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Mama EP

by David Walters

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Tracklisting only for the vinyl :
1 - Mama (Remastered)
2 - Mama (David Walters Remix)
3 - Mama (Patchworks Remix)

David Walter’s activities in front of and behind the camera kept him away from the musical studios for several years. Five of those years spent travelling the world for “Les Nouveaux Explorateurs”, the French TV channel, Canal+, to meet the gatekeepers to the musical hearts of Africa, South America & Asia.

These rewarding experiences gave David time to digest what he’d experienced. Now David Walters has chosen a path of writing and performing, this route that led him to the prolific producer from Lyon, in the form of Patchworks (aka Mr President, aka Voilàà Sound System, aka Da Break...) The two musical masterminds often accustomed to composing, playing and recording their own music, soon tuned in to each other and quickly realized they were on the same frequencies.

With Patchworks, David found the type of sound engineer he was looking for and the duo were soon off treading the right musical path.

Ahead of his upcoming album in 2020 on Heavenly Sweetness, here’s is the first taste, ‘Mama’. A track in which the balafon’s woody resonance takes centre stage, some meditative flute and the female choruses give David Creole roots some real shine. His Caribbean grandfather exiled to New York but true the the title of this track, Mama, a dedication to his grandmother, who is the real star here.

David Walters thought, conceived and produced the track in close collaboration with Patchworks. In the wake of the original version, David and Patchworks took the track, locked themselves away in the studio to come away with a total reinterpretation and new personal take on the track.

Hammering bass and snare drum hits, David entrusted the direction of rhythmic to Patchworks and these new digital elements have transformed the original softness into a new West Indies boiling example of soundsystem. New Synths lines add further textures over the hum of the bass, with hypnotic powerful riddims taking care of the rest.

Two remixes with two different atmospheres.
The Patchworks scene isa jazz-funk workout, echoes of Roy Ayers and Lonnie Liston Smith. Powerful drums, enrobing bass and the Fender Rhodes that becomes a highlight. Motivated further by an irrepressible groove that meshes so well with the hands of the balafon player.

Never two without three.
From Guadeloupe, at the Debs studio, the temple of Caribbean music, the producers Déni-Shain and Mister Francky delivers a dancefloor remix that sails in the same waters that the David Walters original track 'Mama' from his upcoming EP."


Cet album attendu en 2020 sur Heavenly Sweetness, David Walters l’aura pensé, conçu et réalisé en collaboration serrée avec Patchworks.
Alors, dans la foulée du single Mama sorti au mois de (ICI LE MOIS), chacun d’eux s’est emparé du titre, s’est isolé en studio avec instruments et machines pour n’en ressortir qu’avec une réinterprétation totale, mais surtout personnelle, du titre.

Martèlement bass drum et rafales de caisse claire, David a confié la direction des opérations à la rythmique, et c’est l’un après l’autre que des éléments digitaux s’y sont invités pour transformer la douceur maternelle d’origine en soundsystem bouillant. Les synthés plaquent leurs nappes sur les vrombissements des basses, la puissance hypnotique du riddim fait le reste.

Deux remix, deux ambiances.
Celle de Patchworks se plante dans un décor jazz-funk, hérité de Roy Ayers et de Lonnie Liston Smith. Batterie véloce et basse enrobante, c’est motivé par ce groove irrépressible que le Fender Rhodes d’abord en soutien devient soliste. Et que les maillets quittent les mains du joueur de balafon pour passer dans celles du vibraphoniste.

Mais, jamais deux sans trois.
Depuis la Guadeloupe, retranchés au studio Debs, le temple de la musique Antillaise, Déni Shain et Mister Francky optent quant à eux pour un remix qui navigue dans les mêmes eaux Caribéennes que l’original. A la différence près que le courant paisible est devenu un bain bouillonnant, une piste de danse secouée par les pulsations de la grosse caisse et sur laquelle les arrangements tournent comme des boucles ensorcelantes.


released October 18, 2019


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