Banco De Gaia - The Magical Sounds Of Banco De Gaia: 20th Anniversary Edition (CD)

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Magical blend of world sounds and electronica

After the disaster of 'Big Men Cry' and a traumatic American tour with Moby, it was time for Banco de Gaia to take stock. A move to Somerset allowed him to set up a new studio, and all the label intrigue from the last release drove him to find a new American partner in Six Degrees, and to set up his own label, Disco Gecko Recordings, for European releases.

Two years in the making, 'The Magical Sounds of Banco de Gaia' travels freely between genres and continents, from the European violins of 'Glove Puppet' to the Kenyan rain song that forms the basis of the next piece, 'No Rain.'

So maybe it's world music, or global trance; but it's not intentional. 'I used global samples without even realizing it,' he says. 'I'm more interested in atmospheres. The texture is evocative rather than up front. There are no 3-minute pop hooks; you can't whistle much of it in the shower.'

What you can do with The Magical Sounds of Banco de Gaia is sink deep into the rhythms - which does not necessarily mean you can dance to it. Marks adds layers of percussion ('I sometimes don't know when to stop') to create a fully anchored groove with surprising polyrhythms and syncopations. 'I can't listen to a lot of dance music,' he admits. 'The groove is too stripped down. I like the more complex rhythms of rock, jazz, or Latin American music, where sometimes you can't even tell what the core rhythm is!'

The 20th anniversary edition comes garlanded with an extra disc featuring an unreleased remix from the time, a stunning live medley, a fan remix discovered on Soundcloud, two modern remixes by fellow Disco Gecko artists (dr trippy and Simon Power) plus a live recording from WOMAD festival. 'WOMAD was in Reading back then and we played in the sports centre which was basically a big concrete box. In the middle of summer. A very hot summer. I went on only wearing shorts and was soaked in sweat before the drums even came in. Great times.'

Track Listing

Disc 1:
  • I Love Baby Cheesy
  • Harvey and the Old Ones
  • Sinhala
  • Touching the void
  • 144k'
  • Frog's dinner
  • Glove Puppet
  • No Rain
Disc 2:
  • I Love Baby Cheesy (SunUnderWater Mix)
  • Harvey and the Old Ones (Perpetual Loop's SO Mix)
  • Sinhala (Live in Oxford, 1999)
  • Frog's Dinner (Live in Oxford, 1999)
  • 144k' (Live in Oxford, 1999)
  • Touching the Void (Live at WOMAD, 1999)
  • Glove Puppet (Simon Power Remix)
  • No Rain (dr trippy Remix)

Additional Details

Label: Disco Gecko Recordings

Genre: Ambient/Experimental

Language: English

Run Time: 131:03 mins

Region: 0

Release Date: 07/12/19

UPC: 5038719009125

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