THE FIRST RAY (SOLON REMIX)
VAANI & SOLON RELEASE REMIX OF “THE FIRST RAY”
Two of Australia's leading yoga-music artists have joined forces creatively and collaborated on a new track for yoga practitioners and music lovers alike.
“The First Ray (SOLON Remix)” is the debut release for Jo Mall Kahn (a.k.a VAANI) as a solo artist. As one half of Edo & Jo, Jo has been recording and performing music since 2008.
The remix of “The First Ray” came about when she played a rough mix to Matt Singmin (a.k.a SOLON). Matt as the DJ behind the Future Sound of Yoga has been bringing cutting edge electronica to yoga since 2009 and saw the potential to remix the track as a downtempo, electronic ballad drawing on the atmosphere of trip-hop and neo-soul.
“Jo’s vocal performance on this track simply blew me away”, SOLON says. “It was all about stripping things back to allow her voice to float and haunt. I used sparse electronic drums and the minimalist backing of a Fender Rhodes to create space for the emotion and soul of her voice.”
"The song is about surrender", says VAANI. “I wrote it at a point in my life where I was stepping off a cliff into the unknown and coming to terms with the fact that we are not always in control of things. The song is about letting go, letting yourself be carried by the universe, and learning to be ok with that”.
With both artists prominent in the Australian yoga-music scene over the past five years, this track will appeal to yoga and music lovers alike - especially yoga teachers, practitioners and meditators who are on the lookout for new music for classes and for personal practice.
The track is available for download from VAANI website and on all major online music stores including iTunes.
Song by VAANI
Remixed by SOLON
Mastered by Ben Feggans, Studios 301
Cover Art by Abi Singmin
VAANI, is the solo project of singer-songwriter, musician and social entrepreneur Jo Mall Kahn. Based in Australia/India, Jo Mall Kahn is a sonic chameleon. Basking in the rays of the sun, she reveals a powerful songstress, drawing on the ancient and vedic traditions of yoga and mantra. In the shadows, she trip-hops on the edge of deep and moody electronic beats, lyrically interweaving her tales of wanderlust and longing with a range of philosophical, social, and spiritual references.
On her sixth year touring internationally as duo, Edo and Jo, together they have performed at sell-out conscious events and yoga festivals sharing the stage with Deepak Chopra, Gyuto Monks, Sarah Wilson and Deva Premal. She has been featured on ABC Radio National (2014, 2013), Australian Yoga Magazine (2014, 2011), Yoga Journal Germany (2014), Australian Natural Health Magazine, Yoke Magazine, Yogin'it and The Yogi Times (L.A.) : "Jo sings like an angel. A voice that flutters the heart strings and warms the soul. This angelic tone flows through the bones like a gentle whisper of the wind."