Releases rarely come much bigger than this. When Cypherpunx submitted ‘Alien’ to Renaissance HQ it had that instant reaction; it was a record they had to sign. But this should come as little surprise, the pedigree behind it is immense – Cypherpunx have a CV that already includes Crosstown Rebels, Bedrock and GU. One half of the duo, NOLAN, recently featured on Sasha’s LUZoSCURA album and has upcoming releases on Mobilee, LNOE and Rebellion; plus – as if that weren’t enough – the vocals come from none other than Sian Evans of Kosheen, who arrives hot off a Beatport number 1 with Tinlicker’s re-work of ‘Hide U’.
“I know it’s been said before lately, but ‘Alien’ is yet another pandemic baby,” explains NOLAN, “having still not met in person, a mutual friend hooked us up with Sian who was into our sound and happy to come up with some killer top-line vocals for a few of the tracks we sent over to her in Bristol. Alien fitted perfectly.”
“Despite not having a conventional song structure with a chorus as such, and with guidance from Renaissance to take it slightly darker to counter Sian’s instantly recognisable voice, we felt very excited with the finished product”, says Doug, the other half of Cypherpunx.
And it is for this reason one of the world’s biggest producers signed-on to remix it – Sébastien Léger. “I haven’t done a remix for 2 years, which isn’t for a lack of offers, I just need to be able to hear the potential and Sian’s vocal really swung it,” he confirms, “I instantly knew I’d be able to do something unique”, which we think is a bit of an understatement to say the least as it’s an absolute whopper of a track, set to become one of summer’s standout anthems. “I’ve been road-testing it at my recent return gigs and based on the reactions from the dancefloor it looks promising!”, he says humbly.
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