Some collaborative projects are made in heaven and maybe this is one of those moments? With an illustrious career stretching over two decades, Chico Shuella has become one of Israel’s most respected and sought after DJs and producers. An accomplished pianist (with an exceptionally keen ear for musical harmony), he operates under his Chicola production moniker and has transformed the underground house scene in his homeland while making giant strides on a global scale.
Meanwhile, legendary Tel Aviv-based DJ, Sahar Z, a longtime veteran of the global techno-house scene, has also emerged as one of Israel’s finest musical talents. Not limited by any genre or style, Sahar Z’s influences come from many directions, creating his unique sound that transports the crowd through a journey of atmospheres and moods, from deeply melodic sounds and fresh electronica to harder yet soulful techno.
Chicola and Sahar first met 15 years ago while Sahar was the resident DJ at the famous Haoman 17 club (the biggest and most prestigious club in Israel). Chicola was the resident DJ at the TLV (also a very famous club) and the two musical connoisseurs DJ’ed together at many of the after-parties. Around 2004, the scene in Israel started to slow down and they both headed off to explore different musical opportunities, only to be reunited 2 years ago when they decided to combine their boundless creativity in a studio environment and make lots of tracks together. Two of their resulting, unbelievably amazing, diverse musical creations are now to be unveiled on Lost & Found.
Whether it be the hypnotic, subtly evolving, energetic, melodic vibes of They Made Me Do It, or the slower, bass-heavy, abstract experimentalism of Smoothy Moody, what you have here are two glorious creations that fuse together and break down any remaining genre boundaries in a truly futuristic fashion. This is music to hold close to your heart. This is music that has such freedom of expression that is more than the sum of its many parts.
Lost & Found is steadily building a catalogue of releases that are uniquely joyous, uplifting, intelligent and beautiful. Guy J and his ever increasing family of artists that he features alongside his own productions, are exploring the psyche of electronic dance music, asking questions and tasting possibilities, forging ahead into the future. This is a label that everyone should, most definitely, always keep on his or her music radar. Chicola and Sahar Z are the next exciting piece in an ever-evolving musical jigsaw puzzle.
Click here to purchase the Smoothy Moody EP on Beatport.