This week Crosstown Rebels released a fifth addition to their ‘Get Lost’ mix series, with previous contributors including Damian Lazarus. This one is delivered by German experimentalist Acid Pauli, and features this expansive track from NU.
Throughout, the pounding beats and wispy synths swirl around a voice citing the work of 13th-century mystic Rumi. The transcendental voice speaks of how it belongs not to a particular religion or nation, but merely to the “beloved”. It’s true to say this type of grandiose sample has been clogging up dance tracks for decades now, and will often come off as cheap or corny. But here the voice is given the space to chime precisely with the surrounding instrumentation, maximising its effectiveness. In its original 12 minute form it’s an immersive experience – stream it for yourself below.
This article was edited on the 14th November 2012, after we initially stated that this was a new track from Nicolas Jaar, who also features on Acid Pauli’s mix. That turned out not to be the case (you just never can tell out here in the internet), but this track is worthy of attention nonetheless. Props to Gorilla VS Bear for picking up on the mistake first.