SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS - OJO ABAMETA
As the band prepare to tour Japan & Europe (including 2 prestigious shows at The Glastonbury Festival) Freestyle Records is proud to present the brand new 5 track single - Ojo Abameta, a percussive & frenetic number, built on a bed of amazing percussion and topped off with some deeply sweet ensemble horns, the end result is reminiscent of African hi life sounds, which acts as a curtain raiser for forthcoming album Follow The Path. The single also contains 2 100% exclusive tracks that do not appear on the album - All Who Pass By and Fe which are both prime examples of the totally original Shaolin Afronauts approach to their craft.
DIRTWIRE - ONDAR
The Bay Area meets Tuva on electro-acoustic tribute to throat-singing legend. Unlikely worlds harmoniously intersect on the Ondar EP, the newest release by Bay Area-based electro-acoustic duo Dirtwire. The EP honors the musical legacy of Tuvan throat-singing master Kongar-ol Ondar (1962–2013), with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Ondar's legacy in Tuva. The Ondar EP originated from a chance encounter in 2013 when Dirtwire's Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila and Stellamara) was invited to play mouth harp with Ondar -- the “Groovin' Tuvan” -- during a private performance in Marin, CA. Ondar's vocals were recorded by David Satori (Beats Antique) in a home studio later that night. "Taiga," the EP's key track, is an ode to Bai-laa Taigam, an expansive steppeland in the singer's home region of Tuva, Russia. Throughout the EP, the mellifluous interplay of acoustic and electronic often makes it difficult to tell where Ondar's otherworldly voice leaves off and Dirtwire's ambient textures begin. “It was a great honor and a privilege to get to collaborate with such a musical legend of the Earth,” says Fraser of his experience working with Ondar. “You can picture the natural beauty of his native Tuva as you hear him sing. Ondar will be missed and remembered forever.”
SONZEIRA - AQUARELA DO BRASIL MARK E REMIX
It would have been a daunting task for anyone to attempt a remix of the beautifully twisted Sonzeira version of Brasilian classic "Aquarela do Brasil" - but Gilles knew instinctively that one man would deliver. Mark E - the Wolverhampton raised Birmingham based DJ and producer and founder of MERC records has done just that. He somehow manages to bring a further layer of warmth and melancholy to the track - but leaves Elza Soares' haunting vocal in the spotlight. It's framed by new orchestrations on keys, piercing strings and punctuated by subtle bossa drum references. This is 7 and a half minutes of cinematic build and wonder.