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  • Release Date 2016-07-15
  • Label Particles
  • Catalog PSI1622
Music collaborations in the twenty-first century often span intercontinental borders and with Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate no exception to this underground dance phenomenon, the "Crouch/Cursed" EP continues a fruitful and exciting relationship.

Requiring little introduction, Rick Pier O'Neil's long history in the dance music genre has seen him hit the heights of US Billboard chart success with his music featuring on industry giants, Sony Music, Universal and Motown, while remixing legends including Donna Summer, Stevie Wonder and Lenny Kravitz. Three decades spent in front of packed club audiences and generating numerous club hits has seen the Frenchman hit heights few could dare to dream of. The success of his RPO and Garbage imprints has also garnered universal support with Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia and John Digweed all fans. Well-travelled, finding homes in France, Spain and Mexico, O'Neil's work for the likes of JOOF, Clinique and Bonzai Progressive has seen the artist continually at the top of his game.

Originally from Yugoslavia and similarly well-travelled, finding homes in Australia and his native Serbia, Janko Dragovic has tasted considerable success as one half of the popular Progress Inn outfit. With DJ appearances across Europe in the late 2000s and appearances at the Future Music Festival and Creamfields at the turn of the decade alongside the likes of the Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J and James Holden, Dragovic's credibility is second to none. Coupled with an enviable production career that has seen Vapour, OLD SQL and Suffused Music home to his productions, a turn to solo activities under the Desaturate soubriquet has bought continued success. With Soulfire Downloads, Replug and Balkan Connection South America part of a growing portfolio, the Desaturate name continues to grow apace.

A Particles debut via the "Spirals" EP saw the Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate pairing hit the ground running before an appearance on the "Sudbeats 3" compilation confirmed their status as one of the underground progressive scene's leading lights. With remixes of "Spirals" coming from Danny Lloyd, LoQuai and Nicholas Van Orton across both Particles and Balkan Connection South America editions, we are delighted to welcome Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate back to the label.

Immediately demonstrating dance floor credentials, "Crouch" opens with a bouncing, grooved bass lines that sits perfectly within dominant kick and entwined in ticking percussive flair. Building with ominous intensity, a series of crashing spot effects add character and depth while a second mirrored bass builds the lower frequency range. Snare rolls and pads add club pedigree in a rousing crescendo to a work of skill and dynamism.

Partner track "Cursed" continues the up-tempo beat and bouncing bass groove of its predecessor as trademark melodic effects spray across the stereo spectrum, accompanied by a simple melodic riff that adds intelligent earworm. Pitched vocal whispers, redolent in delay, add a haunting texture to the running bass and dance friendly structure creating a cleverly constructed floor-filling gem.

The "Crouch/Cursed" EP from the creative minds of Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate finds the duo weaving a spellbinding display of magic once again.

Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren