Review: As boss of Balkan Connection South America, Nicholas Van Orton (no connection to Conrad) presents the milestone fourteenth edition of his label compilation series. Real name Ariel Gandolfo, the Buenos Aires based DJ/producer/illustrator serves up some choice electronic cuts on BCSA 014, the bulk of it by Van Orton himself in collaboration with a slew of other local artists. His collaboration with Hot TuneiK titled "Agua" is on a deep and sensual progressive house tip, while his track "Shelby" gets reinvented as a tribal rain dance by Rick Pier O'Neil. Nikko Mavridis makes a few appearances and is in top form on the deep electro house mood music of "Indigo" (original mix), while pure euphoria awaits on Daniel Glover's remix of Federico Monachesi's "Lebda" and there's always time for a track that is as slinky and hypnotic as Enzo Corigliano "Monica" (original mix).
Review: Sharing associations with labels like Mobilee, Get Physical and Bedrock, LA duo Dance Spirit arrive on Balance Music out of Australia. Delivering the pair's first release for 2020 it sees Dance Spirit reach deep into synth-laden, arpeggiotic, progressive electro territory. WIth the searing strings of "Close To The Sun'' combining with the percussive melodies of its bassline and skittering hi-hats, similar rhythms and deep tones match its aquatic counterpart in "Roses". For something a little harder and dubbed out there's "What A Soul Sounds Like", a minimal-esque power ballad of crackles, fizzles and pop given an ambient remix with its groove and drums totally removed for a science function blast of sound.