The first thing you see when you go to the Desert Dwellers SoundCloud page is a playlist called “Featured,” which appears to be a collection of their favorite tracks and mixes. It’s no surprise to find this mix right at the top.
Desert Dwellers (Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe) teamed up with Simon Posford to orchestrate the seven-week, 42-gig Museum of Consciousness Tour to, in part, promote Shpongle’s album of the same name, which was released last year. Both of these musical entities have forged a similar sound — global bass with elements of psychedelic trance and distinct tribal overtones — so pairing was perfection for the national tour.
The mix was recorded live at the Lafayette Theater in Lafayette, IN at the tail end of the tour. Amidst a barrage of hypnotic synthesizers, ethereal instruments and multilingual chanting, this mix flows like a single song. Each track surreptitiously melts into the next.
Every track is a Desert Dwellers original except for four remixes of their songs by Whitebear, Drumspyder, Eat Static and Lubdub. If you close your eyes while listening to this mix, its easy to imagine yourself wandering through the Sahara only to stumble upon a massive rave. It contains influences ranging from Middle Eastern to classical to dub. It feels both ancient and futuristic at the same time.
The tour, which began in Boston and ended in Philadelphia, is truly concluding next weekend in Colorado. The Museum of Consciousness Tour features Mr. Posford performing DJ sets behind The Shpongletron, a custom-made projection mapping system that is a fantastical feat of engineering. But Shpongle will abandon his DJ tables in favor a full live band on May 10 when he will play Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO alongside the Emancipator Ensemble and Minnesota.