DescriptionOn the back of a stellar 2013, Following Light's production portfolio has been nothing short of astounding. Over a century of Beatport production credits have hit the digital shelves including a raft of original material and remixes for such imprints as Unfeigned, Balkan Connection and Stellar Fountain as Following Light hit the headlines with his dynamic slice of progressive rapture and his three-track "Calm" EP for Particles. Reprised here in all its pulsating glory, the title track now receives two-standout remixes from one Particles debutant and one established veteran.
From the densely populated metropolis that comprises Japan's capital city, Masahiko Inui has earned a hard fought reputation for himself. Strongly influenced by European dance music, he moved to London in the early years of the new millennium, organising a variety of different parties and club nights while contemporaneously enjoying DJ appearances at Cafe 1001 and Ministry of Sound, London. Further qualifications as a sound engineer and personal appearances at the London, "Japan Expo" illustrated Inui as a growing force.
A move back to Tokyo in 2012 brought with it a nascent production career that shows signs of flourishing in 2014 and beyond. Influenced by a broad spectrum of artists, Steve Reich and Eric Satie are cited as creative inspiration leading to work on the highly-regarded Traum, Baroque and newly formed Ideological imprint, part of the Proton label family. Making his debut for Particles, Masahiko Inui has cleverly reworked the melodic themes so resonant in Following Light's original, turning them in to a stuttering, effects-laden, aural wonder. A metronomic kick drum is punctured by an occasional skipped beat as jutting, industrial effects and straight percussive rhythms skip across the melodic motifs of "Calm" creating a juxtaposition of dexterity and verve.
Dutchman, Oscar Van der Knapp needs little introduction to the Particles faithful under his Exoplanet pseudonym. A production tour de force, his work has featured on myriad labels including, Lowbit, Mistique and Balkan Connection with over 100 Beatport credits associated with the Proton Music and Particles imprints which, as Exoplanet proudly proclaims, "quickly became my home". Since 2008, a steady stream of releases has hit the Particles catalogue including highlights such as 2010's "Conceptual Spheres" EP and 2012's five-track, "Synthetic Evolution" which went on to receive a clutch of new remixes from Verve, Lank and David Granha. A further notable highlight has come in the form of his full-length album, "Nothing Divides Us" for Proton Music in 2011.
A forthcoming debut EP for Apollo in January 2014 opens the year in style for Exoplanet and a typically innovative reworking of "Calm" is yet another highlight in a constantly evolving portfolio. Broken beats and acoustic drums form a groove-laden backdrop as a subterranean bass line nestles beneath with perfect placement to provide a constant theme. A collage of pads, effects and melodic phrases play deftly alongside a menacing vocal cut to provide a multi-faceted remix of unparalleled scope and vision.
A "Calm" exterior belies the vitality and vibrancy found beneath the surface as Masahiko Inui and Exoplanet transform Following Light.
Directed by Jay Epoch AandR by Marina Gerardi Mastered by Following Light, Cid Inc., Exoplanet Design by Ben Mautner Text by James Warren