Following from the label’s debut release of Tunisian producer
AELI’s Late Future Calls LP, the second release and first EP for the
Dubai based label is a drop from CEE, jungle dweller, producer, jet-setter, sound designer, DJ, booking agent, Red Bull Music Academy affiliate, and all round maverick. diversions 01, an ethereal fusion of CEE's organic jungle surroundings enveloped in warm, brooding bass tones. Borrowing influences from around the world and subtly marrying them with his own, CEE has crafted something of a bridge between cultures, East and West, electronic and acoustic. The music was produced and recorded at the Dusun, a small jungle eco-resort in Malaysia, which became a pit stop for musicians like Modeselektor, Kode9 & Sarah Farina while touring Asia.
diversions 01 is something of a rebirth for CEE, who has been releasing music for almost 2 decades now under names like Al-Haca, hailing from Berlin & Vienna or lately as Bass Sekolah, when he teamed up with Malaysian multi- instrumentalist Darren Ashley, with releases on labels like Different Drummer, Klein Records, Sonar Kollektiv and 50Weapons under his belt.
Pilunja opens the record with a hypnotic vocal, sung in Asli style (an Arabian tonality) but in the local Malaysian language of “Bahsa”. Swirling synth stabs send us tunnelling through the crafty, footwork inspired rhythm as a rubbery, twisting bass line provides a dark contrasting undercurrent to the beauty of Najwa Mahiaddin’s voice. Every Day continues in a similar vain, showcasing lyrics by Singaporean Vandetta against a backdrop of swelling bass, lush reverbs and wooden percussion; a walk through a vibrant jungle. Night Falls is a collaboration with Polish born, Cuban based, sound traveler Mike Polarny hitting you with waves upon waves of menacing synths, filter sweeps and drilling lazer hi-hats. The aptly named Sphere features a cleverly shaped, bubble-like kick and a warm all-enveloping bass line subtly carried forward and upward by minimalist percussion electronics culminating in a release as though a clearing through the leaves has been found, featuring New York City's Solomon Dorsey on vocals and Fook of the Malaysian band The Bassment Syndicate on guitar.
released August 18, 2016
All tracks written by Christian Schwanz aka CEE.
“Pilunja” feat Najwa Mahiaddin & reesh9000 / recorded during #SoundLab2016.
“Every Day” feat Vandetta.
"Night Falls" Mike Polarny.
“Spheres” feat Solomon Dorsey & Fook.
All tracks recorded 2015 / 2016 at the Dusun / Malaysia.
"We are once again delighted to present the very talented designer Hriday Nagu aka emote as responsible for the fine artwork for this release."
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