics as a grooved bass line makes for a wonderful vehicle to anchor melodic elements. Intelligent percussive flow enhances proceedings as a delay-laden lead line finds its place at the mid-point, transforming the third movement into a carefully constructed, multi-faceted track that is a joy to behold.
02/14 Ferdy & Daniel van der Zwaag - My Polyphone Girl
From Sneek in the northern province of Friesland, 100 miles north-east of the Amsterdam, Ferdy Ouderkerken has been a stalwart of the underground dance community for over a decade. Joining forces with his fellow countryman, Ferdy & Daniel van der Zwaag now present, "My Polyphone Girl" on Particles.
With an eclectic taste, including Sasha and The Doors shaping his unique sonic identity, Ferdy has always found music at the epicentre of his development. Smashing headlong into the production process with incredible early achievements, 3 Global Underground singles aged 20 and a contract for 4 tracks signed to Armin van Buuren's label under the Mathijs van Dijk moniker, were augmented by releases on the Nick Warren led Hope Recordings and Eelke Kleijn's Outside the Box. Allied to a DJ career that saw performances at GU nights in the Netherlands and a host of parties across the country, Ferdy's name has been lit brightly.
Taking a more considered approach to his craft, towards the end of the last decade, Ferdy continues to develop and evolve his unique production style that sits somewhere between the ambient and techno arenas with a focus on "musical feeling". Thirty production credits with Particles tell their own story as a plethora of original material in the shape of the seven-track "Spaceman" and six-track "Crossroads" EPs have continually showcased the Dutch producer's inspiring sound. Working with fellow Sneek resident, talented musician and renowned local DJ, Daniel van der Zwaag, the pair found success on Particles with the "Raindrops" EP in February 2015, before the wonderful "Dust" EP in March 2016 showcased a stunning twin-track EP that shimmered in analogue glory. As Ferdy & Daniel van der Zwaag now return to the label a year later, "My Polyphone Girl" continues their relationship with five new pieces.
Opening proceedings, "The Night is Reading" is full of ambient textures and field recordings of muted laughter and revelry. Marked by a raid-fire vocal snippet that proclaims the title, emotive piano chord progressions repeat atop a subtle percussive texture to create depth. The title track itself is a laid-back deep house number that trips along with a light melodic air and swung percussive groove. With a summery vibe, a joyous lead line is reprised throughout and a distorted vocal cut provides additional intrigue in "My Polyphone Girl".
"The Agitation" immediately delights with its deep house structure and Russel Brand monologue that decries a lack of political representation and drug law frustration. Genre chords create a delicious cadence alongside a ticking percussive groove, before a luscious pad progression keeps interest high and the periodic repetition of Brand's vocal sample stimulates. "Secret" is a light and airy offering that blends hypnotic arpeggio sequence with evolving freeform melodic flow and disguised vocal sounds. The addition of an offbeat techno pattern retains rhythmic identity and white noise and spot effects add generous texture. "Blijheid" sees a return to rich deep house vibes as a delayed vocal sample piques interest. A hypnotic arpeggio sequence repeats throughout in subtle variation to create a melodic bed while layers of hi hats and shakers provide a unique percussive cadence that shuffles in striking groove.
Epitomising modern production techniques, Ferdy & Daniel van der Zwaag have created a quintet of tracks that showcase a raft of melodic instrumentation and interplay through "My Polyphone Girl".
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
02/06 Roger Martinez - Dream State
An artist strong of repute and notable talent, Roger Martinez is an artist who is as passionate about his craft as he is about the audiences who habitually attend his performances. As Martinez now debuts on Proton Music, it with a real sense of honour and genuine excitement that we welcome him and his "Dream State" EP to the label.
Always at the razor's edge of innovation and experimentation, Roger Martinez's DJ performances in his Amsterdam hometown, are legendary. With an ability to read audience reactions in minute detail and pinpoint precision, Martinez's sets construct a monument to his technique through their sonic architecture. Seeing music as an art form in the same way traditional paintings or sculptures are viewed, Martinez's unique ability and approach has seen him shy away from convention to experiments with different genres, sound palettes and time signatures. The resultant effect finds an artist who is as comfortable designing sound installations and taking part in "interdisciplinary art projects", as he is playing to enraptured audiences in jam-packed club nights and conjuring production magic in his Amsterdam studio.
A resident artist with the GEM Records outfit, Martinez's production portfolio makes for enviable reading. Multiple appearances on Darin Epsilon's Perspectives Digital can be found alongside 2014's "Totality Symbol" EP for Hernan Cattaneo's Sudbeat and 2015's stellar, "A Moment of Stillness in Flight" for Steve Ward's Chameleon Records with an outstanding Wehbba remix.
Now debuting on Proton Music after a sole 2008 outing on sister label, Particles, Roger Martinez introduces his "Dream State" EP. Defined by Martinez himself as "a state of unbounded creative potential…experiencing our state of mind as dream and dreamer", the "Dream State" is something the Dutchman often finds himself habiting.
Opening the EP, "Deep" thus creates a sonic soundscape worthy of its name as a clicking kick and ticking percussive cadence swell gently, opening the path for reverb drenched deep house chords to play their part accompanied by a slightly menacing grooved bass pattern that revels in open filtered glory. Evolving with characteristic skill a deliciously meandering melody makes its presence felt at the midpoint, cascading in shimmering beauty before reaching its denouement. Returning to epic bass and percussive groove in the third movement, the melodic sequence builds once more to dramatic effect in the latter stages in a work of skill and ingenuity.
The title track itself is a study in melodic verve and eloquence with deep bass line working in perfect harmony with delayed riff and angular spot effects adding depth and texture in abundance. A complex and enigmatic sonic arrangement wraps itself delicately in a crisp rhythmic shell as offbeat claps and hi-hat/shaker combinations anchor proceedings. Delightfully incongruous, it is not difficult to envision the notion of a "Dream State" held within Martinez's work and his skill is to ensure the listener is taken on a voyage of discovery within the traditional four/four framework.
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