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At first, we almost could not believe it, when our buddy Max Krefeld told us that he was involved in a production of a track with Ari Up from The Slits. We had always been big fans of The Slits and of the entire time period, when Dub Reggae and Punk Rock inspired each other. So, we were super eager to hear the track and the result gave us a shiver: A modern dancehall-infused track with a crisp production of Ari's distinctive vocal performance. However, it took a few years until this breath-taking production came into being. Initially, it was the idea of House of Wallenberg aka Petter Wallenberg, a Stockholm-based music producer and songwriter, to track down Ari Up in Jamaica. He had also been a long-time fan of The Slits and loved Ari's exceptional voice. When The Slits came to Stockholm, Petter and Ari Up finally met after a couple of long-distance calls between Sweden and Jamaica. After that, it just took another get together in London to produce the gem of "Sunshine Taboo". House of Wallenberg - a true genius of collaboration - asked Max Krefeld to join Ari and him and together they produced the song in Max' London apartment. The song comprised both Ari's wish for a true pop sound and her great worries about her gay teenage son in Jamaica. During the recording session, Ari talked a lot about her son, who had just come out to her, and how she feared he might be attacked in homophobic Jamaica. Nevertheless, Ari still loved the Caribbean Island. To her it was paradise. So, the three of them ended up trying to illustrate this paradox in their song: that one man's paradise can be another man's hell. As Petter listened to Ari's description of the difficult situation of homosexuals in Jamaica, he plucked two words she repeatedly mentioned: sunshine and taboo. To contrast the seriousness of Ari's lyrics, they thought of a light Ace of Base styled sound. They all had such a great time during the recording and they joked about going to the Oktoberfest in Munich, Ari's place of birth and the home base of Permanent Vacation. After they finished "Sunshine Taboo" Ari rushed to catch the plane back to Jamaica. And no one ever thought that this would be the last time they would see each other. House of Wallenberg and Ari Up spoke over the phone a couple of times over the next few months to plan the release. They talked about a video and Ari told him to go ahead with it and that she would join him once she got better. But she never did. Only two weeks before Ari passed away, she told Wallenberg she was dying and it was hard for him to take it seriously. She sounded so alive. The last thing she said to House of Wallenberg was: "We should've gone to the Oktoberfest ...". Also included in this package is a slamming house remix by Marcos Cabral.


Sunshine Taboo (feat. Ari Up)

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