The 318th release on Balkan Connection finds Reflection Soul returning to the label for a brand new EP.
Robert Besmaternykh aka Reflection Soul hails from Russia and first hit the scene with his releases on Balkan Connection and Mistique Music. He’s been an integral part of the Balkan Connection family ever since and has now appeared on the label eighteen times. His latest double A-side release is entitled ‘Raft / Taste’ and it comes with remixes from GMJ and Matter.
The early Reflection Soul tracks were generally a smooth blend of melodic techno with progressive house sensibilities but his sound has certainly evolved quite a bit since then. With all of electronic music getting deeper Reflection Soul has followed suit and both ‘Raft’ and ‘Taste’ are quite exceptional. The lead track ‘Raft’ comes with a variety of melodic elements which have just the right amount of gleam and sparkle about them. The warm, fluid foundation powers the massive groove while a cool selection of female vocal snips add further sensory stimulation. The companion piece ‘Taste’ slows the tempo down a touch and comes with a grungy, heavily textured foundation. Again a wide array of vocal elements keep things really fresh throughout and work perfectly with the big bass stabs which are ultimately the star of the show. Two very strong tracks from Reflection Soul.
The lone interpretation of ‘Raft’ is supplied by GMJ who is making his third appearance on Balkan Connection. The Aussie producer first appeared on the label with his remix of Sjoerd Korsuize ‘Sistema’ which was released in February of 2014, he then followed that up with a string of impressive outings on Baroque Records, Stellar Fountain and Temporum Music. GMJ’s always had a really unique sound and he tends to border genres quite well. On his ‘Raft’ interpretation he has gone deep and dubby with exceptional results. The atmosphere throughout the production is really incredible and definitely a captivating element. The misty haze that surrounds the chunky groove is downright intoxicating and the panning vocal gates just add to the general landscape of psychedelia. The bass line will likely be what people identify with the most; it’s exceptionally well shaped with gorgeous character and it carries an enormous presence; and It’s what keeps this otherwise trippy, atmospheric piece so focused on the dance floor. Massive remix from GMJ.
The lone interpretation of ‘Taste’ is provided by Matter who is making his fourth appearance on Balkan Connection. The Aussie producer’s ‘You Are Here’ got 2015 off to a great start and the remainder of the year promises to be the best on record. Matter’s got a deep, hypnotic sound like no other. His pulsating grooves and fluid rhythms are in a way a throwback to the glory days of Vapour Records but with a new found modern twist. Like most Matter productions his ‘Taste’ interpretation has once again been a favourite of the underground DJs and it’s not hard to see why. The tracks tasteful build, mesmerizing sound spirals and delicate melodic sensibilities are so refined and classy that you actually forget how big the production really is; and that extra bit of emotion that comes through during the main break is the icing on the cake. Brilliant stuff from Matter. Don’t miss it, Beautiful release from Balkan Connection once again.