- Release Date 2014-01-14
- Label Apollo
- Catalog APOLLO1401
First arriving to Particles in 2009, Oscar soon found a home within the Proton family that has since flourished. Some 85 Beatport production credits on the Particles imprint have been associated with the Exoplanet name, demonstrating a multifaceted approach in both production and remix work. The various strands of this production philosophy ultimately came together in the full-length, "Nothing Divides Us Here" album for Proton Music, blending diverse themes with effortless ease and significant scope and vision. Going on to become 2011's best-selling release for the label, Exoplanet's work has been supported by some of the finest DJ's including Eelke Kleijn, Lank and Cid Inc.
A remix of Artette's "I Am" in 2010 marked Exoplanet's debut for Apollo, now followed now by a first, full solo offering in the shape of the outstanding, "Frosty Realms" EP. A thematically based triptych is opened by the deep bass groove of, "Unrelenting Cobblestone". A white noise static provides the backdrop for a bouncing bass line to wend its crunchy filtered path across a work filled with cavernous reverbs juxtaposed against delicately placed percussive interplay full of poise and uncomplicated presence. A haunting vocal sample accompanying the breakdown is a final component in a masterpiece of understatement.
"Trolls of the Tundra" opens with trademark sound effects and subtle stereo panning before a crunching, pounding kick drum announces its presence. Layers of sound gradually evolve, meticulously developing with consummate ease as a tape delayed percussive line provides an immaculately swung groove against breathy vocal "aahhs". As the track reaches its zenith, a series of delayed stabs adds further depth and complexity to a deeply impressive work.
Final track, "Crystal Garden" finds itself germinating from a bed of soft white noise as distorted stabs meld seamlessly with a pitched vocal motif, formants twisting into delightful melody. Stratified into component parts mid-way, glassy angular stabs provide combine with former elements to create a magical melancholy in the second half.
In the depth of winter, Exoplanet's "Frosty Realms" offers a warm embrace of enveloping soundscapes and white-hot innovation.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastering by Exoplanet
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren