Wednesday is humpday, which not only marks the halfway point between the work week and the coveted weekend, but also Conscious Electronic’s Midweek Mantra Mix (M3). We’ve been scouring the web’s most enlightening bass music mixes that align with our vision, to provide “a conscious way to consume dance music.” M3 spotlights both veteran and up-and-coming bass music artists whose music seeks to raise the vibrations of their collective listener base.
Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe, collectively called Desert Dwellers, are known and legendary in underground electronic music circles for many things. Famous for a unique blend of ambient, psychedelic, and bass music, they have expanded that sound over the past two decades an entire genre of dance music has come of it.
Their appearances at many of the early Moontribe gatherings in the 1990s has blossomed into performances at globally renowned events like Burning Man, Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle and many more. Desert Trax, their record label, has grown into a worldwide movement and spawned a generation or artists that are following in their spiritual footsteps.
This week’s mix is a selection of tunes that Desert Dwellers performed for a yoga class in Florida in 2017. For as long as the group has been around, they have considered themselves “equally at home in clubs as they are in yoga studios.” A quick glance through Desert Dwellers’ discography showcases how they craft their performances for yoga sessions. Many mixes that are the soundtracks to great grounding flows have been posted up by the pair over the years, and this one is no exception.
Their most recent original musical effort, a full-length LP titled Breath, is an excellent example of a journey through their sound. Packed with world instruments, deep meditative bass, and soaring ethereal vocals, the album is emblematic of the vibe that Desert Dwellers is about. When listening to their music, consciousness, meditation, and awareness are all themes that feel very present. These are also ideas that go hand in hand with the ancient and sacred practice of yoga that millions of people around the globe participate in.
Art with intention is important. This mix, designed to help guide listeners through a devotional practice that makes them more present, balanced and aware, is based entirely on positive intention and ideation. CE applauds the work of Desert Dwellers as we look towards finding more space to celebrate devotional practices through the medium of music.