About the Release

Music to make people dance with big smiles on their faces. With a penchant for a strong groovy base and melodies with “a nice bit of tension”, Demayä and ARKADYAN set about work on their collaborative single Esperanza: “In an early mix of the title track, we used a sample of Manu Chao’s voice, saying "esperanza, esperanza" but a chance encounter in Dubai with mezzo soprano vocalist Yana Mann changed the course of the release. Inspired by the trumpet melody and the beat, Yana Mann came up with a vocal line and the result was a one-shot success. One enlightening taxi ride with Jean Claude Ades later and things started falling into place. The result is a miniature collection of “octopus rhythms”, with organic percussion and electronic beats jostling for attention with a plethora of live instruments and on-the-road pocket-mic field recordings.

About the Artist


Arkadyan have travelled the world to develop their style: a take on all types of tribal and ancestral music with modern instrumentation. Recording with real instruments and blending with electronic music, the group explore and perform everything from organic downtempo to high energy afro house. Live they combine two musicians with one DJ to bring that genre-spanning energy to life, playing with soul and keeping the dancefloor moving.