DescriptionRich Curtis first drew appreciation from Proton followers with his remix of Colourblock's "Breed" last October, part of the successful "Sky and Fiction" remix album. Following this, the recent remix of Loacs Erepams "Stellar Wind" has brought similar praise and a relationship further cemented with the launch of his new "Resolutions" show on Proton Radio. Now, with striking 'Pop art' design work from Ben Mautner - Proton's very own answer to Warhol and Lichtenstein - we are very proud to announce the release of Rich Curtis's debut EP for the label in the shape of "Safety Thirst".
Queenslander, Curtis has been a central figure in the Australian music scene since the mid 2000s. Cutting his teeth in the world of promotion, as well as taking to the decks himself, Curtis has learnt his craft while dining at the top table. This helped shape his musical sensibilities and gave him an intricate knowledge of the progressive scene under the tutelage of, Henry Saiz, Nick Warren and fellow Australian native, Chris Fortier.
Responsible for bringing the world's finest DJs to his Brisbane home, as well as holding residencies in his hometown, Curtis' production career since 2010 has seen a similarly stratospheric rise. First catching the ear of Replug head, Henri Hurtig and leading to the "Square Roots" and "Remnants" EPs on the label, his distinctive brand of rolling grooves and dynamic bass lines have hit home on countless imprints from Lowbit and Sudbeat to Indigo and RELEASE. Indeed, 2012's "Lower My Voice" for Mark Betteridge's tech-based imprint saw a stellar line-up of remixes from Proton regulars, DNYO, Tim Penner and Ioan Gamboa.
The title track "Safety Thirst" is a perfect illustration of Curtis's core production principles as a bass line deeper than an arctic crevasse finds itself matched with a galloping groove, full of percussive dynamism. Melodic motifs then shimmer and glisten across the stereo spectrum in stark contrast to the heaving, pulsating rhythms below. As "Safety Thirst" then reaches its zenith, a huge wall of sound is unleashed before returning to its former rhythmic glory to a throbbing symmetrical completion.
Partner track "Deep Mophead" is a delightful counterpart to its predecessor. Instantly recognisable from the 'Curtis groove', a series of popping, clicking percussive elements form an intricate basis for a series of rhythmic stabs and deep bass line to register their intent. A subtle key-change shifts the emphasis and tone slightly as a sustained and musical bass layer, with a chorus of pads, marks a brief yet poignant pause in the breakdown, before a grooved bass line once more forces its way back to a rhythmically pounding, white noise driven conclusion.
Rich Curtis's 'thirst' for innovative dance floor sounds has ensured that 'safety' is far from the Australian's mind in the driving, dynamic music that is his epic two-track "Safety Thirst" EP.
AandR by Renee Ugarteche Mastered by Cid Inc. Design by Ben Mautner Text by James Warren