Countdown to Armageddon! With 2012 drawing near, it’s about time we select an epic tune to enjoy as we munch popcorn and witness the end of the world. With that said, I’m nominating the spectacularly dramatic NiT GriT remix of Prituri se Planinata. The name means “avalanche” in Bulgarian, and the lyrics tell a tragic tale of two shepherds who were overtaken by the snowy deluge.
What we have here is Balkan folk meets Bay-area dubstep–not a mix you hear too often. The original is an old folk song from the Šar (Shar) mountain range located in the Republic of Macedonia. The particular version NiT GriT chose to remix is by the Serbo-Hungarian band Stellamara based in California. Vocalist Sonja Drakulich grew up in Los Angeles but came in touch with her roots by studying the music of Eastern Europe. She formed Stellamara in 1994 and recorded the ethereal Prituri se Planinata in 2009.
This remix is NiT GriT at his very best, displaying both his diverse taste in music and his mad production skills. He remains true to the beautifully epic original while implanting a dark and gritty mood of hopeless despair. Otherwise known as the 24-year-old San Jose native Danny Beallm, NiT GriT certainly laying down quite a path of destruction with one new mind-blowing track after another. It’s no wonder that his name is growing at an exponential rate, generating enough demand that he has begun touring the West coast area.