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The collaborative form is commonplace in the ever-changing world of dance music. Modern technological innovations have made idea swapping and music-making across continents a twenty-first century phenomenon. No more is such a melting pot of ideas evident than in the work of a clutch of impressive DJs and producers making their Particles debut, as Redux Saints and Paul Sawyer featuring Anki and Jourdan Bordes "Take Me With You" joined by remixes from Israel and Latvia.
With vocal and dub versions across all three artist collaborations featured here, "Take Me With You" is a maturely produced work in both delicately and enticingly sung vocal versions and stripped back dub. Heartfelt lyrics tell of age old proclamations of love lost, while strong house beat anchors effortlessly to rich bass grove. Delicate melodic riffs cascade in pleasing fashion as sumptuous pads create a further layer of textured depth to create a work of skill, poise and intrigue.
The pairing of MINTZ, featuring the combined talents of Eden Cohen and Rami Shalom, have found themselves at the forefront of northern Israel's music scene after meeting during their studies in sound engineering. Working together since 2014, the pair have a penchant for a variety of dance genres, from techno and house to ambient and dub, flavoured with the "golden era of progressive house".
Intelligently reworking the original, Anki's vocal are cleverly applied in filtered and effects-laden fashion to an elegant melodic backdrop full of emotion and analogue flair. Referencing the riff prevalent in the Redux Saints, Paul Sawyer and Jourdan Bordes work, additional production takes the track in an emotive new direction that revels in pitched analogue glory to create an impressive new reworking.
Latvian pair, Blood Groove and Kikis require little introduction to the Particles faithful. Regulars on the Silk Music imprint, March 2014's debut full-length "Wonderland" album provided the duo with continued success as much as it illustrated their rare talent. A plethora of production credits for the likes of Spring Tube, Nueva and Pineapple Digital have continued to shine a bright light onto the Blood Groove and Kikis production prowess as the pair return to Particles after standout remixes of Nikko.Z and GMJ in 2015.
Taking a typically polished approach to remix duties, the Blood Groove and Kikis remix makes full use of the vocal treatment, instantly providing a link to the "Take Me With You" original as a hypnotic rolling bass groove combines with interlocking percussive flair and cultured arpeggio precision. The resulting affair is a work of high-class that echoes Moroder while redolent in modern innovation.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Adam Haggard, Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
04/15 Luc Angenehm - Kaiserkraft
Situated on the Rhine, midway between Dusseldorf and Cologne in western Germany, Luc Angenehm, has witnessed a prodigious rise to prominence from his home in Langenfeld. Fuelled by talent, passion and academic prowess, these attributes now coalesce together in the first of two original EPs for Proton Music as "Kaiserkraft" hits the Proton Music headlines.
With his parents to thank for the value they saw in musicianship, Angenehm's decade long study of the piano gave him a clear and enviable advantage in the world of music production. Further introduced to a "wide range of contemporary house music" by his elder sister, sibling curation saw Luc inspired by the dance music universe with a desire to go beyond a role as passive consumer. Investment in electronic music equipment and 'tools of the trade' led, in turn, to studies in professional production at the "VibrA" Modern Music School in nearby Cologne.
An impressive production career followed and 2013's debut for Slaap Records opened the door into a world of possibilities for the Luc Angenehm sound. An amalgamation of "progressive, minimal, deep and tech house" genres have thus shaped a style as Solid Shape, Subjekt and Traum became connected to the German producer's work. With impressive regularity, multiple original tracks and EPs have found their way onto the catalogues of the finest modern imprints, supplemented by a high-calibre collection of remix material.
An outstanding remix of Kobana's "Freefall" represents Luc Angenehm's sole contribution to the Proton Music catalogues thus far and so it is with anticipation and excitement that we announce the release of the twin-track "Kaiserkraft" EP.
The title track itself is a beautifully crafted work with Luc's sculpted beats and mesmerising, enveloping bass pattern. Soft melodic sequences permeate listener consciousness as they pitch and roll in emotive reverie. Pulsing pads and organ sounds bring a rich distinctive character to proceedings through melancholy chord progressions to create a work that is highly skilful in its stripped back execution.
Partner track "Sendher" continues the stripped back techno themes of its predecessor as a hypnotic percussion section creates a relaxed aura. Cleverly sequenced, melodic patterns revel in delayed and stepped glory as the sound of Stephan Bodzin and Henry Saiz converge in Angenehm's unique sonic architecture. An eerie pitched down vocal treatment adds further texture to a work that bristles with innovation and technical know-how.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by James Warren
Mastered by Luc Angenehm
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
02/29 Winter Particles 2016
A new year begins and a new seasonal compilation blazes incandescent through dark days and long cold nights. "Winter Particles 2016" continues the quarterly compilation series with a sextet of tracks that warm the bones and tingle the spine. Six established artists come together across the continents in musical harmony.
Opening proceedings, the soft, sustained chords of "Prognose" wash delicately underneath a collage of reverb-laden textures and percussive cadence. Belgian producer BP setting the bar high with a beautifully constructed track that bounces along through grooved arpeggio riff and emotive air. Having worked with production partner Gullen on the "Nostaw/Marzo" EP for Proton Music, Norwegian artist, anders., demands immediate attention through "Paris, Mon Amie". The epitome of modern melodic techno, Stephan Bodzin and Marc Romboy are immediately brought to mind through heartfelt analogue melodies that filter in dizzying LFO glory. Dominant beat and and ticking percussion hold anchor as melodic counterpoint soars to rousing crescendo.
Particles regular, GMJ, provides a deep evocative atmosphere via his "Country of the Soul". Evolving gently over its eight-minute timeframe, pulsating pads and freeform melodic riffs supply a rich tapestry under which a throbbing bass line makes its presence felt and intermittent vocal cuts supply intrigue. UK industry stalwart, Ad Brown makes a typically impressive statement through "Can We". Trademark bass line flair is in full evidence as a house vocal filters into view in perfect synchronicity with Brown's epic groove. Effortless rises and drops illustrate an artist fully in touch with the modern club scene in a work that is highly impressive.
A growing force in the modern production scene, Belarusian producer, Michael A, has regularly hit the headlines throughout 2015 with a raft of high-profile releases. Finding his way back to Particles, "Fine Day" features a high-octane groove that moves mercilessly forwards through heavy beat and shuffling sixteenth hi-hats. Dual bass lines provide a synchronous match as they gallop across the audio landscape while pitched vocal samples and clever melodic interplay build urgency throughout, accompanied by a raft of gated pads. Final track, "Gargantua" sees Russian industry leader, Abdomen Burst, hit his impressive stride once again. A passionate breaks advocate, staccato rhythm and groove provide a perfect backdrop for a sumptuous collection of melodic riffs and lead lines elevating the higher frequencies. A range of melodic textures in place, the stuttered, 'question and answer' approach is a wonderful BT-esque work that thrills and surprises.