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  • Release Date 2018-10-12
  • Label Proton Music
  • Catalog PROTON0411
An artist of global renown, Moritz Rausch has continually shone with his Rauschhaus pseudonym. Making a very welcome debut on Proton Music, the German DJ and producer sparkles with "Opal", including a pair of remixes from Belarus and Germany.

A DJ schedule that sees him travel the length and breadth of Europe on a weekly basis, performances in Berlin, Cologne, Lyon and Liverpool have seen Rauschhaus wow club audiences with a distinct and unique sound. With a production career run in successful tandem, music signed to a host of imprints that include the likes of Eleatics, Einmusika, Steyoyoke and Parquet are but a few of the blue-chip labels that regularly feature his work. Now debuting on Proton Music, "Opal" is a sublimely developed track that bristles with melodic prowess. Within a melodic techno framework, shimmering motifs vie with carefully placed counterpoint melodies as strong beat and intricate percussive groove provide dancefloor dynamism that opens up in spine-tingling fashion in the third movement.

Belarusian, Michael A needs little introduction to the dance music faithful. As talented as he is prolific, a steady stream of supremely impressive releases regularly features across underground music's finest imprints. Work for Replug, Sudbeat and Balkan Connection highlight this talent as does a wealth of original material for Proton Music. "Orbital", "My Style" and "Aura Tears" have all made their mark since February 2017's "Bright Hope" EP and it is an honour to welcome Michael back to the label for a third remix after impressive reworkings of Luc Angenehm and Dousk. His remix of "Opal" is full of the rhythmic prowess fans of his music are accustomed to as shaker-fuelled percussive section provides a framework for a rippling arpeggio to filter into range with its roots firmly in Rauschhaus' original. A spine-tingling bassline sequence coupled with textured pads and mirrored chords at the breakdown, conveys an emotive new direction as Michael A hits the heights with an impressive remix.

An artist with a strong techno background, Bastian Heerhorst has developed a dedicated following from his Hamburg home. A DJ with global experience at venues across the world, Heerhorst's production portfolio features remixes from the like of Rammstein and Oliver Huntemann under a former alias. Exploring a more considered, cerebral approach to his music, the Heerhorst sound has found considerable success as work for Stil Vor Talent, Wasabi and D-Formation's T U S H music illustrates. Indeed, the "Seny EP" for BeatFreak Recordings included a trio of original tracks alongside remixes from Teenage Mutants and Soulwerk. A single remix for Proton Music in the shape of Michael A's "Depth" is now joined by a deliciously laid-back groove that takes "Opal" in an exciting new direction. Redolent in swirling new melodic lines and gently pulsating pads, a chunky new groove lays the foundation for a host of new production material to extend Rauschhaus' work in a stunning new direction.

A rich seam of iridescent light refracts from Rauschhaus' "Opal", further illuminated with remixes from Michael A and Heerhorst.

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

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