Title: The Wish
Release Date: 24th March (Vinyl) 31st March (Digital) 2014
Cat No: FR190/FRD190
Is the Hyenah from Joburg or from Berlin? It could be both, or maybe neither. We don’t know. And we don’t really care because the music has hit us in a huge way and we’re just happy to be bringing you this serious club pressure with the debut Hyenah release here on Freerange.
On lead track The Wish (Dub) we’re treated to a percussion fueled, bass-heavy monster of a track which balances the dexterous, fluid grooves of the Motherland with immaculate teutonic sonics just perfectly. Slowly moving strings create a wonderful tension as the rhythm builds in intensity with rattling drums taking centre stage and jumping out of the mix like firecrackers.
Next up we have King Kobra which goes straight for the jugular with a stripped-back, bare-bones groove, a beautifully simple percussion rhythm becoming all you need for the main hook. Dubbed out deep house minimalism is the name of the game here, with the hypnotic beats drawing you in and the fat Hyenah production engulfing you like a sandstorm.
Flip over for a brilliant remix from our favorite French DJ and producer Manoo. This man has been responsible for some of the finest soul-tinged and afro-infused house music over the last 10 years with releases on Deeply Rooted House, Buzzin’ Fly and Real Tone. His remixes for everyone from Maya Jane Coles and Louise Vega to Osunlade and Terrence Parker are testament to the skills possessed.
Once again Manoo delivers in spades with this remix of The Wish , keeping the overall vibe intact but adding a rolling bassline, extra vocal hits and extending the arrangement into a most glorious ten minute workout.
01. The Wish (Dub)
02. King Kobra
03. The Wish (Manoo Likes Apfelschorie Remix)
04. The Wish (Manoo Darkside Remix)
I’ll be the first to admit that I slept on this EP for a while before realising how powerful it is. I came across ‘The Wish (Dub)’ on Freerange Records radio show a while back and I liked it so much that I had to get in contact with Hyenah.
‘King Kobra’, what a tune. Honestly, I wouldn’t be shocked if I came across this song on DJ China’s compilation. It perfectly fuses Deep House with that Tribal touch.
‘The Wish (Dub)’, it’s no secret, I’m totally in love with this song. You know when you a hear a really good song in a podcast and you rewind to the exact time the DJ plays it, just to hear it again and again – this is that song. Absolute destruction, the build up and then when the climax hits, something of a beauty but it doesn’t end there, after the break it keeps you on your toes, to a point where you rewind it because you weren’t ready for it to finish. Hyenah, this song damages.
Manoo’s remixes are both solid, honestly, I think this entire EP will invade dance floors and compilations. The Manoo remixes feature deeply rooted South African vocals, really touching, whilst the beat keeps you on your feet.
This entire EP is insane, not something to be taken lightly. In my opinion, this EP goes down well if you’re into Deep House, Deep Tech, Tribal House – you can’t go wrong with this, absolute destruction.
A personal favourite of mine is ‘The Wish (Dub)’, I’ve been repeating this song.
To ad even more joy to your heart, here is the official music video.