‘Analog Lovers Rock’ is the debut album from LA underground producer/dj/musician Sahaja. Drawing influences from his expansive vinyl collection of Disco, Afrobeat, Brazilian, R&B, Psyche, and rare New Age music, but made almost exclusively with analog synthesizers + vintage drum machines in the Joshua Tree desert, this colorful & soulful record takes the listener on a musical journey.
Opening track "Invocation" weaves together african drum samples along with a minimal analog kit, held together by a raw Mini Moog bassline and vocals of Afro-Cuban descent. Clearing the path for the listener, the record then moves into Seven Reasons, a chugging synth beat with a slow-disco bass, ft. the vocal stylings of newcomer Ariane Aumont + rapper "Effortless." After a short interlude the record picks up into "Home Tonight," an uptempo analog funk number created mostly using a Roland Juno & 707. With veteran bay area funk musician / producer E. Live on Bass and the brassy vocals of Chesta Blake, this tune drives the record home.
From there ‘Analog Lovers Rock’ features "All Of Me," a heavy synth beat / love song ft. the vocals of South African singer Sihle Mndla, singing both in English and in her native Xhosa tongue. Following is a short number highlighting the ability to improvise on analog drum kits over the smooth & simple grooves of a Roland Jupiter (+ a few other toys), and then a short but sweet live recording of Ariane Aumont, Sahaja & friends on guitar and vocals with simple live percussion.
Side B of the record opens with a Detroit-styled broken house tune, "There Was A Time." Featuring rhodes chords played out & sampled, pitch shifted vocals, and an array of drums sounds mostly via the Roland 909, this track is an uptempo delight. D Villa appears next over the tech-heavy love song "Let You Feel," followed by monster beat "Fiendin." Next, the gem of the entire album is "Could This Be Real," ft. Chesta Blake on vocals, and perhaps offering us the definition of ‘Analog Lovers Rock’. Ending on a high note with future-funk track “Electricity” structured around a classic 808 kit, this is a record that promises not to disappoint.
Sahaja has been known for rocking parties as a DJ for years. Playing at legendary Los Angeles clubs such as Firecracker, The Do-Over, and Sketchbook, he has shared the tables with everyone from DJ Spinna to Theo Parrish to The Gaslamp Killer. ‘Analog Lovers Rock’ is the culmination of nearly a decade of hiding out as one of the city's elusive underground musicians. Recorded on retreat in Joshua Tree California in a room looking out over the desert, there is an element of mystery in between notes of this funky record. ‘Analog Lover Rock’ reveals more of its depth with each listen... the first but surely not the last we'll hear from this burgeoning new artist.
Sahaja has been known for rocking parties as a DJ for years. Playing at legendary Los Angeles clubs such as The Do-Over,
Firecracker and Sketchbook, he has shared the tables with everyone from DJ Spinna to Theo Parrish to The Gaslamp Killer. ‘Analog Lovers Rock’ is the culmination of nearly a decade of hiding out as one of the city's elusive underground musicians....more