The 231st release on Balkan Connection sees label regular Ewan Rill teaming up with sometime studio collaborator Casper for a brand new single. The two have worked together in the past with great results on Balkan Connection, Mistique, Magic Room and Baroque. Here the duo have crafted a brand new EP entitled ‘Hack The Planet’ which comes with remixes from G ‘N’ P Tauro and Alex Villanueva.
We’ve been huge fans of Ewan’s stuff for quite some time now and his collaborations with Casper are top notch as well. ‘Matrix’ gets underway with a chugging groove and some glassy sounding electronics which add a nice sparkle to the surroundings. The atmosphere of the record begins to build as some subtle pads grow in the backdrop. A set of quirky lead hooks add some nice funk to the record while the flowing atmosphere keeps a lovely haze over the track during its smooth apex which should sound great on your dance floor. G ‘N’ P Tauro of LuPS Records fame delivers a funkier interpretation which adds some nice stabs and melodic bells. Meanwhile Alex Villanueva stays true to the atmospheric theme from the original and adds some nice claps and big bass stabs.
Two additional originals from Ewan close the package out the first of which ‘Hack The Planet’ comes with a groovy percussive vibe that has quite a timeless sound to it. And the final track ‘Answer’ follows a similarly percussive vibe that should delight techno and progressive fans equally. It’s an all round good package but we really love the final two tracks on the EP. Ewan’s a versatile producer and it really shows on those last two cuts, don’t miss them! Highly recommended. Release Promo Hype Chart Top 25