Above & Below Remix EP

by Haj i Ji

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Above & Below alludes to the fundamental spiritual principle, which animates all creative processes. "That which is above is the same as that which is below." Defying easy categorization, this 5-minute moving saga is the debut solo release from Haj i Ji (formerly Sub Swara, Freek Factory, Nyxyss, Rising Smoke of the Hobo Kings).

Written as a performance piece for tribal belly dancer Sera Solstice, the song took on a life of its own. A distinct North African dub feel freely interplays with West Coast production elements.

The journey-like nature of the composition makes it feel like a small movie unto itself. Above & Below has many call-and-response moments; violin, cello and flute are punctuated by dark electronic synths and intricate percussion (darbuka, ashiko, frame drum, djembe). Ethereal vocals float over the top as the whole proceeding builds to a dramatic climax.

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released February 9, 2016

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Raven Recording New York, New York

Ours is a world beat music without a world, made for a dance without steps, for a tribe without boundaries.

We started recording percussion-driven music in the early 80's to support the 5Rhythms as a dance practice. Since that time we have created twenty albums, each rooted in one or all of the 5Rhythms. We wanted to capture the spirit of the drumming so that people could dance with us.
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