Insane podcast, goes all over the place and nestles in the higher levels, worth downloading for the opening track alone: Astarius’ “Spirit Rap” sure is something.
It’s not often that XLR8R receives a podcast that was conceived as a “meditation tape,” but Gavin Russom has never exactly been a “normal” artist. Over the years, the veteran NYC producer has taken numerous musical forms, the only constants being his affinity for vintage synths and his affiliation with the seminal DFA label. His current focus is The Crystal Ark, a Latin-tinged collaboration with vocalist Viva Ruiz.
True to the “meditation tape” concept, the podcast is full of ocean and rainstorm sounds, and begins by balancing zen vibes with tropical sounds and jazzy excursions. However, within a short time, Russom and Ruiz find the groove, loosely channeling ’80s and ’90s house in the process. After delivering a solid 30-plus minutes of pumping rhythms, The Crystal Ark cools things down in unique fashion, juxtaposing Patti Smith with Tadd Mullinix and D’Angelo and somehow making it work.
The journey, not the destination, man.
12 Notes/ Hide
- standardgrey likes this
- vivaruiz reblogged this from towerofsleep and added:
- vivaruiz likes this
- j00n likes this
- assjb4 likes this
- kenyatta likes this
- notational reblogged this from towerofsleep
- towerofsleep reblogged this from solarflares and added:
- currentinspiration likes this
- t33j reblogged this from standardgrey
- standardgrey reblogged this from solarflares and added:
- pornwithoutporn likes this
- solarflares posted this