Since the autumn of 2011, the Proton VS series has been responsible for showcasing some of the label's prominent resident artists in pitched musical battle against each other. Thus far, epic contests between the likes of Poison Pro and Alexey Sonar, Tvadovsky and Sezer Uysal, and Colourblock and Latenta Projects have seen inspirational musical acts rise up against each other to produce an extraordinary array of production talent, all of which have gone on to feature as solo headline releases in their own rights. Now, following up on his battle against Canadian prodigy, Biologik at the end of 2012 with tag-team partner, Sonic Union, Greek producer, Pete McCarthey competes for heavyweight dance floor domination by battling against his own alter ego in a new incarnation of the iconic VS format as he goes On and On.
From the ancient and historic Athenian capital, Pete McCarthey had already become a name to watch after the "Hydra" and "Zero Gravity" EPs for Balkan Connection and Low Battery imprints in the early part of 2011. Then, teaming up with fellow Greek, Kassey Voorn, the duo shot to public notoriety with their winning competition remix of Guy Gerber's "Timing" on Coccon. Taking inspiration from those luminaries that now support Pete's own work, Nick Warren, John Digweed and Hernan Cattaneo, provided the musical backdrop for McCarthey's own blend of "bouncy bass lines, layered stabs and hypnotic pads" that has seen a gamut of works signed to Lowbit, Stripped and Baires, with a remix of 21 Street's "Neurotic Movements" also featuring on James Warren's first Visceral compilation.
Following up his recent remix of Sezer Uysal's "Section 5" with label regular, Sonic Union, Pete McCarthey opens up his Proton "VS" with the trademark sound palette that provided him with so much success. "Methexis" is a warm, sultry offering with a collage of intricate, hypnotic rhythms that sit comfortably alongside long, sustained pads that drift and filter gently across the entire piece. A driving beat keeps intensity high as a series of razor-edged effects pan across the stereo spectrum in high-pitched glory. In "Methexis" the listener's imagination is fully capable of discerning the vibrant form from the energy-driven object, defined by the title.
Pitching himself against a "deep tech" superhuman production guise, On and On forms the second half of the Pete McCarthey double act. "Simplicity" is a wonderful counterpart to its EP partner, providing a summery slice of house bravado as spring blossoms in the Northern Hemisphere. The same warm textures that form "Methexis", this time form the basis for a series of rhythmic stabs that gradually rise in filtered intensity. A fizzing collection of hi-hats and shakers combine to provide groove-swung percussion in abundance as a hypnotic dance-floor vibe conjures up images of sun-drenched Ibiza terraces.
Pete McCarthey's double assault on the "VS" championship has illustrated talent in abundance that is sure to go On and On.
Directed by Jay Epoch
A&R by Renee Ugarteche
Mastered by Cid Inc.
Design by Ben Mautner
Text by James Warren
- Progressive House