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An eleven track odyssey through the current underground progressive house scene, coupled with a liberal sprinkling of electronica, the smooth, emotive sounds of Peter Martin open proceedings with the picturesque "Postcards From Brasil", before Canadian Biologik, provides a slice of four-to-the-floor heaven with the sumptuous sounds of "Caroline". A strong beat underpins a smorgasbord of melody and swaying pads to create a work of contemplative joy. The Magnetic Brothers pick up the reigns with similarly strong rhythms and delightful groove. Bass and melody play off each other as the Russian pair create a deep house tinged vibe of pure dance floor joy. Closing the first quarter, Belarusian, Michael A continues his rich vein of form with another delightful offering, full of his trademark groove, intricate motifs and considered approach to his craft.
Picking up the tempo with a quick-paced percussion section, Mohn (NL) and Aecium create a wondrous bass-fuelled work in "The Deepest" as it drives relentlessly forward, before a mirrored lead-line adds further force. Veterans, Ewan Rill and Loquai, illustrate their continued dominance of the underground scene with a cleverly orchestrated track that bears all the hallmarks of their solo work combined into a mesmerising collaborative effort full of soul and "Beat Meditation". Polish producer E.F.G., creates a strong rhythmic bed on which to lay the foundation of his "Home" before the ethereal vocals of Minette Fourie provide a moment of ecstasy amidst a maelstrom of delayed arpeggios and strong house beat. A second Canadian then enters the fray and emerging talent, Dustin Nantais illustrates precisely why his production talents are in such demand with "One Week to Live": a tour de force of running beats counterpoint melodies and dynamic bass line.
Luka Sembe makes his presence felt with a debut that is sure to capture the imagination as "Petrichor" takes the listener on a journey of heightened emotion through a series of complex melodic lines that rise and fall in delight, resolving to rhythmic glory in the second half. Reinterpreting Matt Rowan's work, Argentinean, Martin Etchegaray provides a low-slung approach full of house sensibilities and a vocal cut that epitomises the genre. A unique take on the Australian's work is sure to find favour with many. The legend that is Exoplanet closes the compilation with a sublime breaks-inspired offering that takes a vocal sample, twisting and turning it into a rhythmic form of its own while adding a layer of melodic prowess that only the Dutch master could summon.
Directed by Jay Epoch AandR by Marina Gerardi Mastered Cid Inc., Magnetic Brothers, Michael A, LoQuai, E.F.G, Martin Etchegaray, Exoplanet Design by Ben Mautner Text by James Warren
02/24 Soulwerk's Spiritcatcher [Proton Music]
From the heart of the Spanish mainland, Gonzalo Luque has proved himself to be a producer of the highest order through his Soulwerk production pseudonym. Operating out of the Spanish capital, the Soulwerk name has continued to push the boundaries of underground house music, further envisioned through the brand new "Spiritcatcher" EP for Proton Music.
No stranger to the music industry, Luque had already established himself as a successful artist releasing under such labels as Cr2 and Monique Musique before the success of his Soulwerk production alter ego. An accomplished DJ in his own right, Luque has also played in some the most high-profile clubs in Madrid and beyond including, Space of Sound, La Riviera, Soundays and Space Menorca.
Turning to music production to "express his most intimate concept of electronic music", Canadian label Whose Haus first recognised the incipient Soulwerk talent via 2011's "Distant Sun" EP. Within six months, Cid Inc. had discovered the Soulwerk sound, using his Replug imprint as a vehicle to launch the "Fraktals" EP supported by the 'great and good' of the dance music industry. 2014 has continued to be a momentous year for Soulwerk with a series of releases and remixes on labels such as Balkan Connection, FutureForm and Luis Junior's Mooseekaa.
A Proton Music career that began with a high profile remix of Dousk's "Look Good Tonight" towards the end of 2013, quickly followed with the debut "Searching For You Through The Stars" in March 2014. Going on to see standout remixes from Kastis Torrau and Donatello and Rich Curtis, the Soulwerk sound has been supported by such luminaries as Nick Warren, Hernan Cattaneo, Barry Jamieson and Kassey Voorn.
