- Release Date 2014-06-24
- Label Proton Music
- Catalog PROTON0258
Finding a home in Brazil after touring the globe since the 1980s with a well-established DJ persona, James Monro has ridden the crest of a wave for several decades in a notoriously fickle music industry. Having set up the 4DigitalAudio imprint with production partner Grant Collins, Monro's musical pedigree is a match for any producer. Tracks that have featured on Nick Warren's "Renaissance: Masters Series" in early 2013 and John Digweed's "Structures 2" compilation, are the hallmark of a producer with gold standard credibility. Heavily supported by Hernan Cattaneo, Robert Babicz and Digweed himself, the track "Scarab" was also charted number one by Nick Warren.
Starting out with a pair of remixes as part of the Juan Deminicis and his "Behind The Sun (Remixed)" EP in October 2013, Monro's full solo debut came at the end of the year in the shape of the sublime rhythms and melodies of the "Fonik" EP. Re-envisioning Tim Penner, James Monro has taken "On My Skin" and turned it into a deep progressive number, full of flowing lines and house rhythms combined with a rolling percussive groove. A subterranean pulsing bass line, expertly filtered, provides a bedrock and the melodic themes from Penner's original supply a sublime resonance to create an expertly crafted piece.
Becoming one of Israel's most sought after DJs and producers, Chico Shuella has emerged from his homeland to become recognised as a global force in the underground music industry using his Chicola pseudonym. A regular at Tel Aviv's "Allenby 58" club and a residency at "Haoman 17" have seen him share centre stage with such luminaries as Sister Bliss, Danny Tenaglia and Carl Craig. 130 gigs a year and a successful business in the huge Israeli wedding market has added to Chicola's portfolio, as have a series of productions that has seen his work signed to Tommy Boy, KTA and supported by the likes of Laurent Garnier and Roger Sanchez.
Work since 2011 has seen Chicola forge alliances with Lowbit and Punta del Este, and a recent debut for Proton Music in the form of the deep rhythms of the "Maganda" EP, illustrating his burgeoning talent. Remixing "Strange", Chicola has taken the stirring, razor edged melodic themes running through Time Penner's original and combined them with a delightful lilting groove that hypnotises the listener over its near ten minute journey. Additional synth lines of melodic motifs add a further dimension to create a work of genuine skill and intricacy.
A pair of remixes from James Monro and Chicola have provided another explosive burst as Time Penner's "Pyrogen" heats up once again.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Renee Ugarteche
Mastered by Cid Inc
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren