Tijuana Cartel, in their eternal quest for exotic sounds, have had a little help from their intergalactic friends to create the cosmic Ishtar
Tijuana Cartel have been knocking on ancient Mesopotamian doors to channel inspiration for their new single, Ishtar, or rather, something otherworldly came knocking on the Cartel’s door.
“We were just sitting on Carey (O’Sullivan)’s rooftop in Labrador when Annunaki aliens came and started jamming these beats with us,” says Paul George, the band’s guitarist and vocalist.
“Much to our delight the alien lifeforms brought great sample packs and vintage synths with them.
“They talked animatedly of the last time they visited Earth exactly 3000 years ago and marvelled at how much the music here has changed.”
The Cartel say Ishtar is an ancient goddess of love, beauty, sex and war, also purported to have belonged to an elegant alien race known as the Annunaki. Folklore tells us one day the Annunaki will return to Earth.
Ever eager to collaborate, this time, Tijuana Cartel appear to have reached a little further in their quest for originality. Their first release in two years, it’s tricky to slip Ishtar under one specific category, with a thick electronic bassline, international instrumentation and no vocals.
While it’s difficult to categorise, it’s quintessential Tijuana Cartel, and that’s exactly what the band wanted.
“We went back to our roots with this track – it features more guitar riffs, heavier bass and a heavy dance feel overall,” Paul says.
“We just wanted to create something that was unique to Tijuana Cartel.
“This track really embodies the essence of what we do as producers that sets us apart.
“Essentially we’re always seeking to create the ultimate live experience for our audience and this one sits perfectly in that space.”
The band says Ishtar has “a lavish helping of the exotic Eastern flavours and meticulous production,” something they have become known for over the years.
Their Gold Coast show, which will take place at Currumbin Soundlounge next Friday, will be the sixth of eight shows, as the group keep their tour short and sweet, just enough to give fans a taste of what’s to come next.
Tijuana Cartel perform live at Currumbin Soundlounge Friday September 22. Tickets are $25 + BF from soundlounge.com.au
Tijuana Cartel are headed for the Currumbin Soundlounge to play next Friday.