premiere: engine-earz, 'channeling'
Engine-Earz is back in a seriously beautiful way. Download it for free now.
Its only been a few years, but if you remember Engine-Earz, then you will know about its levels of genius. Emerging from the dubstep world, multi instrumentalist, DJ, and producer Prash Mistry formed the Engine-Earz Experiment, fusing bass music and dubstep with predominately Indian styles of music in a live show that was simply mind-blowing.
Having been away for a hot second putting in graft behind the scenes, running a series of parties and festivals with the likes of Skrillex and Major Lazer, mixing and mastering for the likes of i-D fave Ray Blk and Akala among others, Mr Mistry has returned with something that is truly quite incredible. The producer has taken things down a more cinematic path, returning to his roots and pianist and crafting something so unexpected and beautiful. "Channeling" gives us serious James Blake vibes. Deep and meaningful with heart and soul that wouldn't sound too wrong with a Sampha vocal on it.
We're not too sure of the ins and outs, but we're promised a new Engine Earz album sometime in the summer on Circus Records featuring a plethora of musicians and vocalists. This sound sees a new direction for both artist and label and it's left us feeling super excited for what's to come. We caught up with Engine-Earz himself to as we are treated to this incredible free download of "Channeling."
You've been away for a while working behind the scenes. What made you take a break from releasing your own music?
Well to be honest we were touring live absolutely flat out for a while and as much as I loved the music we were performing, it just didn't feel like musically it was where my heart was anymore. The album I was writing had started taking a much deeper direction so it felt right to put the touring band on hiatus to allow that to fully form. It was a tough decision to make but definitely the right one!
So what other projects have you been working on in the meantime whilst completing your album?
I got straight to work building my perfect mix and mastering studio! From there I've been proud to work with some great artists -- Jorja Smith was one that really connected. I mixed and mastered both "Blue Lights" and "A Prince" that features Maverick Sabre. She's an incredible talent and it's been amazing to see both tracks resonate with such a wide audience. I'm currently mixing some excellent stuff for Ray Blk, Cadenza, Alyusha and lots more I can't mention quite yet! I've also just finished composing a full-length project with Akala called A Conversation with Freedom which will be out real soon.
Tell us about all the festivals you've been working on in India? Is it true that you've been working a bit with Skrillex?
This has been a real adventure! I teamed up with my Indian fam: Pavan from Foreign Beggars, Nerm of Shiva Soundsystem, and Ali Sachedina [Mobb Deep's music lawyer in NYC.] Together we set up Arms House and have been on a mission to bring as much of the bass music we grew up with in the UK back to India. For the last three years we've worked with our partners there to curate shows and stages across the country, helping to bring over 60 artists including Skrillex, Major Lazer -- the "Lean On" video was shot during this tour, shouts to OJI -- Mala, Goldie, Maya Jane Coles, Netsky, Addison Groove, Disclosure, Alix Perez, Bobby Tank, and many more. The annual Arms House & UKF stage at Vh1Supersonic in Goa has become a legendary affair. Big ups to Jaideep Singh and Nikhil Chinapa for the support on that!
What can we expect from your new album Symbol?
I guess I'm taking it back to the core of why we started making music together in the first place. It's really all about collaboration. I'm a piano player and a sound designer at heart so it's definitely taken a cinematic route. I've been lucky to team up with some truly world class musicians and vocalists including Aloe Blacc, Hans Zimmer collaborator Lisa Gerrard, Flux Pavilion, Ane Brun, Shahid Abbas Khan and more to bring our vision to life. As well as the vinyl, Circus Records is also releasing a very special Auro 3D 9.1 & 5.1 surround Blu-Ray edition, which sounds pretty incredible!