Balkan Connection is quickly approaching their 300th release. The global imprint has always been a purveyor of quality progressive house whether it be from tried and tested veterans like Nicholas Van Orton and Juan Deminicis or exciting new producers like Michael A. The labels 290th release is out this week and it sees Nicholas Van Orton returning for his 55th appearance and a brand new single. The Argentinean’s latest studio production is entitled ‘Crimson Typhoon’ and it comes with remixes from Michael A, Niko Fantin and Loquai.
The timing seems right for ‘Crimson Typhoon’ as it presents a wonderfully laid back, summery vibe. The well textured melodies seem to float effortlessly over Nicholas’ tightly constructed groove. The use of some sonic sounding electronics following the main break adds a warped dimension which transitions back to the heavenly textures perfectly. The end result is a liquid smooth finale that got some amazing beachside vibes. Great stuff from Nicholas.
The first remix is provided by Michael A who is returning to Balkan Connection for his ninth appearance. The Belarus based producer was widely regarded as one of 2013’s most promising new artists. He’s continued that strong momentum this year with key releases on 3rd Avenue, Movement Recordings and Stellar Fountain. His forthcoming remixes for Stergois ‘Luna’ are exceptional and he’s done a fabulous job with his ‘Crimson Typhoon’ interpretation as well. Opting for a spacey techno inspired rework Michael has not only provided a great complement to Nicholas’ warmer original but added another great piece to his already impressive discography.
The second remix on the release is provided by Niko Fantin. The Argentinean producer could now be considered a veteran of the scene and his productions for Frisky Records were some of the biggest of their time. His production output has certainly trailed off a bit in the last several years so it’s great to see him with a remix here. Niko has always had a techier slant to his productions; so much so that he even coined a new Tjarks alias for the sound. His interpretation of ‘Crimson Typhoon’ falls well into the contemporary progressive house realm though. Niko’s tough beats, well processed electronics and romping groove lay down a nice foundation while the chopped up melodic lines dance about with a nice vibrancy above. It offers a great alternative to the softer original while still staying true to its smooth progressive sensibilities. Excellent work from Niko and great to see him on this release.
The third and final remix comes from Loquai who is making his fifth appearance on Balkan Connection. The Russian born but Germany based producer just released his ‘Skyhouse’ single on Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic’s Mistique Music and his ‘Crimson Typhoon’ interpretation closes the release out on a strong note. Loquai’s incredible groove prowess is on full display here once again with a chunky foundation that’s made up of well textured slabs of bass. The lead melodic elements are used sparingly so for those looking for a slightly dubbier and more groove based approach then this is likely the mix for you. A solid remix from Loquai and a great summer release for Balkan Connection.