Watercolours

On 6 September 2014, under the auspices of the contemporary culture forum White Night, the electronic music festival “Watercolours”, organized by my old friend, colleague and brother in arms Selffish, after 12-year break has again taken place at the floating arts centre NOASS on AB Dambis (AB Jetty) in Riga. The complete Rasols DJ crew has taken over the NOASS' 2nd floor, with audience residing on the jetty, enjoying the quality of the superb PA and the visuals projected on several screens; the highlight of the night has become the live graffiti writing performed by the godfather of Riga street art scene - Krys (Крыс).

Being in the strictly minimal ambient/electroacoustic mood, I nevertheless had a momentary whim of starting the set with a penultimate flashback from LV rave-o-lution times - the epic ambient classic, Banco De Gaia's "Kinkajou (Duck! Asteroid)" remix, the track that kicked off the party of the parties, the one that opened the doors of perception for the whole generation of both punters and artists  - the Open rave organized by Kaspars Vanags way back in 1995 in an old warehouse in the heart of Riga. I didn't play it in all its 37-minute glory though, but its first 15 minutes are the least possible duration I can accept, so be prepared for that - as well as for all the rest of the music selected here being totally different.


However, when trying to upload this mix to Soundcloud, I faced the ban exactly due to this track. I really wanted to find a way to make it available on Soundcloud, but a straightforward edit wasn't an option because taking the suppressed track out would ruin the dramaturgy of the mix; and actually, in the back of my mind I was already considering reshaping the live take into a more refined studio version... And one night I sat down and did it.

And for the better - because I am much more satisfied with the reworked version, which I cordially recommend to listen in the first place:



More info about Colours of the Water here.

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