Palm Beats, Vol. 1 is the first in a series presenting the choicest cuts from Palm Pictures’ World & Electronic music catalogue. The CD features some of the most popular world music artists today, and was hand culled to introduce listeners to the wealth of talent Palm has signed from around the globe.
1. Capone’s Theme (Sly & Robbie)
2. Linda Manigua [Quantum Dub Force Mix] (Sidestepper)
3. Gud Fella [Restless Soul Inspiration Information Mix] (Gigi)
4. Fa Laay Fanaan [Ashley Beedle Afrikanz on Marz Remix] (Baaba Maal)
5. Golden [Bugz in the Attic Mix] (Da Lata)
6. Polaris (Bostich)
7. Alice (No Pais da Malandragem) (Da Lata)
8. Deja (Sidestepper)
9. Bhatiyali (Jolly Mukherjee with the Madras Cinematic Orchestra)
The CD features well-known Palm artists from around the globe. Gigi and Baaba Maal bring the sounds of Africa, while Sidestepper and The Nortec Collective represent Colombia and Mexico, respectively. Da Lata adds a Brazilian flavor, and Sly and Robbie offer dubbed-out Jamaican rhythms. After assembling all these international talents, Palm Beats, Vol. 1 takes them to the next level – putting some of the world’s premier producers to work remixing each song. The result is a fresh marriage of contemporary sounds with traditional influences.
Volume 1 starts up with a Sly & Robbie’s “Capone’s Theme” from the soundtrack to Palm Pictures’ film Third World Cop- instantly transporting you into a high-speed chase through Jamaica’s back alleyways. The second song sees Sidestepper’s lyrical, bittersweet “Linda Manigua” given the once-over by Quantum Dub Force before the CD slides into a Phil Asher remix of Ethiopian songstress Gigi’s “Gud Fella.” Senagalese master Baaba Maal gets the Ashley Beedle treatment on “Fa Laay Fanaan,” transforming a classic African chant into a bouncy, flowing electronic toe-tapper. Nortec Collective rocks the party with a guiro, lending an infectious seesawing scrape to “Polaris.” The further you travel through Palm Beats, Vol. 1 the more the global sounds leap out, climaxing with a sitar-inflected atmospheric journey from Jolly Mukherjee and the Madras Cinematic Orchestra. Throw in two tracks of unconventional samba/bossa-jazz from Da Lata and you’ve got an inspired international gem.