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Next is now, world music as the single most potent force in the culture of fusion ... World music-makers are like shamans, carrying us on magic carpets of riffs and melodies through states of consciousness that spin us out of time to lands not yet invented but glimpsed on the aural horizon ... And so we see that music brings us, in the jumping of our cells, from what is past to what is trying to become the future. lt expresses and fulfills our need to hear the spirit in the dark.
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Lotus Groove CD - Fusion Music - Sensual East-West World-beat

Various Artists

Groove music - Pulsing world dance music spiced with exotic Eastern sounds (tablas, kora, dotar, dumbeck, clay pot, dilruba, gaida). sensual fusion with haunting vocals and modern instruments. Ride the perfume-groove with Electronic Sufi songs and timeless Indian chanting into Moroccan deserts, over Bulgarian mountains, across the great African Savannah, and beyond ancient Mediterranean ruins. A cool, hypnotic journey through an undulating sound-collage.

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Track Description Musicians and Instruments
1 - Sufi Groove by Lost At Last, Holon Records, 6:51 An electronic addition to ancient Sufi wisdom. Om : Synthesizer, Hammer Dulcimer - Jaya Lakshmi : Vocals - Deva Priyo : Dumbeck
2 - Tablananda by Yantra de Vilder, 6:10 Ethnic world groove with tablas, vocals, keyboards and synthesizer. Shakti energy at its best! Yantra de Vilder : Programming, Keyboards - Ananda de Vilder : Tablas, Vocals
3 - Jaipur by Limborg / Barki / Vigh, Tangram, 4:52 Call of an Indian nature in a mysterious setting of modern instruments mixed with claypot and hurdy-gurdy. Limborg : Synthesizer - Barki : Vocals - Vigh : Claypot
4 - Gap in Marrakesh by Yashu / Harida, Nazca Music, 5:27 Oriental tune, following the gypsy trail on a camel's ride - playful, festive, mysterious. Yashu : Flute - Moksha : Guitar - Harida : Keyboards, Percussion
5 - Eden by Mystic Rhythms Band, Oreade Music, 7:36 Uplifting beat accompanies a gypsy scale played on pitch bending instruments - soul bending too, and a vastness to dance on. Gregor Theelen : Synthesizer, Programming, Keyboards - Martijn Alsters : EWI (Electronic Wind)
6 - Pongi Thongi by Linsey Pollak, 3:34 Driving and unusual piece using a Bulgarian gaida (pipe) and thongaphone. Linsey Pollak : Gaida - Jessica Ainsworth : Thongaphone - Ali Adams : Thongaphone - Mik Moore : Thongaphone
7 - Phoenix by Ravi, 5:43 The Phoenix arises from the ashes with the delicate, flowing kora, and the steady pulse of the Indian tablas. Ravi : Kora, Percussion - Sandeep Bhattacharya :Tablas
8 - Minoa's Dance by Ariel Kalma, Astral Muse Recordings, 3:43 Mediterranean dance, a tribute to Pan. Played with two recorder flutes at a time, and dancing percussion. Ariel Kalma : Recorders - Stephen Be : Dumbeck, Percussion
9 - Elusinian Blue by Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors, Raven Recording, 5:51 Sensual drums and undulating slow love song between Jai Uttal's melodic voice and his dotar (Indian plucked instrument). Jai Uttal : Vocals, Dotar - The Mirrors : Drums, Percussion
10 - Jasmine Night by the capitali$ts, 3:55 Perfume from an oasis where time stands still - ancient instruments and modern groove celebrate the mystery. Anando Bharti : Dilruba,Programming - John Lloyd : Programming - John Sweeting : Electric Guitar


Lotus Groove reviewed by Lynne Bronstein: All Music Guide

The fusion of European-style techno, dance, and Eastern sounds has seldom been done as well as on Lotus Groove.

While Ariel Kalma's production keeps the synth beats in balance, the real stars here are the various unfamiliar (to Westerners) instruments. The dulcimers, flutes, and tabla drums used on some tracks are doubtless familiar to most people, but Lotus Groove introduces the listener to the dumback (a Middle Eastern hand drum) and the dilruba (an East Indian stringed instrument played with a bow). There's the gaida, a Bulgarian pipe that sounds like a bagpipe, and the "thongaphone" (yes, a plucked thong) used on the lively "Pongi Thongi." On "Jaipur" an Indian call is mixed with the clattering of a musician beating on a clay pot (known as an "Udu Pot" in India). And Jai Uttai on "Elusinian Blue" combines singing with playing on the dotar, an Indian long-necked lute.

Each track takes the listener to a place like India or Morocco — music that is moody, relaxing, and sensual. The only drawback is that Music Mosaic Records' liner notes for the album ought to include more information about the instruments. This album definitely whets one's appetite for learning more about the music of the East.

Lotus Groove reviewed by Napra ReView

Lotus Groove's pulsing dance music is alight with world instrumentation: tablas, koras, Middle Eastern drums, exotic vocals, and more. Producer Ariel Kalma gathers renowned and emerging artists such as Lost At Last, Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors, the Mystic Rhythms Band, Linsey Pollack, and others into a compelling collection of trance dance mystique. Ten tracks travel across continents, moving between energized and deeply evocative moods, while communicating the essential rhythm of global dance.

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