Only To Survive The Diaspora

Various

Yoruba Records
YSD65D | 2015-03-01  
1
Compass Rose
Performed by The Picean Group (6:04)
3
Peacock
DJ Kemit's Re-Feathered Remix (9:45)
9
Apolo 11
Performed by The Picean Group (3:42)
Yoruba Records is happy to ring in 2015 with this compilation of previously unreleased tracks that spans a number of styles and features many familiar faces.

This compilation opens with a special performance by The Piscean Group who take the reins of not one, but two Afefe Iku tracks in stunning form in this release. Next, Git has come through with powerful tribal track ‘Jump Up With It’; its alternating bass lines and rhythmic chants are sure to earn it a place in the peak hour.

The title track from label head Osunlade’s latest full length, ‘Peacock’, has gotten the proper remix treatment for this compilation. First off, DJ Kemit’s mix is a deep and techy masterpiece, which builds in to a goose bump inducing climax, finally releasing with a chunky bass line that’s sure to make a late night dance floor go wild. The Swiss duo PR3SNT brought us a mix that might seem ambient leaning out of the gate but, with the addition of a drawn out bass line and structured 2/4 claps, they make this track a sure party starter. Finally, Emphasis Recordings own Steven Tang goes to work, putting together a heavy hitting mix that screams proper techno.

Lady Alma also gets into double trouble with a pair of remixes of ‘It’s House Music’ by OVEOUS and Erik Moliere. While OVEOUS ‘s mix leans towards sexy, funky, 90s, and ready for the floor, Erik brings us a loungey, funky and jazzy cut that takes you on a musical journey; the vocals complement the guitar riffs and gentle keys in unprecedented matter.

Djinji Brown shows us the true meaning of a dub cut with his ‘Waterfalls in Dub’. The scattered bass and rhythmic bongos add to the sounds of water falling, giving this track a secluded rainforest-esque vibe. Rising star Mike Steva has turned in his latest, ‘War Cry’. With drums that evoke the picture of a ceremony and a well-placed digital glitch sound this track has a nearly eerie vibe to it until the addition of another piece: the horns seem to be sounding the alarm- charge!

Next, Matteo Senolia flexes his studio chops with a snare and high-hat driven groove featuring crisp vocals, this number is highly recommended for fans of Detroit house. Label veteran Drala breathes a breath of pure ambience into this compilation with ‘Olokun’, a melodic, relaxing groove with vocals sure to make you want to close your eyes and enjoy the journey enfolding in front of you. Another familiar face, Toto Chiavetta, delivers a tribal-infused techno stomper that draws on a number of influences; a track you need to hear to believe.

Last, but certainly not least Osunlade shares his vision for the future of Yoruba in the passionate, warm and drawn out melodic groove that is ‘Blue Is The New Green’. The delayed synth line paired with shakers and a gentle but driving kick bring this release to a proper and fulfilling close.


Only To Survive The Diaspora

1. Afefe Iku ‘Compass Rose’ (Performed by The Piscean Group)
Written & Produced by Afefe Iku
Performed by The Piscean Group
Recorded & Mixed @ Pottery Vessel Studios, Lamu Town
Executive Producer: Osunlade
Published by Yoruba People’s Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Music

2. Git ‘Jump Up With It’
Written & Produced by Git
Drums Programed by Git Beats
Keyboards by Git
Recorded & Mixed by Gregg ‘Git’ Lorenzo at Usedwax Studios, Poconos, PA
GITNYC@BMI
Published by Yoruba People’s Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Music

3. Osunlade ‘Peacock’ (DJ Kemit’s Re-Feathered Remix)
Written & Produced by Osunlade
All Keyboards played by Osunlade
Remix & Drums Programmed by DJ Kemit
Additional Instruments by DJ Kemit
Mixed by DJ Kemit
Published by Yoruba People’s Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Music

4. Lady Alma ‘It’s House Music’ (OVEOUS Remix)
Written by Osunlade & Alma Horton
Produced by Osunlade
Co-Produced by Rob Paine & Lady Alma
All Instruments by Osunlade
All Vocals by Lady Alma
Executive Producer: Osunlade
Remix Production & Musical Arrangement by OVEOUS at Moca Arts Music Studio NYC for Yoruba Records / Moca Arts Music
Published by Yoruba People’s Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Music & S.O.P.O. (ASCAP)

5. Djinji Brown ‘Waterfalls In Dub’
Written, Produced & Mixed by Djinji Brown at The Mobile Mind Room for Mojuba Music BMI
Published by Yoruba People’s Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Music

6. Mike Steva ‘War Cry’
Written & Produced by Mike Steva
All Drums, Percussion & Rhythm by Mike Steva
Horns & Effects by Mike Steva
Recorded @ Momma's Groove Studio's St Louis, Missouri
Mixed by Mike Steva @ Oya's House, Santorini
Published by Yoruba People’s Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Music

7. Osunlade ‘Peacock’ (PR3SNT Remix)
Written & Produced by Osunlade
All Keyboards played by Osunlade
Remixed at Ghosthall Studio in Bubikon, Switzerland, by Flurin Gishamer & Vasco Bachmann as PR3SNT
Published by Yoruba People’s Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Music

8. Mateo Senolia ‘The Critic’
Written & Produced by Mateo Senolia at The Red Room Studios in Los Angeles, CA
Mixed by Osunlade
Published by Senolia Sound (ASCAP)

9. Afefe Iku ‘Apollo 11’ (Performed by The Piscean Group)
Written & Produced by Afefe Iku
Performed by The Piscean Group
Recorded & Mixed @ Pottery Vessel Studios, Lamu Town
Executive Producer: Osunlade
Published by Yoruba People’s Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Music

10. Drala ‘Olokun’
Written, Composed & Produced by Drala
Published by Yoruba People’s Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Music

11. Toto Chiavetta ‘Bedda Jurnata With Belfagor’
Written, Produced & Arranged by Toto Chiavetta
Mastered by Toto Chiavetta at Vialocal Lab, Catania, Sicily
Published by Yoruba People’s Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Music

12. Osunlade ‘Peacock’ (Steven Tang Remix)
Written & Produced by Osunlade
All Keyboards played by Osunlade
Remix & Additional Production by Steven Tang
Steven Tang appears courtesy of Emphasis Recordings, Chicago
Published by Yoruba People’s Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Music

13. Lady Alma ‘It’s House Music’ (Erik Moliere Rehoused Mix)
Written by Osunlade & Alma Horton
Produced by Osunlade
Co-Produced by Rob Paine & Lady Alma
All Instruments by Osunlade
All Vocals by Lady Alma
Executive Producer: Osunlade
Remix Produced & Arranged by Erik Moliere
Bass Guitar by Aleksander Malnar
Kalimba, Whistle & Melodica by Boštjan Gombač
Electric Guitar by Miran Fakin
Published by Yoruba People’s Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Music & S.O.P.O. (ASCAP)

14. Osunlade ‘Blue Is The New Green’
Written, Produced & Performed by Osunlade
Recorded at the ill'e, imerovigli
Published by Yoruba People’s Music (ASCAP) / Sony ATV Music

All Tracks P&C 2015 Yoruba Records
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