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  • Release Date 2018-03-23
  • Label Proton Music
  • Catalog PROTON0391
In East Café and GMJ, two of the industry's most exciting names have forged a musical partnership that has borne fruit in the shape of "22". Included with the original track is a pair of remixes from Israeli and Australian stars. In Gabor Kaszas and Gavin Griffin, the progressive scene has been well represented with a host of high-calibre releases. Hugely successful figures in their own rights having remixed each other on a number of occasions for Clinique and Particles, the duo has come together to create something very special in "22". A typically driving rhythm, combined with intelligently placed offbeat percussion and hi-hat pattern sees a warm and rasping bass line provide the foundation for sumptuous melodies to evolve from the rhythmic precision. With textured pads and gloriously swirling arpeggio providing aural interest and incredible sonic architecture, "22" brings together the very best from the minds and studios of Hungarian and Australian talents.

Returning to Proton Music after the success of his "Recovery" EP in August 2017, Igal Magitman is another icon of the underground dance arena. A mainstay of the scene, his renowned live performances and release catalogue totalling some 300 production credits, has seen original and remix material signed to the likes of Global Underground, Toolroom and Twisted Frequency. A Proton Music career that began with early collaborative work with Brisker, has blossomed into a solo career that saw such renowned releases as "Cleaning Day" and remixes of Cristian R and Andrea Cassino in 2017. Now returning, the Magitman remix of "22" is a strong reworking, centred around huge rhythmic groove and rolling bassline dynamism that is full of dancefloor prowess. Intelligently using the melodic themes of the original and locking them to a tight new groove, the glittering arpeggio of the original makes its presence felt at the breakdown, before emerging again in the third movement with Magitman's plethora of additional production material in full flight.

A 2015 newcomer with a distinctive sound based on "lush soundscapes and twisting melodies", Andrew McMillan has been a revelation with his Doppel soubriquet. Live performances at some of Australia's leading festivals including, Subsonic, and Rabbit Eats Lettuce, have cemented an impressive reputation while a production portfolio has simultaneously blossomed, leading to a range of releases on the likes of Yes Yes and Bassic Records. Moreover, Doppel has been a regular on Australian imprint, Open Records, where "Melt" became a huge success backed by remixes from Jamie Stevens, Thankyou City and Retza. Now debuting on Proton Music, the Doppel remix of "22" is characterised by a strong rolling groove that evolves with intelligently reimagined workings of East Café and GMJ's melodic concepts, melded with a host of original production material and new melodic directions. The central arpeggio theme of the original makes its presence felt and the effects-laden affair brings a strong touch of class to proceedings.

With the dominant "22" turning lofty dreams into reality for East Café and GMJ, remixes from Magitman and Doppel only increase its power.

Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by James Warren
Mastered by Cid Inc., Magitman
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren