When EarthRise SoundSystem’s Derek Beres and David “Duke Mushroom” Schommer first joined together to remix a song by popular mantra singer Deva Premal, they set out to create a new paradigm as to what ‘yoga music’ meant. The result was a percussively rich, organically spacious and dubby soundscape. This approach laid the foundation for their full length album, The Yoga Sessions (Yoga Organix), a collection of 21st century electronically inspired yet organically grown original music that will redefine one’s notions of “yoga music.” The Yoga Sessions features performances from a diverse selection of vocalists and musicians, all part of the EarthRise Network: Verve Recording artist Lucy Woodward, Pharaoh’s Daughter founder Basya Schechter, Universal France artist Morley, Idan Raichel Project’s Lital Gabai, Hindustani leanings from Yoga Organix label mate Go-Ray, Moroccan Gnawa offerings from Hamid Boudali, and the soulful stylings of Daniel Dworkin—as well as instrumental performances by two-time Canadian Music Award winner and Juno nominee Eccodek, tabla player Dave Sharma (Sub Swara), and guitarist Shahar Mintz (Meta and the Cornerstones).
InnerVersions is a seamless collection of some of Six Degrees’ most popular tracks, compiled & mixed by noted yoga instructor, music journalist, DJ and EarthRise SoundSystem co-founder, Derek Beres. Bringing together a wide variety of Six Degrees artists, including Bombay Dub Orchestra, Cheb I Sabbah, Karsh Kale, Céu, Lal Meri and Midival Punditz, Beres has taken ‘yoga music’ in an entirely new direction for modern world culture. As Beres so eloquently states in his liner notes: “America’s yoga tribe is an open-minded community embodying the time-tested intention of the practice: union. Since 1993, yoga and music have been two aspects of the one path I’ve traveled. Since I began teaching in 2004, I’ve sought music with plenty of soul and tons of bass, to move students from the inside out. Six Degrees has unknowingly provided my soundtrack on many occasions, so I’m honored and delighted that the label has opened its incredible catalog for me to craft this beat-driven and melodic mix, perfect for the modern yoga studio.”
Vieux Farka Touré is the second-eldest son of Grammy-winning Malian musician Ali Farka Touré. Vieux was the flagship artist for New York-based indie label Modiba Productions when he released his self-titled debut album in February 2007. The critically acclaimed album featuring Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté was #1 on the CMJ Radio Charts for three weeks and sold over 30,000 units worldwide. Following closely on the heels of this acclaimed debut,Touré collaborates with a select team of top producers presenting brilliant illustrations of his signature desert blues. VFT Remixed is a fully-realized, classic mix of big-beat dance floor crushers, hip-hop infused funk, trancey landscapes and dubbed-out electronica, featuring remixes by Cheb i Sabbah, Karsh Kale, Nickodemus, Yossi Fine, Fabian Alsultany, DJ Center and many more.
This down- to midtempo collection features musicians taking elements of their culture and history and making sense of them by fusing diverse instrumentation into their sonic creations. Whether it be with the skilled classical guitar work in an electronic palette; ancient tabla and Indian melodies with bass-heavy cadence; or a dubbed African landscape and indigenous Australian instruments into solid beats… the old and new are beautifully indistinguishable in this unique and diverse CD where each song invokes a quiet, though inspired reflection of a hectic world trying to find a bit of peace. Derek’s debut as a producer features stellar tracks by Nickodemus, Adham Shaikh, TJ Rehmi, Karsh Kale, Bob Holroyd, Zeb, Eccodek and more.