04/21 Andre Sobota - Signal (Tim Penner, Santiago Garcia remixes)
Prolific producer, Andre Sobota, has been a long-time friend of the Proton Music label since his early work in 2009. Recently reprising his debut EP with a 2015 "5 Years Outside" update, the Brazilian's original work, "Signal" in November 2014, now receives a class leading pair of remixes courtesy of North and South America.
As passionate as he is intelligent about the world he creates through his unique music, Tim Penner's passion infiltrates his music through every subtle nuance. A master of "manipulating frequencies" to create a blend of styles from techno and trance to progressive and tech house, the Canadian's work has graced the world's finest underground labels as his career and following both continue apace. His work signed to Stripped, Replug and a recent standout EP for Gai Barone's Afterglow in collaboration with vocal talent, Amber Long, Penner's work has stood the test of time and evolving genres. Indeed, Penner's own Slideways label has made massive strides in short order with a series of high profile releases, not least in the recent "Forgive Me", with another vocal contribution from Amber Long and remixes from Kassey Voorn and Chicola.
A long time friend of Proton, Penner's 2014 "The Tunnel" EP was yet another watershed moment in a career defining work that saw support from Guy J, Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Muir. Now returning to Proton, Tim Penner takes another giant stride forward with a hugely impressive remix of "Signal". A driving rhythmic bed and throbbing bass line provide a strong foundation for a series of textures, effects and glitched vocal cuts to swim enticingly across the stereo spectrum. Sobota's melodic phrasing is then reinterpreted in glorious fashion in a work of rare imagination.
Hailing from the Buenos Aries capital, Santiago Garcia is as prolific as he is talented. "Driven by an incessant search for the perfect sound", Garcia's influences include Depeche Mode, Gustavo Cerati and fellow countryman and DJ maestro, Hernan Cattaneo. A fan of "deep pulsating rhythms", Garcia's work has found its way to such celebrated imprints as Balkan Connection, Flow Vinyl, and a remix of Kieran J for inclusion on Cattaneo's "Masters Series" compilation for Renaissance. Furthermore, Garcia has contributed over half a century of production credits to his own Baires imprint.
His music supported by the 'great and good' of the DJ fraternity including, Nick Warren, Sasha and John Digweed, Santiago Garcia's Proton Music career began with a pair of 2012 remixes of Colourblock and Derek Howell, followed by a remix of the impressive Khen in 2014. Now returning to complete a quartet of remixes, the Santiago Garcia rework of "Signal" is an innovative affair that cleverly re-imagines Sobota's melodic phrasing through elegant piano work and subtle melancholy. Low-slung rhythms and gorgeous field recording effects add to a rich atmosphere while a huge bass groove completes the picture with subtlety.
A journey through trance to progressive and deep house has seen UK based Anthony Yarranton mature as both DJ and producer. His work characterised by the fundamental principles of "deep vibrating bass lines, energetic grooves and subtle melodies", Yarranton's music has found its way on to some of the most discerning labels. From Armada and Baroque to Lowbit and Dopamine, his versatility has earned him the respect and support of the DJ elite including Hernan Cattaneo, Dave Seaman and Nick Warren. A regular in the clubs of his home country, international appearances in Greece and at both John Digweed's Bedrock and Sasha's Last Night on Earth parties, have provided additional cachet.
A regular on Particles, Anthony Yarranton's rework of "Kiki" sees familiar deep rhythms married to a carefully placed stab that resonates throughout the track as hi-hat percussion brings body-shaking groove. Echoes of the original make their presence felt in a luscious breakdown, before immaculate rhythms are brought to the fore once more.
Dutch producer, Noraj Cue, has been submersed in music from a tender age as vinyl, piano and guitar played and important part in his family socialisation. Using all manner of electronic equipment and everyday utensils to satiate his musical desires, the rise of computer technology helped ease Noraj into the production scene. A half-century of production credits for fellow countryman, Paul Hazendonk's Manual Music, has paved the way for a rich and varied career as Lowbit, Balance and Tronic also feature on a high-profile list of imprints.
2015 continues to provide multiple highlights including a remix of Logiztik Sounds, while a Proton Music career in collaboration with Paul Hazendonk has seen remixes of Silinder's and Scotty.A complimented by the original track, "Emergence". Now making his debut on Particles, the Noraj Cue remix of "Kiki" is a deft reworking of the original that blends the pulsating melodies of the original with a chunky rhythm section and immaculate additional production, creating a new motif with echoes of the original's bass pattern. The result is a clever interpretation of skill and ingenuity.
Smooth reworkings from Anthony Yarranton and Noraj Cue have ensured that Deep Fog and Cream (PL)'s "Kiki" is set to continue in full swing.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Cream (PL) and Deep Fog, Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
04/14 Navid Mehr - Space Nomads (incl. LoQuai rmx)
Iranian born but now firmly ensconced as part of the Canadian underground scene, Navid Mehr has been a long time contributor the electronic music movement, seen now with his, "Space Nomads" on Particles.
Originally part of the Beat Syndrome outfit alongside Hamed Safi, the intelligent Mehr has been responsible for a catalogue of high profile releases under his former production name over an impressive ten-year period. A decision to branch out under his own name has brought no less success as a growing portfolio of original and remix material has found its way onto CHANGE AUDIO, Visceral and Just Movement. With his work already remixed by industry stalwarts, Silinder, Andre Sobota and Pole Folder, Mehr's work has received high-profile attention.
Furthermore, the January 2015 "Gathas" EP for Hernan Cattaneo's Sudbeat imprint including vocal contributions from the multi-talented Amber Long, has further cemented his growing reputation among industry tastemakers. Taking his bow on Particles, "Space Nomads" is a driving, melodic work that drifts enticingly with muted riffs that grow in stature and prominence. Echoes of Petar Dundov's evolutionary style are prevalent as atmospheric pads mirror the lead line in meandering manner post-breakdown, to create a work of impressive quality and high production values.
Taking on remix duties, Russian born producer, Konstantin Alt has become a highly prolific and successful name under his LoQuai production moniker. Beginning his experimentation in electronic music in the late 1990s, LoQuai drank in all styles from ambient and trance to breaks and drum and bass before moving effortlessly into the progressive house arena with considerable aplomb. Studying audio production at the SAE School in Frankfurt was a further catalyst to success as LoQuai found a home on Mistique Music with almost 150 production credits to his name, backed by further work on Clinique, Jetlag Digital and Balkan Connection.
"The Native Language" was a considerable success for Particles after its initial appearance on the "Spring Particles 2014" compilation, while a collaboration with Ewan Rill for the "Winter 2015" edition has also been a notable highlight. Using Navid Mehr's elegant melodies to gorgeous effect in the opening movement, the LoQuai remix of "Space Nomads" then launches into a huge swung, percussive offering, replete with deep bass groove. A sublime lead line slowly emerges in the breakdown before twinkling motifs, arpeggio and additional production create a work of real class and elegance.
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