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11/14 Andre Sobota - Fragments (Color Ray, Subandrio Remixes)
Andre Sobota is one of Brazil's finest dance music exports. A man continually at the cutting edge of the underground and mainstream dance movements, "Fragments" was released on Proton Music in February 2016 as successful remixes from Tim Penner and Nocturna followed. As Particles now releases its very own remix edition, with a fresh reminder of Sobota's original work, new interpretations from the United Arab Emirates and India take up the reins.
Subandrio Sinhawansa is a rapidly rising artist on the underground house scene. In short order, the Dubai based artist and DJ has become a much sought after commodity in both the live and production arenas. A winner of the "'Pioneer DJ' Middle East DJ of the Year 2013", Subandrio's prowess behind the decks has subsequently translated into an equally impressive career in the studio. A growing portfolio of credits has seen his work allied to some of the finest imprints of the here and now as Juicebox, Flow Vinyl and Replug have all played host to the Subandrio sound. Furthermore, an appearance on Hernan Cattaneo's "Sudbeats 3" compilation album with the track, "Timecode" in late 215, further catapulted the UAE artist into the upper echelons of the underground fraternity.
A regular on Particles over the past year, a pair of remixes of both Lateral Cut Groove and Lanvary paved the way for an appearance on the "Fall Particles 2016" compilation in October with the impressive, "Black Box Between". Now taking on Andre Sobota, the Subandrio remix of "Fragments" cleverly retains they galloping rhythmic groove, fundamental to the original's success, while adding a further lay of percussive intrigue through clicking, ticking claves and shakers. The underlying melodic themes of Sobota's work gently filter through the mid-range frequencies while spot effects swim enticingly across the left-right spectrum in dizzying fashion.
From the West of India, Pune resident, Shrinivas Sundar has hit upon a formula for success through his Color Ray production moniker. An artist who revels in the progressive and deep house genres, Color Ray has been involved in the world of music since the age of 15. A collection of production credits that have found their way to Electronic Tree, Sinnmusik* and fellow countryman, Praveen Achary's Juicebox Music, Color Ray has seen his work supported by the likes of Hernan Cattaneo, Sahar Z and Vinayak^A. A recognised DJ across his homeland and beyond, performances alongside Oliver Moldan, James Harcourt and Cattaneo have cemented a reputation further enhanced by the monthly "Prism" show on Proton Radio that has run since December 2015 to great success.
A debut remix of Biologik's iconic "Sarin" in November 2012 represents a sole Particles outing thus far, as Color Ray now returns to the label to remix "Fragments". Retaining the strong beat and rhythmic flair central to Sobota's work, a clever interpretation of the original's melodic themes sees an extension of these ideas through soaring strings that delight via new chord progressions in conjunction with delightfully cadenced sounds. A return to Sobota's themes in the breakdown retain familiarity, while a wealth of additional production material from the Color Ray palette, in the third movement, provides a work of skill and ingenuity.
An artist always at the vanguard of his native Spain's dance scene, Gonzalo Luque's rise to the upper echelons of the underground house scene through his Soulwerk production guise, has been highly impressive since early work found its way to such esteemed labels as Cr2 and Great Stuff. From his Madrid home, Soulwerk has overseen a veritable feast of production material since 2011's "Distant Sun" for Canadian imprint, Whose Haus. The "Fraktals" EP saw Luque's work signed to Cid Inc.'s prestigious, Replug while Mirabilis, Balkan Connection and Luis Junior's Mooseekaa all contributed to a growing reputation. Fast forward to 2015, and the "Stuck in My Mind" track for Perspectives Digital, went on to see remixes from Jamie Stevens, Jos and Eli and Lank, the latter licensed to the 2016 Mango Alley compilation.
A regular on Proton Music since 2013, a remix of Dousk was complemented with a pair of original EPs in 2014's "Searching For You Through the Stars" and 2015's "Spiritcatcher", remixed by Kastis Torrau and Donatello, Rich Curtis and Stas Drive among others. Furthermore, "The New Beginning" hit the shelves in July 2016. Now, Soulwerk returns for a fourth remix as he takes on "The Slowbeq Paragraph". Remixing Navar, the Soulwerk rerub is a vibrant and dynamic interpretation full of Luque's trademark rhythmic sensibilities, bristling energy and innovative additional production. A collection of stepped riffs and arpeggio lines meld with bouncing bass to create an intriguing groove, as Odette's vocal contribution adds a further layer of sheen pitching and falling with ease in a work of poise.
