Review: Whereas the first volume in Joaquin "Joe" Claussell's "Cosmicdelic Africa" series focused on sneaky re-edits by the Sacred Rhythm founder, this second instalment focuses on original productions "for the dancefloor and the head". In other words, Clausell has offered up DJ-friendly extended versions of some of his most cosmic, Afro-centric creations. There's much to enjoy throughout, from the psychedelic rock guitar solos, restless bass, layered Latin house rhythms and rainforest sounds of Cosmic Ritual's "Abraxas (Demo Sketch Mix)", to the piano sporting cosmic house positivity of Mampo's "Emarofo Tech (Extended Sketch Mix)", via the spaced-out electronics, hallucinatory synth lines and sparse drums of intoxicating downtempo workout "Mundo De Agua (Psyxchdelic Transfusion Mix)".
African Drug (Joaquin Joe Claussell Hallucination version) (8:19)
Review: Long before the rise in interest in African music, British electronica producer Bob Holyroyd was making tracks rich in traditional instrumentation. "African Drug" is, undoubtedly, the most famous of these. Originally released as a single in 1994, the intensely melodious, Steve Reich-esque work has been remixed numerous times over the years. This latest edition arrives on Joaquin "Joe" Clausell's Sacred Rhythm label, with profits going to charities that work to save Africa's endangered Rhino. The A-side contains a freshly mixed and re-mastered version of Holroyd's brilliant original - which brilliantly increases in intensity with the addition of tribal drums two thirds of the way through - with a more percussive, pleasingly hallucinogenic Clausell remix on the flip. In a word: essential.
Review: Tribal, physical, psychedelic: Joe Claussell's Bolla project is one of his finest creative accomplishments for many fans, and his album Afrikan Basement: Makussa is the gift that keeps on giving. Having previously leaked limited 12"s, Joe's label Sacred Rhythm does it again with another super-limited, one-sided press. Hooky, insistent and far-out for the full 10 minutes, this is shaman material right here. Do not sleep.
Joe Claussell - "Agora E Seu Tempo" (Acroostic Percussion mix)
Mental Remedy - "I Pray No More"
Unchained Rhythums - "Wail Of The Heart" (alternate Cosmic Arts version)
Mental Remedy - "Heloise" (part one)
Mental Remedy - "The Sun The Moon Our Souls" (Electric Voices mix)
Ayuri - "Thank You Universe" (feat Mental Remedy - Cosmic Arts remix)
Joe Claussell - "With More Love"
Kuniyuki Takahashi - "All These Things" (Joaquins Cosmic Arts For Otto version)
Mental Remedy - "Mother Nature"
Elements Of Life - "Most Beautiful" (feat Anane & Lisa Fischer - Joaquins Sacred Rhythm version)
Review: On his latest Sacred Rhythm compilation, Joaquin 'Joe' Clausell says Thank You Universe, with a little help from his friends. According to the man himself, the collection was inspired by "a desperate need for World healing". Regardless of the New York producer's inspirations, what's delivered is an enjoyable set of global musical fusions that touches on jazz, Latin beats, African rhythms, downtempo grooves, ambient and, of course, decidedly cosmic deep house. Highlights include the blissful Afro-house loveliness of Clausell's own "With More Love", the jazzy, late night wonder of Clausell's remix of Kuniyuki Takahashi's "All These Things", and the smooth, late night deep house of Unchained Rhythms' "Wall Of The Heart".
Put Your Spirit Up (Joaquin Joe Claussell edit & Overdub)
Other Souls & Things - "Mundo De Agua" (The Psychdelic Transfusion remix)
Afrikan Basement - "Sangre"
ITU High (interlude)
The Brooklyn Heat & Soul Band - "Come & Fly With Me" (Joaquin Improvisational remix mix)
Review: The undisputed master of spiritual house music Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell presents Cosmicdelic Afrika: a collection of demos that the New York City based visionary is currently working on in the studio. The idea for the compilation was inspired by the concept of his event Share: the upcoming Share Afrika will see Claussell digging through his archives and bringing out compositions exploring Afrika, African Diaspora, dub and more. Beginning with the deeply magical and meditative vibe of "African Drug" (Joaquin's Drugged Out Sketch mix) by Bob Holroyd, the soulful and uplifting deepness of "Emarofo Tech" (Joaquin's Demo Sketch Mix) by Mampo or Cosmic Ritual's "Abraxas" (Joaquin demo Sketch mix) which is classic Claussell - reminiscent of work on his seminal Language album from the turn of the millennium.