Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic return to Balance with two top-shelf productions. Joining them on remix duty is Swedish maestro Zoo Brazil, who stays true to form with a deep workout that will only enhance his already rock-solid reputation.
The kick on ‘Camouflage’ almost stays true to the track name: it is light, slightly hollow nature makes for a surprisingly infectious beat. Arpeggiated synths dance alongside each other while celestial pads add to the drama. The breakdown eventually gives way to another lead which adds a new layer of euphoria to what is already an uplifting affair.
As it struts along a playful and thick bassline, the real story behind ‘Borderline’ is a rhythm that forms a sturdy foundation. However, if you’re a fan of early James Holden or Border Community, you will find much more to like in its melodic meanderings. The synths shimmer like stars, oscillating and morphing while somehow maintaining shape, giving way to a satisfying vocal sample that might reverberate through time.
Toning the BPMs down a tad, veteran producer Zoo Brazil delivers a deeper take on ‘Borderline’. He stays true to the original by keeping the shining melody and the central bass motif (with some slight added funk). The percussion, however, has added layers of wood blocks and hats, giving this a much more groove-based workout. This is dance music that expertly straddles the line between cerebral and playful.
1. Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic – Camouflage
2. Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic – Borderline
3. Michael & Levan, Stiven Rivic – Borderline (Zoo Brazil remix)