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on 1 February 2008
Downtempo 'doof dub' and colourful ethno chill. Don Peyote has created a beat driven album that brings together a dense mix of global sounds, electronic patterns and psychedelic influences. There are all manner of ethnic elements deftly interwoven here - Indian chants, bowed strings, flutes, didgeridoo drones and so forth along with plenty of international rhythms - hand drumming and stick work that interplay with the western percussive material to suggest a contemporary tribal meet. Guitars and synth lines don't dominate over the global material - hanging rather somewhat behind - smooth waves, rippling patterns and blunt urgent basslines. Two prominent collaborators feature on the album - flute and sax player Dan Richardson and didgeridoo master Ganga Giri. Natural sounds also populate many tracks - most notably bird cries and song taking their place alongside digital effects and peculiarities. Reggae extractions and voices make an appearance on the dub side of things - gritty expressions, swirling echoes and bright rim shots.

The air on this album is one of colourful curling incense and international diversity - lazy night time ambience and relaxed tropical vibes alternating with fire-side tribalism and gutsy dub. Steeped in global exotica from all over the world, Don Peyote takes the listener from East to West in broad confident steps stringing his varied collection together on a sharp downbeat thread. It seems that almost anything goes in Don's music, the unity of the album held by a strong vision rather than any fixed stylistic artifice.

The artwork for this album is as bright and detailed as the music - the front cover montage juxtaposing multicultural art work and carvings, wild birds and creatures with graphic designs all sprawled out colourfully upon a blue tinted natural texture background. On the rear another textural montage acts as backdrop to the tracklist - a second listing appearing inside on the sleeve back. Opening out we have an explanation of the project and credits on one panel with thanks on the opposing face.

Don Peyote is Australia based producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Yvon Mounier aka Peyote Sound System. This eleven track album is the follow up to his 2000 release Are You Peyoted? His music goes well beyond these solo works though, having collaborated with Ganga Giri and Naasko among others on a series of recent releases as well as having appeared on compilations with Buddha Bar, Interchill and Green Ant Records. Promotional material suggests the style of Peyote Dreaming be considered 'global groove, psy-dub, intelligent temple beatz or doof dub' - that gives a pretty good idea of what to expect. You'll enjoy this release if you like your downtempo rich, vivid and eclectic with a strong beat throughout.

This album is one to try if you enjoy downtempo chill with plenty of world sounds. There is something of a 'live' performance feel to the music and although in the lower bpm field, there are a lot of tracks to dance to here.
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