Reaching the milestone of its 100th single/EP release, Circus Company welcomes back Aquarius Heaven with a new EP of poignant, uplifting house music loaded with a meaningful message for these pot hangover transient times.
It’s nearly three years since Brian Brewster delivered the Parallela Mundi 12”, and in that time he has been on a relentless mission to spread his unique blend of house music, Caribbean roots and psychedelic magic across the globe in a whirlwind of live performances and collaborations. In a manifestation of his well-travelled soul, these new pieces call upon traditional influences in amongst the modern motifs that Aquarius Heaven has been built on, while lyrically dealing with the pressing issue of refugees escaping conflict, poverty and famine.
The proud drum throwdown and carnival bleeps of “Bato Chargé” conceal the seriousness of its theme. In Brewster’s native tongue Creole, bato chargé translates as overloaded boat. With the Caribbean as equally rooted in the history of displaced humanity at the hands of sinister powers, the groove of “Bato Chargé” takes on a defiant, hopeful tone directly inspired by the traditional percussive music style Gow Ka.
“50 Drops” by way of contrast takes on a noirish tone with its gritty, street-weary tale and nocturnal melodics played out through enchanting arpeggios and warbling leads. Cooling off the tempo and heading into a digi-dub skank that plays off Brewster’s roots in reggae and dancehall, “Marie Galante” takes those same warm synths and runs them through a slow-but-heavy stepping landscape; the perfect backdrop to the vocalist’s dexterous ramblings on the mic. It’s not often you hear Creole delivered in contemporary electronic music, with a rare exception being the legendary work of Tikiman et al with Rhythm & Sound in the 90s.
As with the previous releases we have presented from Aquarius Heaven, in every deft lyric and musical flourish Bato Chargé demonstrates just how much range this ever-evolving artist has in his globetrotting soul.

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Artist
Aquarius Heaven
Release
Bato Chargé

Cat No.
CCS100
Format
12'' + Digital
Release Date
26.02.2016

Artwork by
Léonard Butler, Fraid

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