- Release Date 2018-03-23
- Label Particles
- Catalog PSI1808
From the Belgrade capital, Petar Bogojevic and Nikola Radivojevic have been at the epicentre of Serbia's dance scene for some time. With a combination of musicianship and strong musical heritage, the pair formed their Beat Maniacs pseudonym which quickly bore fruit with production material that has gone from strength to strength since early releases in 2010. Thus, Balkan Connection, Stellar Fountain and Lowbit have all played host to the duo's sound with a debut following on Particles as part of the "Winter 2014" compilation. 2016's twin-track "Gravitas" was a notable highlight as Beat Maniacs now return with a pair of original contributions. With its dominant beat and growling bassline, "Djomia" delights with stripped back percussive layer and glistening melodic line. A seething dancefloor monster, a delicious motif plays out accompanied by glissando effects to create a distinctive piece. The title track retains the strong rhythmic foundations of its partner track with heavy beat and subtle percussive flair. Emerging in the second movement, a wonderful bass groove creates a firm framework for a meandering melodic line to coruscate across the seven-minute piece with freeform subtlety and craft, creating an innovative work.
Diego Carr is an artist who has grown in stature and reputation with each successive release of his Hot TuneiK moniker. With a double-century of production credits to his name since 2012's debut for House Tribe Records, the Mexican has gone on to see his work gracing the world's finest underground imprints from Balkan Connection and 3rd Avenue to Forward Music and Soundteller. Owner of the rapidly growing Hookah Records, the Hot TuneiK sound has found its way to Particles courtesy of releases that include October 2017's "Erase and Rewind" EP. With forthcoming original music scheduled for Proton Music, a trio of Particles remixes is now joined by a fourth as Hot TuneiK creates a sumptuous and lilting interpretation of "Djomia". Using Beat Maniacs' original components to masterful effect, a new and beautiful lead line gently weaves a path across the stereo spectrum. Exquisitely evolving, intricate percussive layers blend with ease as a new bass groove helps create a special remix.
Needling little introduction after a magical production career that began in early 2013, Nakul Ambilkar has been at the vanguard of the underground dance scene in recent years with his SEQU3L soubriquet. Heavily supported by the likes of Hernan Cattaneo, the Indian producer has impressed with a wealth of original and remix material that has seen him rack up a century of production credits. A regular on the likes of Movement Recordings, Freegrant and Juicebox Music, the "Timelapse" EP for the latter, lit up autumn 2016 with its huge club groove. Now debuting on Particles, the SEQU3L remix of "Prophet" is a joy to behold with its dancefloor destroyer credentials that hit hard through rock-solid bass groove and precision rhythm. Effortlessly building with layer after layer, Beat Maniacs' lead line is fully represented as it meanders across the mid-range. Reaching its zenith in the third movement, the combination of ever-growing groove and subtle melodic flow, make for an inspired interpretation.
Directed by Jay Epoch
AandR by Marina Gerardi
Mastered by Cid Inc., Beat Maniacs, SEQU3L
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren