Tapping into the vital root of global electronic music as it dances to the steady beat of technology and moves to the rhythms of a much older, ancestral current, Italian producers Lo.Renzo and Halfred have spent the last two years working together under the banner of electro-folkloric duo Jakare to explore humankind’s essential drive to connect and merge with the surrounding world. Their first release off 2021— ‘Apu Remixes‘ — continues in their signature style of blending Old- and New-world instrumentation with modern production techniques by inviting five musical visionaries from the electronic world to partake in the celebrated ritual of remixing their debut 2019 EP, ‘Apu.‘
Deep tribal producer and Resueño label head Mose leads off the collection with a stirring rendition of Jakare’s ceremonial “Cleansing,” drawing listeners into a landscape colored by downtempo atmospheres and fueled by a holographic collection of synths, beats, samples, and cleverly-woven instrumental sequences. Known for his own fusion of worldly and electronic influences, Beatfarmer’s “Globall” remix provides an upbeat and groovy entry to the EP while Ancestral Elephants seizes on the same track for an organic side quest that speaks to the versatility of Jakare’s original instrumental compositions. Gibson — known by many for his tech bass production work as part of Birds of Paradise — offers a fiery electronic mid-tempo revision of “Glass Temple,” and closing the EP on a genre-bending mixture of organic DnB and slow house, Columbian producer Marcelo Berges shines light on the intersection between folk and global electronica in his “Moon Howl” remix.
At once ephemeral and steady; passionate and tranquilizing; soulful and uplifting, Jakare’s ‘Apu Remixes‘ is a potent glimpse into one of the endless ways our species connects with the surrounding world. Though music is intrinsically fleeting, the experiences and connections it can create are unbound by time and space, offering listeners and creators alike the power to see the world through another’s eye’s and gaze into the endlessly unfolding tale of life on the spinning globe we all call home.