James Asher is known for his individual and and distinctive approach to creating tribal drum music. He combines a confident grasp of fusion and worldbeat with a crystal clear audio production style. For the first time since Asher`s best selling releases “Feet In the Soil” and “Shaman Drums”, Sleepers Records are delighted to be the first purveyors of his work in vinyl form, with six dazzling tracks which are earthy, grounded and compelling.
Jogada – Cavalo [PUCA001]
Introducing Jogada, the group behind PÚCA001, a Berlin based trio made up by João Comazzi, Dave Murrin & Gavin Kenny. ‘Cavalo’ is their debut release and is the result of a string of weekly sessions held throughout the stagnant year of 2020. After years of friendship and sharing music together, they started exploring what happens when different musical backgrounds join forces. The group is heavily inspired by traditional Brazilian rhythms, instruments and sounds from nature, infused with some dusty synthesisers and a quest for exploring the unknown.
Omar Joesoef – Rituals Of Gorontalo EP [HRDF013]
Born and raised in Indonesia, Omar Joesoef built this EP with samples of old records of ethnic music that he has found in an abandoned radio station on Java island. Named Lokananta, it is one of the first radios setting up in Indonesia in the 50’s. The recordings in Omar’s EP come from rituals and meditative chants of one of the last tribes still living in the ancient way, completely disconnected from the modern world.
Articulat – Folclor Abstract EP [07PM]
Inspired from Romanian cultural heritage, be it film, dance or musical instruments, Folclor Abstract is a glance back to the roots in search of a meaningful future. The first track is inspired from the soundtrack composed by Cornelia Tăutu for the Romanian historical adventure film “Buzduganul cu trei peceți” (1977). The film presents a politicized version of the events that led in 1600 to the unification of the three Romanian countries, in the aftermath of a victorious battle against the Ottoman invasion (Călugăreni, 1595). Dance your way through as the story unfolds. Dans cu balans is the result of a personal fascination for the cimbalom, an instrument of high versatility, frequently used in the Romanian fiddle music. In contrast to orchestral performances, which adhere to the composer’s notes to reproduce a work faithfully, fiddling is also open to improvisation and tends to produce rhythms that focus on dancing, with associated quick note changes. Searching for inspiration within Romanian folklore, I found Ivan Braga who was on his own pursuit of cultural heritage, experimenting with a variety of traditional instruments and rhythms from different regions of the country. Doba lu’ Braga is Ivan’s modern take on Romanian drum patterns performed on a traditional Moldavian drum (dobă) with an uplifting twist and arrangement for the dancefloor experience. Reverie is an expression of the creator’s state of mind. Lost in thought, stolen by imagination, haunted by memories, liberated by dreams
Nice Girl – Whistling Thorn [PP042]
Nice Girl returns to Public Possession with her second EP “Whistling Thorn”.
Organic, psychedelic, percussive music with hints to early forms of communication that involved chants and rhythmic movements. Naturally these activities were strongly connected to earth, taking place under the open sky often involving plants to enhance spiritual transmission. Repetitive rituals creating a sense of community & togetherness.
Koyil – Healing Cycles [DIGRECLP001]
In the age of total globalization, we travel every day with information, which we get in the moment of waking up, shopping, walking or staying in bed. We are so used to it, that we take it for granted. Although we are looking for self-identification, we don’t really have an idea who we are, everything is chaos, and we are in a constant search. Koyil is no different, taking a journey in the furthest corners of our planet, he is inspired by something miraculous and unknown. He shares this experience and feelings through his music. The Healing Cycles album is the result of these kinds of trips, it is a worldwide journey that we can take indoors.
Agonis / Valentino Mora – SMKMCHN#02 [SMKMCHN#02]
Smoke Machine returns with a new split EP featuring two artists from the Organik festival stable: Agonis and Valentino Mora. This will be Agonis’ second outing on the Taiwanese based label and a first for Valentino. Now 9 years in the running with a successful podcast and parties, this will be Smoke Machine’s second release on their newly established label with many more to come.
Olorun – Moruroa [IDO04]
Valentino Mora’s IDO (Intercontinental Dance Organisation) is back for its fourth release featuring some deep techno excursions from Olorun.