04/08 Chicola rises on Proton Music with "Maganda"
Born in Israel, to a family where music had always been a passion, early piano tuition provided Chico Shuella's with the strong foundations for his Chicola production moniker to flourish, now reaching Proton Music with the deep and delicious sounds of the "Maganda" EP.
A career full of highlights that began with popular house parties, quickly developed into a residency at Tel Aviv's biggest cub, as three thousand strong audiences were held captive as he honed his skills in front of the decks at Allenby 58 alongside Carl Craig, Danny Tenaglia and Sister Bliss. Global travel soon followed as an itinerary taking in Berlin, London and Belgium, saw a record collection bulge as Chicola sought to bring the latest sounds back to his home city. A set produced for Laurent Garnier, played on his radio show, saw Chicola's star burn incandescent, as production work took a foothold - collaborative work with DJ VIC seeing success with Roger Sanchez, Ministry of Sound and ATFC.
A hugely successful DJ company built in tandem with a music label and publishing company, Chicola's rise to leading light in the ever-popular and competitive Israeli wedding DJ scene meant that further production work would take a back seat until 2011. Contemporaries of Sahar Z, Guy Mantzur and DJ VIC's younger brother, Khen, a creative, melting pot of talents has prospered in Israel's capital. A trio of tracks signed to Hernan Cattaneo's Sudbeat and a collaborative effort with Sahar Z signed to Guy J's Lost and Found, there is little doubting Chicola's talent, further supported from the likes of Dave Seaman and Sonic Union.
Making a very welcome debut on Proton Music, Chicola's "Maganda" EP now showcases the skills that have seen him become such an exciting producer in the past eighteen months.
A subtle deep vibe opens proceedings as "Ghost Train" meanders smoothly with its warm bass and lilting groove. Angular percussive rhythms, strewn with white noise powered effects provide a clever counterpoint before a sublime rippling arpeggio seeps into the listener's consciousness behind intelligently placed melodic motifs that rise and fall in their immaculate placement.
With its origins in the Philippines, title track "Maganda" is an apposite title for track defined as 'beautiful morning' in the Tagalog language. Rich textures are stratified in layers that blend together with supreme authority. Deep, rolling percussive toms form a cohort with hypnotic house hi-hats and cavernous kick before further open hats develop alongside a strong groove and a melange of pitched synth lines, evolving vibrato lead and simple melody. As the name implies, "Maganda" is more than the sum of its parts as, once combined, they light up the stereo spectrum.
An assured debut from Chicola certainly provides a moment of epiphany as "Maganda" rises into view across a beautiful morning soundscape.
A&R by Jay Epoch
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
Mastered by Henri Hurtig
04/07 Pacco & Rudy B, Simos Tagia harbor "Echoed Feelings" for Jelly for the Babies
A relative newcomer to the Particles imprint, Jelly For The Babies' November 2013 remix of Ioan Gamboa's "The World Outside" and the original work, "Pieces of Heaven", are now supplemented by the delightfully melodic, "Echoed Feelings", backed by two remixes from Croatia and Greece.
A master of the deep, progressive and tech house genres, Marijan Raskovic has generated a whirlwind of activity since his Jelly For The Babies production moniker was formed in 2007. Schooled in the art of electronic music at Belgrade University and a classically trained pianist, the Serbian has acquired a staggering 400 production credits to his name in a short four-year time span after a debut on Kernel Records in 2009. Since then, 30 different labels have featured the Jelly For The Babies sound, including a special relationship with the Balkan Connection family. Over a century of credits have found their way to their trio of labels alongside appearances on such others as Soundteller, Silk Textures and Electronic Tree, as Marijan's "Deep Impact" show on Proton Radio also demonstrates his deeply held musical beliefs. Founded upon a smooth and sustained bass line that oozes emotion, the groove-laden percussive elements of the "Echoed Feelings" provide dance-floor friendly rhythms that are the perfect juxtaposition to rich and airy pads that surround them and forming a blueprint for the remixes to follow.
