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Small Wonders

Navar, Dmitry Molosh

Proportion
P003 | 2022-06-10  
As Proportion continues to grow apace, an all-star cast assembles for the label's third release
with iconic figures from South America and Europe combining on "Small Wonder".
Joining label head-honcho, Dmitry Molosh, on the original track, Navar is an artist with a rich
musical heritage. With music signed to such esteemed imprints as Roger Martinez's Higher
States, Guy J's Lost and Found and GMJ and Matter's Meanwhile, the Dutch producer has always
stayed away from a standard musical formula. Such an approach has enabled him to produce a
vintage selection of innovative and praiseworthy music. "Small Wonder" is thus a driving
rhythmic gem that glitters with percussive verve and sultry bassline groove. Evolving elegantly,
filtered motifs combine as a smooth arpeggio makes a fleeting first appearance. A cascading
breakdown of melodic layers appears at the breakdown before the third movement erupts in a
synergy of rhythmic and melodic force where arpeggios and bass combine with heavy kick in a
dancefloor masterpiece.
Hernan Cattaneo requires no introduction to the underground dance fraternity. A household
name and legendary figure across South America and the global stage, the Argentinean
showcases his immaculately blended DJ sets to thousands of club-goers on a weekly basis as
he demonstrates an unrivalled commitment and passion to his craft. As owner of the
internationally recognised Sudbeat Music, El Maestro has always found a vehicle for his
production work, whether on his own label or a host of others. A regular collaborator with like-
minded musicians, a score of credits can be found with fellow countryman, Marcelo Vasami,
who is also a powerful force with regular DJ sets across Argentina and support for his multi-
faceted productions on Hope, Afterglow and Replug, from the global DJ elite. Formerly
combining on the likes of Timeless Moment, Vapour Recordings and ICONYC, the Hernan
Cattaneo and Marcelo Vasami remix is a rolling rhythmic jewel that sparkles with head-shaking
percussion and deep kick. Imaginatively using elements from "Small Wonder", the arpeggio so
central to the original waxes and wanes alongside a plethora of additional production material.
Swathes of white-noise washes and textured pads add to the haunting atmosphere in a track
that blossoms post-breakdown with dancefloor bliss.
The final remix sees a third Argentinean enter the remix arena as Mike Griego makes a
welcome first appearance on Proportion. An artist with over a century of production credits to his
name across a 13-year career, a 2009 debut for Atlantdigital saw Griego go on to release
regularly on such blue-chip imprints as Sudbeat, Plattenbank, microCastle and Cid Inc.'s
Replug. A pair of remixes of Kasper Koman's number one selling "In Circles" for Juicebox Music
witnessed Griego's first outing in 2022 as he now continues that success with a compelling
interpretation of "Small Wonder". A chest-thumping beat and ticking percussive groove combine
with seismic bass groove in a dark and brooding affair before lighter synth motifs from Molosh and
Navar's original flow atop in stark juxtaposition. Creamy pads and choral swells add another
musical conduit post-breakdown as the innovative bassline cadence creates a new sonic
tension in an impressive new reworking.
With such an impressive array of talent on display, it is "Little Wonder" that the Dmitry Molosh and
Navar partnership is destined for success.

Text by James Warren
Mastered by Cid Inc Mastering

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