Huminal have made quite an impression on Proton Music. Returning, "Life Lantern" sees a glorious original twinned with remixes from Croatian and Russian talents.
Award winning producers with an ear for lush harmonic melodies and glorious rolling rhythms, Paul Deetman and Jelle Jansen have commanded attention with a rich aural tapestry that characterises their work as Huminal. Hailing from Amsterdam, the Dutch duo have been regulars on both Proton Music and Particles with an array of original material which began with 2014's "Acrophobia" and 2015's "Pocket Universe", before the Huminal sound graduated onto the flagship imprint with a trio of outstanding EPs. "Knocking on the Sky", "We Dwell in the Past" and "Macropsia" spanned a three-year period between 2015 and 2018 as the duo now return with "Life Lantern", a beautifully crafted antidote to 2020's defining global anxiety. Redolent in soaring analogue motifs that bristle with joyous energy, a rasping bassline provides the perfect counterpoint to the melodic phrasing. Evolving elegantly, filtered arpeggios and glissando lead create a joie de vivre that explodes in the third movement.
Croatian star, Petar Dundov, has been central to the melodic techno sound for a number of years. Operating out of his incredible Zagreb studio – the envy of every right-minded electronic music producer – Dundov's unique approach and immaculate sound design has seen the master craftsman feature on an array of blue-chip imprints that includes Steyoyoke, Bedrock and Cocoon. An ethos that combines the primal urge to move to hypnotic rhythms while the brain interprets complex melodic patterns, has seen the Croatian perform across the world at the "I Love Techno" and "EXIT" festivals alongside the more intimate settings of Tokyo's Womb and Belin's uber-cool Berghain. Making his Proton Music debut in June 2019 remixing Simos Tagias, Petar Dundov returns with a magical interpretation of "Life Lantern" that builds on the central melodic themes inherent in the original, extending them with hypnotic precision through delicately evolving and spellbinding arpeggiated motif that shimmers and ripples alongside elements from Huminal's sonic architecture. Combined with a driving kick, off-beat hi-hats and textured pads, the result is a stunning return.
Anton Make is another name that requires little in the way of introduction. Originally from St Petersburg but now based in Kazan on the banks of the Volga, Anton has been at the vanguard of the underground progressive house sound with his combination of "deep house, tech and tribal music". With a double century of production credits under his belt since debuts for Mistique Music and OLD SQL in 2012, the Russian has found his way on to such esteemed labels as Mango Alley, JOOF and Replug. February 2019 saw the "Aquamarine" EP on Particles before the five-track "Bulletproof" hit Proton Music in July 2020. A debut remix now sees Anton Make create a wonderfully rhythmic offering that builds in impressive fashion. Using Huminal's central melodic themes as a starting point, new motifs emerge in intelligent fashion while rooted in the effervescent melodic spirit of the original. A loquacious vocal cut adds further depth while new motifs continue to develop in the hypnotic third movement.
Original music from Huminal plus remixes from Petar Dundov and Anton Make provide a warm glow of humanity around "Life Lantern".
Directed by Jay Epoch AandR by James Warren Mastered by Cid Inc. Design by Ben Mautner Text by James Warren