“Mephistopheles,” one of the more somber tunes from Crywolf’s widow [OBLIVIØN pt. 1] album, sees an irresistibly dark recreation from New Zealand-based producer Ian Munro. Munro’s recreation is the eighth installment in Crywolf’s OBLIVIØN[Reimagined] series, a weekly string of remixes that has showcased some of electronic music’s top up-and-coming talent.
Ian Munro’s reimagination to “Mephistopheles” sees a cascading enhancement of raw emotions, capitalizing on Crywolf’s melancholy vocals. When choosing which song to remix, Munro explains that “choosing only one track to work with was next to impossible.” After listening to the album on repeat for a few days, he felt that he most connected with “Mephistopheles” and it “pulled him in.”
His interests in warped production and distorted vocal work assist him in staying true to the “rawness of the track.” Munro described this process as minimal because he “didn’t want to lose Justin’s [Crywolf] motion behind any gratuitous artifice.” This new addition to his discography shows his desire to step out of the box as an artist, while showcasing his versatile sound and talents.
Since emerging on to the bass scene in 2014, New Zealander Ian Munro continues to be regarded as one of the most diverse and forward-thinking producers in the scene. Under the eye of label boss and trap founding father UZ, Ian Munro has gone on to capture respect from the likes of Skrillex, Alison Wonderland & Hardwell whilst carving out his own signature.
Munro’s debut EP Stay Lit was released in 2016 and featured a Spotify Top 50 Viral track. In 2017 he grabbed a #1 HypeM spot with his remix of Mt. Eden’s “Sierra Leone” (Ultra Music). Munro’s songs have seen strong support from Triple J, BBC and Beats 1, leading to releases with iconic labels such as Dim Mak Records and Ultra.The innovative producer has been stepping further into the spotlight over the last few years with his live sets. Munro debuted his headlining tour across Australia and New Zealand, and has played gigs in LA, at SXSW, and at the prestigious festival Rhythm & Vine.
After a switch up in sound recently, Munro released new tracks, such as “Fever Dream” and “Violence (ft. Bijou Dream)” (bitbird compilation release) ahead of dropping his his long-awaited EP Liminal, a Quality Goods Records release, at the top of this summer.