The first release by the new Brooklyn/London based label trueColors is a various artist package titled Foresight Volume 1. It consists of four groundbreaking tracks touching different corners of the world. Tried and tested on dance floors around the globe, this compilation is carefully curated to represent different styles that refuse to be confined with any of today’s dance music subgenres and includes unique productions from prolific producers Bedouin, Nu, Zigan Aldi and Stavroz.
This new EP will initially be available on vinyl through their store at truecolorslabel.com before global release with bonus digital download cards.
First up is Bedouin, a Brooklyn-based production and DJ partnership between nomads Rami Abousabe and Tamer Malki who are creating their own idiosyncratic spell of melodies and rhythms. They recently put together a stunning compilation for Kindisch and offered up their debut Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1.
They say of the track, “It started in a studio session in London after randomly watching a YouTube video of a brilliant musician playing a rare and strange instrument called the Hurdy Gurdy. A few hours later and after some research, we got in touch with the talented Guilhem Desq and invited him to fly from Toulouse, France to the studio in London where we jammed for many hours. Three days later, ‘No Trace’ was created.” The cut is a deeply intoxicating house track with middle eastern woodwind sounds drifting over a mesmerising rhythm track. Tinkling percussion and rattling bells add more layers of cultural colour and the whole thing really sucks you in.
Nu is next, a nomadic German artist who is a sound engineer with links to Bar25, Circus Company and Crosstown. Often lost somewhere in the world on his travels, soaking up cultures, colours and influences from people as much as the sound of the universe, he is a special artist indeed. His delicious ‘Drug’ is a tender groove rippled with the sound of the hang drum. It’s delicate, subtle and intoxicating as a result and adds another dimension to this superb package.
Zigan Aldi says of his offering ‘Halay’ “… actually the track takes its name from a common folkloric expression of feelings among many ethnic groups like Turks, Kurds, Armenians, Zaza and other minorities reaching from the Balkans along the Black Sea Coast until the Caucasus. In all these regions it symbolises peace, freedom and unity. But for me It was not only a working title. It rather reminded me of the endless feasts on mild summer nights at which one dances without any prejudice and fear from others. No matter who you are, this dance takes you along. I simply had to keep it as the final title. From the beginning it was my intention to integrate some Kurdish and Armenian sounds to my music so I came up with the idea of adding a Zurna to a new production. Being unsure if it would fit electronic music I played it at a club night and realised that it not only made people dance but also let them drift during the whole song. I immediately sent it to Bedouin and they loved it from the first minute…”. On this track, he weaves his intricate magic, layering up soft drums, light percussive sounds and airy vocal samples into something candle lit and hypnotic.
Last of all comes Stavroz, formed in 2011 by IJsbrand and Gert, both DJs and sound engineers looking for a way to channel their musical antics, they say “The track title is a contraction of 2 words from a Flemish saying which points to amazement. Ja – Hallo – the “m” at the end is a typing error, a good one though. It came into existence after some dabbling in the studio. The tour we were on just before making the song was still reverberating through our heads.The song is quite agitated and a filled with a positive tension, exactly how we experience touring. Even Pieter’s vocals express the “dreadfulness” at the end of the song. We hope it leaves you breathless though, like we are when returning home after many miles…” They offer up ‘Jahallom.’ It’s another musical and artistic offering with exotic synths, instruments and wavy beats that sound like little else.
This is a great start to what is sure to be an essential and expressive new series from this exciting new label.
1. Bedouin – No Trace
2. NU – Drug
3. Zigan Aldi – Halay
4. Stavroz – Jahallom
Man O To from the elusive producer NU is finally set to be released as a single on Crosstown Rebels. Since its inclusion on Acid Pauli’s Get Lost Compilation in 2012 the track has clocked up tens of millions of Youtube hits and now heralds in a much coveted artist album due later this year. Remix treatment comes from Parisian producer Pépé Bradock and live artist Be Svendsen.
A nomad of modern times, NU has travelled the continents with his diverse music to unearth his imitable style. Represented heavily in Man O To, where instruments amalgamate with electronic production to become solid rhythms. An extra spark come from its lyrics, outtakes from an old Persian poem from the well known poet Rumi, who speaks of true happiness in love here performed by Ghazal Shakeri from an original recording made by renowned French composer Armand Amar.
Julien Auger aka Pépé Bradock is a widely respected producer best known for his anthemic releases on French label Kif Recordings which are still sampled heavily to this day. As a DJ, he has spun in almost every major club in the world and is known for his versatile, and mesmerising style. Bradock conjures a trippy remix and dub version of Man O To and fitting ode to the original.
Be Svendsen aka Lasse Bruhn Svendsen broke through into the international scene in 2014 with a series of productions and enchanting live performances at some of the most avant garde places to play on the earth, such as BOOM festival, Fusion, Burning Man, Symbiosis, Rainbow Serpent and AfrikaBurn. “‘Man O To’ is a track that has touched th e hearts of many, including my own,’ Svendsen explained.‘Being asked to add a new chapter to its story is both an honor and my greatest challenge to date.”
Man O To
Man O To (Pépé Bradock Remix)
Man O To (Pépé Bradock Dub)
Digi Man O To (Be Svendsen Remix)
Release Date: February 24th 2017
Label: Crosstown Rebels
The magic of music is how it can enchant you after just moments of listening. As the Summer draws to an end Serge Devant returns once more to Damian Lazarus’s Crosstown Rebels with a release that does just that. Creating two original tracks and bringing Dinky and NU onboard for remixes, we are reminded of his prominent position within dance music.
“It’s taken some time for this moment to see the light of day..nearly year and half, but it’s probably the most anticipated record yet. Ever since Damian put it on his Essential Mix a year ago, every other day someone would ask when it’s out. Well the wait is finally over and the moment is here. Enjoy!” Serge Devant
Opening up the EP with ‘This Moment’, Devant has created a track that implores the listener to stop and take in all the vibrations, effects and melodies. This is a piece of music that intricately weaves together a hefty bass, curious sounds and an addictive horn. Pay close attention to ‘In Time’ and you will be absorbed once more in an enchanting world where all you can do is follow the rhythm of the drums. Devant continues to tirelessly build on his status with releases on Emerald City, Rebellion and Knee Deep In Sound whilst also covering the globe with his touring schedule.
Dinky adds her signature vocals, synths and an incredibly pleasing warmth to her remix of ‘This Moment’. German DJ and producer NU also rises to the remix duty as here he creates an almost unrecognisable version of ‘This Moment’, but one that fits perfectly, as images of heady Bedouin nights are conjured and dance before your eyes. An affiliate of Acid Pauli, NU will once more return to Crosstown next year when the pivotal ‘Man O To’ is re-released.
This Moment (Dinky Dub Remix)
This Moment (NU Remix)