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PSI2106 | 2021-07-02  
To Ricciardi and Dope (PT) have an illustrious shared history. From the sun kissed Portuguese shores, the duo has found their music allied to a host of impressive imprints. To Ricciardi has been involved in the music industry since the early 1990s, subsequently graduating with a degree in audio engineering before featuring on a host of high-profile releases alongside the likes of Beckers, Frankey and Sandrino and Richard Dorfmeister. Joining forces with his compatriot, Dope (PT), the pair have made a splash on the Sururu Records, Flow Vinyl and Ohxala Records. Making their Particles debut, "Fusco" provides a sublime music box opening before emotive melodies sweep forwards. A sustained bassline and deep kick provide a rhythmic anchor as ticking percussive hats supply energy aplenty. A mid-point pause for breath creates a moment of reflection as the third movement explodes into life with a cascading arpeggio that drives the track forwards to its conclusion. "Lusco" provides a slower paced progressive offering that revels in luscious pads and delicate melodic counterpoint. Glistening in spring sunlight, the track evolves elegantly with intricate melodies, as a bassline groove and rolling percussion add weight.

A new artist pairing sees Dustin Nantais and Zoi take centre stage. Nantais has been a mainstay in the underground dance scene for almost a decade. A seasoned professional with a host of high-profile DJ performances to his name, the Toronto resident has overseen a successful production career with regular releases on Manual Music, Variety Music and Where The Heart Is. 2014's "Ideologue" was a notable Particles highlight as were remixes for Michael A and Rauschhaus. Similarly, Karachi born, Zoi, has had an explosive production career from his adopted Toronto home with releases on such esteemed imprints as Traum, Kindisch and Dream Culture. Now, making their collaborative Particles debut, the Dustin Nantais and Zoi remix of "Fusco" is a gloriously pulsating affair that captures the flowing melodic phrasing of the original while adding a swathe of new production material that blossoms in the second movement with a grooved bassline and heavy kick. Adding pitched vocal textures, the stunning melodic phrasing of To Ricciardi and Dope's work comes to the fore in a scintillating reinterpretation.

Pole Folder needs no introduction. A debut on John Digweed's Bedrock in 2000 shot the Belgian icon to fame while work for Proton Music since 2006 has assured his continued star status, as 2018's "A Glimpse Into the Past", "Serengeti" and the forthcoming, "Mara", clearly demonstrate. Particles has seen its own editions of these original tracks alongside remixes of Ferdy and Dante Pippi and Demitros in 2012 and 2018. Now returning to the label, the Pole Folder remix takes "Lusco" in a trademark progressive house voyage. Redolent in delicate melodic interaction, elements from the original blend seamlessly with Pole Folder's distinctive production work. A spine-tingling new bassline appears at the mid-point as a hypnotic motif wends its way across the third act in unhurried fashion, accompanied by symphonic strings and powerful beat. The result is a stunning new reworking.

Bathed in shimmering light, To Ricciardi and Dope (PT) illuminate Particles with their "Fusco / Lusco" EP.

Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by To Ricciardi and Dope (PT), Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren

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