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  • Release Date 2016-05-13
  • Label Particles
  • Catalog PSI1616
Egyptian born and North American based artist, Omar El Gamal, has garnered quite a reputation for himself in the underground progressive scene. A professional swimmer, El Gamal's adopted home in Quebec saw him fall in love with dance music via Montreal nightlife. A DJ in clubs across the city, production work soon followed for the likes of 3rd Avenue, Stripped Digital and Balkan Connection. A regular for Particles since a 2014 debut, "But Her Bubble" showcased El Gamal's distinctive skillset with three tracks of impressive quality. "Hacienda" followed in November of the same year as the "Escoz Me/June Gloom" EP now continues Omar El Gamal's association with the label, backed by two remixes from Norway and Argentina.

"Escoz Me" is characterised by strong beat and flowing, modulated pads that weave an undulating path against a rich bass line. Syncopated percussion follows a hi-hat laden path as a glassy riff repeats hypnotically from the mid-point onwards before joining with all track elements in the third movement to strong effect. "June Gloom" continues its predecessor's make-up as textured pads create an eerie soundscape, reminiscent of the dawn mist of an early summer morning. A grooved bass line makes its presence felt as intelligent chord progressions and delicate sequenced motifs provide a dynamic energy underneath the aural melange.

Part of a contingent of underground dance producers coming out of his Scandinavian homeland, Norwegian producer, Espen, has found himself the product of considerable success. A regular on Lost Language, Vapour and Armada, he also found himself on Armin Van Buuren's "A State of Trance" compilation in 2005. A move into slightly darker waters saw continued success through the likes of the iconic Looq imprint as Baroque, Silk Music and Mango Alley continued to provide high-profile hosts for his unique brand of music. Making his Particles debut, the Espen remix of "Escoz Me" sees a throbbing bass and strong beat, tempered by subtly cadenced percussion and a delightful sequenced riff that shimmers in the upper frequencies, playing tribute to Omar El Gamal's work. The textured pads of the original also make their presence felt in a rich tapestry that is a fine and innovative reworking.

An accomplished guitarist of teenage years, Argentinean, David Calo, found himself drawn to the world of dance music, influenced by such iconic names as John Digweed and fellow countryman, Hernan Cattaneo. A DJ of repute, appearances alongside the like of Wehbba and Spektre provided foundations for a production career that has seen a considerable rise in fortunes since a 2012 debut for Axon. Tulipa, System and Sudbeat have all featured Calo's original work in their catalogues while a remix for, and appearance on the "Transatlantic" EP for Scotty.A, have hit Proton Music in 2015. Now debuting on Particles, a remix of "June Gloom" sees David Calo's trademark deep, tech infused sounds push Omar El Gamal's work in new directions. Retaining the essence of the textured pads that feature so heavily in the original, Calo's work brings a rich bass groove, hypnotic beat and reverb-drenched spot effects into sharp relief.

Lighting up the "June Gloom", Espen and David Calo shine a new light on Omar El Gamal's work.

Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Omar El Gamal, Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
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