04/14 Navid Mehr - Space Nomads (incl. LoQuai rmx)
Iranian born but now firmly ensconced as part of the Canadian underground scene, Navid Mehr has been a long time contributor the electronic music movement, seen now with his, "Space Nomads" on Particles.
Originally part of the Beat Syndrome outfit alongside Hamed Safi, the intelligent Mehr has been responsible for a catalogue of high profile releases under his former production name over an impressive ten-year period. A decision to branch out under his own name has brought no less success as a growing portfolio of original and remix material has found its way onto CHANGE AUDIO, Visceral and Just Movement. With his work already remixed by industry stalwarts, Silinder, Andre Sobota and Pole Folder, Mehr's work has received high-profile attention.
Furthermore, the January 2015 "Gathas" EP for Hernan Cattaneo's Sudbeat imprint including vocal contributions from the multi-talented Amber Long, has further cemented his growing reputation among industry tastemakers. Taking his bow on Particles, "Space Nomads" is a driving, melodic work that drifts enticingly with muted riffs that grow in stature and prominence. Echoes of Petar Dundov's evolutionary style are prevalent as atmospheric pads mirror the lead line in meandering manner post-breakdown, to create a work of impressive quality and high production values.
Taking on remix duties, Russian born producer, Konstantin Alt has become a highly prolific and successful name under his LoQuai production moniker. Beginning his experimentation in electronic music in the late 1990s, LoQuai drank in all styles from ambient and trance to breaks and drum and bass before moving effortlessly into the progressive house arena with considerable aplomb. Studying audio production at the SAE School in Frankfurt was a further catalyst to success as LoQuai found a home on Mistique Music with almost 150 production credits to his name, backed by further work on Clinique, Jetlag Digital and Balkan Connection.
"The Native Language" was a considerable success for Particles after its initial appearance on the "Spring Particles 2014" compilation, while a collaboration with Ewan Rill for the "Winter 2015" edition has also been a notable highlight. Using Navid Mehr's elegant melodies to gorgeous effect in the opening movement, the LoQuai remix of "Space Nomads" then launches into a huge swung, percussive offering, replete with deep bass groove. A sublime lead line slowly emerges in the breakdown before twinkling motifs, arpeggio and additional production create a work of real class and elegance.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Cid Inc., LoQuai
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
04/06 Derek Howell - One Way (Particles Edition)
Maintaining his success throughout 2014, Derek Howell saw original works for both Particles and Proton Music in the shape of the "Swift Wings" and "One Way" EPs. After remixes of the former from James Monro and Battage, it is the latter that now sees its own set of remixes courtesy of Russia and Belarus as "One Way" now moves forward.
Born and raised in the Russian Federation, Anton Vishniakov has created a growing reputation for himself with his Rise And Fall production alter-ego, since April 2013's Monster Deep debut. An aficionado of the "true" progressive sound championed by John Digweed in the iconic Global Underground series at the turn of the millennium, his work has received support from Hernan Cattaneo, Max Graham, and Jaytech. Also picking up on, "the hypnotic journey through sound", Luke Porter became a supporter of the Rise And Fall sound, ultimately leading to the "Second Chance" EP on Porter's Temporum Music. Further work for Bonzai Progressive, Intricate and Perfecto Black have raised Vishniakov's profile higher still.
A debut for Particles through "The Vision" as part of the "Winter Particles 2014" compilation in February 2014 was soon followed by a remix of Biologik in June, before "The Vision" saw its own full release with remixes from LoQuai and Inkfish. Returning to Particles, the Rise And Fall remix of "One Way" takes the strong bass groove present in Howell's original and builds a new interpretation around it by creating a set of glorious melodic overtones. Smooth arpeggios ripple across the near nine-minute offering accompanied by rhythmic white-noise stabs and a delicious chord progression of emotive pads to create an impressive rework.
Another exponent of the modern progressive house sound, Michael Akulich has provided the underground house scene with a bevy of delights under his Michael A contraction. During a short and prolific career that began in March 2012 with work for Stereofaza, over a quarter of a century of production credits have found their way on to the successful Balkan Connection Imprint with a supporting cast of Stripped, Stellar Fountain and 3rd Avenue. Played by the DJ elite including John 00 Fleming, Guy J and Nick Warren, Akulich's work has readily found its way onto the decks of clubs across the globe.
A regular on Particles since an appearance on the "Fall Particles 2013" and "Winter Particles 2014" compilations the, "Behind The Moon" EP, marked Michael A's full debut with a trio of tracks that went on to be remixed by the likes of Dustin Nantais and GMJ. Taking his, "progressive sound to deeper, more groove oriented places", Michael A has teamed up with Egyptian, Mou, to create a shuffling percussive groove on their remix of "One Way" which blends the melodic themes of the original with strong dance floor rhythms. Instantly recognisable as a rework of Howell, the clever use of new production material adds further layers of intrigue to a track of skill and poise.
Ivan Jaime and his Dark Soul Project have been an influential force in the Argentinean underground dance movement. Born in the Buenos Aries capital, Jaime has always had a passion for the creative arts – from drawing and painting in early childhood, to guitar and piano later in his development. The outcome: a multi-talented individual with the ability to find a way to channel his creative expressions.
With a unique perspective in his production style, the Dark Soul Project foundations are based upon finding balance in frequency response to elicit notions of sadness or joy, "to play with feelings". Furthermore, the architecture of life's surroundings can be found in this balance and the continued search to find equilibrium. This resulting balance finds a catalogue of high-calibre music wed to some of the finest modern labels, not least in the thirty production credits for his own Baires imprint run with fellow countryman, Santiago Garcia. Hope, Mistique and Sudbeat have all played host to the Dark Soul Project Sound as Jaime now follows up a remix of Chicola in mid-2014 with a dark and twisted rerub of "Franchise". Taking the chunky bass vibe of Lonya's original, the Dark Soul Project is a clever interpretation, reworking key themes and transforming the track with smooth percussive groove and house sensibilities through well-placed lead motif. A soft vocal sample adds further depth to an impressive rework.
Karl Johan is a name long-associated with the upper echelons of the underground house scene, now moving forwards under his C9 soubriquet. A Scandinavian with an ear for melody and an intuitive sense of what works on the dance floors of Europe, Johan has seen his work allied to a host of leading imprints including a debut album in 2009 for Spiral Trax plus stand out work for Baroque, Lowbit and Mango Alley. Indeed a remix of Cid Inc.'s iconic "Cloudberries" for the latter was a landmark moment that has found its way to multiple Proton "Compiled and Mixed" releases.
His work supported by the leading lights of Hernan Cattaneo, Jamie Stevens and Jerome Isma-Ae and now returning to Proton after 2012's best-selling remix of Moonbeam's "Dark Face", Johan has begun the transformation to a new set of production values under his C9 moniker. Already seeing his work signed to DOS and Patterns in 2012, Johan has reinvented his C9 name in 2015 with a dazzling rendition of "Consensus Must". Using elements of Lonya's stab motif as a building block, the C9 remix is a shimmering, melodic affair that opens up the remix into a light and airy offering that drifts enticingly over its near ten-minute journey with cascading arpeggios and counterpoint melody, to wondrous effect.
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