Nicola Cruz

Hybridism

Multi Culti
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Nicola Cruz, fresh off his sophomore album, returns to Multi Culti with HYBRIDISM, an expansive EP that sees the Ecuadorian producer present a modern exotica of North African rhythms, ethereal Persian melodies, and chants from distant and imagined cultures. 'Aima’, named after the refrain sung by Igbo girls from Nigeria, creates the illusion that you’ve dusted off a lost LP. The aesthetic details recall expertly produced French exotica from the 70s, an overall feeling of warmth and character rarely pulled off with such panache. ‘Naeku,' in Cruz’s words, is "a sorrowful song in minor tonalities, but with a warrior energy, strength and forward vision: a soul departs, but a new one arrives in the name of Naeku, a maasai child. Not all grief needs to be a suffering; a feeling which I can relate to the place I come from with a Quechua word: Llaquilla - triste, pero feliz (sad, but happy). As always, the 303 adds that heart touching feeling.” If there’s a template for Multi Culti’s ethos, Cruz has synthesized the formula: Masai lamentation filtered through Quechua wisdom with a touch of 303 for the soul. 'Drom Tradisie' is a nostalgic vignette that captures the fantasy of a scenic horizon on a lost beach, a portrait done with the FM domain of synths that somehow associates with tropical imagery. 'Third Eye Dub’ takes things deeper, exploring the fractal realm of concentration, a point where the Oud (played by Nasiri) acts on the pineal gland. This inward journey through the cavernous depths of the subconscious sails on a smooth modular groove that transports the listener across this psychic expanse, a filigree of Persian harmonies (in Shur, to be exact) tracing outlines in the dark. Finally, 'Kawe’s Dream’ ventures even further into the imaginary spaces of the mind. It is an aural reconstruction of the Tibetan Bardo Thodol, or ‘Book of the Dead’, a sacred text that guides the spirit through the passage out of the body. In Nicola’s words "To paint that depth, I had these Tibetan chants in mind, that I ended up crafting with Ableton's vocoder over a piece of Ayan’s vocals (sung in a made-up language). A few notes, and it gave the gravity I was looking for in the song.” Stuff that only a producer as capable as Cruz could pull off. Hybridism’s five tracks are sonically diverse, yet all possess an ephemeral quality, a pastoral, transitory feeling that travels through the music - we listen to the sounds pass us by, we might even catch a hook or two, but the feeling is of sand running through our hands, deep, elusive, beautiful.

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Release Date

06.03.2020

Cat No

MC048

Tracklist

Track 1
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Track 2
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Track 3
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Track 4
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Track 5
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Ritmo House
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12"
Nicola Cruz
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Subtropique Rhythm Section INTL
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House
12"
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Nicola Cruz
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Subtropique Rhythm Section INTL
Cosmic
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12"
Nicola Cruz
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Arpejos Da Floresta Highlife
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Disco
12"
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Nicola Cruz
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Arpejos Da Floresta Highlife
Cosmic
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12"
Nicola Cruz
11.95 €
Hybridism Remixes (Aunti Flo, John Talabot, Azu Tivaline) Multi Culti
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Disco
12"
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Nicola Cruz
11.95 €
Hybridism Remixes (Aunti Flo, John Talabot, Azu Tivaline) Multi Culti
SloMo House
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12"
Nicola Cruz
13.95 €
Siku Reworks (Inc. Hermetics / Cain Remixes) ZZK
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House
12"
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Nicola Cruz
13.95 €
Siku Reworks (Inc. Hermetics / Cain Remixes) ZZK
Transcultured
LP + CD
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19.95 €
Prender El Alma ZZK
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World
LP + CD
Nicola Cruz
19.95 €
Prender El Alma ZZK
Transcultured
2-LP + CD
Nicola Cruz
20.95 €
Siku (Black Vinyl) ZZK
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World
2-LP + CD
Nicola Cruz
20.95 €
Siku (Black Vinyl) ZZK
Cosmic
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12"
Various
13.95 €
Axial Tilt - Solstice I Multi Culti
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Disco
12"
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Various
13.95 €
Axial Tilt - Solstice I Multi Culti
Balearic House
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12"
Various
14.95 €
Multi Culti Solstice I / Axial Tilt Multi Culti
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House
12"
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Various
14.95 €
Multi Culti Solstice I / Axial Tilt Multi Culti
Cosmic
Merchandise
Rolling Papers
2.00 €
Multiply Your Mind Multi Culti
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Disco
Merchandise
Rolling Papers
2.00 €
Multiply Your Mind Multi Culti
Cosmic
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12"
Nicola Cruz
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Hybridism Remixes (Aunti Flo, John Talabot, Azu Tivaline) Multi Culti
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Disco
12"
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Nicola Cruz
11.95 €
Hybridism Remixes (Aunti Flo, John Talabot, Azu Tivaline) Multi Culti
SloMo House
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12"
Zongamin
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O! Versions Multi Culti
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House
12"
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Zongamin
11.95 €
O! Versions Multi Culti
Wave
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12"
Sascha Funke & Niklas Wandt
10.95 €
Kreidekreis Multi Culti
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Rock / Pop / Indie
12"
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Sascha Funke & Niklas Wandt
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Kreidekreis Multi Culti
Soul
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LP
Little Ann
21.95 €
Deep Shadows (Colored) Timmion
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LP
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Little Ann
21.95 €
Deep Shadows (Colored) Timmion
House
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12"
Unknown
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LTDSSIDED001 Ltd,W/Lbl
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House
12"
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Unknown
10.95 €
LTDSSIDED001 Ltd,W/Lbl
Electro
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7"
Egyptian Lover
12.95 €
Rockin' Planets Beatsqueeze
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Electro
7"
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Egyptian Lover
12.95 €
Rockin' Planets Beatsqueeze
Re Edit (Disco)
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12"
GW Edits
12.95 €
Adriano Italiano Ep Gw Edits
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Disco
12"
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GW Edits
12.95 €
Adriano Italiano Ep Gw Edits
House
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12"
Jungle Fire
12.95 €
Atomico Razor-N-Tape Reserve
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House
12"
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Jungle Fire
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Atomico Razor-N-Tape Reserve
Re Edit (Disco)
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12"
Various
12.95 €
Cult Edits 007 Culted
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Disco
12"
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Various
12.95 €
Cult Edits 007 Culted