label: Concrete Cut Recordings
release date: 15/11/10
Distribution: Beatport, iTunes, Juno Download, BeatsDigital, Amazon & more
1. Riverside Dub- 5:26
2. Comatose - 5:18
3. Falling - 6:24
4. Cold - 6:14
5. Above the Structures - 5:06
6. Riverside Dub (Shoju remix) - 4:12
7. Cold (Teielte remix) - 2:42
I am a big fan of Clubroot, Forensics and similar spacey bass wizards, and I've found the same vibes in beautiful, bass-deep sonic paintings on a very characteristics 2-step beat, conjured up by the soundmaster ptr1 hailing from Płock, Poland in his debut Above the Structures EP on the Polish label Concrete Cut Recordings. For me personally, this is one of the best Polish releases this year. Next to fantastic Homeworkz by Teielte, who btw did a very nice remix of ptr1's Cold on this EP. One more remix in the pack was done by the Shoju duo, representing Concret Cut label - kudos for great synths!
All five original tracks by ptr1 create a very concrete block of bass-friendly music with absolutely mesmerizing melodies. I listen to tons of electronic productions, coming across tracks showing very good production skills, yet missing one extremely important component - namely soul. Whereas ptr1 has a rare gift enabling him to squeeze beautiful emotions out of the cold analog and digital tools. Just listen to Cold, my personal highlight of the release, this tune reaches deep deep inside my neural structure touching right nerves and proving once again why humans has loved music for millenia.
Continuously seeking new forms of expression, producer, DJ, and sound engineer ptr1 has always loved to tinker with gear and experiment with programming. From his first instrumental hip-hop productions, to his work in the duo Kaosbreed, ptr1 has emerged with his own individual sound inspired by the deep textures and dusty, minimalist sound of old-school dubstep. ,
In Above the Structures ptr1 has embraced the inherent imperfections of analog gear opting for an organic approach to production. While his music is based on foggy, atmospheric layers, what finally emerges is ptr1’s talent for songwriting which lends itself equally to at-home headphones listening as it does to the dimly lit corners of a dubstep or techno after party.
The release has already garnered early support from such international DJs as Rob Booth [ElectronicExplorations], Crises [Rinse FM/Mindstep], BunZer0 [Sub FM], Cixxx J, and Whistla [Sub FM/L2S].
Grab a free track from the release, though I highly recommend buying a whole thing - one track is simply NOT ENOUGH !
ptr1 - Falling (free download)
P.S. Congratulations to ptr1 for reaching 15th spot on Juno's bestseller's chart for new dubstep/grime this week!!!!