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04/17 Particles - Spring 2014 (Compiled by Jay Epoch)
A project that has punctuated the roster with a sumptuous blend of music from established and nubreed artists alike, the quarterly Particles compilation series have spanned the releases catalogue since the label's very inception in 2008.
Responsible for providing a unique platform to showcase a multitude of talented producers on a global scale, there is little doubting the effect such exposure has had on a generation of underground music producers. Heralding the changing seasons with new and varied line-ups, each hotly anticipated compilation captures the very essence of the modern underground house movement, representing the cream of modern producers.
As the northern hemisphere turns its thoughts towards warmer days and shorter nights, nature emerges, awakened after winter slumbers. Thus, the appropriate backdrop for the "Spring Particles 2014" sees a duodecad of tracks from a global array of talent hailing from Europe, Asia, Australia and both North and South America.
Opening proceedings, Russian production veteran, Asten, gives hint of the calibre of offerings to follow as smooth melodies and chunky rhythms combine to mesmerising effect. German, LoQuai, from the financial powerhouse of Frankfurt, continues his dance floor dominance with yet another work of immaculate precision while the collaborative pairing of Mexicans, Uvo and Hugo Ibarra, reprise the success they have consistently found on the Balkan Connection imprint.
Making his debut, Misha Tune continues to illustrate Russian dominance in the progressive house scene with two politically apposite offerings in the shape of "Sea Port" and "Black Sea", before heavyweight Canadian BiG AL, Dutch debutant, Battage and rising Greek star, Simos Tagias appear with meticulously programmed deeper, contemplative moments and rolling bass lines.
The closing quartet of tracks represent the zenith of the modern underground house scene as seasoned producers The Emissary and Matt Rowan take centre stage sandwiched between Texan, Derek Howell and Japanese veteran, OMB. A recent flurry of activity has seen a very welcome return for Australian, Rowan, as Particles revisits an offering from his recent "Cantstandya" EP, and Howell's "Extended Mix" of Andrew Benson's "I Will Be" provides a similar return to one of 2013's highlights thus far. Evan Arnett's The Emissary makes a welcome return to the Proton fold with a bright new sound and epic bass groove while OMB closes with a subtle head nod to BT in his pomp as delightfully uplifting melodic textures, driving beats and stutter fx come to the fore.
With twelve new tracks to warm the soul, "Spring Particles 2014" continues to deliver a message of sustained musical relevance.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Cid Inc., LoQuai, Misha Tune, Big Al, Derek Howell, OMB
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
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.
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