Review: Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo

Label: Hotflush Recordings
Catalog#: HFT 009


A: Hyph Mngo

B: Wet Look

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After Braiden played ‘Hyph Mngo’ at COLONY the same time I was there, I was really close to ask him “which track was that”.

A track that did not only felt great that night, but also felt like a new context in an old pattern, taking the anthem aspects of tracks such as ‘Nesrib’ by SIS or similar releases and putting them into the UK funky and dubstep current state. One question that might come up is if it has the longetivity of more subtle tracks that focus less on elements surrounding the beat structure, or if it will remain while those said subtle tracks will be forgotten. Nonetheless, a track of this caliber is always unexpected; it’s always appreciated.

‘Hyph Mngo’ feels like a really great house track, one of those that every time it comes on, you can’t stand or sit still – a definition of a classic. I won’t be surprised if it gets played by almost everyone that “dares” to shift up to British tempo, on the other hand, the international emotional content of the track makes it suitable for almost any venue or situation.

The focus shifts through the duration of the track; the energy is maintained throughout, but goes from melody to melody and getting acompanied by the chopped up vocal. The beat structure keeps the funk intact, being held up by traditional deep and heavy bass breaking through the 4/4 bars.

A track that will probably stand out for the rest of the year, if not for even longer.

With the anthem potential of the A-side, ‘Wet Look’ on the B-side cools things off in an excellent way. Fitting perfectly to the records atmosphere, Joy Orbison pushes the beat advancements even further by shifting the focus from a distinct bassline and precise melodies to more complex rhythms. The melody goes from one to the next, being maintained by stabbing yet reduced sounds that fills in the vocal in an excellent way. ‘Wet Look’ feels even more current than ‘Hyph Mngo’, which is both daring and at the same time exciting.

2 Responses to “Review: Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo”

  1. 1 maxbacharach September 9, 2009 at 21:01

    Great review Noah. Really does justice to what’s set to be an amazing record.


  2. 2 Ahoyskin September 10, 2009 at 13:04

    Agreed. I can’t see why there’s this nonsense backlash against it at the moment. Both tracks are as superb as any of the subtle, hand-stamped wonders in my crate right now.

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