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Over the past two decades, Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe have created a sound that rises from ethnic, melodic electronica and psychedelic bass. This past January 24th, the producing duo released Breath Reimagined Vol. 1 on their label, Desert Trax. “Music Without Borders” is the label’s official slogan. The release is a compilation of remixes of their previous album, Breath, featuring collaborations with Bluetech, DRRTYWULVZ, Globular, Somatoast, Mindex, TRIBONE, Erothyme, Pitch Black, MantisMash, DISSOLV, Gumi, Halfred and Nanosphere. Desert Dwellers have toured extensively across continents, opened for Shpongle and performed at music festivals such as Coachella, Shambhala and Envision.
Organic sounds are blended flawlessly with electronic melodies via the Desert Dwellers. This collection of songs need not require a linear playlist to be enjoyed. With enticing song titles such as “A Dream Within a Dream” and “Praise Her the Fire Keeper,” the track list may serve as a treasure map for the listeners mood. There is a song for everyone to discover: the Desert Dweller’s tribal house roots are a foundation and theme with Breath ReImagined Vol.1. Sounds of flutes, an oud, a sitar, psychedelic bass and ethereal vocals can compliment a contemplative-movement practice or be purposed as a musical tapestry for a gathering with friends or cruising on the open road.
It is interesting to listen to the same song remixed by different musicians on the album, such as: “One That Shows the Way,” “Longing for Home,” “Praise Her, the Fire Keeper” and “Realms of Splendor.” Each of these songs appears twice on the album with different artist remixes, and none of them sound the same. This provides a glimpse into how music producers interpret songs differently.
The Desert Dwellers opened for Shpongle in Denver with “Praise Her, The Fire Keeper Tribone Remix”. The other version on the album, “Praise Her, The Fire Keeper Pitch Black Remix” offers a minimalist feel, a tune to close your eyes to as the bass warms your body.
At the time of press, I would nominate “Longing for Home—Mindex Remix” as a contender for a soundtrack to a coming tear in the fabric of the space-time continuum. With their innovative, professional sound, there is no doubt these guys’ live performances are a lively experience. And, they just released Spring 2020 tour dates.