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 dextrous, 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 Louis 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.
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