Loopsy Dazy - Alalia Remixes
Loopsy Dazy shouldn't be confused for the Ned Flanders-like interjection we've all used at one time or another to acknowledge a mistake. They're a Toronto-based sampling project that makes extensive use of looping techniques to produce sounds that can only be described as being in a prolonged hypnotic trance (Hence the name!)
They have a remix EP coming out this June, but some context with regard to the source material is definitely in order. The song in question is "Alialia", the outcome of a session between Loopsy Dazy architect Mikey Dorje and classically trained jazz violinist Eleanor Edgar they captured on video as it was being conceived: http://youtu.be/q0ds3pxlrRs
For two people standing, playing instruments and mixing on the spot, it's pretty mesmerizing and downright beautiful really to see such creativity come together. Six different versions have since been recorded which Loopsy Dazy have compiled, including one of their own, the opening "Biodynamic Mix." At over 10 minutes, it's almost identical in length to the original, only more spacy, waiting room Muzak. I'm not going to pretend I'm a "REMIXthusiast," but the Andrew Simpson version (Track 5) has the best beat in my opinion, one I even see myself attempting to bust a move to.
If you're looking for 45 minutes worth of ambient grooves to chill out one night, you could do worse than the Alalia Remixes EP. What I'd personally be most interesting in seeing is what mutation ends up being performed when Dorje and Edgar take their sampling show on the road - They're scheduled to appear at Nova Scotia's Evolve Music and Awareness Festival in July. Evolve, BTW, was voted the best festival in Canada by CBC Radio 3 a few years back.
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