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REVIEW: Orkidea - Nana (Gai Barone Remix + Extended Mix) out on Black Hole recordings

01: Orkidea ‘Nana’ (Extended Mix)
02: Orkidea ‘Nana’ (Gai Barone Mix)

What (you ask yourselves!) could possibly equal the just-released wattage of Jerome Isma-Ae’s remix of the summer-celebrating ‘Nana’!?

Well, you may be looking at the answer to that question right now. On the form of his life this year, Orkidea has taken his ‘Harmonia’ fan-fave back into the studio and built the track up into an Extended Mix floor conquistador! If that wasn’t enough, in a perfect piece of remix symmetry, Gai Barone has developed ‘Nana’ on a different axis, drawing it outwards and turning it into a liquid cool, trance-progressive expedition. 

On his Extended version, Orkidea amplifies each and every one of ‘Nana’s key elements. Its Batacada drums march tougher and the percussion grooves harder, while the bass dives to yet more sonorous depths. Contrasting brilliantly, its epic synth uplift sweeps the length of the drop, before its looped, spirited vocal chant is freed to extraordinary effect. 

On his interpretation, Gai Barone applies a completely different production vista to ‘Nana’. Over it’s near 9-minute runtime, the Italian reimagines the track as a trance progressive piece, built for deep club-floor immersion. Packed with slow-release riffs and hypnotizing sequences, in the drop it filters and vocoders the chant, backing it with seraphim female harmonies. 

Completing ‘Nana’s summer 2016 experience, Gai Barone and Orkidea’s Extended Mixes are available from today. 

Dimitri Kechagias review:
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 [item value="10"]Beat and Rhythm[/item]
 [item value="10"]Basslines and Groove[/item]
 [item value="10"] Melody [/item]
 [item value="10"] Synths [/item]
 [item value="10"]Ethnic voices[/item]
 [item value="10"]Breakdown[/item]
 [item value="10"]Climax  / Drop / Crescendo / Pay off moment[/item]
 [item value="10"]Intensity, Drive and Energy[/item]
 [item value="10"]Sound-design and Arrangement[/item]
 [item value="10"]Overall Atmosphere[/item]
 [item value="10"]Goosebumps / Shivers moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Emotional affinity and heartfelt moments[/item]
 [item value="10"]Originality and Inventiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]Dancefloor Efficiency / Festival Arenas Effectiveness[/item]
 [item value="10"]You can’t get this memorable track out of your head[/item]
 [item value="10"]It has potential to become an anthem or a classic[/item]
 [item value="10"]Orkidea - Nana (Gai Barone Remix + Extended Mix)[/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]One of the most characteristic tracks of Okridea's incredible talent Nana is released as single with additional Gai Barone remix while the Extended version will please the fans as well. Firstly is the Gai Barone version that definitely raises the bar even higher and makes the whole difference. His version is much more energetic from his personal tracks and remixes with tough pulsating basslines, rolling grooves and on top ethnic vocal snippets and the main synthy hook that is repeated again and again to deliver the hypnotic effect. The breakdown is cinematic with great little details distorted vocal samples and the main synthy riff that is unleashed with devastating effects. His climax is the right and deserved crescendo moment you were waiting for charged with energy and mysticism as Gai knows so well to sound design his tracks. Extended mix has nice tribal grooves, steady beats, high-nrg synths with certain Giorgio Moroder influences and cool percussion too. The breakdown has the depth and substance you expect while the climax is melodic and super turbo charged with synths and ethnic vocals to transfer you to faraway lands. This is what I call Trance. #PureGold [/content]

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