Hitting a hugely impressive 200th release, Suffused Music’s continued longevity in a crowded and competitive industry has seen the label at the epicentre of the underground dance scene. Now revisiting Rick Pier O’Neil’s pulsating bass grooved gem, “Shimmer of Lights”, From late 2014, a pair of brand new remixes take “Kan Balam” on a new and vibrant journey with the original and Chris Gavin remix reprised just for good measure.
First up on the remix trail is Sri Lankan DJ and producer, A-JAY. An artist with a rich musical history and a penchant for the broad church of tech house, A-JAY has spent several years honing his craft and performing in front of crowds in the Colombo capital alongside the likes of Jeremy Olander, Above & Beyond and Jaytech. A regular in the Beatport Tech House charts with his distinctive sound, work for Egothermia, Occultech and Patent Skillz, is now joined by a third outing on Suffused Music after a pair of releases in late 2017. Remixing “Kan Balam”, A-JAY has kept the strong rhythmic and bass foundation of the original while adding a new running bass line and ticking percussive cadence. Building throughout with a series of melodic interludes and filtered arpeggio sequence, A-JAY has created a fresh and innovative rework.
Newcomer to the underground progressive house fraternity, US producer, Gary Brown has created quite a stir with his GBrown contraction alter-ego. Since a debut for Suffused Music in the shape of “This Is Who We Are” for the “Initializing” series in April 2016, GBrown has gone on to feature heavily on the label, not least through the original three-track “Open” EP that went on to spawn a host of remixes over the course of 2017. A remix of Monojoke’s “Paradisum” for Electronic Tree in September was a further notable highlight as GBrown now returns to Suffused Music with a delightful reworking of Rick Pier O’Neil. Building his remix around a subterranean bass groove that fills the lower frequencies, a collage of atmospheric effects reverberates in joyous harmony with rippling melodic sequences that span the stereo spectrum in forward and reverse direction. Reaching a rousing crescendo at the mid-point breakdown, rhythm and bass supply dance floor credentials in the third movement to hypnotic effect.
The final producer to make their mark is French producer, Chris Gavin. With an impressive production career that has spanned a ten-year period, work for Particles, Perspectives Digital and SexOnWax has seen the French producer’s sound supported by the likes of Laurent Garnier, Hernan Cattaneo and Nick Warren. A debut appearance on Suffused Music saw Gavin remix “Kan Balam” in August 2015, as part of the “Shimmer of Lights Part 2” release, reprised here in all its pounding rhythmic glory. A chorus of melodic sequences and counterpoint motifs swirl across the left-right spectrum as Gavin reinvigorates O’Neil’s work in innovative fashion.
Rick Pier O'Neil - Kan Balam (Original Mix) [Suffused Music]
Rick Pier O'Neil - Kan Balam (A-Jay SL Remix) [Suffused Music]
Rick Pier O'Neil - Kan Balam (GBrown Remix) [Suffused Music]
Rick Pier O'Neil - Kan Balam (Chris Gavin Remix) [Suffused Music]
Text by James Warren
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