Washington state keyboardist Calima Shatiday went on a trip to Switzerland in 2011. Instead of taking lots of boring pictures, he decided to drop some awesome groove and funk tracks (electronic music instrumentals) whose beats speak to the listener about empty spaces and the loneliness of train travel.
Switzerland opens with A Stop in Berne, a really chilled track that’s fleshed out with a hypnotic slap-bass loop. But just when you’re starting to trance out a little, he hits you with the filthy beats of Close To Germany, an irresistible piece of head shaking funk whose synths provide a little nod to Kraftwerk, as well as the instrumentals Brian Eno did with David Bowie during his Berlin phase.
Shatiday builds on these two ideas throughout Switzerland (available on iTunes), building themes and motifs that he regularly refers back to, making the album feel like a real journey. It’s a terrific blending of styles, with lots of 70s funk, 80s techno and 2013 beats. There’s even a little 12th century Gregorian chanting on Gruyere, just for balance.
All of these ideas come together on middle track Missed Zurich, which is as classic a piece of 4am chill out music as you’ve ever heard. The unstoppable groove and mellow production make this an instant late night classic, just watch out for that big kick in the middle. That’s followed up with Montreux, which carries on the same rough idea but layers it with heartbreaking minor chords.
This express train of jazz, hip hop, ambient and techno comes to a close with the title track Switzerland, a sweet piece of funk with shades of Orbital. It’s a little brain-melting, and so is the whole album. When you’ve listened to it, you’ll definitely feel like you’ve gone on some kind of journey.
October 2, 2012
Mixed by Calima Shatiday, 2012, using Logic Studio 9.1.8 (Native Instruments: Absynth, FM8, Massive, Pro-53, Kontakt 4, East West Symphonic Orchestra Gold and QL Goliath)
Mastered by Calima Shatiday. 2012, using Logic Studio 9.1.8
Produced by Taliferro Music http://music.taliferro.com
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