The latest release on Balkan Connection welcomes Da Luka to the label for his debut single.
The Albanian producer first appeared in 2011 with an appearance on LuPS Records, which he quickly followed with outings on Mistique Music, OLD SQL Recordings and Massive Harmony Records. Da Luka’s debut for Balkan Connection has been much anticipated and comes alongside remixes from Namatjira, Loquai and Magnetic Brothers.
Da Luka’s more recent work came as part of Stellar Fountain’s Robert R. Hardy remix competition where he was announced as one of the winners. Da Luka’s dreamy take won the judges over and he’s kept that momentum rolling here with ‘Windfall’. Beginning with a tough, punchy groove the track quickly transforms itself into a spaced out, beat layered journey into the cosmos. A hazy drop presents a calculated build complete with trailing noise and an escalating tension worthy of a great dance floor moment. Awesome work from Da Luka.
There are also three remixes included on the release which is a lot but they all offer something cool in their own way. Firstly Dutch producer Namatjira goes deeper, dubbier and much groovier which complements the bigger original quite nicely. The fluid framework is adorned with aquatic designs while a band of tonal themes locks the groove down a notch further. The main break however brings some real beauty with some mallet-like clusters and effervescent electronics casting a gorgeous vibe. This carries into the third act as well with an understated return of the beats and ultimately a smooth and classy conclusion. Excellent remix from Namatjira.
Next up Loquai returns to Balkan Connection and puts his own spin on ‘Windfall’. Big bouncy beats and another marvellously contoured groove rule the day here, with those wispy pads and soaring themes taking centre stage during the main break. It’s the mix which is currently performing the best in Release Promo’s overall top 100 and the strength of the groove is a good reason why. Strip away all the melodic qualities and you’ve got a real floor burner. Lovely remix from Loquai.
Lastly the Magnetic Brothers return to Balkan Connection and deliver what might be the ideal remix to cap off the release. The Russian duo and literal brothers turn in a very groovy rework of ‘Windfall’ which packs tremendous energy and certainly crosses over several genres. The duo’s vibrant rhythms really come to life here with a bevy of intricate tones, lively stabs and a revision of the lead keys. A melancholic main break brings the energy down a touch into sombre territory, before a boisterous build brings all the elements home for a great moment. Big remix from Magnetic Brothers and maybe one of their best this year. Great release on Balkan Connection once again, don’t miss it.