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REVIEW: Orkidea Ft. Sami Uotila - Strange World out on Black Hole recordings

01: Orkidea Ft. Sami Uotila - ‘Strange World’ (Extended Mix)
02: Orkidea Ft. Sami Uotila - ‘Strange World’ (Tom & Hills Remix)

Having begun 2016 with his Lowland-collab ‘Glowing Skies’, Orkidea ties off his production year with the single release of the brilliant and genuinely affecting ‘Strange World’. The final track to be lifted from last summer’s ‘Harmonia’ album, the release features the singularly memorable tones of vocalist (and fellow Fin) Sami Uotila. 

With Orkidea himself elevating ‘Strange World’ to club-mix length, the release also features a cool, stylish refashioning from the Helsinki-based pairing of Tom & Hills. 

While its opening bass notes may have some real groove behind them, make no mistakes about Orkidea’s full intentions here! His single release expansion of ‘Strange World’ is designed & plotted for a peak-time, mass effect reaction. Sami Uotila’s vocals channel early Dave Gahan, while his incisive, perceptive lyrics will touch a chord with many. With a blade-sharp leadline, Tapio charges the break, before his equally deadly top-of-the-drop key change triggers its white lightning moment. 

With peak-hour business taken care of, Petri Mäkitalo & Ramon Soivio (better known as duo Tom & Hills) home in on a cooler variant of ‘Strange World’. Houser in tempo and atmospherically proggier in top-tone, think ‘Discopolis’ for 2016 and you’re well on the right track. 

Interview with Orkidea at ADE 2016 

Download your copy of ‘Aurora’ via Beatport here

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"]Vocals and Lyrics[/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 Ft. Sami Uotila - Strange World [/item]
 [content title="Summary" label="Overall Score"]Orkidea is definitely a legend in progressive trance scene with Unity being the absolute track that has defined progressive trance for many years. His latest single Strange World is a cover of a song from KE that has been recorded by the rock band HIM. Orkidea reinterpretation moves on the progressive trance tip with tribalish grooves, techy basslines, thumping drums, electro touches and amazing synthy work that takes back in the electro pop era. The vocal by Sami is emotional and will grasp the attention of the listener in a club or daytime radio shows. Classy energetic production that works perfectly in the warm up part of your set. Tom & Hills continue the quality with brilliant progressive house remix that recalls the finest moments of the genre. Smooth and hypnotic the track is luring like any cobra snake that waits to give you that final byte. The breakdown is inspiring to let the inhibitions go and when the climax comes you better let your body follow the flow of the synths and singalong about a world that becomes Stranger every day! #PureGold Love It [/content]

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