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From the heart of the Spanish mainland, Gonzalo Luque has proved himself to be a producer of the highest order through his Soulwerk production pseudonym. Operating out of the Spanish capital, the Soulwerk name has continued to push the boundaries of underground house music, further envisioned through the brand new "Spiritcatcher" EP for Proton Music.
No stranger to the music industry, Luque had already established himself as a successful artist releasing under such labels as Cr2 and Monique Musique before the success of his Soulwerk production alter ego. An accomplished DJ in his own right, Luque has also played in some the most high-profile clubs in Madrid and beyond including, Space of Sound, La Riviera, Soundays and Space Menorca.
Turning to music production to "express his most intimate concept of electronic music", Canadian label Whose Haus first recognised the incipient Soulwerk talent via 2011's "Distant Sun" EP. Within six months, Cid Inc. had discovered the Soulwerk sound, using his Replug imprint as a vehicle to launch the "Fraktals" EP supported by the 'great and good' of the dance music industry. 2014 has continued to be a momentous year for Soulwerk with a series of releases and remixes on labels such as Balkan Connection, FutureForm and Luis Junior's Mooseekaa.
A Proton Music career that began with a high profile remix of Dousk's "Look Good Tonight" towards the end of 2013, quickly followed with the debut "Searching For You Through The Stars" in March 2014. Going on to see standout remixes from Kastis Torrau and Donatello and Rich Curtis, the Soulwerk sound has been supported by such luminaries as Nick Warren, Hernan Cattaneo, Barry Jamieson and Kassey Voorn.
Now returning to Proton Music with another original offering, the twin-track "Spiritcatcher" EP exemplifies the Soulwerk production pedigree. The title track itself is a swirling, magisterial work that builds effortlessly over its eleven-and-a-half minute expedition. Redolent in sumptuous, pulsating pads and smooth, rounded bass line, "Spiritcatcher" captures the very essence of cutting edge progressive house, resonant with the underlying characteristics of both Pink Floyd and Cid Inc. A complex, percussive groove adds further depth to a work of impressive quality.
Partner track, "Chimera" continues the elegant progressive themes of its predecessor. Bold beats and dominant kick are accompanied by smooth hi-hat urgency while delayed plucks and clever melodic riffs play across a chorus of pads that rise and fall, pulsing in wave like formation. Teasingly revealing its multi-faceted persona over its course, "Chimera" is equally at home on both dance floor and headphone moments.
A growing force in a constantly evolving scene, Soulwerk has captured the very soul of modern underground dance music through his "Spiritcatcher" EP.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by James Warren
Mastered by Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
02/23 Vibrations from Ioan Gamboa's artist alblbum continue with new remixes from David Granha, Van Did
A Spanish native, now firmly ensconced in Berlin's techno capital, May 2014's "Vibrations" marked a watershed moment for Ioan Gamboa as a debut, full-length album provided a window into the Spaniard's musical soul. Now, five artists from Europe and South America re-imagine "Vibrations".
From Galicia in northwest Spain, David Granha's name has been a watchword for success and innovation. A debut in 2011 with a pair of tracks featuring on the "Spring Particles 2011" compilation saw a series of remixes including one from Gamboa himself. Now David Granha returns the favour with a compelling remix of "Roots". Beautiful piano sequences drift hypnotically across rain driven effects and soft pads while strings and vocal elements from Gamboa's original create a rich and diverse interpretation full of emotion and melancholy.
Award winning and multi-talented, Canadian artist, Van Did's music has been signed to the likes of Sudbeat, Traum and an increasing number to his own Grrreat Recordings. Remixing "Inner Circle", Van Did has taken Gamboa's broken beat rhythm section and turned in a four to the floor master class with groove enough to sway any head. Taking the melodic themes of the original, Van Did has created a stunning work of elegance.
With a distinctive sound, E-Spectro's work has been a regular feature on the likes of Nueva, Parquet and Stereo Paradise. With cross-genre appeal their sound has been a compelling fixture in the sets of Denis A, Luke Porter and Moonbeam. Taking the irregular rhythmic patterns of the "Signs and Wonders", E-Spectro have created a beautifully crafted, bass-fuelled track with the delicate melodies and stutter effects that pay homage to the Gamboa's work bringing the original's subtle spoken sample further to the fore. The result is a classy affair with trademark poise.
Seville born but Barcelona based, Brunetto, is an accomplished DJ and performer with numerous residences behind him plus music coordinated for Nokia, Red Bull and Suzuki across Canada and Europe. A production career that has produced three solo albums now sees the Spaniard debut on Particles. Reworking "Roots", Brunetto's interpretation is a bass-driven monster that modulates gloriously, accompanied by broken beats and Burial-esque touches that take Gamboa's work in an innovative and unexpected route.
Final contributor, Reykjavik606 is the product of a multi-talented persona with multiple production monikers. An experienced musician and live performer, work for the Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid illustrated the Spaniard's credentials, in addition to work signed to Boronzai and Xpansul. In "Overture", Reykjavik606 has taken the original arpeggio and turned it into a meandering analogue lead that sits comfortably alongside a collection of sparse beats that evolve into irregular patterns. Delayed and reverb soaked keys add subtlety and delicacy, juxtaposed against harsher sounding elements.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by David Granha, Cid Inc., E-Spectro, Reykjavik606
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
02/17 Ferdy & Daniel's "Raindrops"
A new year brings forth new music and Particles opens 2015 with a brand new collaborative pairing featuring the outstanding talent of production veteran Ferdy, combined with newcomer and fellow Dutchman, Daniel van der Zwaag. Coming together to release their debut EP, "Raindrops" opens the year in a flood of talent.
Ferdy Ouderkerken is no stranger to the world of electronic dance production. The Dutchman, who calls the small town of Sneek home, 100 miles from the Amsterdam capital, has combined a passion for dance music, founded upon seeing Sasha at "Loveparade", with a "fascination for bands like The Doors and Dire Straits" in his youth and latterly the inspiration of Thom Yorke, into an extraordinary production sound.
His talent spotted from an early age, a trio of singles for Global Underground were followed by a quartet of tracks for Armin van Buuren together with fellow countryman, Mathijs van Dijk. Work with Edwin Mulder continued Ferdy's assault on the blue chip label fraternity as Eelke Kleijn's Outside The Box and Nick Warren's Hope saw "Trainstation" and "Marble Hill" bring considerable success. Particles also continued to be a constant companion for Ferdy's work with over twenty production credits to his name including 2012's spectacular seven-track "Spaceman" and 2013's dazzling "Crossroads" EPs.
Already remixed by Navar and Pole Folder and with a penchant for "interesting collaborations", Ferdy now joins forces with fellow Sneek resident, Daniel van der Zwaag as the duo cement a relationship established among the clubs of their hometown where they have developed a reputation for the finest deep house and techno sounds. Taking their symbiotic relationship forged on the decks, Ferdy and Daniel van der Zwaag now delight the Particles faithful with a superlative offering via their "Raindrops" EP.
The title track itself is a combination of metronomic house beats combined with a gently evolving melodic sensitivity that is full of emotive poise. A vocal sample lilts and pitches delicately in regular rhythmic pattern as a deep and sustained bass line adds weight and richness. A filtered lead line that modulates with low frequency oscillation and distortion is a final addition to a track full of emotion and grace.
A name perhaps inspired by the love found in a developing relationship, "Emmy" delivers a delightful percussive groove that shuffles with hi-hat flourishes, deep kick drum and rhythmic metallic hit. Melodic sequences entwine gracefully as soft pads add further layers of texture to a multi-faceted work that exudes joy and emotion.
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