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  • Release Date 2019-06-14
  • Label Proton Music
  • Catalog PROTON0436
Released at the end of 2018, the first in Erdi Irmak's "Hidden Arcadia" showcased a quartet of sparkling original productions. As Proton Music returns to the series, "Hidden Arcadia, Vol. 2" combines a trio of new tracks with stunning remixes from German and Greek artists.

An artist with a strong tie to Proton Music saw July 2014's "You in Me" EP lighting a path for "Night" a year later, before "Hidden Arcadia" shot Erdi Irmak to global notoriety in 2018. Now continuing the successful series, "Falling down" immediately delights as a stripped-back beat and rich bass paves the way for a glissando lead line to wend its way across the mid-range. Glorious free-flowing piano phrases add further aural texture as a symphony of pads supply depth before an array of counterpoint phrases coalesce into a swirling whole. "Endless Way" provides a more upbeat offering with subtle intrigue in clave and woodblock percussion. A bouncing bass groove adds depth before melodic components gradually reveal themselves – a central trope holding true throughout while counterpoint motifs revel in a swathe of free-form, effected phrases that showcase Irmak's instrumentation skill. Providing a strong rhythmic framework with delicious rolling percussion, "Echoes in Time" is a work of a beauty as guitar and keys entwine in scintillating fashion to create a rich melodic groove. Pads and counterpoint phrases add to the sonic experience in an effervescent track that fizzes with vitality, emotion and a subtle melancholic intensity.

A talented multi-instrumentalist and music producer of global renown, Rauschhaus has found his music allied to some of the finest underground dance imprints that include Steyoyoke, Einmusika and Traum. October 2018's "Opal" saw a sparkling original debut on Proton Music as the German artist follows up on a rerub of Michael A with another remix for the label.
Holding its audio cues from "Vol. 1", the Rauschhaus remix takes "Owl" on a new flight of fantasy that explores original components while extending them with a plethora of additional production material. A new sustained analogue bassline gradually opens up in the second half, adding to the cadenced motif already in place and a rich arpeggio supplies a new hypnotic narrative. The result is an innovative remix with the beating heart of Erdi Irmak's "Owl".

Born in the US house music capital, Savvas' move from Chicago to Greece has seen him carve out an impressive career as DJ and producer. His music signed to such leading imprints as Anjunadeep, Nie Wider Schlafen and Motek Music, a trio of appearances on Particles including the beautiful "Mindfulness" on the "Winter 2019" compilation, now sees him join the Proton Music ranks. Disproving the adage that "Nothing Lasts", Savvas takes the track on an inspiring new journey. From its musical box opening, themes from the original resonate throughout as a strong beat and intricate percussive groove pave the way for elaborate layers of sound, sculpted from Irmak's work, create a new dynamic. Building with consummate ease, the vocal phrasing so central to the original creates a swirling new remix that elevates Savvas to elite producer.

Still in full view with a quintet of tracks, Rauschhaus and Savvas join Erdi Irmak in his "Hidden Arcadia".

Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by James Warren
Mastered by Cid Inc. Savvas
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren


Hidden Arcadia, Vol. 2