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Rain & Shine (feat. Navid Izadi)

  • Artists Kresey, Brigante, DJ Pierre, Bali Family
  • Release Date 2013-09-16
  • Labels Southern Fried Records
  • Catalog ECB374D
  • Description Bali Family are Hot Natured man Luca C and Crosstown and Poker Flat producer James What, and together they have made 'Rain & Shine', a new track for Southern Fried Records that comes with remixes from acid inventor DJ Pierre, Brigante (of Luca C & Brigante) and Kresey. There is something of a backstory to how the track came about that goes like this... James What was in Bali for a month on a break from touring, whilst at the same time Luca was in Singapore. After a Skype conversation they hooked up and made use of a local studio owned by DJs Ben Hayes and Hoda Fadel who also introduced them to a talented vocalist called Jamie Graham who ended up singing most of the vocals on the track (along with Ben and Hoda). The ensuing days were spent in rice fields, the studio and riding around on scooters and the magic of Bali Family was born. It soon gave birth to this record and weeks later in LA when it was played in the presence of Wolf & Lamb's Navid Izadi, he insisted on contributing to it, and so came about the rap extolling the wonders of a certain entheogen.
    And so to the record - in original form it is a deep, slow paced and sun kissed house cut with ticking percussion riding up and down the middle of the track as long lingering, sombre piano chords and squelchy analogue leads fill in the spaces. The rapped vocals add a sultry attitude, whilst the more breathy and expansive phrases of Jamie Graham keep things decidedly blissed out. The track is already a huge hit with veteran tastemaker and all round musical hero Andrew Weatherall and has been a point of interest since it first featured on Damian Lazarus' Burning Man Lazpod last year. As well as a dub version, Kresey turns in a more direct and dancey deep house version for the floor, and Brigante delivers a Splatt Egg remix that is stripped right back to a subtle kick drum and long stringy percussive lines, teasing as it goes. Finally, DJ Pierre goes hard and raw on his reinterpretation, remaking the track for the more pumping peak time hours whilst retaining the original's oh-so smooth vocals. Here's hoping this is the first of many from the Bali Family.

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