- Release Date 2018-02-09
- Label Particles
- Catalog PSI1803
Exploring the themes central to the field of quantum mechanics, the "Quantum Tunneling" opener finds its core idea concerned with the ability of particles to travel through physical objects. The apparent paradox is expressed in audio form as white-noise effects and layered percussive cadence, combine with a raft of melodic tropes that provide an aural representation of scattered atoms through twinkling keys and rasping bass note that bores through mid-range in rhythmic patterns. Partner track "Through the Walls" continues the themes of its predecessor, extending the idea by exploring the notion of a "human using his spirit to program" the atoms inside his body to travel through physical barriers. A hypnotic note rises and falls in filtered and pitched glory in the opening movements as shimmering keys and a meandering crystalline lead find their path in the latter half. Encased in a strong rhythmic shell and stripped back percussion, Demitros' skill is to create a vivid and spacious image inside the listener's head.
Lithuanian pair, Kastis Torrau and Donatello need no introduction to the underground faithful. Securing legendary status with a string of hits that have graced the finest imprints, victory remixing Sasha's "Cut Me Down" was the catalyst for success and a raft of releases on Stripped Recordings, Last Night On Earth and Proton Music. The latter thus saw the release of the "Genesis" EP in April 2016 to critical acclaim with both tracks then finding themselves on Particles courtesy of a quartet of remixes. Now returning the label, the Kastis Torrau and Donatello remix is full of the trademark themes that demonstrate the duo's star quality. Intelligently paying attention to the themes inherent in "Quantum Tunneling", an epic bass pattern creates a strong anchor while a beautifully crafted new motif that emerges ebullient in the third movement, supplies dance-floor sensibility. Immaculate in conception, an intricate percussive section keeps the energy and dynamism high.
Nicolas Rada's production work has continued to impress with each successive release. With over a combined century of credits for Balkan Connection and its South America variant, the Argentinean has dazzled with a steady stream of original material. Also featuring on the likes of Superordinate Music, Soundteller and Sound Avenue, work for Particles saw the August 2017, "Sheremetyevo" EP, while a remix of Andre Sobota for Proton Music in December shone brightly through the winter gloom. Now returning to Particles, the Nicolas Rada remix takes "Through the Walls" on a typically imaginative voyage as trademark rhythmic flair, influenced by his South American roots, hits its intricate mark anchored to a subterranean bass. Building elegantly, a swathe of melodies evolves through the aural collage, always paying close attention to Demitros' original despite a raft of additional production material. Ethereal pads ripple across the stereo spectrum in spacious glory as Rada work his sonic magic.
As "Duality" revels in sonic symmetry with remixes from Kastis Torrau and Donatello and Nicolas Rada, Demitros' work resonates with atomic precision.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Cid Inc., Kastis Torrau and Donatello, Nicolas Rada
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren