New Releases – Rhythm & Culture December Takeover!

Rhythm & Culture Music is proud to announce four new releases today! Click on the links below to preview and purchase!

Rhythm & Dub – Official Sponsors of the Champion Sound
Farid – Adventures on the Green Line
Brooklyn Shanti ft. Thomas Blondet – Johto Kotha
Second Sky – Touching the Surface Remixed Part 1

Second Sky – Touching the Surface – Out Now!

Second Sky’s new full length, Touching the Surface, is available now on iTunes!

Second Sky & Thomas Blondet Remixes

Second Sky & Thomas Blondet Remixes

Second Sky & Thomas Blondet Remixes

Purchase on:
Amazon
Beatport
iTunes

Second Sky — The Art of Influence Remixed

Second Sky — The Art of Influence Remixed

Second Sky — The Art of Influence Remixed

Including mixes by: Kenny Dope / Jask / Omegaman / Kaleidoscope / Holmes Ives

The Art of Influence REMIXED is a diverse reinvention of Second Sky’s stunning debut album as interpreted by an array of producers ranging from emerging talent to veterans alike. The members of Second Sky, with the help of Rhythm and Culture, carefully hand-picked each producer to create a collection that is DJ friendly, and provides a varied, high-quality listening experience.

Kaleidoscope Jukebox starts things off with a groovy breakbeat rendition of the sitar-laced “A Hundred Million Sounds”. – “Billy (Medina) and I were sharing a drink one night, listening to the Properly Chilled podcast when we heard a tune that instantly commanded our attention. It turned out to be Kaleidoscope Jukebox. A quick internet search and cold email resulted in this rich and adventurous remix. We immediately started to think about who we’d invite next. One after another, stellar remixes started rolling in.” Bill Lascek-Speakman

Next, Alex H reworks the middle-eastern flavors of “Hourglass”, replacing the dark, driving undercurrent of the original with a new sense of lightness and momentum fueled by lush synths that suggest a notion of flight.

The latest dancefloor sensation Moombahton provides the foundation for DJ Melo’s take on “Messenger”, followed by another floor-filling remix by friends The Empresarios, who tackle the title track “The Art of Influence”.

Legendary producer Kenny Dope brings his body-moving expertise, turning the laid-back vibes of “Under the Line” into a monstrous house-music experience. “It was exciting for us to hear our music remixed by artists like Kenny Dope and Dr. Rubberfunk, who’s work we’ve always admired, as well as being able to include great new talent.” – Wes DiIorio

Rounding out the set, Kaushik M, Holmes Ives, Jask, One Era, and Omegaman provide their unique and dynamic renditions, before the exquisitely emotional Kundalini remix of “Too Far” draws things to a close.

Second Sky — The Art of Influence

Second Sky presents “The Art of Influence”

Second Sky — The Art of Influence

Second Sky — The Art of Influence

Second Sky’s debut album, “The Art of Influence,” is a journey into the mind of songwriter Billy Medina as he translates experience and emotion into sonic worlds of introspection and discovery. Bassist Wes DiIorio and drummer/producer Bill Lascek-Speakman set the scene with lush soundscapes, dusty hip-hop beats and dynamic musical passages. While rooted in trip-hop and dub, The Art of Influence pulls inspiration from the past, present, future, and a variety of international influences. The opening track, “Dragonfly”, begins like the morning sun rising over the river Ganges. “Under the Line” harkens back to 1970s soul, while the instrumental “Sundowner” draws upon strong afrobeat rhythms, suggesting the notion of a crowded street scene or packed dance floor. Deeper into the album, “A Hundred Million Sounds” features sitarist Harry Payuta, whose ability to seamlessly meld Indian classical music with Western sensibility adds a new layer to the band’s already eclectic sound. Overall, each of the eleven songs that comprise The Art of Influence entices us to travel within and without ourselves, tasting flavors of the world in a way that is equally personal as it is universal.