Wind Horse Records is pleased to unveil "Larrisa", its second release from the New Delhi-based artist Kartech. Born as Thakur Kartik, Kartech is an innovative mix engineer and producer who is known in the Indian house music scene for walking his own path and playing by his own rules. His musical background, technical knowledge, and talent as a DJ have done their part in influencing the Wind Horse sound over the years. On "Larrisa", Kartech is joined by a quartet of acclaimed remixers: India-based producers Llewellyn Hilt and Aaryan as well as Alvaro Hylander and City Soul Project from Europe.
"Larrisa", which made its first appearance on the Wind Horse Five Year Anniversary Sampler, is a groovy deep house track characterized by crisp rhythms, reverb-soaked synth hits, and a rumbling bass line riding alongside calming, melodic chords. These are split apart to a moving effect in a particularly gorgeous mid-track breakdown. The single's b-side, "Never Know How", takes things darker and into the psychedelic zone, presenting a bit of twisted percussion and an exciting interplay between a massive bass synth and Kartech's signature chord-play. This cut really comes alive.
The esteemed team of remixers tackle "Larrisa" with diverse and DJ-ready interpretations. Prolific Denmark-via-Spain producer Alvaro Hylander (DeepWit Recordings) presents a hypnotic version that pulses and booms as it draws one in, while UK duo City Soul Project (City Soul Recordings) turn up the swing and add some soulful vocal hits for a cool rework that only loosely references the original. Representing the Indian side of the Wind Horse family, Llewellyn Hilt delivers a sparser but much spacier remix of "Larrisa" that is introduced with a piercing kick drum, while Aaryan's version boasts bin-shaking sub-bass and intricate layers of percussion, memorably completing this club-primed package.
Kartech's "Larrisa" continues Wind Horse Records' forward momentum, having just eclipsed five years of high quality releases. With fine Indian talent as well as global inspirations on board, "Larrisa" sets the tone for the label's exceptional place in the deep house ecosystem.
Nick Warren - "Lovely release … all mixes are excellent."
Toomy Disco (Kitsuné / Under The Shade) - "Superb EP! These deep vibes are making me dance."
Inland Knights - "I'm digging the Alvaro Hylander remix."
Vanilla Ace - "The City Soul Project remix for me."
Motorcitysoul (Cocoon) - "The Alvaro Hylander remix is super sexy."
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch / Mega Jawns) - "The original of 'Larrisa' … all the way baby! Aaryan's remix is tidy, too."
SlanG (Spring Tube / Movement) - "'Never Know How' is the one for me."
Craig Stewart (Montana & Stewart / DCSTrax) - "Alvaro Hylander's remix for me … very tasty."
Vincent Kwok - "This is great deep house."
Dave Mayer (Strictly Rhythm / Hardsoul) - "I love 'Larrisa'! Great remixes, too."
Pathaan (Globetronica) - "Super release!"
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - "Superb stuff … it's difficult to pick one over another here as all are strong. A great pack all round, as to be expected from Wind Horse."
Jamie Topham (CDPool) - "A class original cut and a welcome return for Wind Horse and Kartech. A cool set of mixes on offer, but it's the City Soul Project guys who take the honours from me on this occasion."
Michael Fossati (Spirit of House) - "Wicked wicked remix by City Soul Project."
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) - "The deep, mellow, and ethereal sound of Alvaro Hylander remix is really solid."
DJ Di Costa (MoodyLushious Influences) - "Flawless release. Both original productions are stunning. As for the remixes of 'Larissa', I think this quartet of remixers has outdone itself - ace work."