Capturing the essence of Crosstown Rebels Robot Rebel Heart experience at Burning Man, DAVI’s selection of deep melodic odysseys for Rebellion are awash with the other-worldly magic of the Playa. A-side ‘Rebel Heart’ fuses ancient Eastern melodies with moody bass and mystical arrangements. Second track ‘Anunnaki’ (a name denoting a group of deities in ancient Mesopotamian cultures) continues the theme of spellbinding, earthy tones and on the remix, Hot Creations Mark Jenkyns toughens up ‘Rebel Heart’ with a squelchy acid-flecked bassline, solid kicks and overlays of his own wonky synth structures. Last but not least the masterstroke ‘Two Suns In The Sky’ hypnotises the soul with rolling drum beats and epic chords as waves of spooky energy and polyrhythms punctuate the cosmic sunrise soundscape.
For Armenian born 20-year-old David “DAVI” Khanjian, 2012 was a breakthrough year – with a South American tour, the release of a monster remix of Underworld’s anthem ‘Two Month’s Off” and playing a set to 50,000 people at Burning Man festival – a life-changing experience that inspired this EP.
After relocating to LA after attending the the prestigious Komitas State Music Conservatory in Armenia, DAVI’s production career began to take off and a chance meeting with a personal hero Robert Babicz led to him doing the first ever remix for Robert’s new label Babiczstyle. Later releases came on labels such as Bits & Pieces, Armada, Outside The Box, Treibstoff, Anjunadeep and Hope Recordings.
South Shields finest Mark Jenkyns, after appearances on the first two Hot Waves compilations, is now a force to be reckoned with on the underground circuit with upcoming releases on the Paradise summer sampler on Hot Creations and Alex Arnout’s Dogmatik imprint.