LR070, LR071, LR072
Laraaji – All In One Peace
Unicorns in Paradise / Lotus Collage / Connecting with the Inner Healer Through Music
3-CASSETTE SET & DIGITAL
LR070 runtime: 88min
LR071 runtime: 59min
LR072 runtime: 64min
*Gold-embossed Orange Gratitude Sleeve, written by Laraaji
*JCard art mindfully reproduced from Laraaji self-released cassettes 1978-1983
Leaving Records is proud to present, with humble gratitude, three re-issues of seminal works by new age musician, composer, and laughter meditation workshop leader Laraaji. Recorded between 1978 and 1983, these works have not been re-issued in full since their original release. Although some excerpts of the material have been featured on various compilations, this is the first time in over 30 years that one can experience the uninterrupted duration of these cosmic etudes in their complete form. The added length creates an immersive environment of fresh, exploratory, experimental and healing sounds in which to dwell– these are the proper, entire experiences as intended by their creator.
1978’s Lotus Collage was recorded live in a Park Slope, Brooklyn living room during Laraaji’s busker years. The sounds consist of freestyle electric open tuned zither/harp, Ecstatic Rhythmic hammer percussion, and free flow open hand ethereal moods. This recording crucially predates Laraaji’s now mythological “discovery” by Brian Eno, and is significant as one of Laraaji’s first electric zither recordings. This early recording captures a youthfulLaraaji at the outset of his musical journey, still ripe for discovery, exploration, and transcendence. 1981’s Unicorns in Paradise was performed on electric keyboard Casiotone MT-70, and once again featuresLaraaji’s iconic zither in a flowing atmospheric improvisation. Laraaji describes its sonic environs as “an ideal habitat in another dimension of timelessness.” Many years later, this description holds true as its vibrant sounds inspire sensual reflections of the excited imagination. The final re-issue consists of two parts. Its first side,Trance Celestial, is a glowing, amorphous survey of muted and malleable electric sounds. Its uncharacteristically dark atmospheres nevertheless still paint a surreal atmosphere for self-reflection. Much beauty and inner-wisdom can be found in the depths of its inward trajectory. In contrast, the title track is a guided meditation full of light and optimism. Its spoken word segments and patient arrangements illustrate a constructive framework for enjoying the whole of Laraaji’s extensive catalog.
Originally, these releases were hand-made and dubbed to cassette by Laraaji himself. Of the process, he says “I felt like I was distributing artwork. As a matter of fact, for some of the cassettes I actually did some extra handwork on the label, doing a screen print or magic marker to add some color. So there was a sense of how to be an industry homemade artist direct-to-consumer feeling in the early years. People would ask for cassette tapes of an issue that I had not mass produced. So, now and then I’ll run into somebody who has a cassette tape… I’ll look at it and say, Oh Wow, hand-made label, J-card, and HEART.” Available on both cassette and digital, these re-issues offer Laraaji’s early music in both its original form and a form that did not exist at the time of its recording. Regarding this parallel, Laraaji reflects, “Having the music move in dimensions I didn’t predict… It feels like an extended blessing.”
White Magic – I’m Hiding My Nightingale
10″ VINYL $12.00
total runtime: 16min
10” vinyl w. lyrics art insert
ltd 300 cassettes w. “Chameleon” OCard + insert
cover art: Astral Eyes & Mira Billotte
White Magic is artist, vocalist, pianist, percussionist and composer Mira Billotte. Performing with accompaniment or solo with hand drum, shruti box, and an array of a cappella songs, White Magic has a wide range of sound, from loud psychedelia to meditative trance, the focus is on the voice with folk, soul and mystic music at its roots.
Title track is a cover of “I’m Hiding My Nightingale” by The Inner Space, which features Ariel Pink on electric guitar.
Special thanks to dublab, Jake Viator, Ariel Pink, Rune Kielsgaard, Nis Bysted, Lars Rex, James Astral Eyes, Matthewdavid, Diva Dompe, Rachel Pony Cassells, Marcel Mindlin, Stones Throw Records, Bukka White the cat and the Dahlia Echo cat colony, In Memorium Orange Guy.
Fowler, J., Unami, T., et al. (21-June, 2015). Species pluralis [Audio Cassette]. United States: Leaving Records. 063(2):05–08
Ltd. 100 Chrome Plus Cassettes in Recycled Chipboard O-Cards
Graphic design by D/P/I
Screen-printing by HIT+RUN
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060(1):01–04, (20:12), 100 Audio Cassettes, 20-III-2015, Equinox; 063(2):05–08, (20:12), 100 Audio Cassettes, 21-VI-2015, Solstice; 066(3):09–12, (20:12), 100 Audio Cassettes, 23-IX-2015, Equinox; 069(4):13–20, (40:24), 200 LP Records, 22-XII-2015, Solstice; …
Ras G – Raw Fruit Vol. 4
ltd 300 cassettes ($10) + digital
Ras G is one of the definitive producers of the Los Angeles beat scene, a co-founder of the Poo-Bah label, and hip-hop producer who digs probably deeper than any into the worlds of free jazz, jazz fusion and afrofuturism.
Raw Fruit was conceived as a 4-part beat tapes which Leaving Records began releasing in 2013.
The music is stream of consciousness hip-hop production made at Ras G’s Spacebase studio, all raw loops made from samplers (SP303/404 and MPC 2000XL). As the producer puts it, “freestyle beats I make to smoke weed to. I just make em, record em, and on to the next one, no rules.”
The “raw fruit” theme stems from G’s attention to wellness and a raw, vegetarian diet. Do the Right Thing was the inspiration for the design created by Seth Ferris. The proposed tag line never made the cut, “Do the Ripe Thing – a Ras G Joint,” but we still love it.
Each volume has been released as a limited edition cassette and digital download. Vinyl edition of Raw Fruit 3-4 will be released in Fall 2015.
Raw Fruit Vol. 1 (Cassette SOLD OUT)
Raw Fruit Vol. 2 (Cassette SOLD OUT)
Raw Fruit Vol. 3 (Cassette SOLD OUT)
Raw Fruit Vol. 4 Cassette
Raw Fruit Vol. 1-2 LP SOLD OUT
Raw Fruit Vol. 3-4 LP Coming Fall 2015