Keep Faith (feat. John Debo & Mezo Riccio)
Dresden & Johnston
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||Keep Faith (feat. John Debo & Mezo Riccio) [Original Radio Edit]||Dresden & Johnston||4:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Keep Faith (feat. John Debo & Mezo Riccio) [Morgan Page Radio Edit]||Dresden & Johnston||4:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Keep Faith (feat. John Debo & Mezo Riccio) [Adam White Radio Edit]||Dresden & Johnston||2:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Keep Faith (feat. John Debo & Mezo Riccio) [Harry Choo Choo Romero Radio Edit]||Dresden & Johnston||4:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Alright, let me give a little background about myself before I type this review. My name is Alireza Samadpour and I have been a strong supporter of Dresden & Johnston since they first started and I am STILL a supporter of Gabriel & Dresden. The music from G&D sparked a new generation of dance music that changed my life, but when I found out that Gabriel & Dresden were no more on that cold and sad day in March of 2008, I was incredibly upset. For several months, there was just a void in my musical enjoyment because I knew there would never be another Gabriel & Dresden. 11 long months passed and a new duo was announced via Beatportal. After doing a bit of research of my own, I got some information on Mikael Johnston and realized that they would be great together. After a few remixes (The Fear and Love Story and Black Rainbows) they really started to take the scene. There's some background... now let's talk about the tracks!
This song is by no means your typical electronic dance song in the sense that it does not have cheesy vocals paired with a industry standard beat. It really packs a lot of emotion and energy which is a nice breath of fresh air once in a while. The vocals are simple but can speak to everyone in a way that everyone can relate to. This song got a lot of hype right after the Haiti earthquake and it was perfect for what was going on at the time. A lot of positive vibes from Mezo Riccio's lyrics make this a truly special release for me.
My favorite version: The Original
Its not hard to defend why this is my favorite. The passionate vocals mixed with the strong production by Dresden & Johnston and co-production by John Debo really create an incredible musical adventure for the listener.
I thought there would never be another Gabriel & Dresden, but Dave and Mikael are QUICKLY proving me wrong. I cannot wait for the album release and future productions from these two.
Dave and Mikael: I am incredibly proud of you guys and how far you guys have come in just 15 months. I am looking forward to seeing you guys soon.
Keep Faith, Be Strong Finding More Reasons to Hold On..... A modern anthem that crosses generations. The perfect internal chant to motivate you through these times of financial uncertainty and personal trouble.
Beautiful piece of work!!
Keep Faith - A harbinger of great things to come
Score one for positive energy.
Dresden & Johnston’s first original release is as much a song for a world in the balance as it is representative of their individual careers. It takes a lot of balls to dissolve an act as popular as “Gabriel & Dresden” or “Mephisto Odyssey” mid-career and start again from scratch. Listening to Keep Faith, I find myself reminded of the first time I heard Pearl Jam’s “Ten” album. There is a gorgeous complexity of sound that not only surpasses the average musicality of house or trance but also speaks volumes for what is to come later.
Make no mistake; this duo will have a serious impact on the club genre before they are done.
With Keep Faith, Dave & Mikael continue their delicious descent from the height of “Gabriel & Dresden” post house/trance into their gritty rockin' roots, which any fan of Mephisto would be familiar with. Sure, you can still hear the classic house beat and offset bass but the overall vibe is already pushing the limits of what has gone before. This early effort may not have confounded remixers as fully as their second release, “That Day”, did a few weeks later but it certainly challenged the heck out of them. This isn’t digital music, my friends, this is rock symphony blended with post & progressive house. From what I know and from what I’ve heard, it’s only going to get better.
Listening to the original radio mix, we can hear the same vocal effect (albeit more subtly) D&J used on their remix of the Crystal Method’s “Black Rainbows”, which took that track from floaty/girly to something that would have done Shirley Manson proud.
DJ’s love the Morgan Page mix for its driving dancability and subtle background elements. Hary Choo Choo grits it up a bit, diving into Electro while Adam White pushes out a classic Trance stunner. All things considered, this is a great compilation that has everything but a breaks track for your enjoyment.
With Keep Faith, we have a loud opening salvo from a new production duo. Between Dave Dresden’s diverse, offbeat, inspired creativity and Mikael Johnston’s wizardry in structure + polished production, Keep Faith isn’t just another track – It heralds a new force to be reckoned with in the club music industry.