PARRALOX – Paradise (Feat. Marcella Detroit)

The time has come to let you go…

As ever, Parralox keep themselves busy. With the Holiday ’18 release barely out the door, the Australian dancepop dynamos already have another single out to follow.

‘Paradise’ follows on from Parralox’s 2017 release ‘Electric Nights’ (see TEC review previously). The new release offers something a little different on this release with vocal contributions from none other than Marcella Detroit.

Those who are aware of their pop history will recognise that name as being associated with Shakespears Sister – the theatrical pop outfit responsible for songs such as ‘Stay’ and ‘Hello (Turn Your Radio On)’ in the 1990s.

But Marcella Detroit had already clocked up some interesting landmarks in her musical career prior to this. She co-wrote the classic ‘Lay Down Sally’ with Eric Clapton and also wrote songs for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Burt Bacharach, Chaka Khan, Belinda Carlisle, and Al Jarreau. She also sang backing vocals on ‘I’ve Had The Time of my Life’ by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes.

Having worked his remix magic back in 2015 on the classic ‘Stay’, Parralox’s John von Ahlen kept in touch with Detroit. When the 2016 Parralox album Subculture was being recorded, von Ahlen suggested that Detroit lend her considerable vocal chops to the project. The result was ‘Paradise’, which also featured backing vocals from Johanna Gervin (UK), Lillia Mendoza (USA) and Louise Love (Australia) for a truly international vibe.

‘Paradise’ has a lounge pop appeal with lush melodies and Marcella Detroit’s soulful vocals soaring over the whole affair. Remixed by the talents of Eric Kupper, the tune has a distinct polish to it which is to be expected from such a remix veteran. Previously, Kupper has lent his remix skills to a wide variety of bands and artists, including J-pop superstar Ayumi Hamasaki, Goldfrapp, Depeche Mode, Kylie Minogue, New Order, Kate Bush and Donna Summer among others. He’s also taken on production/mixing duties for the likes of Julie Cruise, Saint Etienne and PM Dawn.

‘Paradise’, as a composition, has a surprisingly long history. The song was originally written in 1993 when John von Ahlen and Lillia Mendoza were in a dance band called Nova. Nova recorded 3 albums worth of material, but sadly only two singles ever saw the light of day.

As ever, this Parralox release comes equipped with a barrage of mixes to suit your mood. The Destino Remix has a harder sound to it with some nice bass beats. The Lifelike Remix has a club-friendly sound profile and there’s even a mash-up with Spandau Ballet on the True Paradise Remix. Also slotted into the new release are Parralox demos including the robotic beats of ‘Nemesis’ and the Italo House licks of ‘Sueño Latino’.

The video for ‘Paradise’ was also shot and directed by John von Ahlen and filmed at Blue Tree Studios in Port Melbourne with Steven Monroe on Creative Director duties. The new release is also already making an impact since its release, with the song entering at No. 9 in the Australian iTunes Dance Chart.

Meanwhile, Parralox are currently writing and recording a new album titled Genesis, scheduled for release in 2019.

Paradise (Feat.Marcella Detroit) is out now.

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