Bringing together a talented quintet in an artistic trio, Russia collaborates with the US as Mango, Meeting Molly & Phonic Youth visit ‘Iceland’. A single remix comes from Dutch master, Alex O’Rion.
Mango needs no introduction to the dance music faithful. An iconic name with a rich history dating back over 15 years, his music for a plethora of imprints including ARVA, Anjunadeep, UV and his own Mango Alley, have seen over 400 production credits to his name. A comparatively new name to the underground dance scene, Meeting Molly has come a long way since a late-2018 debut for Incepto Music. A half century of credits for both Songspire Records and Monstercat have been complemented by work for Colorize and Black Hole before now arriving on GMJ & Matter’s imprint. The final debutant sees San Francisco trio, Phonic Youth, revel in their differing musical backgrounds with a clutch of releases sprinkled over a decade and finding their way onto the likes of The Purr, Purified and Monstercat Silk.
‘Iceland’ is a beautifully atmospheric offering that excites the senses with its shuffling hi-hats, heavy beat and evocative melodic phrasing. Spine-tingling vocals shimmer across the track in haunting and ethereal fashion as elegant piano notes complement the delicate lyrics. Marrying arpeggiated synth patterns with fizzing white-noise effects and a deeply grooved bassline, ‘Iceland’ is a real tour de force of mature and modern progressive house.
A regular on Meanwhile with almost a score of original and remix production material, ‘Echium’ in mid-2021 and ‘Solis’ in late 2022, fully showcased Alex O’Rion’s unique talents with a raft of original music that illustrated why the Dutch producer is at the top of his production game. Remixes of GMJ & Matter’s ‘Gauntlet’ and ‘The Path’ showcased his remix skills as Alex O’Rion now debuts on Meanwhile Horizons with a typically imaginative and silky-smooth reworking that drives forward with a rolling groove and new rhythmic foundation as familiar keys from ‘Iceland’ cascade gently across proceedings. A perfectly placed vocal refrain echoes the key lyrical theme found in the original before opening-up fully at the mid-point breakdown, while a sumptuous club-friendly backdrop of thickly textured pads and white-noise pads radiate in gently pulsing waves and a generous coating of reverb.
Full of atmosphere and vivid sonic landscapes, ‘Iceland’ is lit up in an iridescent glow by Mango, Meeting Molly & Phonic Youth. You can now listen to the full premiere of Alex O’Rion remix exclusively on When We Dip. Enjoy!
Release Date: November 18th, 2022. Buy Here