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Spiritual Life Music, Vol. 3

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Audio CD, January 1, 2010

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Well this is our third drum, finally a drumside. Do you know what happens when 3 drums are played together with JEFF MILLS on magic carpet, JOE CLAUSSELL on effects, NITIN SAWHNEY doing the whirling dervish and FRANCOIS K. on spoons? Do you spoon? Yeah, finally another opportunity for you and yours to pick up your bottles and spoons. Stay on beat and keep good time, the spirits will be pleased.

With this compilation we strive to give you an opportunity to love yourself again and again. Mark my words, whoever and whatever you are, you will be moved and grooved! Remember, the more relaxed you are, the better you spoon!

P.S. Let the singers sing!

About the Artist

Spiritual Life Music was created to offer a progressive, soulful and alternative musical viewpoint using dance music as the conduit catalyst.

Founded in 1996 by the former co-owner of the influential music store Dancetracks, Joaquin ‘Joe’ Claussell, Spiritual Life Music has been on a mission to affect the music scene in a funky positive way by providing the consumer with music that is distinct in its soulfulness, quality and sensuality. The inspiration, stemming from the musicality & warmth of the bygone analogue era, is nourished by the breadth of possibility of the digital present. As a result of this approach, the label has been able to attract a diverse and adventurous group of artists with whom we have fostered a truly respectful and collaborative relationship, along with a progressive likeminded staff who bring the full weight of their individual personalities together. The fruit of all of this is a unique identity that Spiritual Life Music has begun to attain. This identity will mature and increase in strength and vitality with each release, Spirits willing. With Vol. 1 came our conception, Vol. 2 our birth and with this we begin to crawl, bit by bit.

SLAM MODE - Space travel is hazardous business; the amount of preparation involved can only be handled by a few. Above & beyond is the uncertainty of a favorable departure and return, further compounded by the after effects of exposure to zero gravity. Contrary to this method is the ancient way thru music, which has been handed down thru the ages via the oral tradition. SLAM MODE are mystical futuristic interpreters of this tradition, the musical way to space and back: cosmic cosmonauts…

Ola Jagun & The Ancestral Rhythms – Yoruba Spiritualist, Batik artist and percussionist, Ola Jagun is a true force of one. Nigerian born, Ola Jagun is a former member of the Nigerian Army band, Twin Seven Seven and he was both a conga and trap set drummer in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Egypt from 1980 ‘til 1991. Along with his group Ancestral Rhythms, SLM released the critically acclaimed single ‘Odo Oya,’ a tribute to Oya, the Yoruba/Nupe goddess of the wind.

3 Generations Walking – Conceptually modern and progressive, 3GW represent a new sort of musical collaboration, the one between dj (MKL) & musician (Soy Sos). The 3GW sound encompasses feelings of reggae, jazz, & house with a dubwyze sensibility. This sound is further intensified by the lyrical prowess of the 3GW vocalists. Songs that search for truth and encourage introspection while forcing body movement are commonplace in their music.

Daniel Moreno – Percussionist extraordinaire, Daniel is a Chicano from Northern California who made his debut as a percussionist in the band of the great organist/pianist Dr. Lonnie Smith. From there he traveled the world living in Brazil, France, Germany and Gambia before settling in NYC. Here in NYC he has made a name for himself as a 1st call percussionist and as host of the famed weekly jam sessions at 56 Walker Street in Tribeca. He is soon to release his full-length debut on SLM, which is co-produced by the legendary Cheick Tidiane Seck from Mali. The CD will feature music inspired by his many travels and former neighborhoods. Stay Close.

Mental Remedy - Mental Remedy is more of a producer driven project than a band, a medium for Joe Claussell’s spontaneous/impulsive musical expression. Releases have been varied in style and texture stemming primarily from Afro-Caribbean foundations. With ‘Obatala,’ the philosophy behind Mental Remedy is further revealed in the untraditional and imaginative approach to this ancient song about the Yoruba god of creativity.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Osaze - Unspoken Word
  2. SLAM MODE - Umri (Kuniyuki's Terra Firma)
  3. Mental Remedy - Dandos Gracias A Obatala
  4. Harmonics - Peace Of Mind
  5. Les Go - Dan Gna (Joe Claussell's Sacred Rhythm Vokal Journey)
  6. Daniel Moreno - Desireless
  7. SLAM MODE - Apraketa (Jeff Mills' Snake Charmer)
  8. Nitin Sawhney - Moonrise (When Worlds Collide)
  9. 3 Generations Walking - Midnight Bustling (FK's Midnight Rockers)
  10. Ola Jagun & The Ancestral Rhythms - Shango
  11. Pata Bahia - Alaude

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