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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/