'LOTUS LOUNGE' OFFERS GLOBAL GROOVES WITHOUT BARRIERS
IN STORES 2002
Featuring Music Heard On "Sex In The City;" " Third Watch;" "The Sopranos;" And More.
The U.S. release of 'Lotus Lounge Vol. 2' (Bar None Records/ LoveCat Music) is set for February 5, 2002. Refusing to lock itself into any single genre, the disc travels from Tel Aviv to Buenos Aires to Switzerland in a seamless mix of world, dance, ambient and lounge music. While the CDs predecessor, 'Lotus Lounge Vol. 1,' was serviced only to club DJs, producer DJ Steve Popkin says, "'Lotus Lounge Vol. 2' exists in a place where the velvet ropes disappear and the only price of admission is a fertile imagination." 'Lotus Lounge Vol. 2' features the work of twelve international artists:
London-based duo No Man (Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson) combines disparate influences from jazz and avant-garde classical music to experimental pop with a singer-songwriter intimacy. Formed in 1990 amid the English dance music boom, No Man was dubbed by the British press as "the ultimate fusion of the dance beat, the love song and the symphony." The twosome has worked with electro-pioneers The Shamen and Scanner as well as with Robert Fripp and current and former members of both King Crimson and Japan. Melody Maker has featured No Man's tracks as "Singles of the Week."
Access Denied consists of two Israel-based producers whose debut album, 'Intermesh,' refers to the coexistence of Christianity, Judaism and Islam as neighbors and brothers. Their music utilizes previously recorded chants and prayers from around the world in modern arrangements.
The ensemble of Angel Tears, led by Momi Ochion, is also based in Israel. With two albums to their credit, the group describes their sound as "a prayer for harmony." It integrates dozens of instruments from East and West: the Bedouin dharbouka, Tibetan flutes, sitar, piano, electric guitar and Arab violin, as well as voices from African tribal religious ceremonies and from ancient Indian hymns.
Twenty-four-year-old Eraldo Palmer is one of Brazil's leading house music performers, and his ensemble Waterfront has been touring since its inception in 1998. Eraldo's remix of Corciolli's "Catedrais" was one of the biggest Brazilian club hits of this past summer. He has also played a role in developing Brazilian 'live P.A. ' (an on-stage manipulation of production effects on pre-recorded music using various sound filters), similar to what artists such as Daft Punk and Prodigy have done on the international scene.
Zino and Tommy are Haim Zinowitch (a.k.a. Mr. Zino) and Tomer (Tommy) Brian, who handle a significant amount Israel's music and sound production, including music for prime-time television shows. The two have gained a reputation in the United States for their work on music for such television programs as "The Sopranos" and "Sex In The City," as well as for interactive gaming companies such as Compro Games, Ocean and Game Tech.
Max 404 is a producer based in Eindhoven, Holland's "techno city," and cites techno, house, hip-hop, ambient, breakbeats and world as the influences that he blends into one organic and distinctive sound. His track "Niceta," featured on 'Lotus Lounge Vol. 2,' was voted single of the month by the U.K.'s leading dance music magazine, Musik.
Project.IL is the brainchild of recording artist/producer Izhar Ashdot (he produced Ofra Haza's 'Im Ninalu') and engineer/producer Ohad Dekel. The two have between them scores of Isreali Platinum CDs, and their forthcoming debut CD has been in the making for the past five years. Their track on 'Lotus Lounge Vol. 2', "Ruby," is based on West African Christian singing blended with an infectious groove.
Sebastian Litmanovich, a.k.a. Cineplexx, is a 28-year-old electro-pop and video artist based in Argentina. His third album, 'Electrocardiograma,' (Everlast Records) is due out soon in Europe, and he is currently collaborating with artists such as Panacea, Atau Tanaka, and Somatic, all of whom he performed with at ICC Tokyo as a member of Caipirinha Records' Architecture Installation.
The E.Q's (Haim Laroz and Tal Ekheizer) create sounds from trip-hop to jungle jazz to house. Haim first became known as a member of Israeli rock duo Bikini, while Tal is a DJ and musician who has been spinning avant-garde, trip-hop and dub music for the past 12 years in the clubs of New York, Paris and Tel Aviv. Together as The E.Q's, they have created a form of freestyle electronic music that reflects their experiences and influences.
Mystica was formed in 1996 by Avi Pe' er, Charlie Ben-Mocha and Yossi Master in southern Israel. The trio has been influenced primarily by underground trance, the music of Morocco, Iraq, and Russia - countries that their own families emigrated from before settling in Israel. Mystica's sound is not simply goa trance but an original mixture of electronica and the ethnic music they were rasied on. The group has had tracks released on ten different compilations in Israel.
Ofer Dikovsky, a.k.a. Oforia, is one of the foremost pioneers of trance music in Israel. Ofer's work began with the creation of tracks such as "The Key" and "Sweet Home Coming" as part of the influential collective Indoor. Ofer's debut CD 'Delirious' is also his debut as a solo artist, and the disc has been lauded by DAT DJs such as Dino Psaras and Joti Sidhu.
The Sismik Napkins Adventures is a concept masterminded by Swiss composer Patrick Lang, who has fused together electronic instruments with acoustic instruments such as the Saze (a Turkish guitar), Mesopotamian flutes, and percussion. Patrick's method of work is to compose songs and then invite varied instrumentalists to express themselves within each track. The collective's CD 'Tales of Coincidence,' is the first opus of a trilogy.