Yggdrasil - Dímun
NUNORTHERN SOUL - NUNS026V
NuNorthern Soul proudly presents Dimun, an overlooked neo-classical / ambient fusion track by Faroe Islands-based producer Kristan Blak’s Yggdrasil project. Label boss ‘Phat’ Phil Cooper was playing G! festival on the Faroe Islands in 2019 and as part of the experience the delegates, artists and DJs where invited to see and experience some of the cultural spots and institutions of the Faroe Islands. One of those was Tutl records owned by Kristian Blak. Tutl records is a wonderful record store and label representing the wealth of amazing Faroese recording talent and has been around for years.
Kristian invited a few people to his house and he played the piano line of Dimun, Phil recorded it on his phone and could not stop watching it… He eventually contacted Kristian to ask about the music which led to it being licensed for this release.
Mike Salta steps up with studio partner Marty ‘Mortale’ to create an epic 12 minute version with a nod to the heritage and sounds of Cafe Del Mar circa 1998 and with added new flavours of Ibiza al la Mark Barrott / International Feel. The flip sees UK producer & DJ, Chris Coco take the helm with his dreamy New Age version chilled to the perfect temperature for lost La Torre sunset moments. Finally we have the original version and to quote David from One Million Sunsets "This is ace, all three versions, you could put them together to make one long track. New Age finally making a proper comeback."
Dr Rob, BanBanTonTon, Japan - The original makes near classical use of acoustic piano and violin. The latter touched by the melancholy of the traveling people. A little Romany romance, surrounded by a faint shimmer of cymbals and gongs. Chris Coco turns in a short treatment. Toying with the track`s parameters of sound. The piano now playing amongst phased buzzing drones. The piece still beatless, but with an increased electronic edge. An added woodwind now carrying the themes of Norse tradition. Its midnight air recalling the darker moments on Jose Padilla`s first Cafe Del Mar compilation, those by artists such as Tabula Rasa. Mike Salta and Mortale conversely create a 12 minute epic. Of staggered chimes, and balearic bongos. Tabla fills, seabirds, and funky clavinet clusters. Ecstatic introspection rocked by the rhythm of the lapping tides and a contra bass-line. A suitable substitute soundtrack to the seminal A Short Film About Chilling - hazy halcyon but somehow more innocent days. Its drums breaking on a beach as if it were IBIZA 90 all over again.
Marco, Hear & Now, Italy - A really intense release by NuNorthern Soul, the timeless Yggdrasil's piano composition is masterfully brought to another dimension by Chris and beautifully reworked by Mike Salta & Mortale
Phil Mison, Cantoma, UK - I really like the original and the mixes.
Willie Graff, Ibiza - The original version of "Dumin" is beautiful morning music. Mike Salta & Mortale have done a great job on the remix too! Nice evening/pre-sunset vibes.
Leo Mas, Italy - Really nice release, great Phil. I like all versions, Dímun (Mike Salta & Mortale Remix) is my fav. Grazie
Max Essa, Japan - Wow, that's a beautiful piece of music! The remixes are superb, they've both managed to take it to a different place while remaining sensitive to the original composition. I think my favourite of the bunch is the Mike Salta & Mortale remix.