What would you come up with if you took 'Umbrella's drums, samples from eighties sci-fi movie Starman and the Notorious B.I.G. rhymes from 'Hypnotise'? Dan Black triumphantly came up with 'Hypntz' and for that he travelled around some 'next big thing' lists for 2009. Some months later and he has an album ready to be released - but turns out that he didn't get permission to officially release 'Hypntz' because oddly, Notorious' mum, the one who takes care of his legacy, doesn't allow any sampling of her son's lyrics.
So Dan Black, who couldn't and shouldn't lose that song, re-wrote the lyrics and created 'Symphonies'. Although some may say the cover was better, I do find it charming the way Black tried to keep the dramatic content of the original, but also dropped some crazy fun rhymes (e.g. focus with hocus pocus). And as the theme is sampling, the music video features some famous movie openings; from the sepia classics to the 3-D futuristic.
By the way, do you know what it sounds like when two hypes collide? It sounds like robotic voices, hyperactive drums and dry 90s synths. At least this is how the Passion Pit remix of Dan Black sounds, and you can download a 320kbps version below.
'Symphonies' will be released by June 29th with ((un)), the debut album, following in the 6th July!