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01/10 Huminal - We Dwell in the Past (D-Formation, Rodrigo Gallardo Remixes)
One of the musical finds of the past couple of years, Dutch pairing, Huminal, have risen the crest of a successful wave with a stellar collection of original and remix material. No better was this talent illustrated than with the July 2016 "We Dwell in the Past" original EP, the title track now receiving two world class remixes from Spanish and Chilean Proton Music debutants.
Dimas Carbajo needs little in the way of introduction to the dance music cognoscenti. Through his D-Formation alter-ego, Dimas has taken the underground scene by storm in both the world of DJ and production with over a quarter-of-a-century's experience to his name. Owner of ‘Beatfreak Group' business alliance since the late 1990s, the D-Formation name has thus led Spain's assault on the dance industry with his influence extending far beyond its borders. Winner of the "Spanish DMC DJ Championship" aged 17, DJ appearances across the globe subsequently followed in such cosmopolitan venues as Womb (Tokyo), Space (Miami) and Ministry of Sound (London), alongside such stars as Marco Carola, Carl Cox and John Digweed. Furthermore, an illustrious production career has seen the D-Formation name allied to a plethora of high-profile imprints that include Suara, Yoshitoshi and Toolroom as well as a double-century for his own Beatfreak Recordings.
Making his debut on Proton Music, the D-Formation remix is a truly joyous affair. A crisp new rhythmic shell provides a delicious dance-floor underpinning as the melodic themes so central to Huminal's original are given a new workover, intelligently entwined with a raft of new production material from the D-Formation studio. The result is a highly prized interpretation that bristles with dynamic energy and soaring synth lines bringing an innate sense of skill and technique to proceedings.
Chilean artist, Rodrigo Gallardo, from the Santiago capital in central Chile, is an artist who has shot to prominence in 2016. With his work for the massively successful Sol Selectas label, Gallardo's twin appearances on the number one best-selling "Summer Sol" compilation saw him become a huge commercial success, thrusting him into the deep house limelight with a unique and innovative sound. Beginning his production journey in 2012, the "Bachiana Brasileira No. 5" EP for Aires Music was followed a year later by a remix for Copycow, before 2016 brought even greater success.
A welcome debut appearance on Proton Music now sees Rodrigo Gallardo create a sumptuous laid back groove that brings an entirely different character to Huminal's work. Remixing "We Dwell in the Past", a gradual evolution of the emotive melodic sequence so central to the original, gradually filters into listener consciousness, lilting enticingly in its new rhythmic pattern. Weaving in and out of the percussive cadence in perfect harmony, the resulting work is a piece of skill and unadulterated joy.
Production soubriquets are a commonplace occurrence in the world of dance of music. Providing the anonymity and opportunity to express artistic creativity from a blank canvas, uninhibited by the weight of expectation that comes from the use of a familiar name, can be a powerful artistic force. Thus, a nom de plume provides the perfect vehicle to construct a new creative vision through rhythm and music. To this end, Rave Child and his "Oceans of Imagination" excels, introducing a fresh and vibrant name to the underground dance scene with an important and highly relevant message to impart.
A twin-track concept EP, "Oceans of Imagination" was written, based upon the state of the world's seas brought about through global warming and societal disinterest. The tandem processes of constant thermal expansion and melting polar ice caps, leads to ever-rising sea levels and a problem of paramount importance to our planet's future. Humanity must transform and adapt. Too often, however, lives are led in an insular bubble, lost in an 'imaginary' world and focused on the here and now. A generation glued to glass screens see lives measured in trite affectations and meaningless affirmations, oblivious and uncaring to the world's plight that requires immediate action. Government policies are replete with 'damned lies and statistics' and piecemeal change tantamount to wilful negligence. A revolution in thoughts and deeds is needed.
