I am over the moon to announce the first release by my new label Conscious Expansion ‘Othon AYA Remixes, Vol.1’ scheduled to come out on Thursday 23 of May!
The 3-track EP will include dj remixes of some of my favourite ‘medicine’ songs by the Peruvian curandera Norma Panduro, Andrés Córdoba from Colombia and Josii Yakecan from Brazil. I am extremely grateful to the the artists – and in the case of the deceased Norma Panduro, her close associate Shoemaker Alan – for allowing me to remix their songs or Icaros and for being so open and encouraging in the process.
Since these songs are inspired by Madre Tierra, her forests and its plant medicines, we have decided to give all artist profits of the release to Amazon Watch and to TAMA CONA: the foundation run by Andrés Córdoba in Kali, bringing healing and transformational Yage (Ayahuasca) ceremonies and the spiritual traditions of the Amazon to vulnerable members of the society and young drug addicts.
You will be able to pre-order the release on Thursday the 25th of April from Beatport
The Limited Edition Kodama Box, which many of you ordered through my campaign, has arrived and is ready for shipment! With a beautiful design by Dan Hillier and limited to only 100 numbered and signed copies by Dan (plus the Super Limited Edition of 10 sold exclusively through my campaign) this is a true collector’s dream! If you would like to get my album Kodama in its physical form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with title ‘Limited Edition Kodama Box’. The price of the box, including the postage is £45. The music comes in both high res wave files and 320Kbps mp3s.
‘Kodama are the spirits that, according to Japanese folklore (and the Greek tradition, as Dryads), inhabit a number of old trees in the forest. These trees are said to possess supernatural powers, they are often protected and there is mystery surrounding them to this day. When they are cut, their painful cries can be heard across the forest.This album is a reflection on our relationship with the natural world, our Spirit and our ability to let go, with tracks such as ‘Father’, ‘Mother’ and ‘Limitless’ being some of the most personal works I have written to date.’
You can listen tracks from Kodama on this
I am very grateful that NachtEin.TagAus has decided to release this track I did some months ago. Thank you Gabriel Toso for providing the starting point and inspiration for it and also to our beloved Huni Kuin shaman Ninawá, whose voice also appears briefly in the track. Bless you Owen Pratt for the recording at Flesh & Bone Studios. You can listen Desert Whistler on Soundcloud
I am overjoyed and grateful to you all for helping making my ‘Kodama and The God Within‘ campaign a success! Together we reached 109% of the goal! I am now looking forward to the creation of The God Within and collaborating with Dan Hillier on the artwork for both albums. Visit campaign page for more info
I am chuffed that 3 of my collaborations with Marc Almond are included in his forthcoming box set ‘Trials of Eyeliner: Anthology 1979-2016‘ – even more so cause, it is no1 on Amazon’s box set releases and no 5 in the regular charts!
Othon tracks included in the boxset are ‘Tango Song’ (from Digital Angel) and Last Night I Paid to Close My Eyes (from Impermanence), together with ‘The Green Fairy’ from my collaborative album with Marc Almond and Jeremy Reed ‘Against Nature‘.
The album is scheduled to be released on October 1st but you can PRE-ORDER it here
Strike Force Entertainment and Cherry Red Records have created different bundles that include the remaining vinyls and CDs of Against Nature and a special offer bundle that includes also my two albums ‘Pineal’ and ‘Impermanence” and Jeremy Reed’s ‘Big City Dilemma’. I am aware that people that pre-bought A. N. and the vinyls in particular would want some explanation about these extra copies, so I wrote to my label manager to shed some light on the subject.
He basically explained that the project, as we all know, was funded by genuine fans who were credited on the sleeves, received signed copies, got the album 3 to 4 months before anyone else and were guaranteed a copy of the album. The 400 CD’s and 200 LP’s that were left over mean that there are very few people that will ever get Against Nature, especially as the record company is only selling unused stocks and wont’ be duplicating further copies. By buying the unused Pledge campaign stock, the label made sure that all Marc Almond’s personal costs were paid (like the recordings of the initial demos, before we recorded the actual album) and that the project broke even and that everyone involved got paid too.
I hope this clarifies it all and thanks for the patience from those of you who asked for information on this last week.
Piano Loops & Harmonics
High Frequency Overtones
Deep Analogue Purity
Strings Warmth Slashing
Taiko Drums Beating
Expand Expand Expand
Mystery Mystery Mystery
An hour of KODAMA
Support by the wondrous & wonderful The McCarricks
WORLD PREMIERE at Toynbee Studios as part of SPILL festival, Friday 6 November
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Image by Hector de Gregorio
Cobra Coral feat. Marc Almond pushed me to the no.1 of ReverbNation London Charts. Thank you all for listening!
Another brilliant review of Cobra Coral EP feat. Marc Almond, Boss Axis, Charles Poulet & Bird Radio, this time by the awarded music site Louder Than War.
“The resulting Quantum Mix is a cavalcade of sound which would surely send any club goer completely insane as the cacophony reaches near fever pitch. It’s an incredible sound, and one which manages to remain focussed without sounding like a complete mish mash of undecipherable noise. Apparently, the goal is to ‘continuously raise the internal frequencies of the listener’. Mission accomplished.”
Read full review here
Fantastic Cobra Coral EP review by Compulsion! (EP out on Amazon & Google and soon on iTunes and Beatport)
“Unfurling slowly this ‘Quantum Mix’ reaches the first of several climaxes: where the Amazonian voices sing the ‘Cobra Coral’ chorus, before sweeping cuts of strings and dreamy electronic sequences appear scooping up the massed choir voices as the beats get heightened and more rapid, and are joined once again by the evocative wafting flute before it all gets whipped up into a multi-layered mass of non-stop ecstatic exotic dancing. The entire thing appears to represent a transcendental journey, whose vibrations will resonate as much at home as it would do in a club. Othon and Charles Poulet have crafted a really stunning remix here. Don’t miss it!”
You can read the review by Tony Dickie here