Mars Today – Expand
Yesterday, San Francisco producer Mars Today, released his instrumental project Awake, and today we’re happy to share the music video for the song “Expand.” Also directed by Mars Today, the video features dancer Shinobi Jaxx during San Francisco’s golden hour as the sun sets over the city.
Mars Today shares some insight behind the song and the video:
This project “Awake” is somewhat of a diversion from my usual song-based work. It’s made up of eight instrumentals specifically crafted to take listeners on a cerebral, meditative journey. I did not want to make a standard beat-tape that folks would try to rap over, or use as background music, so I added vocal samples (Mooji) to help guide the experience, and in doing so created something I hope will inspire self-analysis and contemplation.
Growing up in San Francisco, I was something of a cultural sponge, soaking up all the diverse smells, tastes, and sounds that the city had to offer at that time. This track (Expand) in particular speaks to the influence of Brazilian Bossa & Samba, and of the local baterias that always caught my ear during carnival. Seeing as there was also a slight housy-vibe to the track I reached out to Shinobi Jaxx (leader of OAK based dance crew Mix’d Ingrdnts) to interpret my sonic ideas into movement. One crisp evening we met on Treasure island, and I shot her free-styling to the track, the city that raised me glowing in the background.