Release Date: 5th April 2019
After Francis Harriis third album ‘Trivial Occupations’ gained magnificent resonances during press and listeners - his “meandering, spine-tingling loveliness” (DJ Mag, USA) became an album of the year in several publications - here is the Remix-EP with two very special reworks. While the left-field ambient waves of ‘Trivial Occupations’ still linger in the ears, Joaquin Joe Claussell and LNS tamper with the two bit more beat-driven ‘Minor Forms’ and ‘St. Catherine And The Calm’ for two new interpretations that totally break the chains. New York based DJ, musician and producer Joaquin Joe Claussell, label-owner of both Spiritual Life Music and Sacred Rhythms Music is looking back on a list of countless works on Labels like Vega Records, Brownswood Recordings and Wonderwheel Recordings. Famous for his percussion-driven Afro-House tracks which are influenced by his Puerto Rican background, he also has a deep connection into New York’s local Jazz Scene. Claussell’s Cosmic Arts Version of Minor Forms features the outstanding Jazz-pianist Bennett Paster with skillful and organic Piano lines. The track opens up with indistinct vocal chants and distant piano-tinkles alongside scattered drum hits. This moody, steady swelling beginning follows on the vibe of the original’s jazzy trumpets. As the bass, played by Claussell, hits at some point, the whole track turns into a fusion of virtousic synth and piano melodies, underlined with excentrical drum rolls. A turn back into the lighter ambient-spheres finally ends the wildness. “No different than how I approach producing remixes,” says Claussell, “my goal first and foremost is to initiate a connection with the original composition. What this allows me to do is become intimate with the piece in a way that it almost becomes one of my own.
a1. Minor Forms (Joaquin Joe Claussell's Cosmic Arts Version)
b1. St. Catherine And The Calm (LNS Remix feat. Nadia Sparrow)