From the ancient city of Sneek in the north-western tip of his Dutch homeland, Ferdy Ouderkerken has formulated a rare blend of skill and production talent. Inspired by acts as diverse as Sasha, The Doors and Thom Yorke, Ferdy's rise to the high altar of EDM was rapid. Early work was signed to Global Underground alongside collaborative multi-track deals for Armin van Buuren's Armada imprint, Nick Warren's Hope and Eelke Kleijn's Outside The Box. With such an illustrious start to his production career, Ferdy has gone on to gain a considerable reputation in the underground progressive and deep house movements.
Always looking to innovate in his music, a strong partnership was forged with Particles in 2012 with a remix of Fran Von Vie and the "Keep Control" EP followed by the seven track "Spaceman" offering that perfectly illustrated Ferdy's dance floor sensibilities. Remixes of EP track, "Home Coming", from Pole Folder and Weepee followed with a plethora of support for his music coming from the likes of Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Warren and Jaytech. Now, Ferdy provides a sophomore offering as Particles is proud to announce the brand new "Crossroads" EP.
An underlying sense of melancholy runs through the sextet of tracks comprising the "Crossroads" EP. Opening offering "Why" combines a sense of tension through use of sustained pads and vocal treatments beneath a hypnotic techno kick and deep bass groove as echoes of early Delerium and Underworld resonate. "Time To Say Goodbye" provides a deep house moment with its low-slung rhythms, vocal whisperings and repetitive chord stabs as they converge to form a delightful swaying groove.
"Intention" provides a standout moment with its cavernous yet warm bass line that slips and slides against a beautifully crafted motif that meanders in and out of the light percussive rhythms and metronomic kick drum. Fourth track, "Agreement" continues the bass themes of its predecessors, accompanied this time by a shuffling organic percussion section that is filled with shakers and hi-hats, locking itself to the bass groove while vocal harmonies play out over sustained vibrato chords.
With perhaps playful reference to an earlier work, "8.08" provides a stripped back beat and deep house vibe is dominated by a booming kick drum and bouncing bass. As stepped chord sequences play out in tape-delayed glory, twisted vocals are mirrored atop to add a further layer of innovative texture. Title track "Crossroads" closes proceedings as its swirling pads traverse the stereo spectrum like distant waves. Before long a series of chord stabs provides a continuing theme against the backdrop of straight house beats. Lively effects once again make generous use of the stereo spectrum before a detuned lead drone and hypnotic vocal cut combine to create a lustrous layers of textures to close.
Brazilian Danny Oliveira is a rapidly rising force in the constantly evolving modern music industry. Under the production pseudonym, DNYO, a career that has produced music for the "Adidas 10 Brazil vs Argentina" ad campaign during the 2006 World Cup, blossomed as DNYO achieved success as a finalist in the Sasha "Cut Me Down" remix competition. The resulting remix for Last Night On Earth then hit the Beatport Top 100 Electronica chart, followed by a Progressive House Top 100 hit with the "Aquatika" EP released on the renowned microCastle imprint. DJ residencies in his Sao Paolo hometown plus support from the global elite including Hernan Cattaneo and Barry Jamieson, has seen DNYO's star rise higher in the underground EDM firmament.
Both the "Echo" and "Future Blending" EPs have confirmed DNYO's rising status among the Proton Music ranks as he now returns to take on Lank's "Likewise Flowing". A rat-a-tat percussive section opens proceedings before a thudding kick drum brings metronomic force. Cleverly extracting components from the original mix, a colossal bass line rides beneath a textured morass of white noise and pitched effects as an arpeggiated melody emerges from the aural soup before being sucked back once more into the all-encompassing bass line. Epic stuff.
