Our favourite Canadian duo Beat Syndrome return this week for a new EP on Balkan Connection. Hamed Safi & Navid Mehr have just returned from a very successful European tour and after a string of solid releases to start off 2013 the duo looks set for even bigger things as the year moves forward. Beat Syndrome’s new EP for Balkan Connection is entitled ‘Melkor’ and it comes with two brand new original productions with remixes from: Erdi Irmak, Napalm & d-phrag and Nicholas Van Orton.
The title cut gets the EP underway with some deep and sultry dance floor grooves. Panning claps and glassy bells balance the funky back room foundation quite nicely as the record builds. Long bass tones serve as a transition into the main drop where the bubbly lead goes through a series of brain teasing modulations. Subtle atmo-stabs build some taste fully restrained tension as the groove drops back with a bit more oomph than prior to the break. Layered beats and warm bass stabs dominate the second half which finishes incredibly strong and should work really well on wide variety of dance floors.
The lone remix comes from a producer we have been singing the praises of a lot lately, Turkey’s Erdi Irmak. His cross over progressive tech house sound continues to amaze and he’s gotten 2013 off to a great start with releases on Movement, Bermudos, Mistique, OLD SQL, Reelaux Digital and Vise Versa. For his ‘Melkor’ remix Erdi has provided a wicked complement to Beat Syndrome’s deep and lush sounding original. The Turkish producer has toughened up the framework and the resulting groove has a powerful drive as a result. The gorgeous melodic elements are used perfectly as they add some nice textures but without taking anything away from the powerful groove. Awesome stuff from Erdi.
The second original on the package ‘Ceylon’ comes with a contemporary melodic sensibility which is the ideal companion for ‘Melkor’ as they are similar in sound but with ‘Ceylon’ perhaps packing a bit more punch. The tough kick and vibrant framework keep things firmly on the dance floor while the drifting atmospheres and soft melodic stabs provide just the right amount of emotional content.
Hotly tipped Naplam & d-phrag provide the first remix and stay quite true to the main theme from the original but with a much drummier framework and a beautifully expansive breakdown which should certainly raise a few goose bumps on the dance floor. Closing the package out is veteran producer Nicholas Van Orton who provides what is perhaps the best club track on the EP. Rolling grooves and rhythmic stabs give it that infectious hypnotic vibe that is sure to create some nice dance floor momentum.
You’d be hard pressed to find two better originals than Beat Syndrome have produced here and the remixes complement them quite well. One of the best releases on Balkan Connection this year. Highly recommended. Release Promo Hype Chart Top 25. Releasepromo