Antrim – Road To The Utopian EP (Balkan Connection)

The latest release on Balkan Connection welcomes Antrim back to the label for a brand new EP.

Antrim - Road To The Utopian

The Argentinean producer has been busy this year, both with his solo productions and collaborative work with Classound’s Luis Bondio. Now Antrim makes his sixth appearance on the Serbian imprint with ‘Road To The Utopian’ EP alongside remixes from Ewan Rill and Michael A. 

Antrim’s last original was the excellent ‘Float Divine’, released courtesy of System Recordings just last month. It featured more of the Argentine’s unique themes, wrapped up in a club friendly, progressive groove. On ‘Road To The Utopian’ we get a spacey, thematic techno styled production which really rocks. Backed by a stripped down and devilishly hypnotic framework Antrim effortlessly works in trippy motifs and heavenly synths throughout. What I love most about this is there is no big moment but rather a fluid journey into electronic space (so to speak), and when programmed in the right way I could see this really going off. Wonderful stuff from Antrim. 

The lone remix of ‘Road To The Utopian’ is provided by Ewan Rill who is making his astounding 67th appearance on Balkan Connection. The Russian producer has rolled through the summer with some of his best ever productions. Remixes for Rick Pier O’Neil and Mou have been two of many highlights and he’s delivered an excellent club rendition of ‘Road To The Utopian’ here. Ewan’s stripped down and techy approach sits nicely alongside the original with its dark undertones carrying the mix on a subversive journey. Amidst the darkness there’s a glimmer of emotion though, which becomes more prevalent as the third act unfolds. Great remix form Ewan. 

The second original on the release is entitled ‘Topping My Head’ and finds Antrim going darker and tougher with great results. Anchored by a punchy groove and sinister electronics the piece quickly builds with vocal elements firing through the framework. Following an intense first half the main break presents a big build highlighted by old school stabs and a wicked rush of white noise. The stripped back return has a distinct warehouse vibe and should generate a massive reaction on the right floor. Huge tune from Antrim. 

The lone interpretation of ‘Topping My Head’ is provided by Michael A who is returning to Balkan Connection for his 21st appearance. The Belarus based producer and his Genesis Music have been two of the hottest commodities in the progressive house underground this year. It didn’t take long for Hernan Cattaneo and Guy J to spot his talents either as both have been playing and charting his work since early in the year. Here Michael works his magic once again on ‘Topping My Head’ with a deep, atmospheric version which is absolutely beautiful. Smooth chord changes bring a subtle emotion while bassy growls and a celestial top end add a great sense of space. A new tonal design, although quite indistinct, lifts the track a notch higher in the third act and also works perfectly with Michael’s chugging groove. Wonderful remix again from the Genesis boss and another great release on Balkan Connection. Don’t miss it.

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