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Growing like wildfire under the canopy of live electronica and experimental world fusion music, the acclaimed musical trio Beats Antique recently released Contraption Vol. II, a cinematic, orchestral, and seductively bass heavy EP. As the trio masterfully merges modern technology, live instrumentation, brass bands, string quartets, glitch, and dubstep, Beats Antique's latest album explores another octave of musings first begun in 2007 with Tribal Derivations . Five years, four albums and two EPs later, Contraption Vol. II - arrived this Fall 2012 - to round out the collection of over 80 songs released.
Beats Antique inspire their fans with a raw, animalistic musical event that blurs the lines between the provocative, the spiritual, and the artistic while still maintaining allegiance to the muses of class, beauty. Having already enchanted audiences at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Red Rocks and beyond, Beats Antique's performances blend electro-acoustic breakbeats set to a Bollywood bass-circus stage show, with the sophistication of top hats receding to a sea of animal masks and wild feather headdresses. Their ability to create a balance between artist and audience even before the curtain rises creates a total escape both through live performance and the album experience that leaves critics and fans reeling alike.
Consider "Allure," the opening track on Contraption Vol. II - you are instantly transplanted to an Art Nouveau Speakeasy. The truth in the music is told as the acoustic and electronic indulge in one another until they canât be told apart. This is best observed after listening to the purely acoustic, Doo Wap inspired "Crooked Museâ", featuring the soulful voice and songwriting of long-time collaborator, LYNX .
The journey that led to Beats Antique was a winding and twisted path from the West Coast and eclectic underground of San Francisco's performance art scene, to the ancient trade routes of the silk road. In this modern incarnation, the musical alliance of producers David Satori and Tommy Cappel is inspired and emphasized by their collaborative partnership with world-renowned belly dance performer and music producer Zoe Jakes.
David Satori studied at California Institute of the Arts and Tommy Cappel studied at Berklee School of Music before they ventured to locations such as Bali, West Africa, and Serbia. With extensive backgrounds in multicultural music production, and the passports to prove it, Satori and Cappel command the spectrum of live and digital instrumentation with skills born from Traditional Folk to Hip Hop and old school Jazz.
Zoe Jakes adds a third dimension as the diverse and disciplinary dance counterpart to Beats Antique's sound. Jakes has worked with two major dance troupes, including Miles Copeland's Bellydance Superstars and Rachel Brice's Indigo Belly Dance Company, and is a student of ballet and contemporary techniques.
Beats Antique is best imagined as an innovative creature built from the cumulative heritage of the world's music chasing its tail. However vivid that image, when a marching band groove crashes into bluesy folk chords only to be accompanied by glitchy electronic beats and Middle Eastern melodies, you'll still be surprised and taken to a place you hadn't previously known existed.