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Balance presents Guy J

 

Balance Presents Guy J

One of John Digweed’s brightest discoveries of the last decade, the Israeli producer grew up listening to the Bedrock boss’ groundbreaking Northern Exposure mixes and Transitions radio show. “I think this is how I learnt about building up a mix”  he says. “He can do intro, build-up, give you a taste of peak time and then finish it, and you can listen again and again and enjoy the mix each time. It’s like a good movie.” It’s this focus on progression and evolution that makes Guy J’s music and sets so captivating, straddling the divide between deep progressive house and dubby techno with stunning flourishes of euphoric melody. On this incredible Balance mix, he has taken the essences of some of his best-loved tracks by other producers and filtered them through the prism of his own stunning sound, re-editing and reconstructing them to create a truly original listening experience.

“The idea of my mix for Balance is not to give just a regular mix of 80 minutes” Guy explains, “but to create, write and produce it.” This meant sourcing original tracks from friends and colleagues to work his magic on, as well as editing tracks less close to home and seeking permission to use them in his own special way. “I wanted to make it more special; to give the people who listen to it something that will be worth the time and creativity. Remaking tracks and remixing all thirteen of them to give a story is a hard mission – but I used every second I had to produce these tracks and to listen to what I had made.”

A truly epic reverbs embalms the yearning, ethereal strains of Flowers & Sea Creatures’ collaboration with DJ YellowNo One Gets Left Behind, as the mix gently, beatlessly begins (think Radiohead dosed up on a Valium in a vast church). We effortlessly segue into the lush textures and exotic instrumentation of Roger Martinez & Secret Cinema’s Menthol Raga, deep bass and a warm beat brought gradually into play. From these monotone depths emerge the sorrowful bassline and heady atmospherics of Henry Saiz’s Sante Fe, and a bubbling interpretation of a Radio Slave accapella that heightens the energy considerably. Juan Deminicis’ Once Upon A Time tempers the mood back down, setting up the seductive melancholia of Navar’s Phases Of Grief for maximum impact, all brooding bass and emotive riffs.

Pezzner’s mix of Pavel Petrov’Fever gets amped up into a hypnotic, head-nodding slice of deep tech house, moving perfectly into the rich strings and shimmering keys of Charles Webster’s Lanoirauderemix. Just as the energy is swelling, we’re pulled back down once again into the sumptuous sea of melody and warmth of his Dactilar Day One edit, the beat simmering down to near-nothingness. Again, it’s an expertly implemented lesson in contrast, the soaring motifs and heady vocals of Echomen’sPerpetual blossoming out of this pause for breath. Guy Matnzur’s I’m Your Country ramps up the momentum once again with hard-hitting bass interspersing heavenly breakdowns, and WOW’s Killaproviding a glistening penultimate slice of big room splendour. Robert Babicz’s Duba provides the dreamy swansong that rounds the mix off; another beatless beauty laden with spine-tingling emotion.

It’s all over too soon, demanding rapid repeat listening. It’s a mix to get lost in, and whose constituent parts are deftly blurred into the bigger picture.  “I think the tracks could be played in a club” concludes Guy, “but the way it’s all edited and mixed is more home-friendly… and of course, all music on this compilation has never been released.” This magical mix is sure to be a strong contender for one of 2013’s finest, and has everything going for it to live on well beyond those end of year lists.

Tracklisting:

1. DJ Yellow & Flowers and Sea Creatures – No One Gets Left Behind (Guy J Remix)
2. Roger Martinez & Secret Cinema – Menthol Raga (Guy J remix)
3. Henry Saiz featuring Fab Morvan – Santa Fe (Guy J Remix)
4. APM 001 – Migrants (Radio Slave Accapella) (Guy J Edit)
5. Juan Deminicis – Once upon a time (Guy J remix)
6. Navar – Phases Of Grief (Guy J remix)
7. Pavel Petrov – Fever (Pezzner mix)/DJ T Ft. Cari Golden – City Life (Accapella) (Guy J Edit)
8. Lanoiraude – Waitin’ (Charles Webster mix) (Guy J Edit)
9. Dactilar – Day one (Guy J remix)
10. Echomen – Perpetual (Guy J remix)
11. Guy Mantzur – I’m your country (Guy J remix)
12. WOW – Killa (Guy J Remix)
13. Robert Babicz – Duba (Guy J Remix)

Australian release date July 12th, 2013
UK/Europe release date July 15th, 2013
Nth American release date August 6th, 2013

