KAYA PROJECT, been into this band for a few years now and any new release by them is always worth checking out if you’re into Transnational Chilled Vybz with Indian, Middle Eastern (Jewish/Arabic) and African flavas!
Grab a free track from their new album, DESERT PHASE released on INTERCHILL and then check out all the official info about the new album and about the band below
ABOUT THE ALBUM – DESERT PHASE:
ICHILLCD038 | release date: 21 – March – 2010
Interchill presents the 4th. kaya project album “desert phase”. following hot on the heels of “…& so it goes” (released in november 2008), this latest voyage into global electronica is inspired by windswept journeys through the sonoran desert, the thar desert and the northern sahara. for “desert phase” seb taylor and natasha chamberlain draw upon their personal experiences of time spent in these 3 deserts to convey the spirit of these mysterious landscapes and their inhabitants.
The album includes many of the recordings captured by seb and natasha in arizona, rajasthan and morocco, from the desert dwelling musicians of jaisalmer to moroccan bazaars and atmospheric desert winds recorded amongst the sand dunes in north america. while some of the tracks reflect the timeless, haunting and spacious nature of the desert (‘when only sand remains’, ‘the fourth age of sand’), many are a reflection of the people that inhabit these areas and are a tribute to their resilience, optimism and joyous attitudes in a seemingly harsh and unforgiving environment (‘desert phase’, ‘vijaya’, ‘the fortress’). other tracks are rooted in folklore and cinematic myth like the dusty desert/cowboy vibes of ‘the stranger rolls in’, ‘calico stomp’ and ‘arizona morning cocoon’.
A few of the tracks were transformed by the addition of extra musicians back in london like the vocals of shahin badar on ‘ummah oum’ and the upright bass playing on ‘dust devil’ by riad abji. the bollywood recording sessions that were part of the second kaya project album “elixir” (deepak pandit on violin and vocals by sabiha khan) were also drawn upon to add a distinctive flavour to this release as well as backing vocals from both irina mikhailova and deeyah – singers whose talents have graced previous kaya project releases. omar faruk tekbilek, who appeared on the “elixir” album also makes an appearance on desert phase playing ney and zourna on ‘eye of the storm’ & ’23 towers’.
ABOUT THE BAND:
Kaya project is the musical incarnation of Seb and Natasha Taylor. Based in the UK, the duo has achieved a name of world renown via their first three albums ‘walking through‘ (2004), ‘elixir‘ (2005) and ‘…& so it goes‘ (2008) – all released on interchill. their 4th. album, ‘desert phase‘, will be available in the spring of 2010.
A skilled musician, Seb plays guitar and other instruments on many of the Kaya Project tracks as well as adeptly handling the programming and production. natasha contributes vocals, keyboard and flute throughout the compositions. over the years they have performed kaya project live sets at events in japan, canada, the us and australia. in recent years seb has been busy working on music for television, including the award winning bbc natural world documentary ‘buddha, bees & the giant hornet queen’, as well as composing original music for various commercials.
Seb has also been concentrating on his breakbeat project ‘digitalis’ with recent releases on ministry of sound, sinister recordings and sound of habib. his various electronic music projects have previously had bbc radio one airplay from the likes of annie nightingale, john peel, danny rampling, pathaan and brandon block. also released in 2008 is the long awaited hibernation album (on the israeli label aleph zero records). hibernation delves into more experimental electronic territory as has been heard on compilations from interchill (arcana, bliminal), new land music (max chillroom) and aleph zero (midnight soul dive).
Previous kaya project tracks have been heard on tv shows such as showtime’s ‘sleeper cell’, & numerous compilations including claude challe’s renowned ‘buddha bar’ series. angel tears tracks (another of seb’s many projects) have been heard on shows such as hbo’s sex & the city, the west wing & many others.