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Royal Dust is the latest pseudonym of Venezuelan musician Miguel Toro, a multi-talented percussionist and producer who has previously put out records on the likes of Moon Harbour Recordings, Cadenza and Mobilee. Spring 2013 saw the release of his eponymously titled debut album; an impressive eight-track odyssey that joins the dots between contemporary jazz and leftfield dance-music.
Rather unfairly, given Toro’s solid reputation and the merits of the album itself, the record failed to get the public attention it deserved, making little impact on its release. Thankfully, Haunt Music have commissioned a remix package that, bringing on board big name producers, looks set to bring Toro’s recent work to the attention of a wider audience.
On the A-side Ricardo Villalobos tackles the track Royal. In what must be one of the few occasions where the original version is longer than Villalobos remix, the Chilean producer offers an unshowy yet innovative take on the track. Taking the original’s sax-line and adding an unnervingly unchanging psychedelic bassline, it’s eight minutes of sustained tension that is only slightly relieved by the occasional tinkling cymbal. Rather than building to a magnificent crescendoing conclusion, the track instead melts into a thick glop of electronic squelches and field recordings. Keeping firmly in-line with the jazzy-electronica spirit to Royal Dust’s work, it is a fitting companion to the album that successfully channels the idiosyncrasies of both the original artist and remixer.
Paul Frick, of Brandt Bauer Frick Ensemble, takes a more upfront approach with his remix, transforming the gently swinging Truco into a track that has one eye on the dance-floor. Gone are the meditative strings, keys and chimes of the original, instead we have six-minutes of shifting electronic rhythms, muscular drums and colourful synthlines. Yet, somehow it doesn’t quite work. With something of a split personality, the track aspires to be a piece of freeform electronica and a functional club track at the same time. Whilst you can’t fault the ambition, the remix lacks the focus to work on the dancefloor and is devoid of the playfulness that made the original so charming.
We’re very excited to bring you a new remix from Ricardo Villalobos.
The legendary techno artist has put a twist on ‘Royal’, the dubby, jazz-flecked, loping techno workout by Royal Dust.
Taken from Royal Dust’s self-titled LP, Villalobos brightens up the original track by bring a vibrant bass guitar riff to prominence, sending strung-out horns and whispy atmospherics into the mix. It’s a long, considered, krautrock-esque jam from the Chilean-born producer and you can imagine him dropping it during the wonkier sections of one of his incendiary DJ sets.
This is a real coup for Royal Dust, aka fellow South American Miguel Toro, and the remix will be out on 12″ only via Berlin’s Haunt Music.
Royal Dust ‘The Remixes’ lands on November 15
After the top-notch jazz fusion acrobatics of his long-player, emergent producer Royal Dust gets the remix treatment from two top shelf practitioners, and the results are as essential as label, artist or listener could hope for. First up is Ricardo Villalobos, who takes a more full-bodied approach compared to his usual stripped down ways, twisting “Royal” into a psychedelic whirl of dubwise, krautrock-inflected instrumentation that meanders through 8 minutes of strung out perfection. Paul Frick meanwhile drops some rolling, broken beat science on “Truco”, letting jazzed-out synths curl around a limber set of drums that belie his learned musicality. In addition to these fine versions, there’s also a sequence of parts for each original track included for would-be remixers to lift from the wax.
This is the full video from the Martin Gropius Bau exhibition in Berlin August 2010. For this piece I did sounddesign. It was a pleasure working with such amazing people and in a great project.
Victor Morales manipulates video games engines and Miguel Toro produces music for this frantic choreography influenced by Kuduro from Angola and an acid trip…..
In the middle of the song there is a small sample from actress Aixa Moreno. It was taken from 1989´s short film “Happy to be sad”, unreleased and unfinished due to the sudden death of Aixa….
We started this project in 2009 and finished the record last year with the addition of singer Calista Robertson. It will be released at some point this year.
This video is one of the early “forbidden” experimentations we did after my trip to Angola in 2009.
Music by Crashroots, video by Shirin Winiger.