Cyril Hahn – Perfect Form feat. Shy Girls
Label: PMR RecordsScore: 8/10
In today’s over-saturated electronic music scene where everything starts to sound like the same song, it’s refreshing when something completely original floats to shore. And when the music world’s elite scramble over themselves to get a piece of the action, you know to sit up and take note.
Cyril Hahn is exactly that: a breath of fresh air in the stagnant humidity of the contemporary dance music scene. Signed by PMR Records, championed by radio DJs and booked for an entire summer of dates and festivals before putting out any of his own music, the Vancouverite made waves earlier this year with his ethereal reworkings of classic R&B tracks. His take on Destiny’s Child Say My Name takes a poppy melody and renders it entirely sacred-sounding, pitch-shifting Beyoncé’s vocals to sound more like a deep, monk-like chant. Solange and Mariah Carey received the same treatment, turning their poppy tones into more somber yet just as infectious works of art. His remix of HAIM was a wet dream for fans of synths and echo effect.
Having worked everyone up with these mysterious remixes, Hahn has released his first single proper. Titled Perfect Form and featuring the gentle voice of Shy Girls, his first production effort lives up to the high expectations he set with his remixes. Retaining his inimitable blend of atmospheric pop, dreamy electronica and breathy vocals, it’s a storming debut of original material that showcases the strength of the man’s vision.
Having taken iconic tracks and reworked them into icons once more, it looks like the stage is set for Cyril Hahn to become an icon in his own right.