Quotes: Great! Moods and maneuvers! Dan O`Keefe / Great! After the innocent Sorcerers mix, it is good to finally hear the original! Mr Scruff (Ninja Tune) / Diablo original is soo damn beautiful! Gerd (4Lux)
Info: Joseph Malik returns on Compost Records, with his new album “Aquarius Songs (which is already a Gilles Peterson recordbag weapon) & this 12”, called the “Aquarius Songs” EP! This EP & also the new album – produced by David Donnelly and co-producers Steven Christie & Grand Unified – focuses more on uptempo songs, strong political ideologies & social awareness while still blending in the beautiful lush chords with the help of string orchestra & horn sections. Joseph´s also to be heard on three tracks of the upcoming Darren Emerson (Ex Underworld) album which will see the light of day in September!! Make sure to highlight this in your calendar, boys and girls!
Side A of this EP is completely dedicated to „Diablo“ (the road to Seville). And first it takes two to tango! Fauna Flash (Roland Appel & Christian Prommer) transformed the original tango breakbeat version of „Diablo“ into an 4/4 electronic sparkler for the dancefloor! This remix is sohot it´s going to burn down all clubs! The original version of „Diablo“ is a dark Spanish Tango Breakbeat and is dedicated to Glasgow Celtic, when they progressed through Europe to the UEFA Cup final in Seville. Joseph was so dedicated to this track, he learned Spanish in order to sing this song. On the flipside, Joseph invited fellow Edinburgh Dj & producer Aqua Bassino to sing with him on the track „Believe & See”, Malik’s homage to New York house music with a touch of Blondie.
The Reachout Remix for „Mistress Moonlight“ makes the EP complete. Reachout has been a prolific travelling and expanding MC and Hip Hop activist for the last ten years. He´s been receiving plaudits and great sales globally for his memorable collaboration with Roots Manuva „For Whom The Heart Beats“, which was chosen as the Radio One Session in Scotlands’ favourite song of the year. He has just released his new album on his own label imprint Oh Eye Records, the video for the first single „This Town“ feat. Joseph Malik has even made it to be played on MTV UK! His version of „Mistress Moonlight“ is a laid back hip hop track, built around Joseph´s soulful vocals, with a rap part in the middle, which is perfomed by Reachout himself. This is real. Can you get down with that.