Balkan Connection returns this week with one of their strongest packages of the year. The labels 254th release sees Gav Fraser returning for his fourth overall appearance. The Belfast based producer has had a solid 2013 with appearances on Mirabilis, Liquid Grooves and Baroque. We first heard about Gav through some of his bootlegs from years gone by and also with his early work on Deepsessions and Lowbit. His new single for Balkan Connection ‘Sundance’ looks to be one of his strongest releases to date and with remix support coming in from Beat Syndrome and Jelly For The Babies there is no reason it shouldn’t be a spectacular offering.
Gav has supplied three versions of ‘Sundance’ here with the original and instrumental versions offering some wonderful dance floor vibes. Warm funky hooks, inviting vocal samples and an overall summery, party like vibe are what makes them so great. The Dub version however is even more spectacular. The funkiness of the original is downplayed just a touch but the smooth hypnotic themes that Gav has added in are just perfect. It’s got that effortless glide that you just love to hear with a dubby record like this. Perfect dark room material from Gav.
The first remix is provided by Jelly For The Babies who in addition to a wide array of great singles and remixes this year also released his debut LP. ‘Dream Hunter Chronicles’ showcased Jelly’s wide array of studio skills perfectly and enjoyed an extended stay in Beatport’s Progressive House chart as well. His remix of ‘Sundance’ marks his 29th appearance on Balkan Connection and it’s one of his most enchanting pieces this year. Jelly’s deep and delicate production chops have worked wonders on ‘Sundance’. The lazy groove accommodates the cool vocals, soft rhythmic stabs and delicate atmosphere in such a way that you just want to listen to it forever. Top notch stuff from Jelly For The Babies.
The second and final remix on the package is provided by Beat Syndrome. Hamed Safi aka Beat Syndrome continues to prove why he’s one of Canada’s top producers. His recent work for Sound Avenue, Movement, Agara and 3rd Avenue have showcased a much broader and more musical scope than what we’ve heard from Beat Syndrome in the past. It’s definitely inspiring to hear and his remix of ‘Sundance’ just continues his strong run. The added drive and energy is evident in Beat Syndrome’s mix but the delicate beauty of the original is not lost at all. Hamed has re-created the strong themes from the original with ease amidst a warm bed of bubbly textures that sounds absolutely divine. Top notch release from Balkan Connection don’t miss it.