David Vito Gregoli & Ricky Kej
The duo of David Vito Gregoli & Ricky Kej have just released an album that will enthral, entice and bring much calm to the avid listener, as we see the emergence of this new collaborative album entitled Wild Monsoon. An album of 10 tracks, and underpinned inside is a heavy and loving sense of the natural world and all that resides within it.
This new release has energies of a plethora of genres, the vibrancy of a global ethic on the openers like Greeshm (summer) and Sheeth (Winter), two pieces that are bursting with an energetic vivacity that spans the entire globe.
Vasant (Spring) has a wonderful meditative quality to it, one that I really enjoyed, with a very gentle opening that leads us into the main arrangement, with a gentle vibrancy of a new day.
The ebullient Sharad (Autumn) is up next, a piece that has a certain textured funky edge to the composition that is most desirable, with that ethnic beat that keeps you in the moment.
Mahatma (Vito Remix) though shows up the skill sets of both Kej and Vito sublimely, with its slow and almost sensual tones and vibrations, one must also tip the hat to the delicious base line within this arrangement as well.
Vana (Forest) has a blissful chilled vibe a heavy base line and a full on funky guitar ethic, whilst the main frame of the piece is held together by a sumptuous world beat and global ethic that is simply too good to deny.
One of my personal favourites would be Jharna (Waterfall), this wonderful creation manifested the ambient energies of an early new age composition, but the hovering intensities brought the listener something both vibrant and meditative at the same time, not an easy thing to do; the overall construction of this track was beautifully thought through.
The slow sensitive and incredibly deep tones of Nadi (River), give a wonderfully gentle flow to the latter part of the album, the flutes offering a blissful organic energy whilst the percussion tabla and added instrumentation, manifests a track that drifts like a full river in autumn.
I must draw the attention of the potential listener to the piece Badra (Rain) feat. Kimberly Haynes. The soft and sensitive musical narrative was completed by the appearance of Haynes, her ethereal like vocalisations added a whole new dimension to this quite magnificent work, a track where the strings would raise the power of the piece to its absolute maximum.
Baadal (Clouds) is our concluding composition and rightly so, in my view this is the most vibrant and rhythmic arrangement from the album, and the perfect piece to part company with on this sojourn of sound, the keyboards and plunging chords made this for me yet another personal and very memorable favourite, what a sublime way to end a great album.
Wild Monsoon by David Vito Gregoli & Ricky Kej is a simply delicious new album that needs to be spun like crazy, here within lives music that should cater for all tastes, full of rustic charm, yet as fresh and exciting as a new day dawning. There can be no doubt that the two super powers of David Vito Gregoli & Ricky Kej have indeed brought something very special to our musical tables here, one that we should feast on with pleasure, this is global new age music at its very best.