Roots to Circuits

by Biomigrant

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about

This music has been collected, channeled, cultivated, crafted, cross-pollinated, and broadcasted for the last 3 years of my life, on the road between California, Colorado, Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, and Belize. What emerged is bass-heavy journalism, digital re-imagining of organic sounds carrying roots music to the next generation. This is Roots Future Digital, in joy!

If you are able to support the music, know that it's a huge help. What's most important is that you enjoy it, and that if you enjoy it, you share it. Love, -Mike

credits

released 27 July 2013

Musical contributors include Keli Marks, Andrew Marks, Arnulfo Mancera, Andres Mancera, Gilla, Jesse Louis, Natali Fosado, Jaime Ocampo, Nicole Grassechi, Cayetano Espinosa, and Fernando

Artwork by Sara Goldstein (thank you so so much)

Huge thanks to Keli and Andy at Septima Studios, MX,
Adam and Raechel at the Lake Lab, CA,
Ted with the Swinging Armadillo, BZ,
Josh at Edgemoor manor, CA,
Emmeth Young in Punta Gorda, BZ,
Joaquin, Humberto, and Jennifer in Mx and Cu
Karelys
My folks
And everyone else who has supported, encouraged, and facilitated the growth of myself and this music.

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Track Name: Djelia (Story of Creation)
This is the story of Creation and a history of Man
Passed down through generations now we hand it down again
I could tell the truth or I could tell you a lie
Truth is honesty gonna wring the water from your eye
You'd think it would be simple but soon enough you will learn
Nothings ever simple all that's cut and dried will burn
Born into hunger and the lucky found a meal
All were born stark naked, some are naked still

Dusty sky will settle to the earth
The rain will fall and offer us rebirth
Our bodies lie entangled like the roots
Of the saplings that our grandfathers grew

Roots go deep listen the beat
Weave these threads of history
Listen the sound, bass gun ya down
This roots future digital
Track Name: Elegua Chant
Elegua, Shango, Shango, Shango,
Yemeja, San Isidro
Santa Cecilia, Santa Cecilia,
Nyame

Aqui the key given to me given to we Elegua set us free
Ahora si tengo la llave, la llave; ahora, aqui

What I mean to say, right here, right now, the key hidden deep in this sound
Ahora si tengo la llave, la llave
Track Name: Depth and Day
Depth of the darkness surrounding my soul
Is only as deep as the river is low
Depth of the darkness around us all
Can always be lit by the firefly's glow

Day turns to night, and the night turns to day
Death turns to life, and the life slowly fades
Track Name: Your Voice Brings the Rain
Your Voice brings the sunshine, your voice brings the rain
Your voice brings me joy, your voice brings me pain
There'll be crying at the birth, and there'll be laughing at the wake
For every candle lit, there comes a shadow much the same
You can choose your road, but not the path that it will take
Pushing that samsara life to life and name to name
Some are still in slumber, we are dreaming this awake
Your voice brings the sunshine
Track Name: Paint the Sky
The clouds form
the clouds break
The rain falls
The sun paints patterns in the sky
To apologize for its mistake

Pick me a mango from the mango tree
Enough mangos here for you and me
Track Name: Hanuman Theme
Breathe deep with me all my family
This is the moment for each one to lead
Coconut wireless, collective consciousness
Love's constant climax is why we exist

Love is the force that gave each of us our lives
Looking around all I see are allies
What was underground is now bubbling up
its the crude truth they can't keep on barreling up

Miss Emma Goldman dontcha worry bout we
Our revolution got dancing feet
Bust a new move pon an ancient beat
Evolve as our world revolves at greater speed

Ancestors and generations to come
Speak through the drum, as we facing up to the gun
Power comes through us as we realize
We're warriors born at the turn of the tide

Wake with my doubt and learn to shake it out
Jumping from waterfalls faith in the falling y'all
Lookin at our world with truth in our eyes
Dance while we fight and we laugh while we cry

Miss Emma Goldman dontcha worry bout we
Our revolution got dancing feet
Bust a new move pon an ancient beat
Evolve as our world revolves at greater speed

occupy was our society's awkward first stage of puberty
for society to reach maturity
seems a revolution is necessary

And the time is up soon, fact time is now
Systems are crumbling we're breaking them down
Mushroom in my mind is here to remind me
of work to be done, battle songs to be sung
Fighting mentalities with the logic of love

Miss Emma Goldman dontcha worry bout we
Our revolution got dancing feet
Bust a new move pon an ancient beat
Evolve as our world revolves at greater speed
Track Name: All My Relations
Community, CommuniTree
Three commune, come unity
Come unite all my relations
Love can make us one tonight
Love can make us whole tonight
Track Name: Puta
Like the man said, if this club is the kinda place
That'd take someone like me
Then its probably not the kind of place
I really want to be
If I'm just here cause I got a lil bit of money in my pocket
Then Fuck it, its not something I need

Goddamn girl, your ass so fine
But ya want me to pay to make it mine
Goddamn man, the music's so tight
But it don't feel right lit so neon bright

Sittin at the bar she leans over the counter
To show off her pussy
And brother believe that it sure looked alright to me
Daydreaming about the night and living up a dream
But that Mickey Mouse a hustler man
I don't buy my smack from Disney...

Goddamn girl, your ass so fine
But ya want me to pay to make it mine
Goddamn man, the music's so tight
But it don't feel right lit so neon bright
Track Name: New Souls
Old souls abandon the places they rest their heads
To seek out a way out of their bodies
Young souls jump into the unknown to lose their heads
Wilin' out in the time they're allotted

Today I'm a new soul
Ecstatic, erratic, so frightened and bold
Tomorrow an old soul
Steadily seeking the way to go home

To this road there is no end
I'll see you in the next my friend.