SLEEVE: NM MEDIA: NM YEAR: 2019 ORIGIN: Australia EXTRAS: Still in shrink
Elite Beat, from Portland, Oregon, have been producing music since 2006. 'Selected Rhythms' is a compilation of their three limited cassette series 'Casual Rhythms', remastered and released on vinyl for the first time. Dub mixing, cosmic orchestration, and percussion-centric polyrhythms are featured in the recordings, with components of Vol. 1 re-arranged for solo tracks. The group uses analog mixers and effects to record in a live, collective setting, creating genre-less rhythms with a spotlight on live performance, creativity, and drawing from soundsystem culture. Musical inspiration comes from multiple eras and places, including Ethio Jazz, Black Ark psychedelia, Exotica, Malian blues, and the Haight-Ashbury scene. Working with celebrated guitarist Mdou Moctar, the collective meets weekly to discuss, collaborate, and explore their sound, often recording what they find. Their approach is minimalistic, embracing a "less is more" ethos.