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  • Release Date 2019-02-08
  • Label Particles
  • Catalog PSI1904
Making his original EP debut for Proton Music in summer 2018, Stas Drive provided another triumphant moment with his twin-track "Abyssal" EP. As Particles now returns to the EP, remixes from the Netherlands and India provide new intrigue.

An artist with a long-involvement in the underground dance industry though his work with Club Paradigm and as co-founder of the Klopfgeist label, Niels Schilder's Malbetrieb production moniker has been a byword for quality. With a strong passion to understand the world of synthesis and a 'fully analogue set-up', Malbetrieb's production work has seen him feature on a host of leading imprints that include Dave Seaman's Selador, BOg's ATLANT and Dutch behemoth, Click Records. Supported by such leading lights as Eelke Kleijn, Robert Babicz and Minilogue, the Malbetrieb sound has spanned a decade after a March 2009 debut for Magnitude Recordings.

A debut for Proton Music saw a stunning rework of Dousk's "French Sauce" in May 2018, while a contribution to Izzet's "Summer Goodbye" on Particles saw a sublime remix of "Timer Set". Now returning, the Malbetrieb remix of "Abyssal" is a dark and brooding affair with stripped back groove and authentic techno credentials. Echoes of Stas Drive's riff pierce the mid-range, waxing and waning in sumptuous fashion, while gloriously textured pads ripple across the stereo spectrum with ease. A dynamic bass pattern adds further weight in a spellbinding interpretation.

New Delhi resident and owner of the ever-growing Qilla Records, Kohra's star continues to grow in the underground dance firmament with over a century of production credits to his name. Partnered by Vipul Angirish under his SHFT pseudonym, the pair have ridden the crest of a wave with their unique collaborative sound that has continued to bear fruit since a May 2014 debut for Patent Skillz. A host of blue-chip imprints have since gone on to bear witness to the Kohra and SHFT sound including Steyoyoke, Perspectives Digital and Traum, with a further quartet of releases on Qilla.

A remix of Arthur Minnahmetov's "Hole", marked the duo's Particles debut in August 2017 and it is therefore a pleasure to welcome back the celebrated Indian partnership with a standout remix of "Modular Porn". Characterised by a seismic kick and techno inspired rhythm, the refrains of Stas Drive's melodic phrasing ripples into aural range alongside a machine-gun fire hi hat percussion. A glorious arpeggio with its thematic roots in the original creates a scintillating impact as a rasping bassline punctures the low end with ease. Subtle vocal flourishes juxtapose enticingly against raw analogue power in the third movement to create an inspiring and innovative new version.

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