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Backspin: A Six Degrees 10 Year Anniversary Project

"Everything is closer than you think” is the motto of indie label Six Degrees, moving on the perspective that everyone is connected by six degrees of separation. Now a leader in global pop music, the San Francisco-based company was founded ten years ago by two former Windham Hill employees, Bob Duskis and Pat Berry. To gain back control over who and what went on labels - not just satisfy the people in accounting - the pair started their own label with their “ears open.”

Backspin: A Six Degrees 10 Year Anniversary Project dovetails the look backward and forward in the progression of music across the globe. The label produces eclectic “genre-bending” records out of their operations base and this small, impactful outlet brings into its fold a cross-cut of a variety of cultures: Indian, Brazilian, Arabic and Latin, to name a few. Encompassing the world of electronica ethnography and revealing that electronic music is culturally various around the world.

Backspin presents a dozen artists recording legendary favorites in new adaptations. This collection of new spins on old favorites - originally by artists like The Police, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd - reflect the diverse perspective that music allows. The release is a cross section of artists recording standards in a new approach from their original casing, with Shrift covering "God Only Knows," New Dehli’s MIDIval PunditZ recreate Led Zeppelin’s “Four Sticks” and The Bombay Dub Orchestra rework the "Get Carter Theme." Artists from all corners of the world transcend geographic borders and touch the human spirit.

Written by: Mary O'Hara, May 17th 2007