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  1. Pete Ardron Unexpected Pleasures with Teresa Gabriel, Psibindi, Onyx Ashanti, Sayak Mitra, Myo, Samantha Ray, Harmony Yemanya & Helen Francis Pink Hampster Recordings PHCD12 Audio album taster: https://soundcloud.com/peteardron/unexpected-pleasures-taster-mix Video album taster Pete Ardron (of Orchid-Star) releases his 10th solo album (with guests) on Nov 4th 2016. Call it Psybient/Psychill/Psydub/Ethno-chill/World-fusion or whatever, this shows the usual signs of Pete’s main influences - psychedelic, classical (from the turn of the 20th century), and world music, with a strong Indian influence running through much of it. Musically it carries on very much where Orchid-Star’s Birth left off. Having been persuaded to take the band more uptempo for the 2nd album (Faster), Pete started this album at the same time, finally finishing it a decade later. It is a chocolate box full of gorgeous and very different guest performances, from the epic Hindi/Urdu torch song Mera Dil (my heart) – almost 9 minutes of stunning, passionate wall–to-wall vocals from Psibindi - to the entrancing, quirky, random incursions of deaf vocalist Helen Francis into the gentle, dubby title track, sharing the vocal credits with the beautiful morning song of a Scottish blackbird. Orchid-Star vocalists Samantha Ray and Myo also feature along with 2 tracks from radiant Portuguese singer songwriter Teresa Gabriel, flautist Harmony Yemanya, a bewitching, genre-blending collaboration with beatjazz wind-control virtuoso Onyx Ashanti (Soul II Soul/Basement Jaxx) who also appeared on Birth, and a cover (the first Pete has ever done one) of Ami Tar Thikana Rakhini – a big Bengali hit for Manna Dey in the 1960s, with newcomer Sayak Mitra. Reviews: PsyAmb Sun is Shining Dub n Chill On CD: Pink Hampster, Amazon, Beatspace, Psyshop and many more Digital: Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, Beatport, Junodownload, Trackitdown and many more Tracklisting 1. Angel [6:46] with Samantha Ray (vocals) 2. Vignette [5:30] 3. Bridges [6:45] with Onyx Ashanti (wind controller – synths, bass, piano), Myo (vocals) 4. Unexpected Pleasures [5:05] with Helen Francis (vocals), blackbird song recorded by Geoff Sample 5. Mera Dil [8:45] with Psibindi (vocals) 6. Dhow [6:07] 7. Hasya [9:11] with Teresa Gabriel (vocals), Harmony Yemanya (flute) 8. Ami Tar Thikana Rakhini [3:26] with Sayak Mitra (vocals) 9. Blue Sky Dreams [7:47] with Teresa Gabriel (vocals 10. Bamiyan [7:21] Tracks 1,2,4,6,7,10 written by Pete Ardron Track 3 written by Pete Ardron & Onyx Ashanti Track 5 written by Pete Ardron, Rena Biring & Latafat Ali Khan Track 8 written by Sudhin Dasgupta and Pulak Bondyopadhyay, © Universal Music Track 9 written by Pete Ardron & Teresa Gabriel The title track was released on the Diversity in the Isles Vol 1 compilation, March 2016 Pete will be taking the album out live in 2017 including some gigs with Psibindi on vocals http://peteardron.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pete.ardron.music/
  2. It's now available from iTunes, Google plus Amazon and just about anywhere but Spotify or Deezer, who we didn't want to have it And from today you can also get the CD online from major retailers like Amazon and psy and other music sites or (at least order it) from your local music shop It's also available from certain specialist Kundalini or new age outlets such as spiritvoyage.com You can still buy the CD and now also download the album directly from us at Pinkhampster - we're also offering the album as a free download for anyone who buys the CD Check out a taster mix here: https://www.mixcloud.com/pete-ardron/kwali-kumara-pete-ardron-exalted-album-taster-mix/
  3. Orchid-Star's Pete Ardron has come together with singer, snake and fire dancer and Kundalini instructor Kwali Kumara to produce an album which wears 2 hats equally comfortably. Each track is built round an 11 minute repeated mantra delivered in such a way that they can be used easily in a Kundalini meditation context but put aside whatever preconceptions that might give you - anybody familiar with Pete's other work will see the same ecstatic blend of psychedelic, world and classical, electronic and acoustic, in these six beautiful, intense musical journeys - this is most definitely also music for the listener (and dancer!) - psy-chill, dub, liquid drum & bass, progressive and other grooves wrapped in orchestral layers and sprinkled with Indian and Celtic colours. The CD also includes a 12-page booklet featuring the exquisite artwork of Pashet, the mantras with translations and explanatory text from Kwali. Available now on CD - www.pinkhampster.com/html/artistpage.php?artist=Kwali_Kumara_and_Pete_Ardron and digitally from - https://peteardron.bandcamp.com/album/exalted - includes PDF booklet Available digitally on iTunes, Amazon, Google etc. (but not Spotify, Deezer and Rdio) within the next few days. Available on CD from online/real shops globally (through Arabesque Distribution) from Jan 15th
  4. To celebrate the impending arrival of Spring a we have the perfect Orchid-Star freebie for you: Lotus Bloom - Sand Ra & Pete Ardron Remix Download from: www.orchidstar.info/freebies.php www.pinkhampster.com/html/freebies.php www.soundcloud.com/orchidstar
  5. To mark the 5th anniversary of Orchid-Star's first album Birth's release on Liquid Sound, we have another FREE treat for you. A remix of our traditional set-closer by the brilliant Squazoid. Download the Polynectar Remix of Wildflower here: www.orchidstar.info/freebies.php
  6. A Happy New Year present from Orchid-Star Trancient Dreams's wonderful new downtempo dubby remix of Puja from Faster FREE DOWNLOAD http://www.orchidstar.info/music_puja-trancient_dreams.php
  7. Pete Ardron and Samantha Ray of Orchid-Star release their first collaborative album outside the band. Using only the voice as a sound source they have created two beautiful, ethereal, meditative, ambient-electronic soundscapes. Serenity is like being underwater in summer's lake in a breeze, an essentially static environment but with ripples of movement, warm and enveloping shallows and cooler depths. Originally produced in 2003 it was used in 2005 as the musical core to Simon Rogers' exhibition Water Feature and in 2010 as the soundtrack to Collision Course by Carmelo Musca of CM Films and Garry Stewart of the Australian Dance Theatre. Reverie , its 2012 companion piece, uses a very similar sound palette but is much more of a changing, explorative, and at times emotional journey on a river to Serenity's lake. Using recordings from sessions for both Orchid-Star and Sam and Pete's opera-fusion project (out in 2013) Reverie focuses more on Sam's voice as both a richly varied solo instrument and a phenomenal sound-source to manipulate. Interuterion bridges some of the gaps between new age simplicity, psychedelic trippiness and classical poise in a tranquil but hauntingly beautiful way. Official CD and MP3 release 21/12/12 through Arabesque Distribution. CD available now (and samples) here: The Pink Hampster Shop
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