Recognising talent and giving them the platform to succeed, Particles welcomes Vidno to its family with the three-track, "Waves Are Miracle". Remixes come from US and Mexican artists.
A Polish artist with a rich musical heritage, Vidno has been a mainstay of his country's dance music community. Live performances at the likes of Audioriver, Gamma Festival and World Wide Warsaw supporting Robert Babicz, Damian Lazarus and Jonas Saalbach, has the seen the Plock resident help shape the country's dance scene from the banks of the Vistula River. Production work that saw a 2018 debut for Default Position and subsequent work for Crossfade Sounds and Suprematic in 2020 now finds Vidno starring on Particles. With its organic house vibe, "Cave" opens with atmospheric storm effects before settling into soothing melodic phrases that hypnotise with their subtle chord progressions and off-beat hi-hats. Free-flowing analogue sequences create a rich counterpoint phrasing that evolves easily either side of a stripped back breakdown and intricate bass groove. "Mirage 2000" continues the melodic narrative of its processor with earworm motif gently looped alongside polyrhythmic percussion and straight bassline character. An innovative piece, the track is transformed in the second half with a collage of textures and soundscapes. The melodic techno framework of the title track sees a heavy beat and typical off-beat hi-hat pattern form the basis for a flurry of filtered and modulated soundscapes to develop atop of deep bassline pattern. Subtle melodic phrases then emerge, barely heard over the textured melange and percussive patterns as waves of sound develop.
A regular across the clubs of his San Francisco home and co-founder of the hugely successful, Manjumasi imprint alongside talented countryman, Atish, Mark Slee has been a frequent contributor to Proton Music since 2015. Moreover, his July 2020 "Veranda" EP marked a high watermark with its three original tracks and remixes from MUUI and Juan Deminicis. A pair of remixes for Vitamindevo and Luc Angenehm in 2016 and 2017 marks Slee's appearances on Particles as he now returns with a typically innovative interpretation of "Cave". Taking the central melodic theme of the original, Mark Slee creates a trademark free-flowing melodic interpretation that has become so prominent in his production work. A gloriously deep bassline groove and rolling percussive framework adds dancefloor character as crunchy, distorted textures create further intrigue in his aptly titled "Forgotten Dreams Remix".
Another artist with a strong connection with the Proton family, Hot TuneiK has found himself starring with his "Heightened Senses" series on Proton Music in spring 2020 while a selection of original music on Particles has seen the Mexican artist deliver the "Erase and Rewind" and "Tulum" EPs in 2017 and 2018. Remixes for Roger Martinez, Imran Khan and Matter and Universal Harmonics are now joined by a superb reworking of "Waves Are Miracle" as the rhythmic cadence and subtle melodic touches of the original are joined by an array of additional production material from the Hot TuneiK stable as gated synths form a backdrop for a new hypnotic motif to wend itself enticingly across the 9-minute magnum opus. Building to a rousing crescendo at the mid-point, the track explodes into the second half with a bouncing bassline groove and heavy beat conjoined with musical tropes firmly heard in Vidno's original.
Directed by Jay Epoch AandR by Marina Gerardi Mastered by Cid Inc. Design by Ben Mautner Text by James Warren