Particles has always played a prominent role in supporting new names. November 2018 is no different as we welcome collaborative pairing, Dual Flux and their "Escape From Awareness".
Comprising a pair of Serbian talents, Janko Dragovic and Goran Ferenc are well-known in their native country. Moreover, as Desaturate, Dragovic has forged an impressive production career, first as part of the Progress Inn outfit and second, under his newer Desaturate soubriquet. It is with Desaturate that Dragovic has seen over a century of releases with appearances on a plethora of leading imprints including Balkan Connection, One Of A Kind and Visceral. Proton Music and Particles have also played a significant role in the development of the Desaturate name with 2016's "The Unholy Mountain" a wonderful solo affair and the "Spirals" and "Crouch/Cursed" EPs with Rick Pier O'Neil in 2015 and 2016, and "Unite/Divide" with Forniva in July 2017, showcasing a wealth of production talent.
Now joining forces with fellow Belgrade musician, Goran Ferenc in early 2018, Dual Flux was born. Originally released on Bandcamp in October, despite Serbian label interest, Dragovic and Ferenc wanted to release their debut EP themselves, including all aspects of the production process and original artwork. Now debuting on Particles, "Escape From Awareness" sees a quintet of tracks take flight.
Featuring an eclectic blend of styles, from house and deep house to electronica and breaks, all five offerings features a wealth of instrumentation with guitar licks and searing solos a constant reminder of the duo's talents. The breakbeat and percussive patterns and piano chops of "Distant Futures" blend effortlessly into the smooth melodic phrasing and soaring guitar of "Sideliners".
The angular beats of and head-shaking rhythms of "To the Core" provide a laidback groove as languid bassline and filtered motifs blend with a repeated vocal cut. Continuing with an array of smooth melodic sequences and hypnotic four/four rhythmic foundation, "Depend" supplies a strong framework for rich, freeform guitar passages to ripple enticingly throughout. Final track "Take Control" provides a more up-tempo moment with frenetic percussion and slap-bass groove. Guitar and synth melodies bounce off each other with ease resulting in a highly original piece redolent in modern production techniques.
An innovative quintet of tracks paints a vivid picture as Dual Flux engage their creativity and "Escape From Awareness".
Directed by Jay Epoch AandR by Marina Gerardi Mastered by Dual Flux Design by Dual Flux Text by James Warren