 

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Biologik – Break Me Down

Biologik Drop Me Down

Biologik has been a busy and increasingly popular producer in recent months. With an impressive body of work already under his belt for Armada, Olaris and, most recently with the release of his beautifully melancholic track, “Autumn” for OLD SQL, Biologik has been a long-time contributor to the Proton and Particles labels. As a founding father of the Proton Radio concept, he has also been responsible for some of the best genre-breaking work and innovative sound design to be found on the Proton imprints, including the sublime “Winter Particles” track, “Sarin” which recently saw high profile remixes from Nigel Good and Color Ray. Not content with confining his talent to the studio, Biologik is also set to showcase his skills and love of technology with a ‘live hardware set’ in Toronto in December 2012. Now, as Proton Music readies itself for the release of Biologik’s debut album “One Month”, the first single from the album “Break Me Down” is released with a high-calibre remix from Irishman, Silinder and paves the way for the impressive body of work to follow. Biologik’s original is a masterful combination of tribal based rhythms, haunting vocal breaths and phrases and an intricate arpeggiated lead line that weaves an elaborately filtered path over the melodic landscape. All these individual elements meld together to form a tightly coherent song structure that begs for repeated listens. In September 2012, Irishman Gavin Mulhall, better known under his production guise Silinder, released his concept EP, “Corrupt” on Proton. With an acute awareness of the financial turmoil and polar opposites of greed and poverty in his homeland, Silinder went on to demonstrate a rare ability to represent these themes in his music. With over 100 track production credits for an impressive array of labels including, Baroque, Stripped Digital, and Perspectives, and following his breath-taking Proton debut EP, it is not hard to understand why Gavin has been signed to the Proton roster for 2013. In anticipation of his future work, Proton is delighted to have Silinder on board to remix Biologik’s “Break Me Down. His remix is bursting with elements that characterise his sound, as the low-slung rhythms and grooves build a strong foundation for hypnotic melodies to forge a deep and inspiring bond as they wend their way across proceedings. This is the mark of a producer at the top of his game where no element is superfluous. With Biologik and Silinder creating effortless works of ingenuity, both are sure to continue ‘breaking down’ musical barriers.

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KAZANTIP ANNIVERSARY COMPILATION BY DENIS A

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The First Official Worldwide Kazantip Compilation by Denis A. “Kazantip is not what you think of it. But, at times, what you dream about!” – Nikita Marshunok, the President of Kazantip Republic.

Tracklist:

01. Timo Maas – The Agent (Original Mix)
02. Guy J – Sahara (Dub Mix)
03. Guy Mantzur & Sahar Z – Things Like Us (Original Mix)
04. Ian O’Donovan – Crest (Original Mix)
05. Jimmy Van M feat. Brian Gros – Ba2ba (Original Mix)
06. Nick Muir – The Six (Original Mix)
07. Robert Babicz – The Bridge (Original Mix)
08. Luis Junior – Move On (Original MIx)
09. Denis A – Sirius (Original Mix)
10. Beeswax & Tech D – Smooth Vibes (Original Mix)
11. Cid Inc – Indigene (Original Mix)
12. David Granha – Some Or Any (Original Mix)
13. Dibby Dougherty & David Young – Now You Have Everything (Original Mix)
14. Fran Von Vie – A Hole In My Heart (Original Mix)
15. Francois Dubois & Jay Leblone – Spanish Fly (Original Mix)
16. Monkey Brothers – Leaving (Original Mix)
17. Taboo – Inception (Original Mix)
18. Luis Bondio & Kevin Di Serna – Antares (Original Mix)

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LF004 Guy – VAGA / WE DO IT BEST

 

A young artist with exceptional musical talent, able to create the most amazing music and with the vision and drive to develop his own distinct imprint is most definitely someone to take notice of. Guy Js debut label release, Lost & Found, showcased his extraordinary talents perfectly, now he returns with Vaga and We Do It Best, once again showing that Guy J can push melodic emotion buttons like no other. With Vaga, he waves his hypnotic magic, building an astonishingly powerful track that seems to build forever upwards to euphoric heaven before dropping back to an irresistible groove-based finale. From here, We Do It Best continues the theme with a heavier, heads-down, hot and sweaty, late night dark dance floor attitude, gradually turning up the pressure, until the very last drop of emotion has poured out of the speakers. Two more masterful creations from Guy J, there can be no doubt that he is one of the standout electronic artists in the world today.

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