Rare Roots

I am releasing a compilation of Tru Roots Project tracks called ‘Love is a Dangerous Language (Rare Remixes)’. It’s eclectic, but the music has always been that.

The Tru Roots Project started life because my promoters thought the ‘Beats Without Borders LP’ sounded too different to ‘Good Voodoo Afro House Vol 1’, so I put it out under a different name and made the ‘Sweet LP’. Guess which one was more critically acclaimed and sold more copies? The Tru Roots Project LP. As a side note – I was never happy with the Sweet LP so I remixed it, which is why there is the Sweet LP Afro Edition.

Anyway, back to the Tru Roots Project. It morphed. Always unpredictable – veering from Latin Jazz instrumentals to Rock to Afrobeat. No two albums are the same (but my long time friend and collaborator Akin Fatunmbi is on all of them in some capacity.)

There are many versions of Tru Roots Project tunes. Here, I have compiled the rarest ones. Ones that I love and I hope you will too.

10 Years and Counting

2021 and Britain is still in the grip of a pandemic. I would never have guessed 10 years ago when I started the Good Voodoo Music label that the world would be like this.

To celebrate 10 years of the label, there are 3 special LPs being released:

The ‘Foundation’ LP which showcases the original Good Voodoo Sound, ‘Love is a Dangerous Language’ which is a collection of rare versions of Tru Roots Project tunes and finally, ‘Domineeky Remixed’ which is a collection of remixes done by other artists. All of whom bring a different flavour to what I do. Enjoy.

Time Off?

It is ironic that I have been at my most productive whilst remixing my album called Time Off For Good Behaviour. I was going to do one track but things got out of hand and I ended up making 2 LPs of remixes.

Some of the remixes sound like brand new tunes but the titles often give away the original track (plus calling something a remix gets boring after a while) so Solamente Carnivalista is a remix of Only You. Funky Rhythmatics is a remix of We Can All Be Funky and Caught in a Super Halo is a remix of Caught in a Moment.

Introducing Good Voodoo Afro House Volume 1

Here it is – Domineeky’s first album on Good Voodoo Music. Its out on promo to DJs at the moment and the feedback so far has been excellent. Huge support fromv DJ Vinny da Vinci and Liquideep in South Africa, Robert Owens, Demarkus Lewis, K.O.R.T and others.

As the title suggests, the focus is firmly on African inspired house music.

drawing on Domineeky’s love for African rhythms and percussion, his musical influences that include Atjazz and Osunlade, and a passion for house and club music from the UK and USA. The album presents a 13-track journey packed to bursting point with funk, soul, live instrumentation and percussion.

Reflecting on some of the album’s key points, Domineeky highlights the tracks ‘Umdudo’ and ‘African Pride’ which both feature Nosisi, an opera singer he discovered on a recent visit to South Africa. The language she sings on track 1 is called Xhosa. ‘Reflections On A Memory (Part Two)’ was created as a follow up to a well received earlier version that was supported by Robert Owens amongst others. ‘Tomorrows World Today’ is a nod towards long-standing influences Atjazz and Osunlade, while ‘SuperFunky’ is described as a personal theme tune, inspired by house producers like Phil Weeks and Giom.

Domineeky’s recent EP ‘Promise Me Love’ and his remixes of Good Voodoo Society have received praise from an illustrious group of DJs including Josh from Blaze, Marques Wyatt, Nick Holder, Vincent Kwok and Joss Moog, helping to establish him as one to keep a keen eye and ear on. His earlier music and productions have been heard on Universal Records, Big Dada/Ninja Tune, Sky TV, BBC Radio and Channel 4.

Launched at the end of 2011, the UK-based Good Voodoo Music record label comes from a diverse collective with an emphasis on proper musicianship. The label has a passion for all things deep and soulful, but draws from influences way beyond the dance music sphere blending different global flavours.

Promise Me Love (South Africa Dub) by Domineeky (Official Animated Video)

Here is the official video for Promise Me Love (South Africa Dub Radio Edit). Yet again, Helen Peacock has done a fantastic animation. (You may remember her stunning work on the So Much More by Good Voodoo Society Video, if not, check that out on the Good Voodoo tv youtube channel http://youtu.be/v7ToQBlLNiw )

The process of creating the animation is a long and complex one. After discussions on the video concept I then had to send Helen pictures of me from various angles. Helen did suggest that she could make my head less pointy and round it off a bit but in the end we decided tostick as close to the original me as possible. My favourite part is when I move the faders on the mixing desk without touching them as if by magic.

Get in touch and let me know what you think.

Dominic Nelson-Ashley (Domineeky)

Good Voodoo Music

http://www.beatport.com/release/promise-me-love-ep/911260

 

 

 

Pushing the boundaries of Afro House with Elephant

People always want to know the inspiration behind the music. Well this track from my forthcoming Promise Me Love EP is called Elephant. I wrote this tune after  a visit to Addo National park in South Africa in search of some. I had such a great time with the Swallows Partnership that I wanted to capture the feeling musically.The track is a little different to what I usually do, but I thought it was time to experiment with what can be done with Afro house. Its a leap into the unknown and early positive feedback from the likes of Distant People and Vinny Da Vinci (Metro FM South Africa ) is excellent.

 

Dominic Nelson-Ashley (Domineeky)

Good Voodoo Music

 

The Spirituality of the Tyhume River, South Africa by Zamuxolo Mgoduka

It is always interesting to find out more about the background and inspirations of the people you work with.

One of the people I collaborated with in South Africa is Zamuxolo Mgoduka, who, as well as being a master percussionist, actor, dancer and choreographer is also a Tradional African Healer. In this video Zamuxolo talks about the spirituality of the river Tyhume (pronounced Chumie) in Eastern Cape, South Africa and its affect on what he does.

Dominic Nelson-Ashley
Good Voodoo Music

 

Good Voodoo Music Africa – We Are One (Abantu) with Yoga

Whilst in South Africa I composed lots of music. Some where straight out Afro Dance numbers, whilst others were more relaxed. This one’s called We Are One. Abantu is the Xhosa word for people. It was used in a short film and also great to stretch and work out to.

We Are One (Abantu) – by Domineeky.

Yoga session at Swallows Winterschool, Graaff-reinet, South Africa.

 

 

Dominic Nelson-Ashley

Good Voodoo Music

Good Voodoo Music Africa – Shadow Dance Theme Music

Here is another video from South Africa. It was made for a cross-platform, multi-disciplinary show in Graaff Reinet, South Africa as part of the Swallows Partnership-led Winter School in February 2012. The dancers are Michaela Wate, Debbie Waistell, Katie Oswell and (for a moment at the end!) Laura Degnan.

Music by Dominic Nelson-Ashley of Good Voodoo Music

Music: We Are One (Abantu) Afro Mix