Rituel – Club Zanzibar (Extended Instrumental)


Here’s a free download of a fine leftfield house track from the new EP – Deux – from Rituel.

Rituel is Christophe Monier (The Micronauts) and Thomas Regnault (Dew Town Mayor). This second EP from the pair – Deux – comes a year after we had their first one here, inevitably called Un. The instrumental version of Club Zanzibar is one for discerning dancefloors. It has a slow bleepy, air horn start before bringing in a nu-disco bass line. But the bass is pitched lower than usual, giving it a dark, slightly sleazy air. This track has alll sorts of nods to early tribal house and bounces along to an ecstatic climax. Great stuff.

The rest of the EP’s here. The vocal version of Club Zanzibar has a more afroacid feel with the samples but reminds me too much of Deep Forest. Nirvana Dance has Sanskrit vocals and an almost dubstep bass but ends up with almost too many ideas for its own good – the instrumental is the better version.

Blurb: Rituel, the house alliance formed by Christophe Monier (The Micronauts) and Thomas Regnault (Dew Town Mayor), is about to release their second EP, appropriately titled “Deux”. It features two brand new songs, “Club Zanzibar” and “Nirvana Dance”, each in your choice of club, radio and instrumental mixes.
Building on the success of their acclaimed first EP (“Un”) and universally praised DJ sets and podcasts (mixing underground disco, R&B and garage classics with the latest deep house, post-dubstep and bass music tracks), Rituel takes their unique musical blend on a journey through Africa and the Indian subcontinent. “Club Zanzibar” is as much a reference to the Tanzanian archipelago as it is to the eponymous nightclub, open during the 80s and located in Newark, New Jersey, where Tony Humphries, François Kervokian or Tee Scott were known to deejay. Much like the Paradise Garage in Manhattan, Club Zanzibar is where the garage scene was invented and defined, but in an even freer and wilder form. Using some of the African music samples unearthed by the club’s DJs to pep up their sets, the Rituel track celebrates this freedom with a tribal and sensual groove, an anthemic chorus and a theremin finale that is viciously acidic. From Zanzibar we shoot straight across the ocean to the Indian Peninsula. The vocals of “Nirvana Dance” are a verse in Sanskrit from the Bhagavad Gita (the central part of the epic Mahabharata, which was traditionally sung). Krishna affirms his support of spirituality, triumphing over materialism, in a battle fought within each of us. This is the ideal state that dancers search to attain at a great party. This track is also an experiment with another, more prosaic challenge: how to keep the booty-shaking swing and merrily change the tempo, alternating between a typical four-on-the-floor house section and a quiet storm inspired dubstep part. It had never been done before!


~ by acidted on May 11, 2013.

4 Responses to “Rituel – Club Zanzibar (Extended Instrumental)”

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  2. Reblogged this on The Micronauts and commented:
    Rituel – Club Zanzibar (Extended Instrumental)” on Acid Ted, Saturday 11 May 2013.

  3. […] we had Christophe Monier (half of the micronauts) and Thomas Regault’s Deux release back in May. It’s now out in remixed form at the end of the […]

  4. […] download from a couple of years back that’s available again. Ritual’s Club Zanzibar. I said “Rituel is Christophe Monier (The Micronauts) and Thomas Regnault (Dew Town Mayor). This […]

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