Welcoming Imran Khan to the Proton Music roster, his "Organik" debut is set to make a sizeable splash with remixes from UK and Irish legends.
A November 2016 newcomer to the underground dance scene, Imran Khan has since provided over a century of impressive production credits for the likes of Clinique, Stellar Fountain and MNL. A regular on Particles since October 2017's remix of Hot TuneiK, his "Dreamcatcher" and "Arrival" EPs in 2018 have showcased the UK artist's innumerable production talents. Making his debut remixing LADS' "Hagel" for Proton Music in December the same year, Imran now returns with the sublime, "Organik". A chunky beat and shuffling percussive groove herald a chorus of free-flowing melodies to coruscate gently across the rich 7-minute sonic tapestry. A sultry vocal cut whispers "like me" in enticing fashion throughout and a beautiful blend of counterpoint phrases emerge in the third movement to mesmerising effect. "Organik" is thus a beautiful piece that is the perfect antidote to life's stresses on a warm summer's evening.
An artist who has been a central pillar in dance music's underground house, Barry Jamieson is an iconic and legendary name with over two decades high-profile experience. Having worked with Sasha on his ground-breaking "Involver" and Involv2er", Jamieson's solo career has found a similarly elevated level of success. With his music wedded to the acclaimed microCastle, Quivver's Boz Boz and his own Circular Sounds Recordings, Jamieson's Mono Electric Orchestra pseudonym has seen him feature on John Digweed's Bedrock and Nick Warren's Hope Recordings with stunning results. Remixing Kastis Torrau and Donatello's "Ida", under his own name, Jamieson now returns as Mono Electric Orchestra to rework "Organik". Creating a sonic landscape of unparalleled quality, heavily effected reverse reverb hints at Khan's motifs as orchestral passages sing across the mid-range. Hitting its stride, a huge glissando bassline punches through the low-end in stripped back glory against a ticking percussive cadence, before the melodic structures build once more with a plucked riff and rousing string passages that are straight out of the Sasha production playbook. The result is a remix that is at the very pinnacle of underground dance and a timeless classic.
Known simply to Proton Music faithful as Silinder, Gavin Mulhall has witnessed a long and distinguished history with the label. Aptly describing his music as "deep, dark and hypnotic with a melodic theme", the Irish artist has led a jewel-encrusted career with support from Sasha, Digweed and Zabiela to name but a few. 400 production credits sit proudly next to the Silinder name and his work has consistently found its way onto an array of blue-chip labels that include Sudbeat, Perspectives Digital and Jackpot Records. Over 30 of those credits can be found on Proton Music evidenced by the "Corrupt", "Solas" and "Basement" EPs alongside a varied selection of remixes. Now returning after February's remix of Embliss, the Silinder interpretation epitomises his trademark sound. A deep rolling groove combines with mesmerising bassline, driving beat and metallic percussion to create the perfect foundation for an immaculately placed collection of cleverly entwined melodies to meander across the near 8-minute piece. Reinventing Khan's "Organik", a glorious breakdown paves the way for a dynamic energy to return in the third movement as a swathe of new production material see rhythm and melody create a stunning interpretation.
With an original track and remixes from Mono Electric Orchestra and Silinder, Imran Khan and his "Organik" have burst into life.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by James Warren
Mastered by Cid Inc., Barry Jamieson
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren