"Talisman" is a driving dancefloor cracker originally coupled with Poison Pro's "Innovate" as part of Proton's VS series (which also gets a full release this summer). As one quarter of the quartet that comprise Intricate Records and with enough bounce to rival the recent tennis at Wimbledon, Alexey Sonar's original was a Beatport Progressive Top 100 best-seller with DJ support to match. As such, "Talisman" now gets the full release and remix treatment.
On the remix front, runner up of the Guy J "Azimuth" remix contest, Silinder, puts in a hypnotic melodic interpretation with the haunting piano riff from the original, centrally underpinning and complementing the remix treatment effortlessly. Watch out for a forthcoming EP of original material from the Dubliner. With recent releases on the Electronic Elements imprint, as part of the Armada stable, Greg Benz, long established doyen of the progressive genre, host of the Auruim show on Proton Radio and Hybridized resident, takes a funky progressive route with a sound palette and layering that makes his work so distinctive.
After previously releasing on labels such as Particles and Stripped, Italian duo Apologist last appeared for Proton towards the end of 2011 with their original track "Flute", remixed by Lank and Bambrook. They make a welcome return here with a typically innovative approach to their craft. Elements of the original take on new meanings within the remix as they intermingle with beats and drones. Finally, with original work on Twisted Frequency in 2011 and a remix on Lowbit in the same year, Proton welcomes newcomer Animesh Barthakur under the moniker Dual Drive. His energetic remix is a peak-time groover that builds to an epic conclusion, full of emotion.
Directed by Jason Wohlstadter
Additional AandR by Alexey Nikolaev
Masters by Henri Hurtig
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren