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Lost Gems: Oriol – Night And Day (2010)

This sounds like ideal sex to me. It makes me tremble with joy for finally hearing such well-textured imagery materialized! It’s like hearing your dreams to me. I never heard something of this nature done better before. Many did it before, many did it after… But this is definitely my favorite of all time.

Oriol Singhji was born in Barcelona but now lives between London and Cambridge. He’s spent some time in Boston studying Music and then he came to astound my brain with Night And Day, an impeccable album that connects the dots between his musical tastes, from the ’70s Fusion and Experimentation of Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder to the lush House of Theo Parrish, Larry Heard and Recloose, into Drum and Bass and Dubstep, he rewires these influences into something that’s totally exuberant and fresh. A soulful fantasy, indebted to older musical styles but still sounding bang up to date, surpassing any niggles you might have that this isn’t just seriously good music.

Mixing Moog melodies with warm early Detroit techno. Vox chords against diva vocals and rich talk box harmonies. Nervous melodies with staccato chords. Tunes that let things roll out with a loose musicality, irresistible early ’80s soul stylings and synths. Broken beats under Philip Glass-like chords and Funky keyboards. Warm arpeggios with Disco beats. Night And Day captures the ambience of a party at sunrise at a Tropical destination, bittersweet and beautiful, where beatless layers of electronics create a dreamy mood. Jeff Mills Techno energy and stringy Disco, tough beats and chords mixing it up with Ambient atmosphere.

I want him to come back with new landscapes and help me redefine my sound perspectives!

This success can’t be repeated.

It simply has it all and it’s such a splendid bucket!

Hide yourself in the tropic of being something else!

LISTEN ON BANDCAMP

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Featured image is Muscinae/Polytrichum by Ernst Haeckel

About the Artist (source: mymodernmet.com)

Born in Germany in 1834, Ernst Haeckel studied medicine at the University of Berlin and graduated in 1857. While he was a student, his professor Johannes Müller, took him on a summer field trip to observe small sea creatures off the coast of Heligoland in the North Sea, sparking his life-long fascination for natural forms and biology.

In 1859, when Haeckel was 25, he traveled to Italy where he spent time in Napoli discovering his artistic talent. In the same year, he went to Messina where he studied the structures of radiolarians (microscopic protozoa that produce intricate mineral skeletons). He published 59 scientific illustrations between 1860 and 1862, along with the original microscope slides.

In 1864, Haeckel sent Charles Darwin, two folio volumes on radiolarians. His gothic, white on black drawings impressed Darwin so much that he wrote back to Haeckel to express his gratitude. He said, “[They] were the most magnificent works which I have ever seen, and I am proud to possess a copy from the author.”

Other Works by Ernst Haeckel

Ersnt Haeckel Image 2
Filicinae/Alsophila
Discomedusae/Toreuma
Ersnt Haeckel Image 3
Discomedusae/Desmonema

Reading Material: How Ernst Haeckel Inspired Art Nouveau

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