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Dream State (Stas Drive, Orsen Remixes)

Roger Martinez

Proton Music
PROTON0362 | 2017-06-23  
In the early part of 2017, Dutch super-producer, Roger Martinez, graced the Proton Music catalogues with the deep rich grooves of his "Dream State" EP. As we now return to Martinez's twin-track offering, a pair of remixes from Ukrainian and UK talents provides new sustenance.

Consistently managing to make his mark within the underground dance industry, Stas Drive has remained at the forefront of both Ukraine and Russia's electronic music scene. A highly-regarded DJ, producer and promoter, his performances behind the decks at the likes of the famous Kazantip festival, have earned Stas a strong reputation across continental Europe. Production talent has shone in tandem with work in the live arena and a double century of credits tell their own story about the success of the Stas Drive sound. An appearance on Nick Warren's ground-breaking "The Soundgarden" in June 2014 with the beautiful "Arujna", coupled with a remix of Navid Mehr for Sudbeat in January 2015, have been notable career highlights as Stas has seen his music supported by a DJ elite that includes, Cattaneo, Sasha and Digweed. Furthermore, Stas has become a regular on the uber-cool Chapter 24 Records imprint with several high-profile releases planned throughout the remainder of 2017.

A pair of remixes of Scotty.A and Navar in 2015 and 2016 have illuminated the Stas Drive production talent thus far and it is a delight to welcome him back to Proton Music for a third time with an impeccable reworking of Roger Martinez. Taking a fresh, new approach to "Deep", the Stas Drive remix is full of hallmark rhythmic subtlety and melodic variation. Underpinned by a throbbing bass groove and sinister edge, melodic effects pepper the mid-range frequencies alongside textured pads and a modulated ambient bed that creates an eerie atmosphere. The result is an impressive and innovative rework with clever use of Martinez's original components.

UK born and Austrian based, Dan Baseley is a name that has discovered a rising tide of success with his Orsen soubriquet since a 2014 debut for Optimized Recordings. An artist with a unique approach to his craft, his vision flows through a "love for multiple styles of electronic music, unusual field recordings and sound design". With such attention to detail, Orsen's magnetic field has attracted support from fans and peers across the globe with his music played by such luminaries as Nick Warren, Guy J and Hernan Cattaneo. The "Komorebi" EP for the latter's Sudbeat imprint in early 2016 highlighted this exalted position, as has work for Perspectives Digital, 3rd Avenue and Replug. Furthermore, Orsen's duties as label manager for the Cid Inc. owned imprint have seen his own work blossom and mature on the label.

A regular on Particles with his sound encapsulated by the "Elysium" EP in June 2015, Orsen's two remixes for Proton Music have opened up his distinctive sound to an ever-expanding audience. Reinterpretations of Mondkrater and Luc Angenehm are now complemented by a third which sees Orsen take a typically creative path in his reimagining of Roger Martinez's title track. A wonderful, stepped analogue sequence creates a flowing groove for a percussive section, redolent in layered off-beat claps, to nestle alongside strong beat and ticking hi-hats. Building effortlessly through a stripped back breakdown of aural creativity, the third movement once again picks up the rhythmic movement with the addition of a sublime delayed melody and Orsen's imaginative additional production material.

Remixes from Stas Drive and Orsen have seen Roger Martinez enter a new realm of consciousness within his "Dream State".

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

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