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Monkey Nenufar - 2 Monkeys In The Oud
Monkey Nenufar
2 Monkeys In The Oud
12" | 2020 | EU | Original (Cosmo)
9,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
French producers Ben Vedren and Leiris first came together with an EP on Minibar back in 2014 before launching their Monkey Nenufar project in 2016 as a vessel for their most intricate and psychoactive tracks. It’s the perfect scenario for another intriguing cross-cultural collaboration on Cosmo Records, exploring the space between Western club sounds and traditional Moroccan musicianship.
“Cosmos 2018” opens the EP with a chance for Monkey Nenufar to explore their sound on their own terms, using a dynamic set of drums with a live, hand-played feel as the basis for a meditative spread of melodic flourishes, displaced sound design and airy pads. It’s a track that feels purpose built for starry skies, crammed full of infectious energy but executed with a soothing demeanour to nourish the soul.
By way of contrast, “Heode” feels much more direct in its execution. The techno framework of the track charges ahead with purpose, setting the scene for Jamal Nouman’s distinctive vocals to come sweeping into the mix. Nouman can be heard singing an Andalusian-Arabic Mawwal, a style that demands a high level of vocal prowess from the singer. Vedren and Leiris maximise on the unusual sounds Nouman’s vocals produce, threading them in between the beats to create a functional yet entirely otherworldly dancefloor track.
“2 Monkeys In The Oud” presents yet another unique approach as Cosmo regular Saad El Bouaamri comes back to the label. El Bouaamri has appeared previously playing violin on Yes’in’s “We Come In Peace” and playing oud on Pier Bucci’s “10 Dias.” In this latest appearance on the label he’s working the oud once again, and Vedren and Leiris provide a complex and ever-shifting backdrop of high-definition production for his playing to merge with. It’s a head-spinning track that mutates and evolves through all manner of organic and electronic sound sources, pushing the traditional tones of El Bouaamri’s playing into a strange new sphere.
The flexibility in Monkey Nenufar’s sound makes for the perfect match for the Cosmo Records philosophy, exploring a range of styles and using a broad sound palette with a shared focus on pushing forwards. It’s this futuristic context that Cosmo wants to place the traditional sounds of Morocco in, and as ever the results are truly spellbinding.
Mambotur - Elemental Remixes Part 2
Elemental Remixes Part 2
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Cosmo)
5,99 €* 9,99 € -40%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Mambotur is the long-standing collaborative project from two of South America’s
foremost electronic producers, Argenis Brito and Pier Bucci. Back in 2013 they
released their third album, Elemental, on Cosmo Records in a shimmering fusion
of their Latin roots and their position at the cutting edge of modern electronic
music. It was the perfect extension of the Cosmo Records mission, to bridge the
gap between folk music tradition and the dizzying potential of modern sonic
Following on from the Sirst remix EP, which featured Ricardo Villalobos and
Masomenos, Sive years later we return to the project with a new cast of
characters ready to work Mambotur’s original material into exciting new shapes.
First up come DaP, an alias of Cab Drivers’ Daniel Paul and Zky. The label heads
behind the legendary Cabinet Records turn “Raska-Man” into a light and
summery dub house concoction rich in layers of shifting chords and limber
Luc Ringeisen, spotted on labels such as PUAS PUAS and his own Vinylclub,
brings a more overtly modern approach to “Wadino”, Silling the mix with Brito’s
heavily processed vocals and psychedelic splashes of synths while a steadfast
groove rolls away underneath.
On the B-side, Paul and Zky return in their most famous guise for a Cab Drivers
version of “Desde Que Te Vi”, which Sinds the renowned pair embarking on an
engrossing trip through looping melodic motifs and delicate rhythms
underpinned by a warm, bubbly acid bassline.
As with the Sirst remix EP, this vinyl release also gives a fresh airing to one of
Mambotur’s original tracks from Elemental, “I Demand”. With its snaking drums
and sparse dubby pulses it makes for the perfect danceSloor soother, imbued
with meditative energy that harks back to the transcendental roots of dance
music new and old.
With the full album Elemental being re-released alongside it, this remix EP is the
perfect opportunity to revisit a hidden gem of Latin-infused electronica from two
of the scene’s most gifted producers. The contributions from the guest remixers
expand on the intention of Cosmo Records to keep pushing on this concept of
cross-cultural sonic fusion, and through thoughtful curation the results are as
stunning as ever.
Mambotur - Elemental Remixes Pt.1 - Ricardo Villalobos & Masomenos Rmxs
V.A. - Vinyl III
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