For most fans of Henri Texier
is the one. Original pressings retain holy grail status and are rarely found. Unsurprisingly, it’s also the funkiest of these three - the source of the 2016 dance forth anthem / remix by Bonobo, Les La Bas. Don’t worry or let pop culture get you down. This one is still as deep and heavy as they come - the avant-garde taking on new forms. Like it predecessor and follow up, Varesh is a singular hybrid of jazz, ambient and new age musics, minimalism, and divers arms of the avant-garde, spliced with elements of Celtic, North African, Indian, and Middle Eastern musics, all channelled through Texier’s singular bass, oud, and chanting voice - “fourth world” before the advent of the term. It is a call through time, reminding us of the power of music and it’s ability to reinvent itself without shedding those depths provided by roots. The mastery of its creators self-taught vision, shines through each note, rhythm and tone, illuminating everything that falls under its spell. Immersive and intoxicating - spiritualism found through sound which isn’t afraid to let loose, inspire a dance, and take you to ecstatic, meditative depths. A stunning piece of work which, as celebrated as it is, truly deserves more. We only have a few copies of the tiny edition of 300 left. We’re not going pick favourites, which means if you’re on the fence, it’s best to leap at all three of these wonders. Three astounding works by a visionary voice!