Chi – The Original Recordings
Chi – The Original Recordings

Chi – The Original Recordings

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Label: Astral Industries – AI-03
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered
Country: UK
Released: Feb 24, 2016
Genre: Electronic
Style: Ambient, African, Tribal, Downtempo, Abstract, Experimental

Opulent London imprint Astral Industries ekes out their third release with a vital reissue of archival new-age electro-acoustic fare from Dutch communal collective Chi. The Original Recordings draws material from recordings made on the commune’s Moordrecht farm in the mid-80’s, utilising modest synths, guitars and handmade percussion to craft riveting pieces of free-form expression that seem to embody the communal spirit of the group. Yet, this is music free of any of the clichéd new-age signifiers, more an authentic collection of naturally evolving, meditative pieces, steeped in a kind of rare collective telepathy that occurs when creating music as a living conjoint. The sedate mood is set on ‘Kuhl’, with gentle guitar strings interweaving with gentle hand-drumming and sweeping synths, ‘Twisted Camel’ nods to the kosmiche styles emanating from Germany at the time whilst ‘Dance’ conjures tribal, bordering on shamanistic vibrations with its primordial rhythms recalling the oddball quirks of ethno-warriors Futuro Antico. Whilst these comparisons can be made, the atmosphere feels absorbing, yet detached and unreplicable – truly unique music of a certain time and place.. (NM/NM - first press with insert)

A1 Kuhl 6:22
A2 Before The Mountain 8:03
B1 Hopi 8:08
B2 Twisted Camel 8:56
C Mahat 20:22
D1 Soppin' 6:46
D2 Dance 5:18
D3 Kuhl II 2:56