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Just Relax: Mood Enhancing Music From Ireland To India.
Earth N Bass fuses international sounds with electronica, merging eclectic traditions with digital futurism. Just as animal hide was molded into drum skins, humankind has harnessed iron and steel to create a diverse blend of down-tempo, four-on-the-floor and big beat rhythms to dance and lounge to. Turn it on, turn it up and discover the future... Featuring new music and remixes by Transglobal Underground (Tarika), Peter Kruder (Bebel Gilberto), Bill Laswell (Gigi), Manu Chao, Karsh Kale, Dub Farm (Krishna Das), Ex-Centric Sound System, Temple of Sound and more....
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This two-disc set is divided according to its usefulness to the listener. Disc one is the choice for the yoga part and is perhaps a slightly active version of peace. The booklet even shows a number of hatha yoga poses to try while singing along to a selection of chants that invoke various divinities by repeating their names over and again. Jai Uttal sings to the young cowherd deity Lord Krishna on his fusion-laced "Gopala" and Bhagavan Das praises Ram with a melodic groove, while Dave Stringer offers a quiet prayer to Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed boy who removes obstacles. Both tracks from Krishna Das honor Lord Shiva, one being a previously unreleased, rhythm-based "prayer" to his fierce Rudra incarnation. Two lesser-known artists also make fine contributions -- Wah! and Diana Rogers, both of whom have sung as part of the Krishna Das Kirtan Posse over the years. So you've got all that energy out and now you are ready to meditate or be passively peaceful? Pop in disc two and chill on out. The aural landscape painted by Drala is a bit on the new age side, but calming nonetheless. Benjy Wertheimer and his esraj (a classical Indian string instrument) lay down two pieces based on the alap (a classical Indian musical statement), though the specific ragas are not named. The disc closes with the legendary "Emperor of Melody," Ali Akbar Khan. A master of the sarod who has been performing since 1936, Khan offers "Morning Meditatio," which originally appeared on his 1990 release Journey.
Think of this as a field recording disc, since that's what it is, taken from tapes made by the label heads over the years at an Indian ashram. In other words, it's true chanting for a sacred purpose in a holy place, instead of a disc custom-made in a studio. And that's how it should be. But to judge it as music is both unfair and difficult. The chants are what they are, ways to praise and to achieve a heightened state, and they're not sung by professionals, but by monks and devotees. Aptly, the chants aren't called by name, but by number. They're hypnotic, and certainly draw in the listener, but what you make of them is what you will, nothing more or less.
"Planet Chant is a moving an hypnotic exploration of the possibilities of the human voice, which includes British, Russian, Tibetan, Bulgarian, South African and Native American contribution. A veritable multilateral force." -- Creative Loafing "Planet Chant - Triloka takes a different approach to global compilation with this gathering of largely vocal music. Intriguing...from the chanting of Lama Gyurme and Choying Drolma to the choral sounds of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the Bulgarian ensemble Angelite." -- LA Times About the Collection Chant has been practiced as a spiritual tradition for centuries, and virtually every culture, past and present, has chanted in some form or another. Its legacy is as long as it is rich and varied. Planet Chant includes a number of chant traditions: Tibetan Buddhist, Qawwali, Hindu, Zulu, Bhakti Yoga, the peyote songs of The Native American Church, early music of the Russian Orthodox Church and 14th century Spanish Catalonia, as well as contemporary interpretations of chant. The chants on Planet Chant are performed by some of the most gifted proponents of the genre including the Qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan from Pakistan, Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa, contemporary Native American singers Primeaux and Mike, Indian chanteuse Sheila Chandra, The Orthodox Bulgarian choir Angelite and the east-west styling of Krishna Das.
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