Dio S - Nonchalance

The latest release on Balkan Connection welcomes Dio S back to the label for a brand new single.

Dio S - Nonchalance (Balkan Connection)

The Greek producer is making his debut on the Serbian imprint after seven appearances on the South American division. More recently Dio has just completed original work for Spaghetti Monster and Massive Harmony Records, both of which showcased some of his most creative productions yet. Now Dio makes his long waited Balkan Connection debut with ‘Nonchalance’ alongside remixes from Rick Pier O’Neil & Desaturate, Dustin Nantais and Robert R. Hardy.

There are a lot of underrated producers out there, I’ve talked before about guys like Vlada D’Shake and a few others. Dio fits into that category as well for me, he’s released some really interesting music on Deersky’s Soundteller Records and Praveen Achary’s Juicebox Music in particular, and his latest ‘Nonchalance’ comes with its fair share of unique qualities as well. Anchored by a wall of sub bass and big layered beats it starts with an enormous presence but as effects trail over the mix a more distinctive groove comes to light which should illicit an excellent response from your dance floor. A break filled with intriguing designs and an air of melancholy splits the action but the beats drop back in quickly for a more atmospheric led second act. Indistinct melodies further the story and initiate the main break, which again brings some wonderful emotion even more powerful than the last, ultimately peaking with an epic moment of superb synth work which is certainly a high point in the journey. There’s a long but very worthwhile story locked in this track and it makes the 10 minute running time blow by pretty quick.

For the remixes there is an all star line-up led by a dream collaboration from Rick Pier O’Neil & Desaturate. The beats gets tougher, the groove gets tighter and the rhythmic swing is enormous as a result. The duo do a great job at bringing the main motifs closer to the dance floor with their meticulous production beaming every step of the way. Setup by a wonderful break the third act takes things into much dreamier territory than I would have expected from these two but it’s really paid off. Emotional but still great for the dance floor. Awesome remix from Rick Pier O’Neil & Desaturate. 

Next up Dustin Nantais continues his assault on the underground with another exceptionally unique remix. As the Canadian has furthered his career I feel like he’s approaching a border less style more and more. The warmth and atmosphere from the original is well conveyed here but Dustin’s gone the extra mile with a radically revamped groove and a deadly middle section filled with fresh electronic clusters. You’re really getting some pretty special, and those bass tones following the main break are just deadly. Impressive stuff from Dustin once again.

Lastly we have Robert R. Hardy, who no matter how many remixes or productions he does never goes out of style. His deep, well constructed grooves consistently deliver great vibes and he’s done exactly that here. The dubby, tape qualities are just a joy to listen to and a great complement to the other mixes. The main themes don’t get fully realized like they do in original but with some lovely indistinct hints you get the same lovely vibe, albeit in a more late night fashion. Wonderful work from Robert and another quality release on Balkan Connection. Don’t miss it.

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