ReBliss: Stars ReVisited is a unique recording that takes David Newman's 2012 studio recording, Stars, in an entirely new direction – crossing over into the realm of remixes.
David Newman (or Durga Das, as he is known in the spiritual community) was introduced by a mutual friend and fellow yoga instructor to veteran New York composer/ producer/mix engineer – and yoga teacher – Krishna Venkatesh, whose musical palette and background are very far afield from the kirtan genre, and this remix collection is the groove-laden fruit of what became a most unlikely but highly successful musical and personal chemistry.
Musically speaking, David Newman, perhaps best described as "spiritual singer-songwriter," may not immediately seem like a likely candidate for the remix/electronica treatment, but he and Krishna found an instant synergy that carried them well beyond their mutual immersion in yoga and meditational practice.
When Newman was creating Stars, Venkatesh reached out to him with interest in exploring possible ways to collaborate. They agreed upon the idea of "re-visiting" the album's tracks in a way that contrasted with their original style. The experiment began with a dub-style remix of the song "Love Belongs To Everyone." That track served as the acid-test and catalyst for what became the new remix adventure.
Clearly, opposites attract – but from somewhere in the musical middle ground that spans between them, David Newman and Krishna Venkatesh have respectfully and in the most complementary way crafted a heartfelt and intoxicating offering that exudes innovation and spirit.
1.) Love Belongs to Everyone/Gayatri (Deep Dub Mix) -6:05
2.) We Are What We Are/Sri Ram (One Love Lounge Mix) -5:03
3.) Thinking of You/Sri Krishna (Heart Strings Mix) -6:27
4.) Dreaming/Durga Maharani (Omtown Philly Mix) -5:26
5.) Tulsi's Bliss (Half-Step Bhangra Mix) -5:08
6.) Stars (Galactic Power Pop Mix) -4:37
7.) Ganesh Under Moonlight (Pocket Funk Jungle Mix) -5:13
8.) Ancient Spirals Shiva (Solemnity Shadows Mix) -5:43