Photonz 'Angel Heart EP' 12"
A1. Angel Heart
A2. In A Dream
A3. Baggy Kru
B1. Emerald City
B2. Emerald City (Almaty Remix)
Lisbon's Photonz, whose remix skills transformed Almaty's "Gennaro"
last year (NAIVE003), returns to naive with a full EP 'Angel Heart',
showcasing a myriad influences from early 90s UK hardcore to
Detroit techno. Photonz delivers his signature powerful combination of
ruff percussion and synth energy designed to move the crowd. Via the artwork, he shares rave goggle sketches he's drawn in his teen years while dreaming of attending parties or, wildest dream, being a DJ - making things even more personal.
"Angel Heart" takes us through a dystopian landscape, as hardcore
breaks and bass come to do damage to sound systems while strings
create a sense of mystery. "In A Dream" draws from EBM and electro to
create tense rhythmic structure with a massive sub bass punching
through anything in its path. Easing the vibe a bit, "Baggy Kru" gives
the dance floor a head-bobbing groove with loose percussion and smooth
The title of "Emerald City" might invoke Oz but the sound is
definitely Detroit. A stomping 909 and Millsian hi hats drive the beat
amidst plucked arpeggios. Closing out the EP, Alamaty returns remix
favors for Photonz - this has always been a family affair after all - and takes "Emerald City" to a different place with subdued 303 bass and a drum machine break.