Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors + Sub Swara - Raven: The Rmx
After Brian Eno, Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors is the band many music critics see as the seminal influence in the creation of the ambient music genre. Producer Robert Ansell: “When we first tried to market this no-lyrics, no-choruses, no-verses, trance/dance, rhythm-ride music in the early ‘80’s, there was no bin to accommodate it.” Sixteen albums later, the music of Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors is danced to by hundreds of thousands of people as the predominant sound track of the ecstatic dance movement that is sweeping the world.
The remixes on this album were done by Dhruva Ganesan and Dave Sharma of Sub Swara. Started in 2005 as a monthly club act, Sub Swara was a breeding ground of new music across genres, hosting luminaries such as Mary Anne Hobbs, the Glitch Mob, and Bassnectar, well before any of them were selling out stadiums or curating festivals. Sub Swara’s live performances began in this ethos, and kept it close as they grew. Their debut LP, 2008’s Coup D’Yah and 2010’s Triggers garnered critical praise from Pitchfork, The Fader, and the like. They also found time to do dozens of remixes, from Balkan Beat Box, to witchouse fiends CREEP, to Mercury Records’ Skint & Demoralized, and bootlegs of everyone from Mos Def to Fugazi. While they ceased touring in 2012, the duo remain active producers and remixers.