July 9, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Influential U.S. electronic music act Mephisto Odyssey returns with the smash single “Bump”
“Bump” features DJ Polywog (of the movie “Groove”) and Z-man (One Block Radius) on vocals with additional production provided by DJ Toure (Hieroglyphics). Remixes provided by Fantastadon and Hot Pink Delorean.
**Hot Pink Delorean remix of “Bump” available free by clicking here**
Groove Quest Records
Digital Release Date: August 26, 2008
Artist Time Line: www.rephlektorink.com/kits/motime.doc
RIYL: The Crystal Method, DJ Craze, Elite Force, MSTRKRFT, The Jungle Brothers
On August 26, Pioneering west coast electronic music act Mephisto Odyssey (AKA Mikael Johnston and Josh Camacho) makes a heralded return to the international dance floor with it’s aptly titled smash-in-waiting “Bump.” This 4-track electro/breaks/Hip-Hop hybrid was produced in conjunction with Hieroglyphics member DJ Toure and features vocals from DJ Polywog (from the movie Groove) and Z-man from LA-based Hip-Hop act One Block Radius.
On the remix front, two of Boston’s most promising underground acts – Fantastadon and Hot Pink DeLorean – blow the roof off the house with their own unique interpretations on the track. Hell, we are all so confident that you are gonna love “Bump” that Mephisto Odyssey allowed us to give away Hot Pink Delorean’s remix FREE. When not playing with acts like L.A. Riots, Hot Pink Delorean has made some waves in the underground by remixing Britney Spears “Radar,” The Qemists Featuring Mike Patton “Lost Weekend,” M.I.A. “Boyz,” The Glass “Mad At You” and Cassette Jam “Don’t Lose Control.” Wait until you hear how filthy they get with this one!
Formed in San Francisco circa 1993, Mephisto Odyssey would in short time become one America’s most influential electronic music acts. Championing the “west coast sound” Mephisto Odyssey’s seminal 1994 single “Dream of the Black Dahlia” (featuring remixes by Freaky Chakra & Dubtribe) sold over 5,000 12” vinyl copies and lead to it’s signing with City Of Angles records; original home to cutting edge American breakbeat artists including The Crystal Method and Uberzone.
Emerging before the late-90’s global dance music explosion, Mephisto Odyssey was also known for being one of the first artists in the genre to present a proper live show. The band went on the road in support of it’s debut full-length City Of Angels album Catching the Skinny and performed electronically sequenced music with live keyboards, guitar, vocalists and DJing. Major labels started to take notice. After the overwhelming success generated from Mephisto Odyssey’s remix of Janes Addiction’s “So What,” Warner Brothers records signed the act to a recording contract and it produced the act’s major label debut, 2000’s “Deep Red Connection.” Mephisto Odyssey wasn’t just the first electronic dance act to be signed to Warner Bros. US, but the deal would soon expand to include a distribution deal for Mephisto Odyssey’s label “Primal Breakz” through ADA. Essentially, Mephisto Odyssey was granted permission to release their 12” singles independently using WB resources. This kind of deal is unprecedented in the history of the label.
Over it’s 15-year career, Mephisto Odyssey has worked with a who’s who of the electronic music industry while also selling 12” records numbering in the tens of thousands. This staying power is due in large part to the working relationship between Mikael Jonhnston and Josh Camacho. In addition to his role with Mephisto Odyssey, Mikael Johnston has engineered/produced/remixed music for artists including Static X, I am the World Trade Center and The Sounds. Producer/remixer/DJ Josh Camacho brings the current vibe of the dance floor to Mephisto Odyssey’s music. In addition to his production work, Camacho is an accomplished DJ who has performed at some of the world’s finest venues.
Mephisto Odyssey is now hard at work on their follow-up single to “Bump.” The yet to be titled track will once again be produced in conjunction with DJ Touré and will feature Del from Hieroglyphics & The Gorillaz. Additionally, Mephisto Odyssey’s Mikael Johnston will soon be teaming up with Dave Dresden (Gabriel & Dresden) and Dave Penner (Andain) on an unnamed side project. Keep your ears open!
“Bump” is released August 26 on Groove Quest Records.
MEPHISTO ODYSSEY – “BUMP”
1. Bump (Original Mix)
2. Bump (Fantastadon Remix)
4. Bump (Electro Remix)
(from l-r) Mephisto Odyssey’s Josh Camacho and Mikael Johnston