06/17 Scotty.A - Touching the Void (C9, East Cafe Remixes)
Part of a shift to the deep and tech house arenas, Scotty.A and his "Touching the Void" EP formed a vital part of the Proton Music catalogue in 2015 as the UK producer continued to represent a vital part of the label. Now, seeing a new reimagining of his work, Swedish and Hungarian stalwarts remix "Touching the Void" with outstanding results.
Karl Johan, under his C9 alter-ego production moniker, has made a substantial impression on the underground dance scene. A Swedish producer of renowned talent, work under his own name has found itself allied to a raft of high-profile labels that include Baroque, Mango Alley and Echoes Records. Furthermore, a debut album for Spiral Trax in 2009 spotlighted a future talent. Supported by such leading lights as Nick Warren, Hernan Cattaneo and James Harcourt, Johan's work has made significant strides.
Switching to his C9 moniker, Karl Johan has shone a light on a different side of his musical character. Exacting and delicate, a debut remix of Lonya's "Consensus Must" in May 2015 was a signal of intent as his debut original EP, under the C9 name, saw "A1Txi" hit the Proton catalogues toward the end of the year. Full of humility and with an understated approach to naming conventions, the C9 project has always let the music speak for itself. Taking the core themes central to Scotty.A's original work, the C9 remix of "Out in the Boonies" is a beautiful, musical study adding depth, emotion and context through Johan's stunning additional production. Subtle key changes, from the second movement onwards, see the remix evolve elegantly as driving beat, warm bass and filtered riffs keep the delicate energy high.
Gabor Kaszas is a man of considerable renown, developed with impressive consistency through his East Café production pseudonym. A Hungarian at the forefront of the progressive breaks genre alongside fellow countryman Retroid, the East Café name has featured on a host of leading labels. Over a century of production credits have found their way on to a quartet of labels in Mistique Music, LuPS, Clinique and Morphosis Recordings, as Kaszas' maturing progressive house sound has found favour with such luminaries as John Digweed, Nick Warren and Hernan Cattaneo.
A quartet of spellbinding remixes for Particles including reworks of Mononoid's "Lack of Evidence" and Derek Howell's "Interstellar Homecoming", over the past two years, is now supplemented by a debut remix for the flagship Proton Music. Taking the deep house vibe of Scotty'A's original, the East Café interpretation soon brings familiar progressive leitmotifs to the fore. Sumptuous and emotive pads pan delicately across the stereo spectrum as a delightfully elegant arpeggio wends itself effortlessly atop a ticking percussive cadence. A rich, warm bass line keeps the emotion high in a work of genuine skill that underlines the East Café contribution to the underground house movement.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by James Warren
Mastered by Cid Inc., East Café
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
05/30 C9 - A1T8i (Kobana, Rick Pier O'Neil Remixes)
As Karl Johan lit up autumn gloom with shining melodic work courtesy of his C9 production moniker, "A1Txi" was a standout part of Proton Music's 2015 catalogue. Now returning, courtesy of remixes from veteran Polish and French producers, "A1T8i" receives its own release.
Legendary Polish producer, Kobana, joins a breed of artists who are passionate about their craft, talented and who remain self-effacing. A self-taught musician, endless hours in a studio spent analysing production technique, sound engineering and design helped shape the Kobana sound. With a unique ability to marry digital technology with emotion and music soul, the Kobana portfolio provides a rich tapestry of aural colours stitched within a unique framework. Early work with Yane3dots and Mario Hatchet saw a string of successes across a plethora of high-profile imprints. Spring Tube, Silk Music and Particles together account for over a century of these production credits as 2011's "BN2 1TW" EP for the latter, lit the blue touch paper on a glittering career.
Kobana's relationship with Proton Music has provided a rich seam of success, not least in 2014's debut full-length album, "The Riddle", which brought together thirteen tracks across a variety of genres that went on to see remixes from the likes of Marc Poppcke, Derek Howell and Luis Bondio. 2015's "Freefall" demonstrated another facet to the Kobana arsenal as deep house flavours flowed from his studio. A reinterpretation of "A1T8i" thus follows in this new deeper, tech oriented mould. A strong rhythm-laden affair, a hypnotic beat and intelligent percussive cadence marks the central pillar for a delightful reimagining of C9's original components. Building in urgency through rising, filtered off-beat riff, the addition of a counterpoint melody adds depth to Kobana's impressive work to create a stunning and original remix.
Of French extraction, Rick Pier O'Neil's journey into the world of dance music began through regular DJ performances aged 14. A glittering career quickly followed as appearances in the French music charts saw music subsequently signed to the Universal Music, Sony and BMG leviathans and work for Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz and Donna Summer in turn leading to multiple appearances in the US Billboard charts. With his hugely successful RPO and Garbage imprints seeing support from amongst the DJ elite of Carl Cox, Boy George and Steve Lawler, O'Neil's own production career has seen a vast number of original and remixes hit the likes of JOOF, Bonzai Progressive and Clinique, as well three-hundred-and-fifty production credits for his two labels.
A regular on Particles over the past year, the "Spirals" EP, with Australian, Desaturate, formed the basis for a successful 2015, followed by a remix of GMJ in March 2016. Now debuting on Proton Music, the Rick Pier O'Neil remix of "A1T8i" is a delicious bass-groove fuelled affair gliding opulently across the lower frequencies as a series of thickly textured pads and depth. A low-slung rhythm and hi-hat urgency adds further dynamism and a slew of additional material via counterpoint melodic flow reveals verve to a wonderful new interpretation of C9's work.