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Dutch producers, Huminal, are a force to be reckoned with. Comprised of school friends, Paul Deetman and Jelle Jansen, the prodigiously talented duo have whipped up a veritable storm through their outstanding productions over the past twelve months. Their story now continues with a debut EP on Proton Music as we welcome Huminal and their "Knocking on the Sky" EP.
With an impressive set of credentials to their name and illustrious support for their music, Huminal burst on to the scene via the 2011 Amsterdam Dance Event. Winning the "Demolition" competition with their track "Greeksomnia" and a judging panel including Marc Romboy, Dave Clarke and Psycatron's Paul Hamill, the Huminal name was launched onto the underground dance scene with a stunning slice of tech house brilliance.
Simultaneously, Paul and Jelle were making regular appearances at Holland's clubs and festivals and across the border into Belgium. Paradiso, Club AIR and the Dance Valley and Groove City festivals have all played host to Huminal's considerable talents while the friends also organised their own underground parties building a grass roots fan base.
2014 saw Huminal make their production debut on Verve's impressively curated FutureForm Music. The quartet of tracks that comprised the "Prophecies" EP included the award-winning "Greeksomnia" and set the duo on a path that has subsequently led to further original work for Lowbit and regular appearances on the Visceral and Evocative compilation imprints. Particles has also been a regular vehicle for both original and remix work with the "Acrophobia" and "Pocket Universe" EPs receiving notable reworks and Huminal themselves remixing Andre Sobota with stunning results.
A June 2015 remix of Nikko.Z provided an opening salvo for Proton Music and so it is with great pleasure that we welcome Huminal back for their debut EP on the flagship label. The title track itself is full of the trademark pulsating rhythms and intelligent instrumentation that has become such a staple of the Huminal sound. Subtle melodies drift across the upper frequency range and a bass line begins to emerge. Evolving cleverly, "Knocking on the Sky" gathers pace, erupting post-breakdown into a distorted, driven, bass dominant monster of a track, brim full of emotion and energy.
Partner track, "Doomwatcher" carries on the dark and sinister overtones of its predecessor. Beautiful keys-based riffs emerge, bouncing across the stereo spectrum before an intricate, groove based percussive top-line adds substance and texture. Exploding once more from the mid-point, a vast distorted bass line is the perfect juxtaposition to the soft melodic flow, creating a work of gifted inventiveness.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Jay Epoch, James Warren
Mastered by Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
08/24 Vitamindevo - Gold Dusted
A man of considerable talent, US artist, Vitamindevo, has hit the heights with production and DJ work that has taken him along the East and West coasts of the USA with an uncompromising blend of tech house fused with elements of electronica, breaks and deep house. Now, delivering his talent to the Particles roster, Vitamindevo, launches a debut EP for the label with "Gold Dusted".
With music playing a fundamental role in Vitamindevo's formative years, time spent honing his skills as a drummer in his parent's basement have stood the US producer in good stead for a career that has launched him onto a global stage through live performances and production work. An established DJ with over fourteen years experience and regular bookings in his adopted San Francisco hometown, the New England born Vitamindevo has seen renowned abilities behind the decks keep audiences from New York City and Nevada to San Francisco and Los Angeles entranced in a carefully woven fabric of hypnotic beats and melodic flow.
Production work has seen a similar path to success for the Vitamindevo sound. A guiding set of principles to "create music to inspire movement" and the oft-neglected ability to "bring it into existence"; the circle is complete once Vitamindevo sees his music transport audiences into dance nirvana.
Collaborations with Stillwell, Truth Now and Bianca Dino have provided substance to this production voyage while work for Audiophile Deep, Audiophile XXL, Fierce Animals, Dichotic and System Recordings have been supplemented by the formation of Vitamindevo's own Laser Native imprint. The latter has has thus been a vehicle for both his own work and for others as it begins to emerge and spread its generous wings.
Now joining the roster with a brand new three-track EP, Particles is proud to announce the release of "Gold Dusted" representing a further stage in the evolution of the Vitamindevo sound. The title track itself, found here in twin forms, provides a delicious amalgamation of pitched riffs, vibrato leads and meandering pads nestling intelligently against a straight, hypnotic house beat in "Original Mix" and delicately swung, stripped back breakbeat in the case of the "Low Beat Edit". Subtle spot effects and 1950s sci-fi effects add to a work that is a study in unique and ingenious house music.
"Rip Tide", by contrast, is full of rich, deep bass groove that supplies the lower frequencies with enough bottom end to shake club floors to their very foundations as sub bass vies with ticking hats and cymbal to impressive effect. A freeform melody enters the fray in the third movement post-breakdown creating a vibrant work that is full of dynamic interplay as melody and rhythm hit joint heights.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastering by Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
08/11 Kobana - Freefrall
There are few artists who can claim to have such celebrated status among the roster of talent that makes up the Particles and Proton Music imprints, but Filip Kaczmarek is one such artist. Under his Kobana production pseudonym, countless tracks have inspired and surprised as we now reaching an exciting new chapter with the "Freefall" EP.
A unique talent, Polish born Kobana has continued to wow a growing fan-base with a studied approach to his craft that began at the turn of the millennium. Learning multiple 'in the box' production techniques through countless hours of self-taught lessons, the ability to reverse engineer his favourite artists gave Kobana the inspiration and understanding to not only emulate but also go beyond the work of his musical heroes.
The result has provided Kobana with a trademark sound that transcends the prescriptive, binary principles of the computer realm into a world of evocative melodies and spine tingling percussive arrangements and seeing his work united with a host of high profile imprints, including Anjunadeep, Spring Tube and Ricky Ryan's Sick Watona. A clutch of original EPs and remixes have found their way on to the Particles imprint both in solo and collaborative guises with Mario Hatchet and Yane3dots, including remixes from the likes of Japanese legend Shingo Nakamura and Proton founder, Biologik. Simultaneously, work has appeared on Proton Music including his iconic "Darkside" remixes of Poison Pro and Miusha's "Alien" and Paul Hazendonk's "The Long Journey".
However, it is perhaps 2014's debut full-length album that best showcases Kobana's talents in all their glory as myriad textures, rhythms and soundscapes were represented through the progressive, deep and tech house genres in captivating fashion. Now returning with his first new material for the label in little over a year, Kobana now unleashes, "Freefall".
The title track itself opens proceedings and is the perfect illustration of Kobana's evolving style. Chunky staccato rhythms lure the listener into a dark melange of tension-filed pads and pitched riffs that rise in energy backed by hypnotic arpeggio line. A throbbing bass adds cavernous bottom end in a work that sharpens the senses in exhilarating fashion.
Partner track, "In the Loop" immediately presents its deep house sensibilities with carefully considered opening chords. A bouncing bass line keeps the energy high and a rolling hi-hat house pattern is brought to the foreground in shining brilliance. Pitched pads and counterpoint riff mirror bass line in unifying fashion to create a work of organic magic.
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