From Southern Ontario, Canadian Tim Penner prides himself upon the guiding principles of "creativity, originality and experimentation", both in production and live performance. Sceptical of boundaries and classification, Penner's eclectic blend of influences has produced a rich and distinctive sound that has seen his work much sought after. Former resident of Toronto's "Viva" nightclub and supported by the trance elite of Marcus Schossow, John O'Callaghan and Armin Van Buuren, 2011 saw a foray into a deeper, more considered approach to his music. Work for Replug, Stripped, plus Oliveira and Penner's own Konstrukt imprint, has seen subsequent support from all corners of the globe and much critical acclaim.
The forthcoming explosive "Pyrogen" EP stamps further authority on Tim Penner's Proton Music career on the back of two remixes of Nick Stoynoff and Apologist in the earlier part of 2013. Tackling Lank's "Weirdo", a trademark collage of unique soundscape textures punctuate an intriguing rhythm section programmed with consummate skill. Simultaneously a stepped bass line emerges in techno fashion against crashing snares and a glitched vocal snippet referencing the title itself. Swelling to a rousing crescendo, Penner's remix is an impressive study in pushing musical boundaries.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by Renee Ugarteche
Mastered by DNYO, Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
11/26 Dousk, GRG are "Dead Mopheads" with Rich Curtis
May's release of Rich Curtis and his "Safety Thirst" EP provided another landmark for an Australian who has had much success with his immaculate blend of melody and rhythm. A body of work that has seen him grace the finest modern underground imprints such as Replug, Mirabilis and Mesmeric, has forged an enviable reputation that has been transformed further by a century of releases since 2010. Now, as "Safety Thirst" makes a welcome return, Proton is delighted to announce the release of "Dead Mophead" with remixes from two of underground EDM's finest.
Since an eponymously titled debut EP for John Digweed's Bedrock imprint in 2004, Greece's John Ntouskos has continued to develop his musical talents at rapid pace under his Dousk production moniker. Skills honed over a decade's experience in the highest echelons of underground EDM have seen the release of two full-length albums and some 300 Beatport production credits. The Dousk name has also found itself allied to the finest imprints in the industry, from Plusquam and Audio Lotion to Movement and Vapour. Indeed, it is with the latter that almost 70 tracks have featured including remixes from the likes of Nick Warren and Kasey Taylor and Logiztik Sounds.
With a portfolio of successes that has seen his music featured on the MTV Music Awards, CSI and Dr Who, Dousk's work with Proton Music has seen remixes of Tvardovsky and DNYO in the earlier part of 2013, coupled with the release of his own debut "Bisocial" EP for the label. Dousk now follows up his twin-track EP with a deeply funky interpretation of "Dead Mophead". A head-shaking rhythm section is combined with hypnotically grooved bass line as a stuttered, halting vocal cut provides a repetitive Motown moment. As the track develops, melodies and pads emerge to accompany a siren call to a uniquely crafted work.
Resident in London after an impressive early career in Recife on the Brazilian east coast, Georege Gomes, under his GRG pseudonym, came of age in a "life-changing" 2012. A former resident of the famous "Club Nox" in his hometown, providing warm-up sets for Armin Van Buuren while playing alongside Above and Beyond and Gui Boratto, provided GRG with the opportunity to cut his teeth with significant aplomb. Since then, a clutch of releases for Somebody's Story, Vapour and Replug have seen tracks such as "Stretch" and "San Telmo" receive support from Sasha and Hernan Cattaneo and remixes from Luis Junior, Andre Sobota and Kassey Voorn.
A debut for Proton Music in early October in the shape of a highly impressive remix of Silinder's "Penthouse" has already drawn support in the monthly Visceral compilation series. Followed here by an equally impressive interpretation of "Dead Mophead", a deep house vibe permeates as sustained pads rise and fall beneath a collage of beats and percussive chemistry. Simultaneously a series of reverb and delay-drenched stabs add to the overall atmosphere combined with a pitched vocal that brings together a remix reminiscent of the Orb at their finest.
With two brand new remixes from Dousk and GRG, Rich Curtis and his "Dead Mophead" are sure to clean up once more.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by Renee Ugarteche
Mastered by Cid Inc., GRG
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
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