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Jan Schulte / Tropical Drums Of Deutschland / Music For Dreams

Jan Schulte, Tropical Drums Of Deutschland,  Test Pressing, review,


This is one for the percussion heads and more. Jan Schulte is Wolf Müller. Most of you know that. He’s one of the finest DJs out there, carving his own path, with a search for the perfect beat in his productions along the way. This is a double vinyl album Jan has compiled of his favourite tropical records, the root of which, as he says, “…stems from a general fascination for music that describes places where the artists have never been.”

Jan has long been resident at Düsseldorf’s Salon Des Amateurs club and this is where I imagine many of these records found their home. As he says, “the musicians involved were mainly traditionally schooled, born and raised in Germany. At that time to be interested in foreign folk music might have seemed a gimmick to some, what with the emerging “world music boom” already snowballing into the mainstream. Songs about the jungle or the rainforest made by people that know the rainforest only from television and books. Somehow I think you can hear their mythical imagination and fantasy in those tracks.”

Jan has very much taken this sound and ran with it. He’s remixed my track ‘The Orange Place’ very much in his percussive, conga led, wonky groove and this album shows the roots of much of that. He’s pulled together tracks from Argile, Total Art Of Percussion (good band name!), Ralf Nowys, Bob Moses & Billy Martin and edited a number for good measure.

Here’s the tracklisting…

  • 1. Om Buschman – Klang Fängt An
  • 2. Total Art Of Percussion – Wuhan Wuchang
  • 3. Argile – Tagtraum Eines Elefanten
  • 4. Rüdiger Opperman’s Harp Attack – Troubadix In Afrika
  • 5. Argile – Kleine Rosa Wolke
  • 6. Sanza – Sounouh
  • 7. Om Buschman – Prima Kalimba
  • 8. Drumming Birds (Bob Moses & Billy Martin) – Boat Song Pt. II
  • 9. Ralf Nowy – Akili Mali
  • 10. Trimopen – Wagagroove
  • 11. Om Buschman – Hey Tata Gorem
  • 12. Om Buschman – Hey Tata Forem (Wolf Müller Edit)
  • 13. TCP – At The Water-Hole (Wolf Müller Edit)

Dig in.

‘Tropical Drums…’ is out soon on Music For Dreams with Jan’s Wolf Müller remixes of ‘The Orange Place’ out this Friday. 




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