The first ray (solon remix)
Written by VAANI
Remixed by SOLON
Mastered by Ben Feggans, Studios 301
All proceeds from the track go to VAANI's charity 'A Sound Life'
ABOUT THE TRACK
“The First Ray (SOLON Remix)” was the debut release for Jo Mall Kahn (a.k.a VAANI) as a solo artist. As one half of Edo & Jo, Jo had been recording and performing music since 2008. Tragically she passed away in 2015 due to cancer.
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 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... 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", said 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”.