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A Dub Trip With Heart: Dave Wesley’s “Laranja Swadhisthana 67_5 – Epv1”

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Last month Arctic Dub (Sursumcorda) records released the brand new single “Laranja Swadhisthana 67_5 – EPv1” by Dave Wesley.

The Portugal-based Wesley is a very special electronics artist involved in experimental, ambient dub music blended with quite some earth-grounded tribal elements. He’s not traveling in space, and he doesn’t make that space drone trippy electronics music style, but instead introduces production techniques based on the principles of sacred geometry, seamlessly exploring evolving soundscapes, iteration and meditation–a seductive sonic journey forward into transcendental realms.

He’s esoteric in a manner of African-influenced tribal utility in his musings, which are both groovy and introspective. His new release consists of two tracks. The first is “Laranja Swadhisthana 67_5 Session v1,” an awe-inspiring ambient dub trip of 11 minutes where meditation switches gently to the African-inspired dub elements that actually nailed me! An internal sonic trip where all layers were mixed with convenience and a great know-how by the artist.

The second track “Laranja Swadhisthana 67 -5 Ceremony v1” is even more esoteric but in its groove…is far more African pagan. The few wet-in-the-mix “voices” included in the track work as a call of some kind of a treaty of nature and the soul of the Human. That style, apart from its stunning inspiration, it may put you in a musical dialogue with the artist, as art can do.

I am amazed by Wesley and his means to take me deep into his ambient dub cosmos. Dave Wesley is a very serious electronic craftsman and if you like the streams of Brian Eno and Philip Glass, you shouldn’t miss this.

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