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  • Release Date 2018-07-06
  • Label Proton Music
  • Catalog PROTON0403
Award-winning DJ and producer and ever-present in the upper echelons of dance music fraternity for over 15 years, Pole Folder is an iconic figure of global renown. With DJ appearances across the globe, the classically trained musician has a unique ability to fill dance-floors with cross-genre appeal while a production portfolio tells a similar story of global appeal. Through his own Reworck imprint and an era-defining album on John Digweed's Bedrock that gave rise to countless appearances on TV and radio, further work saw the Belgian mixing the "Sudbeats II" compilation for Hernan Cattaneo's imprint. A regular on Proton Music since a 2006 debut, Pole Folder now returns after a successful remix of Michael A in December 2017. "A Glimpse Into The Past" is a glorious piece, redolent in exquisite melodies and intricately crafted percussive flair. Rippling motifs build in intensity in front of a soft and hypnotic arpeggio as sumptuous pads create a depth and texture. Hitting its stride, post-breakdown, the culmination of dominant beat and counterpoint melodic lead create a wonderful aural vision.

Joining a host of Australian talents, Retza is a name that oozes craft and quality. A successful DJ at events including Rainbow Serpent Festival and Let Them Eat Cake in his home country, appearances in Berlin and North America have rubber-stamped a growing reputation. His music signed to some of the industry's finest imprints including, All Day I Dream, Kindisch and UONE's Beat and Path, Retza's music has been supported by a host of leading names including Jamie Stevens, Lee Burridge and Kasey Taylor. Making his Proton Music debut, the Retza remix is a wonderfully created work that sensitively takes the leading elements of Pole Folder's work and sculpts them into new and vibrant directions courtesy of a stripped-back beat and ticking percussive groove. These then form the foundations for layers of counterpoint melodic motifs to fully express themselves in freeform glory across the near-nine-minute track. With its warm and complex bassline adding further depth, Retza's is a dazzlingly intelligent reworking.

Maddy Hughes is another Australian firmly making his presence felt upon a global stage through his Funkform moniker. Out of his home "in the lush tropical paradise of Cairns", he has been a regular on the Open Records imprint. From 2011's "Middleman" debut to 2017's "Synthesia", Funkform's original work has been key with additional releases for Vapour Recordings, Stellar Fountain and City Life all playing host to the trademark Funkform sound. Now debuting on Proton Music with a typically impressive reworking of Pole Folder, Hughes transforms "A Glimpse Into The Past" into a dynamic, groove-driven offering that excels with a searing lead line that cuts through his remix like a hot knife through butter. Building in intensity throughout with intricate percussive top line, beautiful piano phrasing ripples outwards at the mid-point as a series of effects and motifs create a wonderful question and answer tension that is a tribute to Pole Folder's original.

With a "Glimpse Into The Past" wonderfully represented by debuts from Retza and Funkform, Pole Folder's future glows incandescent.

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


A Glimpse Into The Past

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