Temples In The Sky by SaQi
Jumpsuit Records' mystic sensei saQi returns in fantastic fashion with Temples in the Sky, his first full length LP since 2015's The Muse. The veteran West Coast producer/musician unveils nine surrealistic songs that push his proverbial envelope, building on a revered catalog. A roadmap of excursions that spiral into exciting new directions, one will find more than a few trademark routes from the multi-instrumentalist leading the charge. Calling on a diverse and demonstrative cast of collaborators, Temples in the Sky is a potent dose of more sophisticated saQi.
On the title track, saQi enlists the ethereal vocal stylings of Spanish phenom Mel Semé; who co-wrote the mouth-watering slow-house jam with saQi and Sasha Rose. The Jumpsuit general shines bright atop a minimalist four-on-the-floor break, a slow-burning evolution in his sound. "Honey" is a unique hip-hop joint that features the hybrid-dancehall performance of NorCal emcee Deva Believa. She seductively spits rhymes atop haunting synths, tasteful 808s, and handclaps; furthering saQi's penchant for bangin' boom-bap with a divine feminine flow.
First single "Chashm e saQi" is classic, yet sounds like nothing else in his canon. The producer marries a mid-tempo electro vibe with Nevada City, CA neighbors Fanna Fi Allah's hypnotic Qawwali devotionals, a collaborative effort that sets artistic and cultural bars sky high. Live instrumentation pulses between the beats and across several songs; riveting rhythms and soaring melodies on display, most notably atop the sizzling, "Orishas." The sublime and meditative tones within "Radhika Stava" highlight the tangible chemistry between Sarasvita Dasi and saQi, amid beautiful violin and kirtan.
Temples in the Sky embraces the avant-garde and espouses a globalized groove, saQi once again setting the pace while delivering another voyeuristic voyage, an invitation beckoning adventure and dripping in vitality.
"Temples in the Sky feels like the beginning of a new phase of my art, like it's reached a new level of maturity, cleanliness and balance."
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