Cosmic Cowboys

Thursday, 11 April 2013 00:00

Duration: 1:13:12 // Plays: 4376

The term ‘cosmic’ has a long history in Italy, dating back to the late 70s when Northern Italian DJs Beppe Loda and Daniele Badelli (who was a resident in a discotheque called Cosmic, hence the name) dished up a deep and sophisticated mixture of Afro sounds, slow-motion disco and ‘electronica meccanica’. Mixing vinyl with live percussions and analogue sounds, their music was “psychedelic, churning, hypnotic, not at all frenetic or purely electronic.” Modern ‘cosmic’ outings include reggae sounds and more world and ethnic beats, which has a strong hippie following in the Northern Alps. This context goes far in explaining the sound, ethos and name of this week’s MEOKO mix architects: venetian duo, Cosmic Cowboys. Nicola Sansoni aka Randomatique, and Kaled Jabari aka Kaledj, try to find a new definition for the term ‘cosmic’ by calling upon inspirational artists such as Chicken Lips and Royksopp (who have also been quoted to draw influence from “cosmic disco”) and mixing up elements from deep house, dub and tech house. MEOKO's 72nd podcast acts as a prime example of their skills: creating free-flowing soundscapes that move forward at microtech house speed, without ever losing the journey-like pace, they give a modern interpretation of this very special Northen Italian party feeling that never breaks out into frantic hysteria. Simply harmonious, and very trippy.