San Francisco based, Mark Slee, is a creative artist of many talents. Co-founder of the "Crates" concept with Jay Epoch, Slee's first passions are for the twin worlds of DJ and production. Extolling those passions, Slee became allied to the Listed Bookings artist roster, while also finding himself as number one rated DJ on Proton Radio through his monthly "Heron Sound" show. Performances across the globe in Cape Town, Playa del Carmen and the USA, performing alongside Tenaglia, Howells and Burridge, have further cemented a notable reputation. Adding another string to his bow via his co-running of the successful Manjumasi label, it is not difficult to appreciate Mark Slee's growing influence on the underground scene.
Production work has seen Mark Slee a regular on Jondi and Spesh's Looq Records with a host of impressive original production material that focuses on a deep house style, "balancing intricate grooves, dreamy textures and whimsical bounce". A pair of remixes of Oliver Lieb and Scotty.A were a welcome addition to the Proton Music catalogue in 2015 as are appearances on the Visceral compilation series. Returning for a third remix, "Mark Slee's Inner Voice Dub" is a delicious, groove infused reworking of "Sacred Bali Spirit" that oozes class with its intricate percussive framework and distinctive rhythms. A raft of additional production material centres upon a filtered, cadenced riff that bristles with dynamism, while intelligent use is made of Navar's original components and vocal cuts. The result is a tour de force of production magic.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by James Warren
Mastered by Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
11/07 Nocturna - Pigmental
Collaborative pairings are very much part of the modern 21st century dance scene. To that end, Nocturna are no exception to the rule as two iconic Italian figures join forces to create a stunning debut and original EP for Proton Music. Their resultant work sees the twin-track "Pigmental" EP forged by Andrea Cassino and Danny Lloyd in hugely impressive fashion.
Andrea Cassino is a name long-associated with the underground dance community. Originally paired with Alex Laben, the duo were responsible for the highly successful Cassino and Laben partnership which saw a wealth of material released on the Particles and Proton Music imprints, supported by the likes of Mauro Picotto, Tiesto and Ferry Corsten. As he then moved towards a slightly deeper, tech house sound, Andrea began to forge important relationships with the cream of modern successful labels that included Balkan Connection, Soundteller and Lowbit.
Similarly, Danny Lloyd, is an artist with a rich musical heritage to his name. Long associated with an ability to combine rhythm and melody in exciting fashion, his original work, after 2007 debuts for Double Dot and Bellarine, has showcased an array of talents combined with a host of impressive remix material for such celebrated imprints as Lowbit, Clinique and Soundteller. The three-track original, "Espejismo" EP for Particles, was a notable highlight in the Tuscan based artist's armoury, subsequently remixed by French icon, Rick Pier O'Neil and Andrea Cassino himself.
Joining forces, Cassino and Lloyd have unearthed a sparkling set of tracks. A debut original release under their own names in the shape of the "QLOW" EP, found its way onto the KumQuat imprint in 2010 before the three-track "Green Endless EP" saw a release on Lowbit in 2011. Rebranding as Nocturna in 2014, the "Big Bang" EP for Sudbeat made an immediate impact, remixed by none other than label owner Hernan Cattaneo, alongside SoundExile. 2015 saw the high-profile, "Nocturna Compiled and Mixed" album released through Proton Music to critical acclaim and commercial success as Cassino and Lloyd showcased a wealth of talent featuring their own music and others, blended together into a seamless two-hour mix.
Now "Pigmental" continues the Nocturna story. Opening proceedings, "Clorofilla" unwraps a cadenced percussive groove, redolent in swung hi-hat pattern and clave highlights. Underpinned by a deep kick and subterranean bass, delicate melodic riffs emerge atop sumptuous pads. Drenched in reverb and infinite delays, an evocative breakdown paves the way for a third movement that meanders gracefully upon the tantalising dance floor groove, to create a work of skill and poise.
The title track itself sees "Pigmental" echo the rich and velvety themes of its predecessor and a glorious percussive groove opens up via delayed chord stabs that bounce across the stereo spectrum in synchronous ease. A counterpoint melodic line makes its presence felt in an elegant breakdown, as a strong dance floor flavour takes centre stage in the third movement interspersed with subtle pad washes that waft across the upper frequencies.
An EP of porcine proportions, "Pigmental" is certain to elevate the Nocturna name higher still among peers and fans alike.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by James Warren
Mastered by Andrea Cassino
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
Born and raised in the Netherlands, in his teenage years Mike quickly became infatuated with electronic music. It was the likes of Cassius, Daft Punk and DJ Falcon that pulled him towards the French House realm. Read More...