DescriptionA success in Proton Music's recent history, Kastis Torrau and Donatello's "Genesis" EP has already seen remixes from the likes of Barry Jamieson and Darin Epsilon. As Particles now takes up the mantle, two new versions of "Ida" from industry mainstays continue the story.
Gavin Griffin is an artist with a rich and growing portfolio to his name through a variety of monikers, not least his GMJ production alter-ego. "With an innate passion for deep emotive electronic music", Griffin has found a niche for his distinctive sound propelling him to the upper echelons of the underground dance industry with his work signed to such blue-chip imprints as Vapour, Balkan Connection and Proton Music. With each passing release, the GMJ name gains greater momentum, his work supported by no lesser lights than Hernan Cattaneo, Fiord and Eelke Kleijn.
A growing number of remix credits have sat proudly next to the GMJ name as Dousk, Oliver Lieb and Gai Barone have all received the Australian's treatment. A catalogue of original material has already found its way onto the Particles imprint through the likes of 2014's "Forgotten "Wisdom" and November 2016's "Intimation" EPs as have remixes of James Monro, Deepfunk and East Café. Now returning to the label, the GMJ remix of "Ida" is an impressive affair, intelligently resonating the melodic themes of the original with clever use of the vocal phrasing so fundamental to the Lithuanian pair's work. Evolving elegantly, a new riff eases into play, giving a new dimension to the track in combination with rich, deep bass line. Textured pads and subtle additional production material make for an impressive affair.
Superstar French producer, Rick Pier O'Neil has been at the vanguard of the dance scene for over three decades. A man with cast-iron credentials to his name with remixes for Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer and Lenny Kravitz, O'Neil has charted a path few can match. Owner of the RPO and Garbage Records imprint, he has continued his assault on the underground dance scene with vigour and passion, supported by Digweed, Tenaglia and Cox. Similarly, production partner, Janko Dragovic, has seen considerable success with his Desaturate production moniker. With tracks such as "Inundate" appearing on Armin Van Buuren's "A State of Trance" compilation, the Desaturate name continues to make waves across the underground and mainstream scenes, in conjunction with additional music signed to Balkan Connection, Clinique and Cid Inc.'s Replug.
Joining forces, Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate have found themselves regular contributors to the Particles imprint. Impressive original material in the shape of 2015's "Spirals" and 2016's "Crouch/Cursed" EPs have formed the backbone of their output as the pair now return for a second remix after 2015's reworking of Danny Lloyd. Taking a typically robust approach to their craft, the Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate remix of "Ida" bristles with dynamic rhythmic joy as shuffling hi-hats and strong kick combine with a new grooved bass line that anchors the seven-minute offering. Torrau and Donatello's vocal cut is presence throughout as are a raft of cleverly entwined original components combined with sumptuous pads and additional production material, give a subtle and nuanced flavour to their remix which is sure to attract much attention.
With remixes of epic proportions from GMJ, Rick Pier O'Neil and Desaturate, "Ida" continues to be a rich source of inspiration.
Directed by Jay Epoch AandR by Marina Gerardi Mastered by Cid Inc., Rick Pier O'Neil Design by Ben Mautner Text by James Warren