Musical legends from opposite sides of the world come together on Hell Yeah’s next EP as Japan’s Calm and Finnish musician Jimi Tenor collaborate on big city takes. It features two new singles as well as remixes from the celebrated tapes and Belfast’s best-kept secret, The Vendetta Suite.
This most satisfying of eps came together when the psychedelic space-jazz-funk king and noted musician, composer and producer Jimi Tenor was in tour in Japan. Label head Marco arranged for him to head into Calm’s studio in Kawasaki, Tokyo, and real magic happened.
‘Big city takes’ is gloriously lush, with serene chords, delicate flutes and organic percussion. Tenor’s airy vocal brings the soul as an intimate and late-night groove emerges to melt your heart.
Then come two remixes from tapes. The first is powered by dusty old-school drum breaks. They’re doused in subtle euphoria with a nimble bassline down low, while the second one is stripped right back to a pulsing rhythm and killer phased bass. Spread chords bring sunrise feelings to this most colourful of grooves.
On the flip side, Calm offers a version of ‘Time & Space’ that is nearly eight minutes of exquisitely blissed-out downtempo. Chords ripple like waves, flutes flutter like birds and the whole thing is filled with the joys of a new spring day. The remix comes from The Vendetta Suite, a label regular and under-the-radar talent who is defining his native Northern Irish scene with his fresh fusion sounds. His version brings a new age ambiance to post-rave Balearic comedown. It’s one that douses you in life-affirming synths as drums gently persuade you to sway along.
Trans Siberian Express, Sweet
ASHLEY BEEDLE/ BLACK SCIENCE ORCHESTRA
Absolutely love it! My faves are the original mix and the Tapes remix. Sublime.
PETER KRUDER/ KRUDERDORFMEISTER
Love this release, especially the THE VENDETTA SUITE REMIX .
SEAN JOHNSTON/ A LOVE FROM OUTER SPACE
This is amazing!!!
FISH GO DEEP/ SHANE JOHNSON
Lovely soothing sounds throughout the EP with the original of Big City and The Vendetta Suite remix of Time and Space both ticking the boxes for me.
Calm version and the Vendetta Suite remix are nice
ERROL / TOUCHING BASS
That first tapes remix is amazing!
CHIRS COCO/ MELODICA
Oh yes, I?ve been waiting for this one, what a glorious collaboration.
MARCO WEIBEL/ DARKER THAN WAX
Wow these are some beautiful tracks to start a mix to.
HARRI HARRIGAN/ SUB CLUB GLASGOW
Really liking this..
PHIL COOPER / NUNORTHERN SOUL
Top quality trippy balearic goodness, radio support for sure and defo the odd Ibiza sunset?
FRONT DE CADEAUX
good evening! very nice release, loving a lot Tapes Remix !
Mega!! Well into calm Jimi tenor anyways that last track is sublime gear. Live the stuff tapes has been doing too. That vendetta suite mix is ace!!! Whole thing is super deep.. wicked!
DOM SERVINI/ WAH WAH 45S
A marriage made in ambient jazz heaven! I’m here for this!
Feelin the Calm version.
MARCUS ROSARIO / DARKER THAN WAX
Love this record especially the Vendetta Suite Remix and the last track.
“All about that stunner of a Remix 5 for me here …..totes f’n awesomeness”
ANDY BAINBRIDGE/ NOT AN ANIMAL
Really loving this been waiting for it to come out for a while.
MIKEY BEE/ VONYL DREAMS SAN FRANCISCO
So i know I am sometimes overly-hyperbolic when talking about music I’m excited about but THIS – IS – AMAZING!! I listened to it three times in a row the other day and keep forgetting to write with my feedback. Every track is fantastic. The original. The Tapes Remix 1. Remix 5. CALM’S VERSION!!! Absolutely gorgeous music and perhaps one of the best Hell Yeah releases ever. I’m practically begging you for the downloads, I am completely blown away by this – it’s like it was made just for me! FIRE FIRE FIRE.
WILLI GRAFF/ THE STANDARD
Clash of the titans here! Big fan of Jimi and Calm for years…Lovely winter tunes. Feeling Remix 5, The Vendetta Suite Remix, and Trans Siberian Express.
This is a fabulously original genre breaking set of tracks!
LEX / LENG
Great chilling vibes!!
Two artists i love, great release
LERI AHEL/ MUTANT DISCO
Amazing release from one of my favorite labels.
FANTASTICO!!!!!!Love all the versions! Amazing meeting of incredible musicians!!!
MAX P/ TANGRAM Wow, what a beautiful pack…my fav, at first listen, is Vendetta remix, but all tracks are golden !
I absolutely love Calm so was very excited to listen to this, it didn?t disappoint! His version of Time and Space is brilliant, shades of early A Man Called Adam, love the way the second half changes and the vocals sound great.The Vendetta Suite remix is really cool too thanks.
Really digging Big City and the Remix 5 is right up my street, loving those chords.Will be happy to give all these on my Music For Dreams shows over the next few weeks thanks.
MARK BROADBENT/ PIKES HOTEL
This is absolutely fantastic
Really love the original, both the Tapes remixes, and the Calm remix, but the VS remix just edges it for me. All so good though that I will probably use most of them! The original is awesome, with a gorgeous package of alternate versions covering off-beaten-track influences, but my personal fave is the sublime take by The Vendetta Suite!?
IAN BLEVINS/ ESP INSTITUTE
Loads to pick from here! Maybe Remix 5 or Calm Version takes the crown but the really enjoying the last two as well. Thanks!!
MARCIA CARR/ LADY BUGZ
‘Trans Siberian Express’ hits well on this lovely ep.