Irish DJ and producer, Lateral Cut Groove, has provided a set of top-flight credentials that have led him to DJ competition success and an opening slot at "Creamfields Ireland" while production prowess quickly followed suit coupled with the desire to spread his knowledge, teaching music technology from his own studio. Liquid Grooves has been a constant partner in the Lateral Cut Groove portfolio with a score of productions backed by work for Clinique, Baires and Stripped and a clutch of works for Particles has recently been asterisked by the outstanding three-track "Spring Tide" EP.
Taking his considerable skill set to Deepfunk, the Lateral Cut Groove remix of "Shadowy Whispers" is a typically rich, bass driven number that bristles with melodic intrigue and an intelligent reworking of the original's themes. A complex rhythm section adds to whole to create a striking affair.
A twelve-year career that has seen highlights such as a gig at London's Ministry of Sound and supporting Gareth Emery and Sister Bliss, Robin Thurston's DJ career is as impressive as it is globe-trotting. Former gigs in Argentina and Uruguay have added to a global presence as Thurston's production career begins to make strides. Collaborative work with Sweet Cacophony has seen the pair's music signed to BQ Recordings and Liquid Grooves and a debut contribution to the "Summer Particles 2014" compilation is now consolidated with a remix of "Shadowy Whispers".
A pounding beat and striking percussive section lay the foundation for the analogue arpeggio sequence of the original to appear in subtle variation as a host of additional production material and melody provide a haunting new vision of Deepfunk's work.
The final contribution sees Battage take centre stage. A techno DJ from the north of Holland, Battage made a name for himself across the Netherlands with his own unique brand of eclectic sets while a promoter famous for his "Hartslag" nights saw him bring superstars Petar Dundov and Stephan Bodzin to Groningen. A production portfolio that has already seen a quartet of credits including appearances on "Spring" and "Summer Particles 2014", as well as a pair of remixes of Derek Howell and Ferdy, now sees Battage sprinkling his production talent upon Deepfunk.
Taking "Silence of Waves", the Dutchman provides a huge pulsating bass line that is juxtaposed sharply against a thumping kick and metronomic techno percussion. A soft melodic sequence, echoing the original, gradually filters its way to the fore in impressive fashion as the track progresses to rhythmic conclusion.
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.
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