A collaborative pairing formed in 2006, Croatian duo Pacco & Rudy B came to prominence after Proton head honcho, Jay Epoch, happened upon their unfinished "Space Walk" production which subsequently featured on the "Fall Particles 2008" compilation. A strong bond formed; the pair's relationship with the Particles imprint has evolved in the subsequent years as forty contemporaneous releases in the next two years found their way to a host of labels including Balkan Connection, Spring Tube and Per-vurt, as well as their own successful "e-Motion" Proton Radio show. Now rekindling their Particles affair, the duo's trademark remix produces enough low-end frequency to shake the very foundations of humanity. A cavernous kick and bass groove provide a bed on which themes from Jelly For The Babies' original mix are cleverly re-interpreted and worked into a floor-shaking, glittering, rhythmic gem.
A second remix comes from Greek Producer, Simos Tagias. Hailing from the ancient Macedonian city of Serres, production work that began with the debut "Voices" EP on Lynx Records at the end of 2012, has since flourished with a further score of credits to the imprint and a host of other works signed to Stellar Fountain, Modu and Silk Angel. His work supported by Jondi & Spesh, and Cid Inc., upcoming DJ performances with Moshic and Tash illustrate Tagias' rising star. A recent inclusion on the "Spring Particles 2014" compilation with "Restricted Area" is now complemented with a rhythm-fuelled remix of "Echoed Feelings". A strong and multi-layered percussive groove paves the way for a wash of pads to hint at the themes inherent in Jelly For The Babies' original as a hypnotic pattern of beats evolves over an eight-minute journey.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
04/01 Matt Rowan, David Calo make "The World Turn" again for Scotty.A
April 2013 marked a significant moment in both the annals of Proton Music history and Scotty.A's personal portfolio. As the twin-track "The World Turns" EP hit the airwaves, Scott Andrews stock rose higher still, fuelled by support from the world's finest DJs and propelled subsequently with a clutch of further material that has lit up the underground dance scene. Now "The World Turns" again to Proton Music; once more accompanied by thematic artwork from Ben Mautner, two new remixes are commissioned from an established legend and a label debutant.
Learning to play the electric guitar and influenced by the sounds of Pink Floyd's progressive rock, David Calo's lifelong interest in music soon blossomed into a passion for dance music after hearing fellow Argentinean, Hernan Cattaneo, behind the decks at local clubs. Discontented by being only a passive attendee, a collaborative partnership with Rominezco resulted in a series of parties under the "Brain Damage" banner which has seen the young producer from Buenos Aries playing clubs such as Pacha, Crobar and Cocoliche throughout his homeland.
A production career that began in earnest in 2012 has seen a score of releases featured on a range of high-profile imprints. The "Slowly" and "Video Games" EPs for the Axon and Per-vurt imprints, combined with remixes of Simon Firth for Vice Versa and Che Armstrong for Nueva Deep, have already showcased Calo's talent. Marking his debut on Proton Music, David Calo's remix of "The World Turns" provides a deep and languid rhythmic backdrop on which a series of richly texture pads preside. As it develops, his clever interpretation sees the gradual evolution of melodic themes so prevalent in Scotty.A's original, resolve to impressive new conclusion.
Australian Matt Rowan's recent flourish of activity, after hiatus to recharge his creative batteries, has provided much sustenance to Proton family labels. An established producer, DJ and collaborative talent with fellow Australian, Jaytech, has led Rowan to a string of hits and high profile releases on such luminary imprints as Hope, Renaissance and Curvve. Supported by a galaxy of international superstar DJs from James Zabiela to Armin van Buuren, his own notoriety behind the decks at events such as Sydney's leading progressive house night, SweetChilli, alongside Chris Fortier, Anthony Pappa and Steve Porter, have cemented Rowan's reputation amongst the Australian musical elite.
A wealth of new material for both Proton Music and Particles has seen the recent releases of the "Why Do You Love Me?" and "Cantstandya" EPs received to critical acclaim, while 2012's "Basics" album firmly established Rowan as a creative talent of rare originality and proflicacy. Turning his talents towards Scotty.A, Matt Rowan's remix of "Nothing As It Seems" immediately provides a 'doffed cap' of approval as the percussive groove of the original mix is inherently felt. Before long, Rowan's unique dance floor credentials shine through as a bouncing, bulging bass line is established, allowing thickly detuned pads to dominate as they hold a gated sway, captive against the trademark melodic inventiveness that forces its way into his work.
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