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09/23 Luis Bondio & Dmitry Molosh on Exoplanet's "Great Adventure"
In typically innovative fashion, May 2014 saw Exoplanet once again grace the electronic music scene with a trio of electronica gems that illuminated the path to his "Great Adventures". With a further new, sparkling original EP to follow, Particles now returns to May's triumph with a pair of remixes courtesy of Argentinean and Belarusian flair.
Belarusian artist Dmitry Molosh has seen his stock rise in recent years, after initial success in clubs around his hometown of Brest saw him emerge as a local talent. Production work quickly followed and the underground progressive scene awakened in him "a deeper desire to play a more important role" in the electronic music scene. A century of production credits comes courtesy of a plethora of releases since 2012, as Reelaux, Movement and Lowbit have all played host to Molosh's sound. Running his own Magic Room imprint has provided a further outlet for his talents, and with music supported by Nick Warren, Luke Porter and Hernan Cattaneo, Molosh has continued to rise.
Returning for a second outing on Particles after a successful debut on the "Winter Particles 2014" compilation, the Dmitry Molosh interpretation of "You're a Star" takes the melodic and vocal themes of Exoplanet's original and treats them to a thickly layered treatment that delivers never-ending delayed glory. Crunching bass, strong beat and flowing percussive groove further combine to create a work of impressive flair.
Luis Bondio epitomises the work ethic of the electronic music producer in the digital climate. Industrious in all areas, the Argentinean from Cordoba co-manages both the successful Classound and Baires Records imprints in tandem with the Classound Booking Agency. Such a background has ensured that Bondio has performed alongside some of the finest underground dance acts of the modern age including Luis Junior, Martin Garcia and Logiztik Sounds, while also using the Frisky Radio platform to showcase his DJ talents through the monthly Classound radio show, "full of melodies and hypnotic sounds". A production career that includes over 130 credits since 2010's debut on Kansak, has led to a strong portfolio of work featured on the likes of Sudbeat, DAR and microCastle while simultaneously retaining a strong presence on the labels he manages. Supported by heavyweights including Nick Warren and Hernan Cattaeno, Luis Bondio makes his debut on Particles after two remixes of Juan Deminicis and Scotty.A for Proton Music in 2013 and 2014.
Taking on the smooth melodic meanderings of "Intrepid Traveller", a popping, clicking percussive groove rolls across the stereo spectrum in enveloping fashion. A plucked motif then emerges to form a delightful melodic backbone before rising to a long release crescendo. Cleverly using the themes fundamental to Exoplanet's work, the Luis Bondio "Welfare" remix pays close care and attention to the original.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Dmitry Molosh, Luis Bondio
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
09/22 Oliver Lieb's "Caldera" re-ignited by Silinder, Ioan Gamboa
Oliver Lieb and his twin-track "Dark Energy" EP provided a typically high-calibre pair of techno masterpieces that lit up post-Christmas blues with a golden techno glow. Having recently launched a third in a trilogy of downtempo albums, Lieb now returns to Proton Music as a second encore of remixes take centre stage with Ireland and Germany's finest acting out their parts.
Gavin Mulhall and his Silinder alter ego have stood the test of time with effortless ease since first bursting onto the scene mid-way through the 2000s. With James Zabiela picking up a pair of remixes from the Irishman's production portfolio and a subsequent release on Renaissance, the Silinder name became a force majeure. A clutch of recordings on Stripped towards the turn of the decade cemented his name in the underground scene, before hitting the headlines once again with a remix of Spooky's "Little Bullet" in 2010. Played and supported around the globe by no lesser light than Charlie May, "Opiate", released on Hernan Cattaneo's Sudbeat imprint, kept the bandwagon rolling while a second appearance with Luis Bondio on 2014's "Sudbeats Volume 2" is testament to Silinder's continued prominence.
Long-term friend to Proton Music, remixes of Lank, Biologik and Paul Hazendonk opened the door for two original EPs in the shape of 2012's "Corrupt" EP and 2013's "Solas" shining a very bright light on Gavin Muhall's talent. As a third, "Basement" EP entitled prepares to grace the Proton catalogue, the Silinder remix of "Caldera" instantly provides evidence of Mulhall's trademark rhythmic expertise. A deeply felt groove shakes the earth to its foundations laced with light percussive phrasing, while smooth, rich melodies meander across the sonic landscape in contemplative fashion. Intelligent echoes of Lieb's orignal are a constant reminder of masters at work.
