Saturday, June 2, 2012

Desert Dwellers: Downtemple Dub - Lost Mixes

Desert Dwellers has its roots in the Southern California dance collective known as Moontribe, famous in the electronic underground for organizing tribal dance rituals at magical locations deep within the vast desert expanses of both Southern California and New Mexico. Initially a collaboration in the late 1990's between electronic music pioneers Amani Friend & Treavor Moontribe (aka Amani vs Teapot), Desert Dwellers grew to incorporate Six Degrees recording artist Rara Avis in 2005.

Skillfully blending deep bass, earthy percussion, etheric voices and culture-crossing instrumentation into a sonic incense for mind and body, Desert Dwellers offers a spellbinding hybrid with echoes of our tribal past and future. Using the internet as a collaborative space in which concept albums are created, these sound alchemists use cutting edge techniques that blend the modern edge of electronica with the ancient sounds of cultures past. The result has been the prolific production of genre blending dance tracks and downtempo grooves that make for truly memorable listening experiences.

The trio has also collaborated heavily over the years with an amazingly talented array of artists. Craig Kohland (Shaman's Dream) has been supporting the band for years as a producer and guest percussionist. Sarah West, Meagan Chandler and Yamuna Wali are often featured vocalists on their albums, and they have at times been joined in the studio by Sattva Ananda, Michael Kott, Ricardin, and many other talented artists.

They have remixed artists such as Donna DeLory, Deep Forest, Girish, David Starfire, Deya Dova, Deva Premal, Jai Uttal, and many underground electronic artists. They have released their work on their own digital labels Desert Trax & YogiTunes as well as on such labels as White Swan, Omnis, Iboga, System, Flow, Six Degrees, and Native State.

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