Greg Tomaz – Soul (Balkan Connection South America)

The latest release on Balkan Connection South America features the return of Greg Tomaz to the label.

Greg Tomaz

The Indian producer first appeared on the Nicholas Van Orton’s founded imprint in December of last year when he contributed his ‘Storyteller’ production to the labels NuBlood XVIII compilation. It was only Greg’s second ever release which followed his debut on Mistique Digital earlier the that year. The 236th release on BCSA now sees Greg returning for his first single entitled ‘Soul’ which comes with a remix from Nicolas Petracca.

It’s been a full year since Greg appeared on the NuBlood compilation so all the electronic music fans who discovered him there will certainly be happy to see this release. Greg’s original mix is a wonderful slice of deep, dubby progressive house. The track begins with a tough kick and some surrounding atmospheres which gradually build up around the framework. Then the melodic subtleties begin to get introduced with some bubbly clusters accenting the groove as the tracks presence continues to grow. Into the main break the full theme of the record is realized with a tasteful melodic sequence getting featured as the kick returns. The records third act brings things down a touch as the main melody gets washed away in favour of the atmospheres once more. A beautiful track from Greg.

The lone interpretation of ‘Soul’ is provided by Nicolas Petracca who is making his fifth appearance on Balkan Connection South America. Hailing from Argentina Nicolas has been one of 2014’s most pleasant surprises. A string of excellent productions (some in conjunction with Ezequiel Anile) on Dopamine Music, Soundteller Records and Asymmetric Recordings have been loved by the progressive house underground. For his ‘Soul’ interpretation Nicolas has beefed the track up considerably with a fuller more percussive groove. The Argentinean producer has reinvented the melodic elements from the original in a much subtler way and let the strength of the groove along with the shimmering synths carry the production. It’s the quirky percussive hooks and slow burning atmospheric build which makes this so great. It’s also void of any big breakdown and opts instead for several brief and very tasteful transitions. Great remix from Nicolas who continues to impress as 2014 winds to a close.

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