Artist : Roger Martinez
Title : My World 2014 Remixes
Remixers : Ricky Ryan & Kosmas, SQL, Paul Hazendonk & Noraj Cue
Label : Perspectives Digital
Cat No : PSDI026
Released : July 2014
Genre : Progressive
Review by Ian French
The 26th release on Darin Epsilon’s Perspectives Digital features the debut of Roger Martinez to the label. Much loved for his releases on Sudbeat, Lost & Found, Tronic, and GEM Records, the Dutch producer’s productions are always highly respected and sought after.
The original has a superb funky chuggy groove and the dynamic hits are immediately captivating. With the hypnotic energy of the piece quickly rising, Roger’s metallic rhythms become increasingly intoxicating. Following a short granular build, a wall of warm chord changes and bell accents brings the emotional content up to goose bump proportions.
The first interpretation comes from Ricky Ryan and Kosmas, who are two of electronic music’s most tried and tested veterans. Ricky has grown into a globally loved DJ talent and his broad production sound has found its way onto Eelke Kleijn’s Outside The Box Music. Kosmas was part of a highly esteemed group of producers (which included James Holden and Luke Chable) who revolutionised the melodic progressive sound in 2004. His early productions on Deep Records, Precinct, and EQ Grey are still regarded as some of the most influential recordings in the genre’s storied history. For their ‘My World’ interpretation, Ricky and Kosmas have overhauled the bigger original into a delicate deep house gem. The duo’s lazy groove is full of wonderful swing for those late night floors and the emotional content pulls at your heart strings mightily.
The second remix is provided by SQL, who is making his third appearance on Perspectives. The Dutch producer’s meticulous discography contains releases on GEM Records, Get Physical, Outpost, and Flow Vinyl. With his ‘My World’ interpretation, he’s crafted what might be the best melodic production of his career. The Dutch producer’s hypnotic groove is full of warm, harmonic energy and the surrounding complement of musical elements are filled with blissful enchantment. An intensely emotional production that’s sure to bring some amazing moments to your dance floor.
The third and final remix is provided by Paul Hazendonk & Noraj Cue, who are making their debut appearance on the label. Their collaborative efforts were a huge part of Paul’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Adapt’ released earlier this year, and is a firm favourite here at the This Is Progressive office. For their ‘My World’ interpretation, Paul and Noraj have put their own subterranean techno twist on the production. The raw, undulating foundation sends waves of mesmerising rhythms. Raspy synth hooks, escalating atmospheres, and blissful harmonics soon fill the production. The end result is a composition that not only has a big presence but immense groove and emotion.
All in all a superb package that really is well suited to any dance floor and should be in any progressive DJs music collection (I remember the days when I used to say record box).