As an iconic DJ, virtuoso producer and label head of the revered Noir Music imprint, Noir has established a reputation as a go-to name for the best in upfront, forward-thinking electronic music. Joining the dots between house and techno, Noir’s own productions have graced labels like Defected and Get Physical. Long time collaborator Hayze is no stranger to success either, having featured on tracks with everyone from Kings Of Tomorrow to Rudimental in a career spanning almost 20 years and he is now widely regarded as one of the underground’s most gifted and versatile singer-songwriters.
If we cast our minds back to 2011, we remember the pair joining forces to unique effect, with the anthemic ‘Around’, a cult offering of deep-as-you get baselines and low-key edgy and endeering vocals which garnered them success no end. With this in mind it is no surprise that the pairs new collaborative single ‘Angel’ is already proving a huge success. A track which sidesteps current trends with confidence, it is another surefire slice of dancefloor gold, but like ‘Around’, there is a deep message and meaning that resonates through the vocal and, as with many of Hayze’s songs, it screams the sincere emotion both listeners and toe-tapping thrill-seeking dancers alike will relate to. It builds up with sharp percussive inclination before coming alive as deep, rolling bass and glistening synth lines intertwine with an unerring, infectious charm. Hayze’s vocal sits perfectly amidst the track’s relentless, thudding energy too and adds weight to the series of stunningly worked crescendos that give ‘Angel’ all the anthemic weight required to make a serious impression in 2014.
After hearing this, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t excited about hearing the rest of Noir’s hotly-anticipated new album project.
Words: Brooke McCord