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  • Release Date 2016-06-10
  • Label Proton Music
  • Catalog PROTON0327
From his adopted home in the French capital, Pedro Caldeira is an artist able to reflect on a considerable rise to prominence in 2015 with his Pete K production moniker. As Caldeira continues to impress further still over the early months of 2016, Proton Music is proud to add another new artist to its roster as Pete K delivers his "Inner Circle" EP.

Haling from Lisbon, but now based in cosmopolitan Paris, the Portuguese producer draws inspiration from such celebrated names as Jeremy Olander, Eric Prydz and Guy J. Beginning a production career aged 17 at the turn of the decade, the Pete K musical style has been developed from a melting pot of ideas and styles with the progressive genre at its core. With the techno deep and tech house genres also playing their part, Caldeira shot to attention through a remix of Rony's "Colour of Love feat Rachele Dione" for Sorry Shoes. Supported by an elite roster including Miss Nine, Thomas Penton and David Vendetta, a growing collection of production material that included original and remix work for SQUAD and Nueva has seen growing 'A-List' support from Marcus Schossow, Alex Gaudino and Ruben de Ronde. Furthermore, it was Armin Van Buuren's playing of Pete K's remix of Sonny Zamolo's "Lion" for Nueva, at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, that skyrocketed Caldeira's career higher still.

Hitting the heights in 2015 with work for Intricate Records, Perplexity Music and an appearance on Ministry of Sound's "Trance Nation Mixed by Simon Patterson", support from Gareth Emery, Paul Oakenfold and Jaytech continues to see the Pete K name firmly in the spotlight. With the monthly "Inner Circles" show proving a success on Proton Radio in 2016, it is thus with great pleasure and no small measure of delight that Proton Music now welcome Pete K to the label with his sublime "Inner Circle" EP.

Opening track, "Lotus" is a wonderfully crafted affair that is a study in modern production techniques. A supremely programmed grooved bass line fills the lower frequency spectrum accompanied by thumping kick and cadenced hi-hat percussion, while a pulsating arpeggiated riff immediately brings dance floor energy to proceedings. Emotive key changes and white noise washes in the breakdown prepare the ground for a high-impact crescendo as a set of textured pads and counterpoint lead line provide further intrigue in third and fourth movements.

Partner track, "Utopia" is redolent in the same strong rhythmic foundations as its predecessor with immaculately programmed rhythms and pulsating pads radiating out across the left-right spectrum. Building effortlessly across its eight-minute journey, a warm bass line supplies a subtle sinister edge as a rippling motif coruscates in the upper frequencies. Building to an effervescent zenith, a raft of side-chained pads creates a dance floor vitality that is certain to find "Utopia" on the playlists of the world's elite DJs.

A career that continues to blossom with each passing release, to be welcomed into Pete K's "Inner Circle" is a privilege indeed.

Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by James Warren
Mastered by Pete K
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren