Longstanding friends worldbeat artist James Asher and drumcircle facilitation trainer and percussionist Arthur Hull meet again to co-create, and produce some of their most persuasive imaginative material within their recorded audio adventures, ranging from energizing and percussive to cinematic, chilled and atmospheric.
The best meetings and partnerships seem to happen by accident. So it was when James Asher came to a demonstration of new REMO drum products in London that James got to meet Arthur Hull in 2002. A fifteen year old friendship between James Asher and Arthur Hull has produced some very imaginative, original and highly atmospheric music over the years, music that is unique and has a very distinctive style.
Though the starting point for the New Album Drum Distillery may be drums, there are plenty of melodic elements, a rich palate of musical sounds, and a broad and engaging set of moods and wide set of cultural influences to embrace all music lovers of up-tempo chilled vibes.
Drum Distillery, The New Album starts with a trancey almost house style opener, then progress’s through some instrumentals with an orchestrated cinematic influence, having a progressive and optimistic mood. This music would be ideal for soundtracks and television, but by itself as music, it brings a very colorful imagery. Asher is not shy of thinking outside the box, and manages to make this contemporary album stand out as a more distinctive album to his previous release album ‘Drum Travel’.
One particular stand out track is the performance on vocals with a track called “Giving Thanks”, featuring the captivating voice of Flip Giles, she brings an amazing quality on this chilled track!
James and Arthur had a chance meeting with Flip during her performance in a British Pub…she had reduced the audience to pin drop and had both the audience plus James & Arthur stunned at the extraordinary quality of her voice. An fortunate and appropriate chance meeting, presented the opportunity for Flip Giles to contribute to and expand the scope of Drum Distillery.
The full album is filled with chilled and ambient flavored tracks, and as a whole, this adds up to a most enjoyable musical journey which manages to achieve being energizing and relaxing at the same time. For lovers of good music, especially with a leaning to percussion centered music, and/or soundtracks that visually stimulate the imagination, Drum Distillery offers an original and rewarding listening experience.
This New Album Drum Distillery is a wonderful adventure into a percussion lead world music escape. Drum Distillery will captivate you, it’s very distinctive, it’s very original up-tempo & chilled tracks are a real delight!
Meet James Asher and listen to sample tracks from Drum Distillery at his official website!