It is in the spirit of pulling opposites together that Yoruba Records presents its first project for 2019, “we-are-brothers” by po-lar-i-ty.
po-lar-i-ty = the brain child of Osunlade and Burlie Mac.
po-lar-i-ty = A collaboration exploring sonic nuances of polar opposites.
Their first encounter occurred during the 2015 edition of Burning Man, where they both performed in the same DJ camp. Having mutual admiration for each other’s work, Osunlade began mentoring the Galway, Ireland native. This project is testament of that mentorship and a testament of the quick musical evolution Burlie has taken as both a producer and DJ.
“nawlin’s” is an ethereal celebration to one of the most beloved places on earth. Nothing feels overwhelming, there’s a beautiful feeling of flow, a feeling of just being. This vibe is shared on the b-side with “com-pro-mise” featuring Yoruba Soul favorite, Jesse Gannon on the keys.
You might have heard Osunlade playing the original version of Burlie Mac’s “villa royale” at recent events and with good reason. This slow deep house burner has rocked dancefloors all over the world and now the original gets the po-lar-i-ty retouch. OG will be available in the digital edition of this release.
The title track is the ethos of this project. With all of the elements of Yoruba Soul TNT in place, Leeto Thale gives a powerful and timely spoken word performance about the need for us to come together.
“Drag” is a cosmic-reaching deep tech number for the late night dance floor.
Analyzing these times, is it possible to find polarity the pulls towards rather than push away? They say opposites attract, but there’s an overwhelming feeling that the present moment can’t really make us come together. But it can.
we-are-brothers and we are going to teach each other how to be beautiful again…
Osunlade is an artist who
personifies art. His music as well as
his being creates unified melodies
manifested with balance, life and
wisdom. Hailing from St. Louis
Missouri, a place known for
pioneering blues, ragtime and jazz
as well. At age seven Osunlade
discovered the piano and the vision
of his life’s destiny was born. By the
age twelve he found an interest in
creating song. He later formed local
bands, taught himself several instruments and studied further the development of his craft.
His professional journey began in 1988, at age seventeen during a visit to Hollywood. He quickly caught
the ear of choreographer/performer Toni “Mickey” Basil. Offering him a role in the development of
musical pieces for several projects including the children’s television series Sesame Street. With her
encouragement he quickly moved to Los Angeles and began what would become a long history of music
production. A few years later he would produce the very first album for the then independent Interscope
Records. The artist was Gerardo, a long time friend and aspiring actor/dancer. “Rico Suave” one of the
very first Latin pop songs and novelty catch phrases to date was born. Now with a multi-platinum album
and four gold singles to his name, it wasn’t long before he was afforded many opportunities to master
Within the next years and over twenty albums credited, Osunlade felt the pressures and practices of the
music business overshadowed his passion of music. He decided to no longer work under the influences
of corporate ideals and demands. Choosing to find spiritual solace and honor his soul, he was led to Ifa,
an ancestral based culture/religion based on nature, deriving from the Yoruba tribes of Africa and
practiced by the slaves during the Diaspora to America.
In 1999, Osunlade would embark on what is now his dream come true. The founding of Yoruba Records.
Recognized as one of the most important dance music labels worldwide, Yoruba Records is purely a
source of music created to elevate the soul.
As the success of the label grew, so did the demand for Osunlade to expand. In 2001 he released his
debut album on the respected Soul Jazz Records label. “Paradigm” quickly became one of the biggest
house albums that year and dubbed him the messiah of ancestral house music. With the support of DJ’s
worldwide and his music now introduced to a wider spectrum of listeners, this veteran
musician/composer/producer becoming the artist finally achieved balance within.
Now known for his legendary DJ sets, remixes and albums including several mix cd’s, Osunlade has
placed himself on solid ground maintaining his reputation of unparalleled quality in music.