Silk Royal proudly welcomes Swiss act Dinka to its ranks with a re-release of the anthemic "Lotus," a track that has already witnessed radio support from Above and Beyond, Paul van Dyk, Matt Darey, Marcus Schossow, Blake Jarrell, and more. With an unparalleled ability to combine lush melodies, world music samples, and club-killing beats in each and every one of her productions, Dinka has quickly become one of the most sought after producers and DJ's in progressive. This package also features two brand remixes by a pair of fellow progressive heavyweights: Soundprank and Johan Vilborg.
The Original Mix captures the essence of the Dinka sound, which has captivated global progressive audiences for years now. Moody pads, "old-world" instrumental effects (such as an exotic flute), and a light, "teaser" rhythm give the track a suspenseful and evocative introduction. The beat and furious, peak-hour bassline soon arrive, as well as the first of many poignant world music vocal samples; by the quarter turn of the track, we have been transported into a primitive world, reinforced by the many tribal chants and vox effects that punctuate the build of the tune. In the main break, all of these elements are enhanced, and a stadium-filling drum roll and chord-based lead synth progression elicit a hands-in-the-air moment from the listener. The drop to follow is equally awe-inspiring and dancefloor-killing.
Canadian sensation Soundprank, who is recently responsible for a variety of sensational EP's on Anjunadeep, as well as a standout remix of Chicane and Ferry Corsten's "One Thousand Suns," returns to Silk for the first time since his beloved original "Burner" and remix of "Yesterday's Tears." Since we last had the privilege of working with him, Soundprank has perfected the technical quality and further pushed the boundaries of sound design in his productions. His interpretation here is a pull-no-punches, peak-hour bomb, as it immediately jets out of the gate with a powerful rhythm and inspired new bassline. A quintessentially meaty chord progression fills out the mid-range of the tune, while a variety of arps and atmospheric touches, as per usual, tickle the ear in a way that keeps the track sounding fresh with each new bar. In the break, a delicate, organ-based lead melody is fully solo'ed, followed by a more "epic," buzzy synth rendition of the same melody. A gut-busting drop follows - truly one of the highlights of this exhilarating rendering.
Finally, rising Swedish talent Johan Vilborg, a breakthrough artist on Silk Royal this past year with several top-charting and internationally supported singles and remixes (including "Altara" and "Warmer Days"), offers an uplifting, end-of-summer take. Vilborg's remix features a stunning vocal stab progression, a true artist signature, as well as a a completely re-imagined lead chord progression that is nothing short of euphoric. Fans have drawn similarities between Vilborg and Arty, with their penchant for jubiliant, layered leads, and the inspired melodies on this one prove that Vilborg has earned the flattering comparison. Later on in the tune, the rhythm is given a bit of extra "hop," seemingly inviting the listener to jump along with the dynamic lead.