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  • Release Date 2014-07-07
  • Label Particles
  • Catalog PSI1425
Beginning the year in suitably impressive style, Omar El Gamal's "But Her Bubble" EP showcased the native Egyptian's unique talents through a trio of tracks that blended soft lilting melodies with twisted, textured layers. With a catalogue of original material under his belt, Omar now returns to Particles once more, courtesy of a bevy of remixes from some of the underground music industry's finest exponents.

Joost van der Vleuten's Namatjira pseudonym has been a source of rare success for the Dutchman. 2010's "Late at Night" release marked a watershed moment. Subsequent work has found its way onto such industry tastemakers as Lowbit and Spring Tube, while a relationship with Particles has seen appearances on seasonal compilation series coupled with full-blown releases including remixes from Blend and Andrew McDonnell. Returning to Particles after a remix of Andrew Benson in 2013, the Namatjira remix of "Fusion" is an elegantly reworked piece full of the melodic sensibilities of the original, coupled with a wondrously deep bass and subtle percussive groove.

Gabor Kaszas' East Cafe production sound has been responsible for defining the modern progressive breaks era. A regular contributor to the Retroid run Morphosis imprint since 2007's debut, the East Cafe sound has found its way to Mistique, Stellar Fountain and Dopamine. Moving into the progressive house sound, Gabor's work has been celebrated by Hernan Cattaneo, Embliss and Matt Darey on a regular basis. Turning his attentions towards a reworking of Omar El Gamal's "Kanaka", the East Cafe remix is full of the trademark features that have made Gabor so successful. A deep emotive bass line fills the lower end and reverb-soaked arpeggios and twinkling keys combine effortlessly with rich pads and shuffling percussion to create a magical work.

Simos Tagias burst onto the underground scene in late 2012 after critical acclaim of his "Voices" EP for Lynx Records. Since then, the Greek producer has not looked back with further work for Stellar Fountain, Silk Angel and Electronic Tree supplemented by both original and remix material for Particles. A further remix of "Kanaka" sees shuffling hi-hats provide a rhythmic backbone atop a deep kick drum while a rippling arpeggio and carefully placed plucks combine to provide an effortless groove. Teasing out melodic themes from Gamal's original, Tagias has provided a classy rework.

Final contributor, Micah Lukasewich, needs little introduction. A stalwart of the underground scene for a decade, Micah's meticulous work has found success with Global Underground and Chris Fortier's Fade Records. A return to the scene after a recent hiatus, a new album for the Nexus Soundcscapes imprint has already found favour with Hernan Cattaneo. A Proton Radio show and label under the Ruhnsong banner have been further sources of success while earlier work for Particles is now followed by a typically gifted remix of "Kanaka". Chock full of intricately programmed beats and soft bass line, elements from Omar El Gamal's original are resonant alongside a raft of new production material as Micah's "Green Ghost of Fuji Forest" remix evolves to produce a stunning complex groove that rises and falls with consummate ease.

A quartet of new remixes has shown that Omar El Gamal's bubble is far from bursting.

Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Namatjira, East Cafe, Cid Inc., Micah
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren