Defected will release the spiritual producer's next, and supposedly last, house album this month.
Osunlade has always been an eccentric personality: an American expatriate living in Greece, and a devotee of the African tradition known as Ifá, who can often be seen with a long piece of bone jewellery through his nose. As a veteran DJ and producer, and the founder of Yoruba Records, his roots are in house music, though he's shown some very different sides to as style as well, most notably on his more songwriter-inspired album Rebirth from 2009. With Pyrography, he tries to bring these two elements of his sound together. "The whole idea for the album was to do something more electronic as well as include more 'songs'," he says. "Organic meets technology."
Pyrography is named after an ancient style of art, in which images are burned onto canvas using hot pokers or open flame.
01. I'm Happy
03. Walking in Paris
05. Trinity Ov Me feat. Oveous Maximus
07. The Distance
08. No Way
09. Solemait (Interlude)
10. Ser al Santisimo
12. Yeku Yeku
13. A Day Without You
Defected will release Pyrography on May 23rd, 2011.