Opening track, "Imaginary", immediately hits a sombre techno stride with a huge beat that thumps through the ribcage with low-end presence aplenty. Evolving cleverly, a stuttered beat and a raft of percussive intricacy hit their dance floor mark through metronomic layers of hi-hat urgency. A cavernous bass anchors itself to the dynamic rhythmic section as a filtered melodic sequence gradually develops in the foreground to mesmerising and hypnotising effect, reaching its zenith in a sumptuous breakdown. Drawing to a thrilling denouement, a huge drop then brings back the rhythmic elements in the third movement, driving relentlessly forwards and creating a work that is certain to fill dance floors across the globe.
Partner track, "Oceans" continues the galloping techno themes of its predecessor as a seismic kick creates a running pattern that ties in perfect unison to an arpeggio bass riff. White-noise effects rise and fall in waves, creating dynamic interest, breaking up the relentless beats before chord changes and an evocative melodic progression juxtaposes subtlety and grace in highly intelligent fashion. Rippling outwards, a musical crescendo is reached at the breakdown before the tireless beats once more emerge, allied to a crunching metallic chord that jars the listener out of their reverie in scintillating fashion.
A success in Proton Music's recent history, Kastis Torrau and Donatello's "Genesis" EP has already seen remixes from the likes of Barry Jamieson and Darin Epsilon. As Particles now takes up the mantle, two new versions of "Ida" from industry mainstays continue the story.
Gavin Griffin is an artist with a rich and growing portfolio to his name through a variety of monikers, not least his GMJ production alter-ego. "With an innate passion for deep emotive electronic music", Griffin has found a niche for his distinctive sound propelling him to the upper echelons of the underground dance industry with his work signed to such blue-chip imprints as Vapour, Balkan Connection and Proton Music. With each passing release, the GMJ name gains greater momentum, his work supported by no lesser lights than Hernan Cattaneo, Fiord and Eelke Kleijn.
A growing number of remix credits have sat proudly next to the GMJ name as Dousk, Oliver Lieb and Gai Barone have all received the Australian's treatment. A catalogue of original material has already found its way onto the Particles imprint through the likes of 2014's "Forgotten "Wisdom" and November 2016's "Intimation" EPs as have remixes of James Monro, Deepfunk and East Café. Now returning to the label, the GMJ remix of "Ida" is an impressive affair, intelligently resonating the melodic themes of the original with clever use of the vocal phrasing so fundamental to the Lithuanian pair's work. Evolving elegantly, a new riff eases into play, giving a new dimension to the track in combination with rich, deep bass line. Textured pads and subtle additional production material make for an impressive affair.
Superstar French producer, Rick Pier O'Neil has been at the vanguard of the dance scene for over three decades. A man with cast-iron credentials to his name with remixes for Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer and Lenny Kravitz, O'Neil has charted a path few can match. Owner of the RPO and Garbage Records imprint, he has continued his assault on the underground dance scene with vigour and passion, supported by Digweed, Tenaglia and Cox. Similarly, production partner, Janko Dragovic, has seen considerable success with his Desaturate production moniker. With tracks such as "Inundate" appearing on Armin Van Buuren's "A State of Trance" compilation, the Desaturate name continues to make waves across the underground and mainstream scenes, in conjunction with additional music signed to Balkan Connection, Clinique and Cid Inc.'s Replug.
Joining forces, Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate have found themselves regular contributors to the Particles imprint. Impressive original material in the shape of 2015's "Spirals" and 2016's "Crouch/Cursed" EPs have formed the backbone of their output as the pair now return for a second remix after 2015's reworking of Danny Lloyd. Taking a typically robust approach to their craft, the Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate remix of "Ida" bristles with dynamic rhythmic joy as shuffling hi-hats and strong kick combine with a new grooved bass line that anchors the seven-minute offering. Torrau and Donatello's vocal cut is presence throughout as are a raft of cleverly entwined original components combined with sumptuous pads and additional production material, give a subtle and nuanced flavour to their remix which is sure to attract much attention.