TIJUANA CARTEL New Single ‘Sufi’ Out Now

Gold Coast based electronic-dance outfit, Tijuana Cartel have revealed their new single Sufi. Sufi is the second offering from their forthcoming new album ‘Acid Pony’ – due November 2020. 

Tijuana Cartel has a penchant for dance. For Paul George and Carey OʼSullivan, the bands producers and long time members, finding different ways to get a dance floor moving has been a career long pursuit. Sufi is no exception.

While writing Sufi, the songwriting team took inspiration from the movement of whirling dervishes and the fluid endless rotating movements. “We got really interested in the science of the whirling Dervishʼs skirts. It turns out that the patterns are buffeted by the same force that produces destructive hurricanes,” says Carey OʼSullivan, one half of the Tijuana Cartel’s production duo. Dervishes are members of the Sufi Muslim religious order who take a vow of poverty and austerity. Their whirling, ritual dance, which dates back to 12th century Persia, is a ceremony performed to try to reach religious ecstasy. This practice, though not intended as entertainment, has become a tourist attraction in places such as Istanbul in Turkey. In folklore, dervishes are often credited with the ability to perform miracles and described with supernatural powers.

Paul George, the other half of the Tijuana Cartel producers, explains the feeling of movement in the track, “We tried to incorporate the idea of the movement into the track. Carey has been working on an animated clip that uses some of the physics behind how Whirling Dervishes move.” 

“It’s a rush of percussion and earthy, tribal-esque rhythms, which move with a dizzying pace amongst dancing melodies and playful sampling that all come together in a song that really connects with the earth…” Hayden Davies, Pilerats 

In the live arena the band have sold out multiple Australian headline tours and played renowned events such as Falls FestivalBluesfestWoodford and Subsonic Music Festival. To coincide with the release the band will play a number of yet-to-be-announced shows in their home state of Queensland, cementing the reputation of the band’s ‘Live Act of the Year’ award at the 2020 Gold Coast Music Awards.

Previous releases have been widely embraced by Australian radio stations triple j, Double J, triple j Unearthed, FBi, 3RRR, 4ZZZ, RTR FM, Bay FM, Edge Radio, NOOSA FM and Radio Adelaide. They’ve also seen online coverage from Music Feeds, Beat Mag, The Music, Pilerats, The AU Review and Forte Mag.


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