Kohib feat. Mari Boine – Tirakan / One Hundred Of Them
I do rather like Kohib’s cosmic disco/downtempo approach (previously here). This new double header is supplemented by Norwegian Mari Boine’s Sami vocals which lifts this from slightly run of the mill to something more interesting, especially on One Hundred of Them.
Tikaram/One Hundred of Them (clips)
Blurb: For this latest release from Norwegian imprint Beatservice Records and rising producer Kohib, the artist is joined by celebrated Norwegian Sami vocalist Mari Boine. Hailing from the far north of Norway, Boine is known for embracing the musical history of her indigenous arctic heritage, most famously on the Gula Gula album release in 1990 on Peter Gabriel’s Real World label. Mari Boine has made steps into electronic music with two ‘remixed’ albums, the first containing the popular Chilluminati mix of “Gula Gula” which was licensed to the Cafe Del Mar series. The second album of remixes, 2008′s It Ain’t Necessarily Evil, included Kohib remixing a version of “On Fells Of The North.” Kohib’s remix made Mari Boine a mutual fan, and the two had planned an imminent collaboration. Finally, tight schedules coincided and a studio session commenced. The result is two superb tracks found on this single, “Tirakan” and “One Hundred Of Them.”
“Tirakan” features Kohib’s trademark icy mid-tempo groove, accentuated by expansive synths, a bold bass line, and dreamy dance floor textures. Mari Boine’s evocative vocal floats beautifully on top, adding extra depth and gravitas to an already deep affair. The combination is magical. This is followed by “One Hundred Of Them,” opening with a syncopated synth pattern before the slinky four-on-the-floor takes hold. Here Boine’s vocal line is at its most exotic and worldly, seeming to deliver invocations as the music builds and coalesces into a cosmic delerium. Kohib and Mari Boine play off each other with washes of tension and dynamics creating a bit of sonic drama that discerning listeners will cherish. It’s definitely not a run-of-the-mill dance floor track.
Release/catalogue number: BS139
Release date: Sep 17, 2012