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  • Release Date 2019-04-26
  • Label Proton Music
  • Catalog PROTON0430
A new collaborative pairing courtesy of the Belgian and Dutch lowlands, Senses of Mind debut on Proton Music with their "Spirits of Africa".

From 'two atoms smashed together with enough force to combine them as a single powerful source', Senses of Mind have taken their place in the underground musical universe. Through the talents of Kynan Cosma and Miles Vanderlooven, the duo have already found themselves featured on Somatic Records and Steyoyoke in the early part of 2019. Debuting on Proton Music, the title track is a glorious sonic melange full of African vocal phrasing and tribal rhythms that epitomise afro house. A wonderfully phrased analogue bassline adds depth and power in raw and unfettered sonic joy, before and after a stripped back breakdown that presents a rousing crescendo and dancefloor sensibilities. Partner track, "After Earth" continues the penchant for analogue power courtesy of a bold and powerful glissando phrase, reminiscent of Daft Punk in "Tron Legacy" guise and providing the perfect corollary for a shimmering arpeggio that mesmerises across the mid-range. A chest-thumping kick provides a pounding beat and shaker-fuelled percussive groove keeps the energy high throughout.

A name synonymous with the burgeoning progressive house movement of the mid-2000s, the name, Pole Folder is set in the annals of dance music with his debut work for Bedrock Records. Through the iconic and timeless "Zero Gold" album, redolent in vocal performance from the legendary, Kirsty Hawkshaw, Pole Folder has never looked back. A regular on Proton Music since April 2006's "Protected" EP, a remix of Michael A's "Orbital" in December 2017, followed by the wonderful "A Glimpse into the Past", in July 2018, saw Pole Folder at his finest. Now returning, the Belgian's remix of "Spirits of Africa" immediately delights with its use of the vocal phrases from Senses of Mind, before creating a wonderful new melodic structure and chord progression that fits inside the original like a silky glove. A glorious second half is full of textured pads and sumptuous additional lead lines that epitomises why Pole Folder is still such a sought-after producer in 2019.

A whirlwind of activity that includes a full-length album and over 400 production credits to his name, Erdi Irmak continues to represent the vanguard of underground music. With his amalgam of western sounds fused with those of his Turkish homeland, Erdi has continued to push the boundaries of traditional dance music. A regular across both Particles and Proton Music, 2015's "Night" EP for the latter, followed by December 2018's "Hidden Arcadia, Vol. 1" marked another significant contribution for the label as he now returns to remix Senses of Mind. Retaining the familiar melodic structures of the original, a host of additional production material characterises the Erdi Irmak remix of "Spirits of Africa". Mesmeric melodic phrases pave the way for familiar vocal refrains to echo the themes found in the original, but a glorious array of new tribal rhythm and ambient effects create an impressive new variation that is sure to find favour with fans and peers alike.

With Sense of Mind invoking new "Spirits of Africa", remixes from Pole Folder and Erdi Irmak continue on a path of unique exploration.

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


Spirits of Africa