Are you ready for a fresh spin on familiar mantras and melodies? This is what Donna DeLory has delivered with Remixes. This release is filled with versions of her mantras by a variety of DJs who deliver new flavor to classic favorites. Mac Quayle, Rara Avis, Eastern Sun, Desert Dwellers, Atom Smith, Dave Dale, and Donna all bring their unique styles, taking the listeners on a sweet journey to deliver us into the zone.
The track order is well thought out, establishing a smooth ride from the beginning that gently opens the heart before flowing into an upbeat dance vibe. Remixes then winds down with deep, ethereal, and soothing textures seamlessly weaving English lyrics and Sanskrit mantras for a result that is pleasing to both the senses and the soul.
“Om Namah Shivaya,” (track four) is a highlight; the tabla, drums, and bass are mega-grooving and listeners cannot help but move. Moving, it seems, must be the motivation for Remixes given Donna’s ability to dance, dance, dance. The dance vibe lays down the foundation for long jams with Donna’s angelic and breathy vocals that soar over a solid rhythm section holding down some serious beats.
Overall, this well-rounded album of mood setting, dance-worthy, and heart-opening remixes is a must-have for all Donna DeLory fans.
Reviewed by David Watts, a shamanic acupuncturist and bassist with a healing practice that specializes in soul-destiny work using acupuncture, shamanism, and bodywork. He’s a native Angeleno who has been a musician since age 10. He plays bass guitar in the LA kirtan scene and with his band Curious Blue: davidwattsacupunture.com; curiousbluemusic.com