DescriptionFrom the bustling Sao Paulo metropolis, Daniel Oliveira's rise since 2010 has been meteoric. Better known by the hypocorism, DNYO, the Brazilian has graced the catalogues of microCastle, Replug and Flow Vinyl while also running his own Konstrukt imprint alongside Canadian, Tim Penner. First coming to the attention of Jay Epoch through his "Treatment" podcast for Proton Radio in 2011, 2012's conceptual "Echo" EP saw DNYO mark his debut for Proton Music with two sublimely intricate slices of progressive and deep house. Now, the deeply melodic jewel, "Roots" receives two remix treatments from the Balkans with partner track "Fruits" set to follow in the coming months.
Ioannis Ntsouskos, from his home in the west of Greece, has enjoyed a celebrated music career since making waves in the progressive scene with 2004's eponymously titled EP for John Digweed's Bedrock imprint. Since then a cascade of intricate rhythms and melodies have found their way to the likes of Plusquam, Movement and two full-length albums for Klik. A long association with Vapour has also provided a gamut of releases and remixes over an eight-year period. Dousk's long-awaited debut on Proton Music came with his recent remix of Tvardovsky's "Infinite" but now, returning to take on DNYO, Dousk perfectly demonstrates a suite of productions skills illustrating an intimate knowledge of what works in a club scenario. Providing clever echoes from the "Roots" original, Dousk has produced a seething, dark, rhythmic gem. A grooved bass line dominates proceedings, developing a symbiotic relationship with a driving kick drum and head-shaking rhythm section, linked by an invisible umbilical cord. Darkly twisted and pitched vocal cuts keep the intensity high as occasional effects and melodic motifs pepper the rhythmic phrasing. Dousk's remix illustrates a man at the summit of his production prowess.
Turkish native Sezer Uysal has an instinctive approach to the EDM creative process. Reaching the Top 100 of Beatport's progressive, deep and tech house charts has drawn attention to an individual who has since gone on to become an official remixer for the Ministry of Sound brand. Diverse support from Laidback Luke, Pete Tong and Hernan Cattaneo has stemmed from over 350 Beatport track credits for a whole host of labels including Balkan Connection, Particles and his own Dark Pleasure records. As part of the Proton VS series, recent remixes from Colourblock and Sonic Union and Pete McCarthey have also seen Sezer's "Section 5" take on a new lease of life. Remixing DNYO, Sezer Uysal's interpretation of "Roots" is aptly identified by its "3am" suffix. A strong beat twinned with a lazy rhythm and warm pads are allowed to take root before a low-slung bass rhythm locks itself into the accompanying groove, rising in intensity with effortless ease. A reverb-drenched female vocal treatment provides a final, perfect counterpoint to the fluid rhythms as it meanders across proceedings in all its organic glory.
The Balkan connection between Dousk and Sezer Uysal has provided strong "Roots" from which DNYO is sure to flourish still further.
Directed by Jay Epoch AandR by Renee Ugarteche Mastered by Cid Inc. Design by Ben Mautner Text by James Warren