SEPULTURA BREAKBEAT COVER
Israel electronic producer Ra Djan has just released a new official video clip for the tribal metal classic – Ratamahatta.
It’s not every day that you hear a cover of a metal song in an electronic format but Ra Djan has manifested in the form of this classic joint by the legendary Brazilian ethno-metal band, Sepultura.
This ode to Ratamahatta is taken from an EP titled Ishtar which sees Ra Djan take the Israeli psy sound, fuse it with heaps of Jaw Harp. Tibetan throat singing and explore this unique terrain of world music.
Another standout track includes the title track with a fast D&B breaks format, Pantera style riffs, and a whirling Ozric Tentacles type of appeal. If you dig the heavier realm of electronic music, make room for this release in between your copy of Infeceted Mushroom’s Heavyweight, Fear Factory and Igorrrr.
“Ishtar” is title track from the second album by Ra Djan. It was released on 6th of January 2018 and outlined a slight shift in genre: from the jolly and melodic tracks of the first album to the dark realms of heavy rhythmic structures and raw ecstasies.
The clip was shot in the abandoned Arabic village Lifta near Jerusalem which remained empty till 80’s when local punks, hippies, freaks and junkies colonized the empty 200 years old houses with intentionally made one meter holes in floors and ceilings. Lifta is a cult place among local outsiders: that’s a place where one can hide from the dippy troubles of the city center. Lots of people died from overdose, many committed suicide.
Although only few people still live here but every month a spontaneous party occurs inside Lifta walls. We are the last generation who constantly lived in Lifta in the first decade of millennium and we truly love the place.
“Ishtar” song illustrates apocalyptic landscapes of the abandoned terrain and transform into the prayer to the goddess Ishtar which is sung in Akkadian language. The text is taken from the Ammi-Ditana’s Hymn to Ishtar who was a king of Babylon in 1683–1640s BC. The sound of the ancient language is reconstructed by linguists from universities all over the world.