Oliver Heldens and Shantel Breathe New Life Into Classic Hit With “Bucovina 2023”

Breathing new life into a summery classic, Oliver Heldens has joined forces with Shantel for the infectious “Bucovina 2023.”

Heldens is still buzzing off his early-2023 single “Sound of Vondel,” as well as his progressive remix of Depeche Mode’s “Speak To Me” under his techno alias, HI-LO. Out now via his own Heldeep Records imprint, “Bucovina 2023” finds the Dutch superstar tap back into his melodic sensibilities and serves as yet another testament to his versatility as a producer.

Shantel, an artist renowned for his DJing, remixing and fusion of traditional Balkan melodies with electronic rhythms, dropped “Bucovina” back in 2008, resulting in a sensational dance hit that gained popularity across Europe. Seamlessly blending Ukrainian folk and Balkan styles, the original track is a take on the 1930s classic “Black But Sweet” by prominent Calypso artist Wilmoth Houdini.

“Bucovina 2023” maintains the original’s vibrant instrumentation while making for an irresistible summer jam. With a touch of Latin house vibes, Heldens and Shantel have released a track that’s bound to ignite any dancefloor with its organic grooves and warm basslines.

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Take a listen to “Bucovina 2023” below.


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Konstantinos Karakolis is a freelance music journalist based in Athens, Greece. Karakolis, who also produces electronic and hip-hop music, has been a steadfast contributor to EDM.com for over four years, focusing predominantly on music reviews. He also curates the brand’s “Underground Vibes” series, where he showcases unheralded musicians representing the next wave of dance music.

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