The Tide Remixes by Wildlight
The spirit of collaboration is the essence of Wildlight. Born out of the artistic union between Ayla Nereo and The Polish Ambassador, the duo is an anomaly, having carved out a sound and a niche all their own. Earlier this year, Wildlight released an all acoustic version of their magnificent sophomore album; to the close the calendar year they return to unveil The Tide: Remixes. Thirteen thrilling original songs are righteously reimagined; delivered in delectable fashion by a global assembly of progressive producers.
The journey opens with a juicy departure, traveling to the far-off shores of France, as CloZee's atmospheric redux gives "Rain" an elasticity that lends itself to exuberance. Handclaps and a floating sample echoing Ayla's voice propel a mid-tempo groove into the Zen zone, inviting the listener to dance, meditate, or pray for the waters.
Isaac Chambers and Jarred Brereton's joyful take on "Lily Moon" is a sweeping, dreamy reggae groove; Nevada City's own Ryan Herr invigorates "Get Up Out Your Way," the virtuoso uncorking a sexy, mid-tempo house number. "Holy Dust" benefits from the mystical mind of Jumpsuit's own Scott Nice, another Gold Country secret weapon. Similarly, Sol Rising promises new beginnings on "The Crucible" with warm minor tones, whispered synths and minimalist drums.
For the lyrically potent activist anthem "From the Ground Up," Wildlight doubles down and releases twin remixes; SoCal's venerable psychedelic warrior Kaminanda rises to the challenge, the cagey veteran serving up dubby, earthy soundscapes and ethereal hollow-body guitar, while Oakland's Drumspyder takes a pulsating, percussive route, reinforcing the song's salient messages with a tornado of torrid riddims and mesmerizing melodica.
TPA and Ms. Nereo looked far and wide for a cavalcade of conscious contributors to wash over the Wildlight blueprint in technicolor; co-creators also include Erothyme, Subaqueous, Uji, Living Light, Bugler, and Makhana. A baker's dozen of inspired, intuitive remixes, the collection sees The Tide going out for its third and final time. As the transformative 2016 comes to a merciful conclusion, The Tide: Remixes, and the crucial collective that conceived and created it, is proof positive that Jumpsuit Nation is alive and thriving. Water is life.
B.Getz December 2016