SystemEcho Recordings launches its second release ‘Breathe Anniversary mixes’, an adventure collaboration between veteran DJ/producer Lee Castle (Version Xcursion, VX) and formally known Andrea Lucarelli, who now works under her married name Andrea Caruso, singer/songwriter/yoga instructor.
Breathe's anniversary consists of five mixes, with the leadoff single a new collaborative / partnership with producer/engineer/mixer/mastering/player Russ Mackay of Blue Sound and Music. Russ & Lee (also the title mix) met in their respective neighborhoods one day when they both came to the rescue of a stalled car outside the studio of Russ. After a series of conversations, they realised they shared a common interest in the love for Massive Attack and all things ‘Trip Hop'. Russ brings years of studio experience his portfolio hilights working with the likes of Lawrence Gowan, the Styx, and film scores which include the tv series Gangland and many more…After discovering they shared likeminded ideas it was enable, they would head into the studio and casually work on some ideas which led to the ‘breathe’ mix and their latest single ‘Out of My Hands’ again working with the vocals of Andrea Caruso. Other, Breathe remix tracks include Version Xcursion updated 2022 mix, DJ mutt, DJ/producer, delivers a unreleased drum & bass mix, pulled from the archives, and the return of the legendary Dubmatix original re-rub which featured on the 2006 EP. The added bonus to the release is a Breathe video directed and shot in a salt cave by long-time friend Lisa Santonato (FTP Media Inc.). Lisa and Lee were always looking for a project to collaborate on, especially because they share a deep interest in topics that speak to diversity, equity and inclusion, which Lee recently graduated from a leadership program. Lisa presented an idea for the video, and it took a while to get the vision right but over time it organically grew into the right concept of what is relevant today.
Holding back ep
Version Xcursion Presents: Holding Back VX & Amai Kuda
The message that comes through constantly in my music is the call to ‘follow’ ancestors and take up the wisdoms of the past. This is where my work intersects powerfully with the Version Xcursion project in that Lee is also on a mission to share an aspect of Black peoples’ history and share the magic of some of our musical stories. For Lee 'Holding
The message that comes through constantly in my music is the call to ‘follow’ ancestors and take up the wisdoms of the past. This is where my work intersects powerfully with the Version Xcursion project in that Lee is also on a mission to share an aspect of Black peoples’ history and share the magic of some of our musical stories. For Lee 'Holding Back' is "a reflection of the past growing up in St. Paul, Bristol, a working class neighborhood populated by Jamaican immigrants. More then just a collection of tracks, the EP is a chance to educate and bring awareness to the musical richness and history of the St Paul’s Bristol sound. my home town!"
Holding Back -the story
“My music is my story”
Veteran producer Lee Castle has unleashed a new project. With help from vocalist Amai the featured tracks are peppered with the raw organic feeling which birthed the downtempo sound of his youth. More then just a collection of tracks his current EP is a mission to educate people on the history of the Bristol sound.
Castle’s unapologetic emotional beats drive with the force of conviction while Amai’s vocals force us to look deep within to where the ache of our existence meets the beauty of being. The duo hypnotizes us with their hauntingly moody collection of tracks, guiding us on a journey that eventually soothes our troubled souls with the gentle ease of acceptance.
‘The Making of the Song’
It’s been a refreshing process for me - just being able to focus on composing lyrics and the vocal-line melody without having to worry about instrumentation because I know Lee’s got that. I get to jam over the beat and just let the stories unfold. Allowing myself to release like this is always a healing, liberating process.
In Follow there are two voices. There’s mine, that of the searcher who doesn’t ‘wanna be holding back’ and then that of the Guide, the ancestor, who describes the Searcher with her “heart open wide” and calls her/us to ‘follow me.’ This is a message that comes through constantly in my life and work – the call to ‘follow’ ancestors and take up the wisdoms of the past. This is where my work intersects powerfully with the Version Xcursion project, in that Lee is also on a mission to share an aspect of Black peoples’ history and share the magic of some of our musical stories.
SystemEcho Recording views music as a powerful tool to expand consciousness while acknowledging the need to keep things entertaining and dance floor friendly.
Heavily influenced by Dj and Sound System culture the label focus’ on bass heavy music which unifies the people and uplifts the community.
'sharing music, discovering stories, building community'.... VX