The latest release from Balkan Connection finds Marc Pollen returning to the label for a brand new single.
The Dutch producer has been a long time contributor to the Serbian imprint with this being his 19th appearance. It’s been over a year since his last outing though and in general he’s been a bit quieter production-wise this year, so this new single is a welcome one. Dramatically titled ‘Die Like A Hero’ it features three top notch remixes from Nicholas Van Orton, Ewan Rill and Subandrio.
The original mix leads the release off and once again finds Marc exploring his fresh hybrid of progressive and techno. Beginning with a tough kick and scattered hits, there’s a fluid energy building straight away. Big bass swells flow through a series of warped modulation which carves out a deadly groove before waves of percussion add more fuel to the fire. Marc works in some lovely hypnotic motifs, not overly emotional but trippy and perfectly suited to the nature of the track. A stripped down second act focuses on some cool effects which further tantalize the senses before a rising tension produces the ultimate big moment. Monster track from Marc and surely one of his best.
The first interpretation of “Die Like A Hero’ is supplied by Nicholas Van Orton who is making his 61st appearance on the label. The BCSA label boss and long time veteran of the Argentinean scene has been one of Balkan Connection’s primary artists and has also developed the South American division into a fine underground imprint. His originals and remixes have been noted for their great groove based qualities and superior sound which is certainly apparent on his ‘Die Like A Hero’ remix. In going with a much deeper, groovier approach Nicholas has provided an excellent complement to the original. The open, spacious quality it has is a definite plus and that bubbly, well contoured groove is just irresistible. Excellent remix from Nicholas.
The second interpretation of ‘Die Like A Hero’ is provided by another long time Balkan Connection veteran Ewan Rill. The Russian artist and Sever Records label boss is making his 69th appearance on the Serbian imprint and continues to dominate the progressive underground with his club friendly grooves. Most recently Ewan remixed Da Luka’s ‘Heart Of Steel’ on Balkan Connection South America which was just released last week. For his ‘Die Like A Hero’ interpretation Ewan has delivered a big, funky bomb. Anchored by a chunky and incredibly groovy foundation it doesn’t take long for the Russian artist to present an array of reworked elements from the original in fine style. That persistent hypnotic vibe emanating from the original is on display perfectly and the clever effects find their place as well, all amidst a storming framework which just doesn’t let up. Huge remix from Ewan.
The third and final interpretation of ‘Die Like A Hero’ is supplied by Subandrio who is making his second appearance on Balkan Connection. The Sri Lankan producer first appeared on the Serbian imprint with his remix of Napalm & d-phrag’s ‘For The Love of Machines’ in June of this year. It preceded his release on Perspectives Digital where he was announced as one of the winner’s in the labels ‘Outliers’ remix competition. Subandrio is still vastly underrated in the underground, his style is quite in line with what’s currently fashionable in the progressive new school and it’s only a matter of time before he fully breaks through. There’s a slew of great material forthcoming so the remainder of 2015 and on into 2016 looks quite promising for him. Can’t say I’ve ever heard something from Subandrio which didn’t sound great and he’s turned in a superb remix of ‘Die Like A Hero’ to close the release out. His rough and rugged basslines cut though nicely here and some well placed, delicately polished melodies add a very ethereal touch. A dramatic break pushes it over the edge with a smooth exhilarating build welcoming the return of those perfectly contoured grooves. Just a massive remix from Subandrio again and a great end to the release. Don’t miss it.