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A rapidly rising star furnished with a gift for techno brilliance, Alexander Shtanoprud, has seen his Mondkrater production pseudonym shine brightly in the underground dance firmament, renewed now with his debut EP for Proton Music and the organic, "Mercury."
From the ancient city of Krakow with its culturally rich roots, the Mondkrater sound has been shaped through his work as part of the Mode B outfit. A regular on the Back Home and Visceral series, 2013's "Siebte" on Particles was a hugely impressive example of what was to follow as Alex took his Mondkrater name forwards into a bright new era.
Working in solo guise, the Mondkrater name has been allied to a number of high-calibre imprints. 2014 saw the stunning "Roter Planet" on Traumwelten and the "Siberia" EP for Klangwelt in January 2015 marked the start of a landmark year for the Pole having already seen his work reinterpreted by such luminaries as Microtrauma.. His work supported by Stephan Bodzin, Dominik Eulberg and Ryan Davis, it is not difficult to understand the frisson of anticipation surrounding Mondkater's work.
A Proton Music career that opened with a highly successful remix of Silinder's "Last Light" in March 2015 is now brought into sharp focus with the imaginative and conceptual, "Mercury" EP.
Opening with the title track itself, "Mercury" is an elegant example of melodic techno at its finest. A fluid, melodic phrasing twinkles in rich delays as a growling analogue bass provides depth and emotion. Sitting above a dominant kick and subtle percussive flow that rises in urgency with hi-hat precision, a crystalline lead motif pierces the sonic spectrum with its distinctive analogue character.
Partner track "Baryon" continues the subtle melodic flow of its predecessor backed by a stable of techno beats that keep the character of the EP in unity. A cleverly evolving bass motif provides the basis for harmonious elements to rise and fall as urgency is created with sinister undertones and a driving nature. Modulating synth lines ripple and swell with consummate ease as "Baryon" creates an impression Marc Romboy and Robert Babicz would be proud of.
05/18 Anthony Yarranton, Chris Johnson - On The Map
Originally part of "Fall Particles 2014", UK artists, Anthony Yarranton and Chris Johnson joined forces to create "On the Map", a compelling house track that fired synapses with sumptuous melody, deep, rich bass line and effortless groove. Now receiving a deserved solo release, the original is accompanied by two further remixes.
Between them, Polish duo, Cream and Deep Fog, have forged quite a name for themselves in their Yaroslavl home. A ten-year residency at "Club Reno" has seen Cream develop an encyclopaedic knowledge of dance floor success while work as a sound engineer has given him an acute understanding of electronic music production. Deep Fog is a man with twin passions both in football and music. Inspired the early sounds of Oakenfold and Orbit, the mid-2000s saw him enter the world of production before associations with Mistique Music and Soundteller saw the full-length albums "Wave" and "Whisper of the Heart".
Joint productions have seen a strong relationship forged with Electronic Tree while the original tracks "Kiki" and "Shantaram" formed an integral part of "Summer Particles 2014". Having already remixed Johnson's "Journey Man" at the end of that year, Cream and Deep Fog return with the trademark textured pads and glistening melodies that have become a feature of their work. Cleverly reworking themes fundamental to Yarranton and Johnson's original, the pair have taken "On the Map" and added intricately crafted percussion with poise and skill.
Under the auspices of his Kaito production name, Hiroshi Watanabe's relationship with dance music is similarly impressive. A graduate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a major in music composition, Kaito's move to New York saw his reputation rise, enabling him to DJ across a number of the city's high-profile venues including "Tunnel" and the world famous "Twilo". A number one US Billboard hit, work for Konami and three albums on the legendary Kompakt label tell their own story of Kaito's success.
A remix of Mango's "Chasing Birds" for Proton Music in 2012 was a notable highlight as Kaito joined the Particles roster with a "21st Century Remix" of Kacper Kostecki in 2014. Now returning to remix "On the Map", Kaito has turned Yarranton and Johnson's track into a shimmering, elegant work, creating a hypnotic beauty through its use of subtle melody, frozen delays and staggered beat. As sustained pads perform a rising focus in filtered glory, freeform motifs criss-cross the sonic spectrum with rare ease.
Two remixes from Cream and Deep Fog and Kaito, combined with a treasured original, has put Anthony Yarranton and Chris Johnson firmly "On the Map".
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Cid Inc., Cream and Deep Fog, Kaito
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
05/12 Olivier Lieb returns to Proton
Oliver Lieb has been at the cutting edge of the electronic music scene for 25 years. A true master of his craft, the German has continued to wow audiences through more than a dozen production pseudonyms, culminating now on Proton Music with the stellar "VY Canis Majoris" EP.
With multiple appearances in the 'UK Singles Chart' in the late 1990s, Lieb's production prowess has consistently brought reward and recognition on a global scale. Remixes for the likes of Faithless, Moby and Mory Kante have been part of that success, as has a strong passion for the whole gamut of music styles. Not wanting to focus on a single genre, Lieb, "simply created several pseudonyms for each of his different styles". As such, his L.S.G. and Paragliders monikers are still considered as highly influential in the 'true' trance genre with five albums in a decade in the 1990s for imprints such as Hooj Choon, Platipus and Yoshitoshi.
Since the turn of the millennium, Lieb has consistently remained at the highest echelons of the music industry. Over the last 15 years a host of production credits for Bedrock, Parquet and his own Solieb imprint have provided a conduit for an impressive techno output ensuring that the Oliver Lieb sound remains as relevant and important today as it has ever done.
2014 saw Lieb's long-awaited debut on Proton Music with the outstanding "Dark Energy" EP. The twin-track offering became one of the year's most successful releases, backed by high quality remixes from Tim Penner, Scotty.A, Silinder and Ioan Gamboa throughout the course of the year. Now, Oliver Lieb returns to Proton with the much-anticipated sequel as "VY Canis Majoris" provides real bite.
The title track itself opens the EP in powerful style. A huge pulsing bass line backed by strong, hypnotic beats provides a wonderful canvas from which a simple motif supplies a memorable hook. Judiciously placed against reverb-drenched spot effects and delayed vocal cuts that give aural impressions of deep space, the rise and fall in intensity ensures that "VY Canis Majoris" will keep dance floors very busy.
Partner track "WASP-17b" continues the huge pounding rhythms of its predecessor. A repetitive melodic motif sits neatly in the background before an elegant arpeggio makes its presence felt alongside trademark techno percussion. Echoes of Lieb's success in the trance genre come smoothly to the fore in the track's third movement before the dramatic, driving rhythms force their way to a hypnotic close.
A pair of exciting new works has ensured that Oliver Lieb remains a techno 'hypergiant' and the brightest shining equivalent of "VY Canis Majoris".
Directed by Jay Epoch A&R by James Warren Mastered by Oliver Lieb Design by Ben Mautner Text by James Warren
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