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Musical legends from opposite sides of the world come together on Hell Yeah's next EP as Japan's Calm and Finnish musician Jimi Tenor collaborate on Big City Takes. It features two new singles as well as remixes from the celebrated Tapes and Belfast's best-kept secret, The Vendetta Suite, plus a bonus cut.
This most satisfying of EPs came together when the psychedelic space-jazz-funk king and noted musician, composer and producer Jimi Tenor was in tour in Japan. Label head Marco arranged for him to head into Calm's studio in Kawasaki, Tokyo, and real magic happened.
'Big City Takes' is gloriously lush, with serene chords, delicate flutes and organic percussion. Tenor's airy vocal brings the soul as an intimate and late-night groove emerges to melt your heart.
Then come two remixes from Tapes. The first is powered by dusty old-school drum breaks. They're doused in subtle euphoria with a nimble bassline down low, while the second one is stripped right back to a pulsing rhythm and killer phased bass. Spread chords bring sunrise feelings to this most colourful of grooves.
On the flip side, Calm offers a version of 'Time & Space' that is nearly eight minutes of exquisitely blissed-out downtempo. Chords ripple like waves, flutes flutter like birds and the whole thing is filled with the joys of a new spring day. The remix comes from The Vendetta Suite, a label regular and under-the-radar talent who is defining his native Northern Irish scene with his fresh fusion sounds. His version brings a new age ambiance to post-rave Balearic comedown. It's one that douses you in life-affirming synths as drums gently persuade you to sway along.
Bonus tune 'Trans Siberian Express' is a flute-led and mystic bit of dubby jungle jazz that closes down this magical EP in style.
released January 27, 2023
Written, recorded and produced at Studio 9 O’clock in Kawasaki - December 2018
Calm: keyboards, programming, sound engineering, mastering
Jimi Tenor: flute, keyboards, vocals on Big City Takes
Toimi Tytti: Vocals on Time & Space
2-3-7 Remix and additional production by Jackson Bailey at Errm Studios.
5 Remix and additional production by Gary Irwin aka The Vendetta Suite.
Artwork by FJD
All tracks published by EMG / Copyright Control