Providing a late summer EP of the highest quality, GMJ and Matter once again showed their collaborative prowess. Through "Interscope" the duo created a stunning twin-track EP, now revitalised in 2019 with remixes from Argentinean and Moldovan talents.
An Argentinean artist with a rich musical provenance to his name, Nicolas Rada, has shone brightly within the underground dance fraternity. An accomplished pianist with an inherent understanding of musical composition, an impressive DJ career has risen in tandem with memorable production work including over a century of credits on the Balkan Connection family of labels. Moreover, it is with iconic DJ and celebrated producer, Nick Warren that the duo has found a strong collaborative relationship in 2018 with the standout "Land of Dreams" EP for Warren's The Soundgarden imprint a notable June highlight. Bookended by remixes of Eelke Kleijn for DAYS like NIGHTS and Mark Slee and Atish for Manjumasi, Rada's remix of Andre Sobota in December 2017 marked an impressive debut for Proton Music, now followed by a standout reworking of the Australian duo. Taking on "Interscope", the Nicolas Rada remix is redolent in a trademark rhythmic groove that drives the track forward with deep kick and intricate percussion. Using GMJ and Matter's original components to create an elegant framework, new melodic motifs make their presence felt as the track evolves. From the mid-point onwards, a chorus of additional production material sees counterpoint motifs play off each other in coruscating beauty to create a wonderful new interpretation.
The self-proclaimed 'double-headed dragon' sees Moldovan duo, Alex and Andrew take form as Lanvary. Both respected DJs and artists, the duo's diverse musical backgrounds have found them in much demand as they experiment with sonic ideas, "melting various ingredients in their musical kitchen". Making their 2010 debut for Underphunk Recordings, the duo has gone on to celebrate 150 production credits for some of the finest modern underground labels, including Stellar Fountain, Mistique Digital and Suffused Music. Regulars on Particles, a series of original EPs have continued to showcase the Lanvary sound as the twin-track "Micromegas" debut in 2015 was quickly followed by "Slingshot Ride" and "Penumbra" in 2016 and "Leviathan" in 2017. Graduating onto Proton Music, December 2017's "Venus" EP was a strong debut that went on to see reworkings from LADS and Soulwerk, while remixes of Matter and Hot TuneiK are now followed by a third in the shape of the Lanvary remix of "To The Stars". Creating a deep and subtle groove, Lanvary have fashioned a wonderful rhythmic foundation that bristles with percussive intent as a warm bassline supplies further substance. Simultaneously, a new melodic riff makes its presence felt in hypnotic beauty while a swathe of effects and innovative sound design give rise to the "Odd Galaxy" title. Using GMJ and Matter's components to inventive effect, the result is another impressive offering from the Lanvary production stable.
Remixes from Nicolas Rada and Lanvary have given GMJ and Matter's "Interscope" a vibrant new direction.
Directed by Jay Epoch AandR by James Warren Mastered by Nicolas Rada, Cid Inc. Design by Ben Mautner Text by James Warren