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​Dea Barandana re-imagines esoteric Friends 82 gem with his 'Licik' tribute

The Bali-based virtuoso breathes new life into this sought-after Indonesian gem

  • Patrizio Cavaliere
  • 2 August 2022
​Dea Barandana re-imagines esoteric Friends 82 gem with his 'Licik' tribute

Bali-based DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist Dea Barandana has released a stunning interpretation of the hard-to-find 'Licik' by Delly Rollies & Friends 82.

The original version was recorded in 1981 by Indonesian vocalist Rollies alongside Norman Rachman on drums and keyboardist, Harry Sabar. The track appeared on the 1982 album 'Jadi Juga', with copies of the LP now exchanging hands for as much as US$280 on the resale market. With that in mind, it's of little wonder that Dutch label Jiwa Jiwa opted to re-issue the LP's standout cut, with Dea drafted in to provide a contemporary rework to introduce the music to new generations of listeners.

The gorgeous original features Sabar's loose-limbed vocoder solo glide over a free-flowing bed of blissful e-piano, shimmering guitars and warm bass guitar. Remaining true to the sundown intention, Dea gorgeously re-interprets the music through his cosmic lens, with mesmerising solos intertwining to form a powerfully evocative fusion groove. Melancholy chords compliment the virtuoso top-lines as glistening cymbals gently drive the tempo, with the distinctive vocoder lead given ample space in which to flourish.

You can listen to Dea's sublime version 'Licik' tribute here:

Dea Barandana 'Licik (Tribute)' is out now, you can buy it here or via the player above.

Rocco Universal is Mixmag Asia's Music Editor. Follow him on Instagram

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