Stephen J. Kroos - Pancuronium

Dutch producer Stephen J. Kroos steps up with his ‘Pancuronium’ single for Time Capsule’s second overall release.

Stephen J. Kroos - Pancuronium

The launch of East Cafe’s Time Capsule imprint was much anticipated and it certainly did not disappoint. The newly formed Hungarian imprint delivered Miraculum’s ‘Juggernaut’ in August and it went down as one of the best label debuts this year. Time Capsule’s second release is out this week and they’ve managed to construct another huge offering. Making his debut on the label is Stephen J Kroos with his latest single ‘Pancuronium’.

Stephen J. Kroos has had an incredible career thus far. The Dutch producer has been featured on esteemed imprints such as Anjunadeep, Manual Music and Replug Records. This year saw the release of his ‘A Multimodal Approach To Investigate The Hallucinating Brain Of Stephen J. Kroos’ project which has been one of 2014’s most intriguing releases. Now with the year firmly in its fourth quarter he’s delivered another excellent production in ‘Pancuronium’. Stephen’s more club oriented productions always sit somewhere nicely between deep and progressive house, ‘Pancuronium’ blurs those boundaries nicely once again. The atmosphere and melodic subtleties are what really standout here. The tracks rich and intoxicating backdrop sets an incredible vibe and the cool textural tones which adorn the framework are filled with wonderful emotion. The running time is over ten minutes which in a lot of cases is probably not a good thing but here is blows by pretty quick. A majestic journey from Stephen and one that you should surely not miss.

The first remix of ‘Pancuronium’ is supplied by Robert R. Hardy who is making his first appearance on Time Capsule. The Hungarian producer has always written incredible music whether it be under his DMP alias or his now more frequently used Robert R. Hardy moniker. This year though he’s finally starting to get the recognition he deserves. The one and only Guy J even lent his support on a remix for Soundteller Records earlier this year and his busy production schedule doesn’t seem to hamper his quality at all. If you are familiar with Robert’s productions then you know after a quick listen to Stephen’s original that he is an ideal candidate to remix the project. Robert’s put an even deeper and groovier twist on ‘Pancuronium’ which has complemented it very well. What sets it apart are the unique rhythmic components and more pronounced drum work. That wonderful textural haze which is so thematic in the original still remains but the strength of the groove makes it ideal for a late night dance floor. Excellent stuff from Robert.

The second and final remix on the project is supplied by SpecDub who is also making his first appearance on Time Capsule. Another member of the incredibly talented Hungarian underground Laszlo Szunyogh aka SpecDub has already made his mark with releases on Crossfade Sounds and Stellar Fountain. For his ‘Pancuronium’ interpretation SpecDub has stripped the record right down and delivered a minimal rework which reinvents the key elements from the original in a much more subtle and refined way. The Timewriter and Terry Lee Brown Jr. influence is quite evident here as it’s a mix that accomplishes a lot even with its relatively scarce parts. Definitely a production to set the mood of a bigger room or to groove out a back room, it rounds out the release on a strong note. A lot of new labels put a lot into their very first release and then seem to fall off a bit as the next couple come out but Time Capsule has avoided that sophomore release slump quite nicely here. Another exceptional package that definitely deserves a place in your sets. Highly Recommended.

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