Desert Dwellers: Downtemple Dub Remixed Review

Published: April 5, 2012
by Jordan Calvano



In today’s current EDM landscape, it seems too many producers are excessively focused on creating the filthiest or grimiest sound. While this can be entertaining at times, it goes without saying that there is so much more depth to the world of bass.

One act is taking their respective scene to a whole new dimension—Desert Dwellers.  Its members spread across the southwest, northwest, and Socal, the collective consisting of Amani Friend, Treavor Moontribe, and Rara Avis has spent the last few years perfecting a fine-tuned sound that is both creative and exceedingly euphoric. The trio of temple-step producers got their start in the Southern California dance frontier known as Moontribe, and in making sonic strides have been able to craft a mesmerizing sound that combines the past, present, the future. Their effervescent and immersive music is nothing short of a sonic boom of electricity and soulful passion, which is demonstrated on releases like Muladhara Yoga Dub and the Spaces Between EP.

Desert DwellersThe group’s latest album takes bits and pieces from some of their previous releases and lets a crew of talented producers take a crack at their already impressive music on Downtemple Dub: Remixed.

Opening up the uplifting and exciting album is “Point of Awakening,” which is remixed by Androcell. The track features tribal rhythms, mystical instrumentations, and at times a benevolent reggae style bounce that will have anyone’s head moving to the beat.

“More Than Anything,” by Love and Light possesses a magical, bubbly soundscape and Middle Eastern vocal samples that will bridge the gap between mind and soul in a heartbeat.

Two tracks appear in a big way from the Oakland producer Drumspyder. “Tala Odyssey,” is a groovy bongo bumping cut that will transport the listener’s mind right to the jungles of Africa, while “Bodhi Mandala” will induce immediate relaxation and have them running to the place where this entrancing music is best enjoyed: the yoga mat.

Kaminada and and Kayla Scintilla both step up to the plate in a huge way on this album. “Dragon’s Mist,” is a sensual and diligently crafted cut that features out of this world vocals, while “Lotus Heart,” will take any listener on a journey through endless untraveled dimensions and open the listeners soul to limitless possibilities while a symphonic didgeridoo funk guides your way.

Downtemple Dub: Remixed is a smooth and impressive album from start to finish that is the perfect music to relax you, or even to guide you on a world class adventure. Each artist brings their own unique sound to the release while still giving listeners a taste of the endless musical beauty that DD bring to the table, or better yet the desert.

Tags: DowntempoDubstepLivetronicaGlitchBreaksHip HopPsytranceTechno