Cheap flights have opened Europe up, allowing discerning clubbers to explore some rather exotic realms. The past decade has witnessed a transformation in Croatia, with the country now home to events such as Stop Making Sense, Outlook and Dimensions.
There’s no Croatian sound, as such, but this new Ministry Of Sound compilation does a good job of bringing together loose ends, of uniting a disparate series of lavish outdoor events.
Spread across two discs, ‘Croatia Sessions’ is the sound of sunlight emerging behind a Medieval fortress, of the waves splashing against a boat in the Adriatic. The first mix echoes the chilled-out atmosphere of the daytime, with the wonderfully layered house production of John Talabot rubbing shoulders with the soulful electronics of Four Tet.
The second disc, though, is where the party starts. Primarily focussing on tech and deep house, it’s a 14-track mix which grabs you by the lapels and shakes you onto the dancefloor. Expect material from Shadow Child, MK, Claude VonStroke and more with the tempo rarely letting up.
Sure, it’s not as good as the real thing (but what, truly, could match the thrill of sunset above Croatia?). Yet if anything can re-capture the atmosphere of the summer season, it’s these twin mixes.
Words: David McCann
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Check out a preview mix of 'Croatia Sessions' below...
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