Talamanca – Talamanca Beach [PHW]

With over 30 releases under the belt Dutch artist, Nils Huzen, takes to the PHW roster under his production pseudonym Talamanca.  Progressive House Worldwide (PHW) have been at the sharp end of the melodic progressive house genre since their inception in the autumn of 2012. Quickly building a reputation for quality from an impressive range of artists, their self-proclaimed “progressive music philosophy” has borne fruit.

Nils Huzen is already responsible for a number of releases on the Plusquam, Alter Ego and Elipitical Sun imprints.  The Balearic inspired, “Talamanca Beach” is a sun-drenched, melodic offering that provides trademark, filtered pads, driving kick drum beat and plucked sounds that open and close to provide subconscious moments to guide club-goers to the phase of the track.

Italian Vitodito provides the first remix. Fresh from his work conducting A&R for Che Armstrong’s Neuroscience label, Vitodito has taken the melodic themes of the Talamnca original and provided a new rhythmic platform for “Talamanca Beach”. With careful placement of staccato synth plucks, these form the foundation for a carefully constructed high energy remix, combined with arpeggios to add a further melodic dimension that provides a deep, high-quality grooved feel.

From the burgeoning portfolio of progressive Russian artists, Vladimir Prudnikov produces under his Dallonte alter ego. Supported by heavyweights such as Jaytech, Faskil and Thomas Penton, on Dextrous, Bomba and Digital Motion, the rising star, a Biysk resident from the Altai region, has produced another melodic groove-laden remix of high quality. With a slightly understated feel compared to its track counterparts, the relaxed vibe of Dallonte’s remix of Talamanca is enhanced by the use of a piano motif that wends itself along the rhythmic bed, offered by straight beats, clipped grooved bass and ticking percussion section.

Frenchman, James Woods from the Paris capital has provided a steady stream of releases for the likes of Incepto, Neuroscience and Eliptical Sun since first hitting the virtual shelves in 2011. Making full use of a sparkling arpeggio that underpins the melodic fundamentals for his take on “Talamanca Beach”, Woods is an accomplished artist. A strong melodic groove is played out in a similar vein to the Dallonte and Vitodito works, but is no less credible in its approach for all its similarities. Rising cut-off filters produce trademark energy against the backdrop of a pounding kick drum and it is not difficult to imagine dance floors smitten with the Woods sound as the spring turns to summer.

Another strong release from PHW has provided four tracks that really encapsulate the shimmering and melodic progressive house sound that has found its way onto Anjuna compilations in the last 18 months. A slight criticism can be found in the similarities of three remixes but, that said, all are high in quality and, in James Woods particularly, worthy of plaudits.

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