Following on from ‘Arrogance’ and ‘Addiction’, Supperclub ‘Beauty’ is the third offering in the Amsterdam institution’s Nine Sins series. Each album is a collaboration between international DJs and rising new artistic talent, here represented by Pathaan and Neil Duerden respectively.
Pathaan is a London based DJ / producer / taste maker / label manager (Stoned Asia) and BBC Radio disc jockey who’s Indian/Pakistani roots influence his multi-genre, “outernational” musical sound. His first break came in 1996 when David Bowie heard him play and immediately offered him the support slot on his ‘Earthling Tour’, a residency at the Blue Note Café, courtesy of Talvin Singh, followed and ever since Pathaan has been globetrotting both physically and musically, entertaining crowds the world over.
For ‘Supperclub Beauty’ Pathaan has delivered a two CD mix of global bombs. CD one has a warm, profoundly deep feeling. From the first notes, the music touches you and makes you want to listen to the whole album in one go, like a good book that you simply cannot put aside. Chilled favourites Pan Electric, Bardo State and Tripswitch are all present and correct across the fifteen tracks of blissed-out beats.
On CD two Pathaan was given a blank canvas on which anything goes! He went flat out and the result is a unique mix including the dance-tinged world offerings of Trans-Global Underground; Los Chicharrons Latin infused electronica and Gui Boratto’s minimalist interpretations on ‘Beautiful Life’. Taking in world music, chill-out, ambient, breakbeat and tech-trance the second CD takes you on a journey to unknown destinations – as far as your mind will allow you to travel.
Artist Neil Duerden is a self confessed mac-monkey based near Manchester, whose previous clients have included Saatchi & Saatchi, Gucci, MTV, Chanel and Nike. His illustrations are a complex combination of hand-rendered elements from mixed media and photography, containing many layers. When looking at the work of art he made for ‘Supperclub Beauty’, the first reaction is curiosity and interest: we see a beautiful model in a beautiful surrounding, but when you look closer the secondary imagery comes into play: the demonic wings that have started to form, her red eyes, the insecure pose, all offer a juxtaposition to the beautiful theme. It is all about inner beauty versus outer beauty. In a world of total digital control and retouch artists, beauty in today’s age is not even skin-deep.