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  • Release Date 2016-12-02
  • Label Proton Music
  • Catalog PROTON0340
June 2016 saw Portuguese producer, Pete K, excel with his debut original EP for Proton Music. Now revisiting the title track, "Utopia" sees a trio of new, highly prized remixes.

Greek artist, Dousk, ensconced in Patras, west of Athens, on the Mediterranean coast, has excelled in a glittering musical career. A much sought after artist in both DJ and production arenas, Dousk continues to excite with his unique brand of music. An eponymously titled debut for John Digweed's Bedrock, ensured a name in lights from career outset as Klik, Plusquam and Movement have all played their part in showcasing the Dousk name. Furthermore, some seventy production credits have found their way to the Greek imprint, Vapour, in glittering fashion. A regular on Proton Music since 2013's remix of Tvardovsky, the "Bisocial" EP stood as a landmark moment with the twin-track EP going onto receive a host of remix treatments. Reworking Pete K, the Dousk remix of "Utopia" is full of the trademark rhythm and bass groove that defines his sound. A huge beat and twinkling percussive line lay the foundations for a garrulous vocal sample to wend its way across the track's entirety as occasional melodic riffs and spot effect add depth and intrigue in a fascinating rework.

Australian duo, GMJ and Matter, have both been at the forefront of their country's underground music scene. Both accomplished DJs that have seen performances across the globe, their individual production portfolios are exemplary. Balkan Connection, Clinique and Particles have been staples of GMJ and Matter's solo work with the latter accounting for a number of impressive original GMJ EPs. Similarly, Visceral, has been a constant companion during Matter's production career thus far. Coming together on Proton Music for their debut original release, the "Superordinate" EP laid the foundations for a successful partnership that has seen remixes from icons, Oliver Lieb and Rich Curtis. Now developing their first Proton remix, the GMJ and Matter remix takes "Utopia" on a fast-paced percussive journey with urgency coming from ticking hi-hats and metronomic beat. Clever use of original components sees the remix retain the essence of Pete K's work as a raft of luscious, analogue melodies are part of rich additional production material that takes the track in a subtle new direction with scintillating results.

Dubai based Subandrio is an artist who has continued to make impressive headway in the underground dance environment in a relatively short space of time. Emboldened by multi, "Middle East DJ of the Year" successes in 2009 and 2013, a debut in the shape of the three-track, "Silcone Oasis" EP for Lowbit in 2104, began the Subandrio voyage as a clutch of further material has found its way onto Juicebox Music, Balkan Connection and Flow Vinyl in the past two years. Furthermore, an appearance on Hernan Cattaneo's "Sudbeats 3" compilation cemented a reputation that has continued to grow apace. A pair of remixes coupled with the "Black Box Between", part of the "Fall Particles 2016" compilation, is now followed by a debut remix for the flagship Proton Music. Thus, a chunky and hypnotic percussive groove sits tightly melded to a subterranean bass line, creating a delicious groove and swimming across the left-right spectrum. Sympathetic use of Pete K's original components keeps the essence of "Utopia" intact but a raft of additional production, not least in an intelligent new lead riff, ensures Subandrio continues to earn his seat at the underground's top table.

A musical triptych from Dousk, GMJ and Matter and Subandrio has demonstrated that paradise is still found within Pete K's "Utopia".

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