its ongoing commitment to offering the freshest and most
cutting edge sounds from around the globe, CyberOctave Music
breaks new musical terrain with Mana Medicine, its new
foray into the British based, globally influenced chill out
music known fondly across the pond as “ambient dub.” The
compilation, featuring ten tracks by nine artists from Great
Britain, Canada, Israel and Australia and Japan, was
originally released by the Liquid Sound Design label in 2001
and by word of mouth became an underground classic from New
Zealand to Japan and all over Europe.
Sound Design is part of Super-Producer Youth’s Butterfly
Studios. Set up as a sister label to the revered trance label
Dragonfly Records in 1998. Youth uses the labels as his
creative electronic outlet when not producing such classics as
The Verve’s Urban Hymns and working with artists from
Dido to Beth Orton to Crowded House and so many others. In
fact he was named the BRITS Award Producer of the Year in 1998
and nominated for Producer of the Year in the BPI Awards in
1991,1992, and 1994.
LSD A&R/Producer Humphrey Bacchus, a veteran DJ and producer,
under the watchful eye of label head and super producer Youth,
Mana Medicine (“Mana” means “mind” in Hindi) has become
an essential CD within the psychedelic underground. Plus it
has managed to cross over into the more mainstream areas of
chill out through its accessible sounds and tracks. It is the
first in Liquid Sound Design’s ever evolving series of down
tempo recordings, which has included Dr. Alex Paterson’s
Journey Into Paradise, East of the River Ganges,
Elucidations and Butterfly Dawn.
featured on Mana Medicine draw inspiration for their
unique twists on this rapidly expanding genre from the
cultures of many different homelands, including Great Britain
(Jairamji, Ott, Tripswitch, Grey Beard and Noodreem), Canada
(Drift, Lisa Walker), Israel (Angel Tears) and Australia and
Japan (Zen Lemonade). The collection begins with “Elephant
Waltz,” a mystical soundscape featuring rainforest and bird
call effects created by Jairamji, aka young English producer
Charlie Roscoe. The track is a wonderful fusion of ambient
dub/drum & bass, with soaring ethnic vocals and flute from
Rebecca Laurence, who is part of the Jairamji live experience.
“Die Ashanti,” from Zen Lemonade, has an industrial trip hop
vibe, dreamy guitars and heavy throbbing percussion groove.
The ensemble is the project of Gus Till and his wife, Cozi.
Till, an engineer in Australia before moving to the UK and
becoming part of Flying Rhino Records, was founding member of
the band Slinky Lizard.
from Israel contributes two distinctive tracks to Mana
Medicine—the flamenco guitar meets Middle Eastern flavors
and thick drum groove of “Ishka” and the dreamy, soulful
“D’Marot Malach,” which is Hebrew for the name of the group.
Inspired by numerous travels to Israel, Angel Tears—which
fuses traditional Israeli vocals and contemporary beats--is
the project of Seb Taylor, an artist on Dragonfly Records,
parent company to LSD. Ott, whose “Escape From Tulse Hell”
blends tribal rhythms, harmonica and a variety of electronic
and organic textures, once worked at Butterfly Studios as an
engineer with LSD/Dragonfly owner Youth. He has worked for and
engineered artists like Brian Eno and Kelis.
Tripswitch’s “Shamanic Tea,” based on a traditional Indian
love song, opens with an expansive spacescape that brings to
mind new age master John Serrie before evolving into a soulful
hip-hop groove. This was Nick Brennan’s first release and has
become the first in a string of many for the label.
Greybeard, whose “Aushadhi” features a fascinating cacophony
of violin and tribal voices, is the work of Humphrey Bacchus,
Lawrence (guitar) and Nigel Walton (edit suite).
transcendent and highly experimental “Cosmic Jam” is the first
downbeat flavored release for the label by Darren Evans (aka
Noodreem) and features the guitar wizardry of Demian
Castellanos. Drift is a collaboration between Adham Shaikh and
Tim Floyds, whose first album was released on Insinct Records
and whose discography includes music on LSD, Interchill and
Dakini. Their Pink Floyd flavored song “Infusion” has a
sensual rock/blues influence. Finally, Lisa Walker’s ethereal,
supermystical “Orcadrift (Turtledub Remix)” was reworked by
Shaikh as a solo project.
out of Dragonfly Records, which had flourished from the now
legendary Butterfly Studios, Brixton, UK. Youth set up LSD as
a sister label specializing in chilled out soundscapes, sonic
beats and mellow grooves. Eight albums into its catalog, LSD’s
mellow, swirling downtempo beats have struck a chord with
listeners worldwide, and the LSD sound has proved the perfect
companion for zoning out as well as any passionate and sensual
or relaxing activity under the sun.
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Mana Medicine will be released on October 21, 2003.
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