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PSI2110 | 2021-09-03  
An artist finding notoriety under his Stories Of Others pseudonym, Joseph Dodd has quickly risen to prominence with a clutch of high-profile releases. 2018 and 2019 saw the "Edo Lake" and "4+6" EPs signed to Stripped Digital before Stories Of Others joined the Particles roster with a highly distinctive and memorable reworking of Color Ray's "First Light" in March 2020. Now making his full EP debut, "Dukun" is typically impressive opener as a fizzing percussive top line rolls immaculately across the near 7-minute piece. Trademark innovation is immediately in evidence as syncopated woodblock and rich melodies sit in perfect harmony while an evocative bassline adds weight. A smorgasbord of spine-tingling sound awaits at the breakdown before the title track hits its straps once more in the second half. Continuing the powerful sound design of its partner track, "The Clown" provides the listener with an immaculately programmed rhythmic foundation that revels in reverb-laden claves as a metronomic bassline sits perfectly underneath. Cleverly used toy box sounds pierce the sonic spectrum with imagination and ingenuity before a sumptuous layer of detuned and buzzing pads add texture in the latter stages.

A creative talent with a rich history of releases on the Proton Music and Particles catalogues, Erdi Irmak returns to the label for the first time since a 2019 remix of Hansgod, after 2014's "You're Either Guilty or Not Guilty" album shone a light on the Turkish artist's musical soul. About to reveal its sixth instalment, the "Hidden Arcadia" series on Proton Music has created a powerful vehicle for the Erdi Irmak sound while his remix of "Dukun" here, is a powerful reminder of artistic talent. Making intelligent use of the percussion found in the original, he creates a new foundation from which trademark organic synth phrasing and ethnic vocal phrasing flow elegantly. New motifs emerge at the mid-point in layers of immaculately harmonised soundscapes as rhythm and expert production technique create an imaginative remix to remember.

From the base of the Sierra Chicas, Julian Nates has been a rapidly rising star from his Cordoba home. An accomplished musician, proficient in both violin and piano, Nates has found himself featured on an impressive list of blue-chip labels that include Clubsonica Records, onedotsixtwo and Nick Warren's The Soundgarden. April 2020's "Luminism" EP marked a notable Particles debut as two original tracks were joined by remixes from Imran Khan and Ejaz Ahamed. Now returning to the label for a debut remix, the Julian Nates interpretation is a driving progressive house number that generates dancefloor power courtesy of a heavy kick and off-beat house percussion. A running arpeggio adds to the subtle energy while the overall melodic vibe of "Dukun" is maintained is intelligent fashion. Subtle variations come to the fore at the mid-point breakdown as textured pads create a dense, swirling atmosphere that leads into a second half where rhythm and arpeggio combine to impressive effect.

Creating a rich new narrative of spirit and magic, "Dukun" finds Stories Of Others at the height of his powers, ably assisted by Erdi Irmak and Julian Nates.

Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren

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