Immersed in music from a young age, Nikko.Z drew influence from the iconic figures of Cattaneo, Digweed and Sasha as an insatiable desire to emulate his musical heroes lay behind his attendance at the SAE Institute in Athens studying electronic music production. A catalogue of high-profile imprints including Movement, Vapour and Lowbit can been found carrying the Nikko.Z name while founding the successful Dopamine imprint has provided yet another outlet for Nikko to display his talents alongside a roster of talent, Cattaneo and Dousk amongst them. His work supported by such luminaries as Seaman, Warren and Carola, Nikko.Z's work for Proton thus far has seen a pair of remixes for Apologist and Juan Deminicis in 2012 and 2013 and we are now honoured to welcome him back with his first original material for the label.
"Sungazing" offers a vast textured landscape that glitters in a twinkling arpeggio evolving gradually over the first movements, shifting in malleable melodic tones against a shuffling percussive backdrop. Added finesse is found through an airy pad and intelligent vocal sample from the mid-point on to create a work of beauty and grace.
Dutch pair, Huminal, have been riding a tidal wave of success throughout 2014 and early 2015. Renowned for a mature production style that has seen considerable success in their home country through outstanding live performances, Huminal shot to recognition on the back of competition victory at 2011's ADE with the track "Greeksomnia", judged by a panel including Marc Romboy and Paul Hamill.
A clutch of original works have since followed including the trailblazing "Prophecies" EP for FutureForm, before "The Rigger" on Lowbit and "Morning Riser" and "Pocket Universe" EPs for Particles in late 2014 and early 2015. A recent remix of Andre Sobota's showed continued class as Huminal now debut on Proton Music.
A deliciously, mature sounding rework, the Huminal remix of "Sungazing" takes the core arpeggio theme and vocal sample of the original pushing them into a pulsating new direction courtesy of driving beat, bass line force and percussive intricacy. Elegant additional melody trips across the audio spectrum to evoke spine-tingling bliss and there is little doubt that Huminal's production work is a class apart.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by James Warren
Mastered by Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
06/22 Orsen's Elysium
UK born but firmly ensconced in his adopted Austrian homeland, "sonic explorer", Dan Baseley, has caused quite a stir over the last six months with his Orsen production guise, crowned now by a trio of tracks on Particles as "Elysium" provides ethereal perfection.
A man with a "love for multiple styles of electronic music", Orsen's use of "unusual field recordings and sound design" form a fundamental basis for his production material. A burgeoning talent on the underground dance scene, a light was first shone on Orsen's talent through the "DMC Ibiza Unsigned Buzz Charts" and the track, "Sticks and Stones". This then blossomed into an impressive four-track EP for Optimized Recordings in September 2014, before a debut, in March 2015, for Cid Inc.'s highly regarded Replug label. The "Look Twice" EP provided a window into Orsen's musical mind as the three tracks gained high-profile support from Barry Jamieson, Blake Jarrell and James Warren, the title track itself appearing on the Visceral 27 compilation.
Now making his full debut on Particles, "Elysium" is full of Orsen's unique production techniques and the "analogue fuelled beats" that are the hallmark of his work.
The title track itself epitomises this style with a huge warm bass line wrapped in a crisp percussive shell clicking and popping its way across eight-and-a-half minutes of bouncing joy. Throbbing and pulsating alongside heavy beat, smooth melodic textures and intelligent lead riff, their presence is felt, dripped in reverbs and delays to create a rich sonic palette full of maturity and poise.
"Castles" continues the deep pulsing sounds of its predecessor as smooth, layered pads are combined with dominant and metronomic kick to create a work of intrigue and tension. Sustained chords hold a sway as they filter and pan in rhythmic glory marking out a track with strong musical pedigree.
The final offering sees "Witching Hour" mark a slight departure from its partner tracks. An effortless grooved bass line works its magic creating a dynamic, vibrant pattern that is joined by a counterpoint melody in the upper frequencies. This provides spine-tingling moments as its gated energy perfectly matches the elegant percussion and driving beats of the rhythm section.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastering by Orsen
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
06/15 Danny Lloyd's "Espejismo" EP
Born in a small Tuscan village on the West coast of Italy, Danny Lloyd has spent a large part of his life immersed in music, leading now to the brand new three-track "Espejismo" EP. From the inculcation of sounds presented to him from his record-buying mother, Danny Lloyd's passion burned brightly as he began to take notice of the electronic music scene around him and the foundations of "an innate eclectic sensitivity".
Fast forward 15 years and the "ambient, deep and experimental house sounds" of the early to mid 1990s provided a platform for an incipient music career as DJ appearances were an early catalyst in the search for a sound Lloyd could call his own.
Using a variety of production pseudonyms to experiment with his sound, it is thus with the Danny Lloyd production alter ego that the Italian has become most widely associated, both in solo guise and collaboratively with the likes of Andrea Casino. Strong connections have been forged with a number of imprints as Lowbit, Soundteller and Balkan Connection South America have all played host to his work with impressive regularity. Indeed, it is with the latter that the Andrea Cassino pairing has created the Nocturna moniker and a remix of Dousk that found its way onto the playlists of Hernan Cattaneo's "Resident" show. Lloyd's own monthly "Elements" show on Proton Radio is a further vehicle to extend the Italian's varied tastes as it showcases a rich seam of music.
A quartet of remixes form the basis of Danny Lloyd's production portfolio for Particles thus far with two standout moments in reworks of both Anthony Yarranton and LoQuai in 2014. Particles is now delighted to extend that work with Lloyd's debut original EP in the shape of "Espejismo".
Opener, "We Are Here" is full of the smooth melodic prowess that has become synonymous with Lloyd's work. A dominant kick and quick-fire clave-led percussive groove form the fundamentals for pulsating pads, silky arpeggios and a distinctive vocal part to create a work with a real joie de vivre.
"Viajando en REM" is immediately characterised by a strong bass groove that is accompanied by a collage of rhythmic chord motifs and deep, reverb-soaked arpeggios. Shuffling hi-hats give an impression of dance floor urgency as the various elements are combined to create a work of genuine skill and craftsmanship.
The title track itself returns to the melodic flow of the opener as it provides an emotive air, characterised by glassy pads that throb in pulsing unison with twinkling delay-laden motifs and haunting vocal. An elegant work, "Espejismo" is a perfect illustration of the precision and attention to detail that defines Lloyd's work.
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