Desert Dwellers Breath Re-Imagined Vol 02
Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe aka Desert Dwellers began their musical journey in the 1990s honing their musical skills in New Mexico and California respectively, before joining forces in the latter part of that decade.
In fact, it was the legendary Moontribe gatherings that was the catalyst for a musical voyage that has lasted more than 20 years, with the duo celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2019.
It’s fitting then that their album, Breath, released last year, became a Beatport No.1 bestseller and is being celebrated with not one, but two remix albums.
Breath features over 20 musicians and vocalists across a 10-track journey so you can imagine the depth of sound a remixer has to work with.
Breath Re-Imagined Vol 01 was released in January of this year and now, recently we have been blessed with Breath Re-Imagined Vol 02, out on Sofa Beats.
From Burning Man to Coachella, BOOM Festival in Portugal to Rainbow Serpent in Australia and performances at the iconic Red Rocks, the duo have pioneered their organic downtempo groove touching so many fans across the globe while gaining them so much mutual respect among electronic music producers of all genres.
Desert Dwellers Breath Re-Imagined Vol 02
Breath Re-Imagined Vol 02 takes their 10-track eponymous album and ‘breathes’ a new groove into an existing, stunning soundscape.
In their own words, the duo sums up this masterful collection of 4 to the floor remixes…
“Breath – Re-Imagined Vol 2 brings together a collection of 11 of the biggest names in the Organic House/Downtempo genre including Coss & Iorie, Rapossa, Luca Bacchetti, Derun, Unders and more!
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the depth and thoughtfulness put into each Re-Imagined version of our songs.”
Vol 2 uses the ethereal, worldly soundscapes of the original album and transforms each track into a deeper, edgier menagerie of percussive heavy selections, underpinned by a steady 4/4 groove.
Worldbeat and folkloric house flavours abound with 11 supremely well-crafted renditions of the originals.
The cohesiveness to the album feels like they sat in on each remix session directing the flow, so innately coherent is each and every contribution.
Ranging from 106 – 117 bpm each song unfolds into a twisting, turning journey that evokes feelings of intimacy juxtaposed with worldly grandeur while simultaneously delving into a hybrid melting pot of delectable organic instruments, synthesized soundscapes and a steady dance-friendly 4/4 beat.
Track by track
01 Desert Dwellers – Closed Eyes In A Dust Storm (Coss & Iorie Black Sand Mix)
Ethereal, groovy… worldly. The start of a journey into another dimension.
02 Desert Dwellers – To Be The Air (Rapossa Remix)
Bold statements and big questions. An unfolding of universes.
03 Desert Dwellers – Traversing The Endless Road (Luca Bacchetti Endless Remix)
Mystical, meditative and exotic. An interlude of sorts.
04 Desert Dwellers – One That Shows The Way (Unders Remix)
Tribal, moody and awash with interweaving melodies.
05 Desert Dwellers – Dreams Within A Dream (Nhii Remix)
Dancefloor splendour with a celebratory groove.
06 Desert Dwellers – Realms Of Splendor (Roderic Remix)
Deeply questioning dream state, interwoven melodic twists.
07 Desert Dwellers – To Be The Air (Forever & Ever Remix)
08 Desert Dwellers – Traversing The Endless Road (Alvaro Suarez Remix)
Tribal, ethnic, percussive. A melding of exotic sounds and spices.
09 Desert Dwellers – Dreams Within a Dream (Derun Remix)
Folkloric and fun. ‘It’s all going to be alright!’
10 Desert Dwellers – At Last, Our Refuge (The Invisible People Remix)
Bluesy riff meets Eastern chants in a melting pot of unfolding vocal melody.
11 Desert Dwellers – Traversing the Endless Road (BOSA Remix)
Trancey, tribal, east meets west in a psychedelic downbeat stomp!
Breath Re-Imagined Vol 02 is available on all digital platforms.
Stream it, download it or play these tracks in your downtempo DJ sets – whatever floats your boat, if you are a lover of electronic music with depth, this 11-track collection is a must listen!
Also, look out for Breath Re-Imagined Vol 03 later this year.