Now returning to Proton Music with another original offering, the twin-track "Spiritcatcher" EP exemplifies the Soulwerk production pedigree. The title track itself is a swirling, magisterial work that builds effortlessly over its eleven-and-a-half minute expedition. Redolent in sumptuous, pulsating pads and smooth, rounded bass line, "Spiritcatcher" captures the very essence of cutting edge progressive house, resonant with the underlying characteristics of both Pink Floyd and Cid Inc. A complex, percussive groove adds further depth to a work of impressive quality.
Partner track, "Chimera" continues the elegant progressive themes of its predecessor. Bold beats and dominant kick are accompanied by smooth hi-hat urgency while delayed plucks and clever melodic riffs play across a chorus of pads that rise and fall, pulsing in wave like formation. Teasingly revealing its multi-faceted persona over its course, "Chimera" is equally at home on both dance floor and headphone moments.
A growing force in a constantly evolving scene, Soulwerk has captured the very soul of modern underground dance music through his "Spiritcatcher" EP.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by James Warren
Mastered by Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
02/23 Vibrations from Ioan Gamboa's artist alblbum continue with new remixes from David Granha, Van Did
A Spanish native, now firmly ensconced in Berlin's techno capital, May 2014's "Vibrations" marked a watershed moment for Ioan Gamboa as a debut, full-length album provided a window into the Spaniard's musical soul. Now, five artists from Europe and South America re-imagine "Vibrations".
From Galicia in northwest Spain, David Granha's name has been a watchword for success and innovation. A debut in 2011 with a pair of tracks featuring on the "Spring Particles 2011" compilation saw a series of remixes including one from Gamboa himself. Now David Granha returns the favour with a compelling remix of "Roots". Beautiful piano sequences drift hypnotically across rain driven effects and soft pads while strings and vocal elements from Gamboa's original create a rich and diverse interpretation full of emotion and melancholy.
Award winning and multi-talented, Canadian artist, Van Did's music has been signed to the likes of Sudbeat, Traum and an increasing number to his own Grrreat Recordings. Remixing "Inner Circle", Van Did has taken Gamboa's broken beat rhythm section and turned in a four to the floor master class with groove enough to sway any head. Taking the melodic themes of the original, Van Did has created a stunning work of elegance.
With a distinctive sound, E-Spectro's work has been a regular feature on the likes of Nueva, Parquet and Stereo Paradise. With cross-genre appeal their sound has been a compelling fixture in the sets of Denis A, Luke Porter and Moonbeam. Taking the irregular rhythmic patterns of the "Signs and Wonders", E-Spectro have created a beautifully crafted, bass-fuelled track with the delicate melodies and stutter effects that pay homage to the Gamboa's work bringing the original's subtle spoken sample further to the fore. The result is a classy affair with trademark poise.
Seville born but Barcelona based, Brunetto, is an accomplished DJ and performer with numerous residences behind him plus music coordinated for Nokia, Red Bull and Suzuki across Canada and Europe. A production career that has produced three solo albums now sees the Spaniard debut on Particles. Reworking "Roots", Brunetto's interpretation is a bass-driven monster that modulates gloriously, accompanied by broken beats and Burial-esque touches that take Gamboa's work in an innovative and unexpected route.
Final contributor, Reykjavik606 is the product of a multi-talented persona with multiple production monikers. An experienced musician and live performer, work for the Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid illustrated the Spaniard's credentials, in addition to work signed to Boronzai and Xpansul. In "Overture", Reykjavik606 has taken the original arpeggio and turned it into a meandering analogue lead that sits comfortably alongside a collection of sparse beats that evolve into irregular patterns. Delayed and reverb soaked keys add subtlety and delicacy, juxtaposed against harsher sounding elements.
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