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  • Release Date 2014-08-12
  • Label Proton Music
  • Catalog PROTON0263
Finding favour with upper strata of the DJ community, Gonzalo Luque took his Soulwerk production moniker to new heights with his "Searching For You Through The Stars" magnum opus. Originally launched in March 2014, the twin-track EP saw support through John Digweed and Nick Warren and an audience of thousands. Returning to Proton once more, "The Lost Paradise" now takes centre stage with brand new interpretations from Australia and Lithuania's finest producers.

From the 'Gold Coast' in western Australia, Rich Curtis has forged an envious reputation as DJ, promoter and in-demand music producer. Responsible for bringing such names as Anthony Pappa and Hernan Cattaneo to his Brisbane hometown, Curtis is not only credited with the first appearance of the Argentinean to club "Ulterior", but also with performing alongside the superstar names of Henry Saiz, Charlie May, Marc Romboy and a host of others. Production work has seen Curtis shine brighter still, and well over a century of production credits tell its own story of rapidly rising success. Since a debut for Cid Inc.'s Replug in 2010, the subsequent years has seen Curtis' work feature on the finest modern labels including Lowbit, Tulipa and FutureForm. Furthermore, 2012's "Open Other End" EP for Cattaneo's Sudbeat label was recently supplemented by an appearance on the Top 10 best-selling "Sudbeats 2" compilation, mixed by Pole Folder.

Working his production magic on "The Lost Paradise", the Rich Curtis remix elegantly takes the themes found in the original and transforms them with hypnotic groove and precision detail. A deep, warm bass, scintillating arpeggio and rapid shakers keep the energy high as soft lilting pads, strings and melodic motifs drift enticingly above in exquisite juxtaposition.

From the heart of the Baltics, Lithuanians, Kastis Torrau and Donatello have developed a fearsome reputation for producing some of the finest cutting edge dance music. With a residency at their country's biggest club, "Exit", the duo has shared DJ booths with the entire universe of world stars. Hernan Cattaneo, Steve Lawler, James Zabiela and legion others have stood alongside them as multiple DJ awards sit proudly next to Torrau, and Donatello handpicked to join Lithuania's ATARI agency. A stellar production career has neatly dovetailed with live performance and victory in Sasha's "Cu Me Down" remix competition ensured immediate worldwide attention. Further releases on Last Night On Earth coupled with a portfolio that includes Stripped, ARVA and Hope among its names, has seen Torrau and Donatello hit the heights with impressive regularity.

Making their debut on Proton Music, the Kastis Torrau and Donatello reworking of Soulwerk is a master study in production technique. A delightful trademark bass undulates underneath chunky, driving rhythms and seductive groove. Vocal cuts from the original, provide an identifiable stamp from "The Lost Paradise", as do sumptuous strings and light, airy motifs dancing on a sun-dappled jungle canopy.

With two new remixes from Rich Curtis and Kastis Torrau and Donatello, Soulwerk has certainly rediscovered "The Lost Paradise".

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


The Lost Paradise

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