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Djuma Soundsystem / Westerby / Western – Saguaro EP [ Sol Selectas ]

Artists: Djuma Soundsystem, Westerby, Western
Title: Saguaro EP
Remixers: Sobek, Fake Mood, Kincaid
Label: Sol Selectas
Release Date: 12 October 2018
Format: Digital
CAT#: SOL063

Tracklist
01. Saguaro
02. Saguaro (Sobek Remix)
03. Kawahagi
04. Kawahagi (Fake Mood Remix)
05. Kawahagi (Kincaid Remix)

Sabo’s and his label Sol Selectas returns after its summer holiday with a stunning new EP from Djuma Soundsystem, who has collaborated on one of the tracks with Westerby and other with Australian artist Western.

Both Djuma Soundsystem and Westerby are from Copenhagen and have previously made numerous collaborations on the Get Physical label and Chapter 24 Records.

Djuma Soundsystem is also a successful solo artist who boasts a back catalogue including music signed to many imprints such as Parquet, Rebirth, Crosstown Rebels, Tenampa, and My Favorite Robot Records.

Western has previously made numerous appearances on Sol Selectas working alongside Uone, and also signed other tracks to labels such as KATERMUKKE and Stil Vor Talent.

Complementing the two originals are three remixes from Sobek, Fake Mood and Kincaid, who each bring their own individual flavour to the EP. Black Coffee has been heavily supporting the Sobek remix during his summer residency in Ibiza.

The original tracks on the EP were inspired by a safari trip in South Africa. With the bird sounds in the first track, “Saguaro” made in collaboration with Westerby represents the jungle atmosphere created by the vibrant selection of wildlife, and the tribal chants pay homage to the aboriginal natives. The spritely melodies full of intrigue are symbolic of the wide eyed enchanted stairs from excited Western eyes looking upon beautiful foreign landscapes.

Sobek reworks “Saguaro” for the second track on the EP and keeping the main lead synth intact he uses the other parts from the original to construct a new backing track. Refined and stripped back, this alternate version uses the chants more as a distant texture instead of a prominent feature. He also adds dramatic strings to create a sense of progression that builds towards a very impactful breakdown.

Track three “Kawahagi” made in collaboration with Western is representative of the South Aftrican weather with tribal drums being the pitter-patter of rain, and leads to the drama of the breakdowns ominous bassline that looms like an overcasting storm cloud. Starting off light and breezy then moving towards the darker more intense ending, this dramatic cut changes like the extreme weather conditions in the South African countryside.

Fake Mood provides the fourth track with their remix of “Kawahagi” using a more uptempo groove and clear focus on sequenced percussion in comparison to the live percussion loop of the original. Adding their own melody part, the vibe of this remix is uplifting with a dance floor focused structure that’s got an epic pad sound to further heighten the atmosphere.

Finishing the EP is Sol Selectas home grown talent Kincaid, who takes a very distinctive approach to his remix focusing of the chants and percussion of the original, but not without the addition of his own ethereal pads and quirky acid line. Using FX to create some unusual textures, his tech-inspired remix for some will no doubt be the highlight of the release.

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