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  • Release Date 2014-07-08
  • Label Proton Music
  • Catalog PROTON0260
One of Israel's most respected and hard working DJs and producers, Chico Shuella's dominance across his homeland has been matched on a global scale. Under his Chicola moniker, a production career that has spanned the finest international imprints, lead him to Proton Music where April 2014's debut "Maganda" EP illustrated a considerable array of talents. Returning to Proton once more, the twin-track EP now receives a pair of remixes full of Latin spirit.

Operating out of the Madrid capital, Spanish producer, Gonzalo Luque, has carved out a deep niche for himself under the Soulwerk production signature. A debut on Canadian imprint Whose Haus in 2011 paved the way for a successful assault on the Beatport charts as aural senses were caressed with a unique blend of melody and rhythm. A number one entry in the 'House' genre charts as well as a significant number two in the 'Overall' charts established a reputation that has grown significantly. The "Convergence" EP for Change Audio proved a huge success, as has work for Mirabilis, Lowbit and Cid Inc.'s Replug imprint. Indeed, the "Fraktals" EP for the latter went on to see support from some of the industry's leading tastemakers as Hernan Cattaneo, Nick Muir and Eelke Kleijn all lent their weight to the project.

A remix of Dousk's smash hit, "Look Good Tonight" opened the Soulwerk account for Proton Music followed, in March 2014, by the debut "Searching For You Through The Stars" EP which saw the full extent of Soulwerk's craft and production skill. Returning to Proton to remix Chicola, Soulwerk's remix of "Ghost Train" retains many of the elements found in the original mix with a clever interpretive twist that provides a "Big Room" sound that rises and drops with flawless ease. Additional production elements create a melange of sound that glitters and ripples above a deep bass groove and strong house rhythm to create a trademark Soulwerk sound.

Ivan Jaime's Dark Soul Project is the product of a lifetime spent in the creative arts. A childhood spent drawing, painting and playing guitar and piano, saw art, design, paint and music envelope the young Argentinean. Forming the Dark Soul Project from his Buenos Aries home, "atmosphere is the stamp of the DSP sound", deep in feeling and the resonance that frequencies and waveforms have on the individual consciousness. Striving for "balance between people and music", the Dark Soul Project sound has led to over 150 production credits for such impressive imprints as Sudbeat, Baires and Stripped Recordings. Furthermore, the track "Al Sur" has recently featured on Nick Warren's groundbreaking "The Soundgarden" project, funded by fan-based pledge campaign.

Making a very welcome debut on Proton Music, the Dark Soul Project remix of the Chicola title track sees a deep, rich and groove-laden interpretation of "Maganda". Echoes of melodic themes present in the original make their presence felt as thickly textured percussive layers roll with ease across a soundscape of white noise effects and LFO filters. The DSP "Schualle Room Remix" is thus an excellent opening to an incipient Proton career.

Two new interpretations of Chicola's seminal work have given "Maganda" the chance to rise once more in the beautiful morning light.

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