Laraaji Nanananda, also known as Edward Larry Gordon to his nearest and dearest, is undoubtedly a part of the UK movement that has put the 'new' in 'age'. Historically a part of the All Saints label, to which he returns this week with this new LP - Bring On The Sun - Laraaji was kicking back with artists like Brian Eno, Jah Wobble, Jon Hassell, and the rest of the wider Opal crew back in the day. He's continued to be a fundamental pillar of the imprint ever since and, more widely, of the constant influence that ambient music seems to have on the masses. His particular strain is often referred to simply as 'Laraaji music', and this is once again true of this new album. While there is plenty of designer ambient out there, Laraaji's quality of drones seem to have something timeless abot them, where it's difficult to tell what age, what place and what sort of story lies behind them. Truly meditative vibes here. Hotly recommended, as always.
All Saints Records present an exclusive new Record Store Day album comprising remixes and DJ edits of material from Laraaji's recent Sun Gong and Bring On The Sun LPs. Laraaji is a musician, mystic and laughter meditation practitioner based in New York City, who creates trance-inducing jams on a modified autoharp processed through various electronic effects. Story has it that the legendary Brian Eno saw him playing one night in Washington Square Park and invited him to record an album for his seminal Ambient series. He has gone on to release a prolific series of album for a wide variety of labels - in recent years he has been collaborating with a new generation of underground musicians, most notably on the album he recorded for the acclaimed FRKWYS series with Blues Control. Sun Transformations connects the new age ambience of Laraaji's music to the kaleidoscopic cut-ups of the LA beat scene via re-works from the likes of Ras G, Dntel, Mia Doi Todd and Dexter Story.