BT and Sasha
In 2002 Real World brought together the contemporary American soundtrack composer and the UK's DJ superstar Sasha. With the additional presence of some outstanding international performers - from Kenya's Ayub Ogada, Geoffrey Oryema from Uganda, B'net Houriyat - the traditional woman's group from the Moroccan deserts, Hukwe Zawose from Tanzania and Pakistan's Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali group - this unique collaboration created some of the most memorable tracks ever to have come out of Real World.
Da-ka-ne, as featured in Long Way Down is a building, soaring epic track where the trance-like elements of traditional African vocal meet their contemporary counterpart in the world of electronica. This track is an exclusive preview of the forthcoming Real World album by BT and Sasha on which Da-ka-ne will feature in its full 20 minute version.
The distinct stamp of BT's artistry and craftsmanship is already imprinted across the wide pantheon of modern popular arts and entertainment. He composed the high octane film score for the blockbuster hit The Fast and the Furious as well as the haunting tonal background for Charlize Theron's Academy Award-winning performance in Monster. His other scores include Doug Liman's Go, Under Suspicion (starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman), Miramax's The Underclassman, Sony's Stealth and the video game Tiger Woods Legends. His wizardry of the keyboards, classical or electronic, as well as his producing, songwriting and orchestral composing and scoring talents have been showcased in collaborations with major artists, including Sting and David Bowie and created break-through mixes for Madonna, Seal and Sarah McLachlan. BT seemed fated for his present role in new musical directions and innovations. His predilection for always seeking and ascending to the next level began when he first heard electronic music as an adolescent. "This is what my heroes Debussy, Stravinsky and the like were looking for. Technology-based music is the only idiom that packs such infinite sonic possibilities." The revolutionary fruits of BT's musical quest thus far are powerfully evident in the glitched-out yet warmly organic soundscapes infusing his epic albums, IMA, ESCM, Movement In Still Life and Emotional Technology.
There are DJs who turn up, play records and make people dance. And there are producers who make the dancefloor-igniting records those DJs will kill for. Sasha can do both. Ever since he rode in on a tidal wave of adoration from the North of England's explosive early 90s club scene, that magic touch has made Alexander Coe one of the most famous, most revered DJ on the planet.
It's because of what he can do with music - the way his mixes take elements from across the spectrum of electronic dance, from trance, breaks, progressive and deep house, and create a languidly hypnotic liquid groove.
Renaissance was where Sasha created his niche and helped forge a new style in UK house music, where he mixed the first ever UK DJ mix album and met John Digweed which cemented the partnership known as 'Northern Exposure'. He became the first DJ cover star - on Mixmag in early 1991.
Although Sasha has clearly reached a celebrity status, it's his generous personality, his love for his peers and of course his completely candid humour that has enabled him to maintain such a likeable high profile in the often-fickle world of club culture. Sasha has gone from DJ to superstar status in America, where 'Sarsha' is a household name for many teenagers.
Double CD released December 3rd. Thirty tracks follow the intrepid bikers on their journey south from John O'Groats to South Africa.
Find out more about the artists whose music was specially chosen to feature on the Long Way Down television series, DVD and CD. Read the background to the musicians and buy digital downloads of tracks heard on the series.
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