New single Keep Faith heralds the long awaited return of producer-cum-legend Dave Dresden. Now with new partner Mikael Johnston of Mephisto Odyssey fame and co-writers collaborators John Debo and Mezo Riccio, Keep Faith is a lush, orchestral, vocal offering that looks set to inflame the airwaves and record boxes of the major players across a plethora of genres from house through to trance.
The Original Mix of Keep Faith is a blockbuster, an anthemic monster where the soaring vocals of Mezo Riccio are lain over reverberating guitars and synthed strings are designed with the dance floor most definitely in mind. On remix duty, the pair draft in some of the hottest young guns around in the shape of Morgan Page, Christian Luke, Ultra-Fi vs Save The Robot, Lenny Ruckus & Ana Vida, Darin Epsilon & Jourdan Bordes and Adam White. To round the package off, veteran remixer Harry ‘Choo Choo’ Romero of Eric Morillo’s Subliminal Records fame provides the standout mix that looks to be an across the board dj smash at this year’s Miami Winter Music Conference.
Page delivers a typically elegant edit, bringing the warmer elements of the orchestral arrangement through for a more tempered-down, delicate and progressive feel. Eschewing the main melody in favour of tap-dripping beats and simple piano chords, Australian upstart Christian Luke’s remix smacks of those late night, throbbing, darkened dance floors where it’s all about the stripped back rhythms and deeper grooves. Finally the UK’s Adam White delivers the intriguingly entitled ‘emalodic’ mix. Going full throttle for the hands in the air, body-rushing variety of trance bound to be snapped up in a second, White shows why Paul Oakenfold has been in his corner all these years.
Who are they?
If Dresden needs an introduction, the question simply begs; where have you been? One half of Gabriel & Dresden, the American was responsible for some of the biggest anthems in recent times, including Tracking Treasure Down, Dangerous Power, Arcadia and the international smash hits As The Rush Comes (as Motorcycle) and Beautiful Things (as Andain) to name just a few.
Mikael Johnston is the founder of influential San Fran house act and Warner Bros. alumni Mephisto Odyssey. As well as being one of the West Coast’s most celebrated underground artists Mikael has also collaborated with, remixed and engineered for a hand-picked selection of true musical heavyweights, including Jane’s Addiction, Static-X, Soul Coughing, Smash Mouth, The Sounds and Goapele.
The new duo have collaborated on their first single with longtime friend DJ John Debo alongside powerhouse vocalist Mezo Riccio. John Debo has had a long and illustrious career first getting his feet wet in the Boston underground in the early 90’s when he was discovered by Stress Records founder Dave Seaman. John released two singles on Stress before partnering with DJ Icey, Micro and Kimball Collins to help cultivate the East coast rave scene. Debo soon became a national touring act with 90’s clubbing powerhouse Caffeine, and Moonshine Over America.
Mezo Riccio is a relative newcomer only appearing on one song previously “Superconcious” (Oxalis Records, 2006). This virtually unknown powerhouse vocalist is poised to rise to quick prominence with his memorable performance on Keep Faith.