Basic Channel dub techno supremo Moritz von Oswald has collaborated with Ordo Sakhna, a Kyrgyzstani roots music collective. You might not consider that a logical combination, but you would be wrong! Moritz has subtly garnished the crystal-clear recordings of the amazing Kyrgyzstani performances with touches of dubs and booming rhythms. On Honest Jon’s.
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Moritz von Oswald (Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound, Maurizio) follows in the footsteps of former musical partner Mark Ernestus and his Ndagga Rhythm Force project, out into the outer realms of global music. Here he records Kyrgyzstani roots music collective Ordo Sakhna, capturing them with immaculate clarity and making them the absolute forefront of the album. The revered German artist sensitively and respectfully adds his own colour to the recordings, gently retreating them and adding delicate dubwise techniques for his own vision of the Central Asian groups remarkable sound. Essentially, and for the greater part, this is far closer to something you would expect to hear coming out on the Sublime Frequencies label and would more than likely be out of the comfort zone of your average fan seeking music similar to Moritz von Oswald’s back catalogue. But for the more adventurous listener, hungry for interesting non-western music, there’s plenty to enjoy and when he does his most involved interpretations such as 'Facets' and ‘Draught Dub’ it works magically. As much as I'm a huge fan of Moritz von Oswald, I have to say Ordo Sakhna certainly are the real stars of the album. I have literally no idea whatsoever what sort of traditional instruments they utilize and am basically clueless about the origins of their music, so this collaboration has really been a breath of fresh air. A magnificently executed collaboration.
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