Sometimes the most unlikely combinations yield captivating results, and Rich & Maroq appear to be a case in point. The founders of the Vergissmeinnicht collective have been companions on a musical trip since 2008: the methodical, determined Scotsman Richard Elcox and the flamboyant Peruvian Jorge Marroquin. At the end of last year the duo made waves for the first time as a producer team, presenting their debut EP Dreamer a stand-out release of exceptional quality that demonstrated to the media, DJs and the broader scene that their skills are not limited to memorable DJ sets, they can also produce remarkable results in the studio. Now Rich & Maroq are following up with Dreamer Remixed, inviting us to discover new sides to their musical production. Rich & Maroq have performed at clubs and festivals such as the legendary Bar25 (B), Secret Island Festival (SE), Hive (CH), Kater Holzig (B), Sisyphos (B), Wilde Renate (B), VMN-Lima (PE) and Kater Blau (B). They also started the first Vergissmeinnicht club nights and open airs. Performing in different venues in their home base of Berlin, Munich, Zurich, Hamburg and also further afield in countries such as Peru, Sweden and Poland, they have played alongside some of the biggest acts in today's scene, sharing the stage with acts from Ian Pooley and Troy Pearce to Alex Niggemann, M.in, their current studio partner Jens Bond and many more... Rich & Maroq steered clear of many social media channels for a long period and have largely remained under the radar. With their debut release the pair finally put themselves on the map. Music media outlets such as Mixmag Germany, Fazemag, TRNDMUSIK and Sceen.fm have reported on the duo. Press Coverage With the Dreamer EP (feat. Ron Flatter Remix) Rich & Maroq appeared for the first time as a producer team. However, Richard Elcox is certainly no stranger to the production game. In 2012 Richard contributed to the Secret Island Nation Festival Compilation (Darek Recordings) with the track Archipelago, a collaboration with Dirty Room, as part of a line-up including Ian Pooley, Demir and others. The track was well received by the scene and the media alike, and was even named the best track on the compilation by FazeMag. In early 2015 Richard Elcox released his solo debut - Spooked EP (Vergissmeinnicht) - inviting the listener to become lost in their own cerebral cinema with tightly woven grooves, crisp percussive structures and abstract melodies. Now Rich & Maroq are following up with the remixes of Dreamer, and they have their friends Soukie & Windish and Markus Kenel, highly regarded artists in the scene, on board for the remixes. The release of the Dreamer Remixed EP on Vergissmeinnicht will be celebrated on 18 February 2015. Timorous (Rich & Maroq Dub Version) With the Dub Version of Timorous, Rich & Maroq present a stripped back version of the original track, while still retaining the majority of the original elements. The EP opens with a simple drum framework, which is quickly joined by a piano arpeggio and a catchy bass. In a short break a familiar synth sound appears for the first time, and this returns several more times in the course of the song. Using deep synth pads, Rich & Maroq lend the song a prevailing mood of melancholy and increase the tension as more and more components of the original track are employed. The atmospheric break in the middle of the track, with its undulating, filtered synths and melodies, marks an initial high point before Rich & Maroq strip back the sound to a minimum at the drop. The track then starts to build again with the aid of break sounds until the piano arpeggio links the end back to the beginning. A melancholy, minimal track that will certainly appeal to fans of the original. Avalanche (Markus Kenel Remix) A dark synth pattern opens the track, and by the time the first bass drum appears the listener will be clear about where we're headed. For his Avalanche remix, Markus changed the entire rhythm group to instil the track with a powerful, driving framework. As for the synths, he retained the majority of the original sounds and gave them his own personal touch through his intricate arrangement. A strong track, brimming with energy for a full dance floor. Avalanche (Soukie & Windish Remix) The remix from Soukie & Windish also works largely with the original elements, though they have kept the sound minimal and reduced to the most essential elements. The track begins with a rhythmic synth pattern and rolling bass before building further with additional synths and a woody snare to complete the sound. In the middle of the track an extended break increases the tension immensely, reaching its peak with an explosive drop before the track gradually lowers its intensity and gently lets the listener go. Dreamer (Rich & Maroq Remix) We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dream. With these words, Rich & Maroq introduce their Dreamer remix, and they set the tone for the rest of the track. Softly filtered synth pads lead into an extended intro, joined only by an organic bell sound and individual percussive elements, until the vocal sample from the beginning reappears in synthesised form and a drum roll announces the main part of the track. A dry kick drum and groovy bass guide us through the track from this point, complemented by a dynamic synth pad until the elements are reduced once more to lead into a new section of the track. The following e-piano sound lends the song a new twist and alters its rhythm. More prickly synth sounds and vocal snippets add to the mix before it is stripped back once more and a melody introduces the break. After the drop all the elements are united again before being gradually extracted from the arrangement. A dreamy track made for the cultivated after-hour setting. The Dreamer Remixed EP by Rich & Maroq, Soukie & Windish and Markus Kenel will be released digitally on Vergissmeinnicht on 18 February 2015.