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  • Release Date 2015-08-10
  • Label microCastle
  • Catalog MCSL040
The 40th release on microCastle welcomes Jamie Stevens back to the label for a new EP. The Australian producer is making his fifth appearance on the Canadian imprint which follows his critically acclaimed 'The Wonder of You' EP from 2013.
Jamie has achieved an amazing level of critical and commercial success over the course of his career. As one of his country's most talented and sought after music producers he has proven his skill in professional sound design, music scores for film and contemporary electronic music. As the founding member of Infusion, the much-loved Australian live act, he's left his mark around the globe, headlining some of the biggest and most respected clubs including; Fabric- London, Pacha - Buenos Aires, Womb- Tokyo and festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Roskilde and Creamfields in Moscow, Brazil, UK and Argentina. In his home country, Infusion has received 2 prestigious ARIA awards for their work. More recently Jamie's solo discography has been highlighted with a contribution to John Digweed and Nick Muir's 'Versus' album (released courtesy of Bedrock) along with the aforementioned 'The Wonder of You', reaching #1 positions on Beatport in Tech House and Electronica and now regarded as Jamie's career best piece of music. Standout remixes for King Unique and Robert Babicz were showcased in the the first half of 2015 and now microCastle is pleased to present Jamie's long awaited EP entitled 'The Healing' alongside a remix from label artist Guy J. The release begins with 'My Tears Don't Help Me' which finds Jamie crafting a deep and emotive number in his own inimitable style. Anchored by subterranean beats and a low slung groove it's an immediately compelling piece of music, compounded by vocal motifs and orchestral designs. It's a deeply moving vibe and one which comes from a real life place. In Jamie's own words "After a succession of very trying months this past year, the vocal sample I came across when making this track spoke to me sincerely. It was the perfect fit for the music I had created from the same headspace." The lone interpretation of 'My Tears Don't Help Me' is provided by Guy J who is making his fourth appearance on microCastle. The Israeli born Malta based producer is fresh off several triumphs in 2014. Guy's 'Once In A Blue Moon' EP, released courtesy of Bedrock Records was one of the year's most critically acclaimed releases. Reaching #1 in the Beatport Top 100, its sophisticated melodies touched the hearts and minds of music lovers around the globe; it proved once again that there is simply no one better at crafting soulful sounds. Guy also readily accepted the challenge of updating one of electronic music's seminal ambient compositions, Barry Jamieson's 'Stars', released courtesy of microCastle. A daunting task and one which he pulled off with resounding success. As the collective electronic music underground anxiously awaits Guy's newest studio creation microCastle is pleased to present just his second production of 2015. For his 'My Tears Don't Help Me' interpretation Guy has put his own magical touch on the production and reinvented it for a peak time dance floor. It's tough, driving beats and big, commanding drums bring an energetic presence while a storyboard of indistinct motifs tastefully lift the emotion higher. Charming use of the vocal elements combined with a poignant breakdown of keys leads the piece to an elating finale; one which is sure to unite your dance floor for a special 3AM moment. The EP's second original 'Scintilla' is a classic Jamie Stevens dance floor construction. Working around a tight, funky programming it's infectious hypno-groove and quirky hooks make for a fluid circular motion, while tasteful vocal elements and feathered hats prove to be the icing on the cake. Most tracks have a story behind them and this one is no different as Jamie describes "This track is the end result of many, many failed attempts at creating something that it wasn't. I was trying too hard so I pulled everything back and suddenly it made sense. The rest came naturally. A reminder that I should always listen and let the music lead me and interfere less." The EP's third and final selection 'Healing Crimson' finds Jamie at his musical best, crafting a melodic electronica piece led by an eloquent theme. As Jamie puts it "I find that when I am jolted by something emotionally distressing, I go to the studio. After hearing some news concerning the health of my father a few years ago, I wrote this piece immediately as a kind of positive projection for his recovery. He is now 100%% better which is wonderful and why I feel ready for this piece to be released." A fitting end to another brilliant musical fairytale from Jamie Stevens.