Ioan Gamboa's path to production enlightenment has taken the Spanish artist on a journey that has seen him set down roots in his Berlin studio. Mesmerised by the "flowing" energy of the city, and constantly working on his production sound, the "Spiral" EP on Cattaneo's Sudbeat launched Gamboa into an orbit that has seen him gather global support with John Digweed, Nick Warren, Henry Saiz and Cattaneo himself, all playing the Spaniard's music.
Somebody's Story, Stripped, and Balkan Connection have continued to accelerate Ioan Gamboa's dominance in the modern underground dance scene but it is with Particles that he has continued to forge a strong relationship. Over 35 credits sit next to Gamboa's name including a clutch of stand-out remixes and 2012's thematic "Fire and Ice" EP. The recent "Vibrations" album further demonstrated Gamboa's production repertoire with eleven tracks of electronica and techno verve. Continuing the techno foundations of Oliver Lieb's original, the Ioan Gamboa remix of "Caldera" drives relentlessly forward with strong beats and metronomic percussion. An expanding, pulsating pad provides tension while a soft underlying motif and melody swim atop to provide a seductive finish.
A&R by Jay Epoch, Renee Ugarteche
Mastered by Cid Inc., Ioan Gamboa
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
09/03 Anthony Yarranton's "Soul Tax" EP
Part of the new breed of hungry young producers, Anthony Yarranton's star has risen rapidly since first hitting virtual shelves in 2010, now finding itself aligned to Proton Music in the shape of the expressive "Soul Tax" EP.
Operating out of the London capital, UK born Yarranton has been a on the lips of those in the musical know since his debut, "Bedlam", found its way on to both Baroque and Armada. Supported by the DJ colossi of Cattaneo and Oakenfold, the track proved merely an opening gambit in a successful and prolific career. Further melodic triumphs hit the Baroque catalogue with Yarranton's penchant for "deep vibrating bass lines, energetic grooves and subtle melodies". Just shy of a century of production credits thus sit proudly next to the Londoner's name with Axon, Lowbit and Bonzai Progressive becoming a popular proving ground for Yarranton's burgeoning talent.
Starting his Proton career on sibling imprint Particles, it was "Bag of Bells" that further demonstrated Yarranton's ear for rhythm and melody as part of the "Summer Particles 2013" compilation. A resultant bestseller for the label, the track went on to receive its own release courtesy of a trio of remixes from Lateral Cut Groove, Danny Lloyd and Kacper Kostecki. An upcoming rework of Tim Penner's "Ride Til Dawn" marks a debut remix for Proton Music while the "Soul Tax" EP now marks Anthony Yarranton's solo with his thematic five-track offering that combines both up-tempo house flavours and downtempo contemplation in a deeper style that focuses on rhythmic evolution.
Opening track "Happens To Be" provides a rich, warm house sound that builds hypnotically across its eight minute journey. Crisp claps and subtle percussive touches blend with a gently pulsating hypnotic pad that, anchored by a deep kick, ties the track together with an invisible thread.
Title track, "Soul Tax", keeps the deeper house style very much in tact. A strong rhythmic groove is immediately felt as clave percussion taps out a hook that plays its part in laying the foundations for smooth pads to undulate and drift with the occasional vocal sample providing an extra layer of intrigue, echoing and reverberating into the distance.
The deep house predisposition inherent in "Lava Lamps" immediately becomes apparent as a deep bass creates a delicious groove combined with house beats and seductive stabs that delight in soft delays. Deep house chord progressions add to the overall flavour as Chicago house vocal cuts further lend an air of authenticity and fascination.
"Marrakech" evokes images of tropical climes with its birdsong and Northern African instrumentation before "Black Dress" joins the party with similar foundations to its predecessor. This time combined with a fluid yet elegant 2-step rhythm, it provides the perfect percussive backdrop to breathy pads, soft vocal cut and subtle melody.
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