Directly on the heels of "The Night After" and "Architect's Dream," the first two singles from Orion and J.Shore's pending artist album "Brotherhood," the exceedingly talented Finnish duo present the haunting "White Birds," including two peak-hour interpretations from fellow Finns Tom Fall and Heikki L.
Silk Royal veteran artist and radio show co-host Tom Fall kicks off the release with a "hands-in-the-air" dancefloor killer of a remix, showcasing a club-oriented style of progressive house that he has expertly refined this past year. The track begins with a heavy reverb'ed percussion loop as well as layered, trance-influenced version of the main melodic theme of the original mix. After a short mini-break, in which a bass-pad layer is added, we are hit with an incredibly massive drop, in which a buzzy bassline cuts through the track like a Ginsu knife. Yet, the most incisive moment in the tune does not occur until the main break, when all of the melodic themes of the original coalesce to epic effect.
The second remixer in the package, Heikki L (Anjunabeats, Armada), is a celebrated EDM veteran, whose diverse past work has ranged from techno to trance -- though, he is undoubtedly best known for peak-hour progressive house. His rendering of "White Birds" is centered initially on a "techy" house rhythm, as string "teaser" stabs of the original bleed through the various percussion elements. In the main break, a heavily filtered version of the main string theme creeps in; suddenly, a high-octane new string lead takes over, and we are ushered into a furious drop, centered on a take-no-prisoners low-end. While Tom's mix may find more appeal amongst progressive trance aficionados, fans of more "traditional" peak-hour house anthems may prefer this interpretation.
Finally, the stunning original version of "White Birds" by Orion and J.Shore is included in the package. Arguably the standout track on their upcoming "Brotherhood" artist album, the tune begins with a lead piano motif -- a haunting melody that ebbs and flows throughout the tune, with the help of backing choir vox and strings. In addition, a deep, almost "cavernous," bass provides balance on the low end. As with the other songs recorded for the album, lots of live instruments are on display here, including guitars and strings. The latter is gorgeously solo'ed in the main break, which is followed by an unexpectedly head-bop-inducing drum n' bass percussion section. These talented Finnish brothers should take a bow for their inspired work here.