ARC085: Fresh Touch - The Ethiopian EP
Artist: Fresh Touch
Release Date: 27th February 2012
Release Type: EP
Formats: 12'' Vinyl, Digital
1. Harar Rhythm
2. 68 Joint
3. Modern Approach
4. Adaji Legit
However, before DRC Music took place both Richard and Rodaidh embarked on a similar journey when a collaborative project began when the duo travelled to Ethiopia in 2010 as part of a musical and cultural exchange.
During their trip they met with local Ethiopian musicians and chose the capital Addis Ababa and the medieval walled city of Harar as the places of inspiration to record their collaborations.
In spaces ranging from hotel rooms to buses to airport waiting lounges, the plethora of soundbites that emerged from these meetings of musical minds were sampled and re-worked into brand new pieces of original music and Fresh Touch was born.
After minimal additional production and mixing in London and New York studios, the outcome is these four wonderful tracks which make up the debut ‘Fresh Touch’ EP.
Both Russell and McDonald were responsible for production of the EP while Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame shares a production role on lead track ‘Harar Rhythm’.
Prior to this release Richard Russell and Rodaidh McDonald have been involved in numerous other projects as producers in their own right. Most recently Russell produced, and played on Gil Scott-Heron’s album ‘I’m New Here’ and McDonald is credited with recording and mixing the Mercury prize-winning debut album from The xx, ‘xx’ and more recently his production work with the rising artist King Krule.
Fusing the traditional sounds of Africa with experimental electronic sounds, loops and samples, the four tracks on The Fresh Touch EP represent the fruits of an enlightening experience and a truly unique sounding record.
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Artist: Fresh TouchFresh Touch is the brainchild of producers Richard Russell and Rodaidh McDonald. Their collaborative project began when the duo travelled to Ethiopia in 2010 as part of a musical and cultural exchange.http://www.arc018.com/resources/Fresh_Touch1_thumb.jpg
Addis Rumble about last year's Fresh Touch EP. 'Life changing'