New Yorkers Vito & Gabriel are the minds behind Mother of Mars, the latest incarnation from the former The Rapture rhythm section and DJ duo.
They debuted the project two years back on our own Ransom Note Records, releasing their maiden voyage Seed 2 Sky — two synth-laden opuses that cast a midpoint between each of their wide reaching influences.
Last month saw their triumphant return to R$N with Space Without A Shadow, this time bringing along Japanese expat and songstress Jaiko Suzuki for the ride. The unfolding composition feels like the mission piece or an extension of their label debut, fusing driving percussion and repetitive synth riffs with Jaiko’s multi-tracked airy vocals.
To celebrate the release and continue on the cosmic theme, we invited Vito and Gabriel to share their favourite space-related songs and clips below...
Jesús Alfonso Miró - Los Muñequitos De Matanzas, Congo Yambumba
Gabriel: This was my first pick for this feature, primarily because I've had it on repeat and the performance video is utterly beautiful to me. When I sent this to Vito he said it was a lovely track but also responded that this playlist is supposed to have a space theme. Without going too far into critiquing this "space theme" and the Ransom Note's choice to name this ongoing feature "Space is the Place", I will just say that the whole thing is knotty and problematic. The way Los Munequitos de Matanzas explores space and space in time via rhythm, melody as well as their historical context, which has probably a whole lot more in common with Sun Ra than something obviously "space themed" like Holst, the Star Wars soundtrack or some subpar new age synth opus.