By now, I'm sure you will all be familiar with Joy Orbison. If not, then chances are you would have heard 'Hyph Mngo' anyway, when Hotflush recordings released Fact Magazine's top song of 2009, everything changed for one Peter O' Grady. Since then, releases with the likes of Pearson Sound and Boddika have made him one of the key figures in the progression of alternative electronic music.
Italian producer Whitesquare takes Joy Orbsion's debut single to an entirely different level. Coming in at just under 10 minutes, Whitesquare offers an albeit structurally simple, yet provides an infectious interpretation of a modern classic. The track slowly crescendos to the first drop with a bass drum sound that it is too die for, accompanied with the iconic synth pattern of the original coupled another layer of similar sounds to add to the atmosphere and anticipation of the bridge. Whitesquare gives listeners what they are waiting for, when 3.34 hits, listeners are greeted with a hard-hitting bass line, percussion hitting hard and subtle melancholic sampled strings that make this track one of the few successful remixes of one of the most influential tracks of recent years.
Whitesquare takes the deep vibes even higher in the second drop, the ear is met with that foot tapping bass line again as well as the aforementioned atmosphere-making elements in the first half of the song. But this time, it is more intense , more infectious and it ultimately hits harder than the first half; keeping things new throughout. A prime example of a production that builds and builds and certainly pays off.
Joy Orbison - Hyph Mngo (Whitesquare Remix)
- Samuel Hughes