Temple Rat - Banyan Metropolis (China)

from 88 - Double Happiness / Compilation Vol​​.​​2 by FuFu Records

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We are presenting the fabulous producer Temple Rat.
Mei grew up near the vibrant megacity Chengdu in the lush Western China Sichuan Basin. At the age of 9, she began to learn the traditional Chinese Erhu, a genuinely mysterious folk instrument, two-stringed, played
with a bow and made from carved wood and snakeskin, sometimes known in the Western world as the Chinese violin or the Chinese two-stringed fiddle. Inspired by her passion for the electronic music scene of
Chengdu’s hyped underground, Mei started to fuse traditional Chinese folk music with minimalistic techno tunes.

Mei steadily improved her skills to express a unique blend of live ErHu performances with 4x4 electronic beats. She eventually started to perform as Temple Rat from 2015 on culminating in her much-praised performance in Shanghai’s 2019 Boiler Room. Her music is influenced by sparks of the natural and religious environment she grew up in, ancient oriental rhythms as well as by her favourite 90’s ACID elements.

Her inspiration for her track comes from the closing of the borders. Before China closed its gates in 2020, she happened to travel to an island in northern Thailand. Her favourite travelling activity is to put aside music
and pick up ambient sounds with her recording equipment. She rode to the mountains, and the trees and birds there played a unique sound for her.
As humans continue to overuse our planet's resources, many species, animals and plants, will disappear soon, which makes me want to cherish nature as much as I can the now. This island's environment and its sounds led to the foundation for my song Banyan Metropolis.
Like a banyan tree, it's built up of several strands of environmental sounds that rise to support a wide canopy. The vocals are from the Portuguese artist Mariana Bragada, due to the pandemic they have never met in person, but built a connection via music. Another strand of the Banyan is tribal music influences and their various wooden instruments. Acidy tunes and a pumping base make up the remaining strands of the tree.
These strands support a canopy of sound that resembles our daily life's industrial sounds. she imagines a metropolis growing on the various strands of the Banyan were high technology that changed our lives
and improved our human progress does not separate us from nature and human instincts.
This song resembles the simple structure of her mood at that time on the island. It triggers the primitive instinct of human beings to find the rhythm of dancing in nature. Throughout her career, she always believed that music is vital to humans, and its arrangement is rooted in the ground like a tree.

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from 88 - Double Happiness / Compilation Vol​​.​​2, releases June 16, 2021
Produced by Temple Rat (China)
Mastered by Attiss Ngo (Vietnam)
FuFu Records, 2021.

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