Last night on the Bobby Friction show (BBC Asian Network), my brother from France – DJ Soundar dropped an old skool asian underground mix filled with some of my favourite tunes by Dhamaal Soundsystem, Visionary Underground and many more.
About DJ Soundar : One of an innovative new wave of DJs, Soundar was the first Asian DJ / producer and Asian underground music promoter on the urban French electronic music scene. With versatility & skill, he mixes the rich, intricate & complex sounds of his cultural heritage with western urban & electronic beats, producing music with passion & integrity. His mixes transport you to a place where time-honoured Indian traditions meet contemporary western technology, reflecting his true cultural and artistic identity with the sensuality and authenticity of his work.
Big respect to DJ Soundar for keeping the scene alive in Paris and the rest of France!!
1/ Dhamaal Sound system: ‘Z Motion’
2/ Visionary Underground: ‘Freedom’
3/ Dhamaal Sound System: ‘Oopari’
4/ Zahid: ‘Electro K’
5/ Dhamaal Sound System: ‘Twilight Creeper’
6/ Dj Feelfree & Ges-e ‘Sonic Solution’
7/ Trigger (White Label)
8/ Visionary Underground: Militant 24 (feat Aref Durvesh and Sonia Mehta)
9/ Visionary Underground: ‘Make it Happen’
10/ Apache Indian: ‘Aum Namo Shiva’
Anuj Rastogi (Omnesia) and Hasheel Lodhia recently met up with tabla maestro Aref Durvesh in Canada. When talented musicians get together, they don’t just hang, they develop and nurture musical ideas.
Here’s the product of their live floor jam sessions.
‘I Wanna Know’ – Random Live Jam (ft. Aref Durvesh) 2011
“I Wanna Know” – Promo 1
Written by: Anuj Rastogi
Aref Durvesh: Tabla
Anuj Rastogi: Spoken Word
Hasheel Lodhia: Bansuri
‘Deep Blue’ – Random Live Jam (ft. Aref Durvesh) 2011
Tracks from Anuj’s forthcoming album, “o2″.
“Deep Blue” – Unofficial Totally random jam
Written by: Anuj Rastogi
Aref Durvesh: Tabla
Anuj Rastogi: Guitar
Hasheel Lodhia: Bansuri, Vocals
Keeping with the Nitin Sawhney theme, here is a three part interview conducted by Nikki Bedi for BBC Radio London on his upcoming ninth studio album, “Last Days of Meaning.”
You can purchase the album from here
Last night, I was at Nitin Sawhney‘s ‘Last Days of Meaning’ album launch concert at the Royal Albert hall. As always, he out did himself AGAIN! Sawhney performed a couple of tracks from the new album, along with some well known classics, with the help of a string quintet and key members of his band including Martyn Kaine on drums, Aref Durvesh on Tabla and Dholak, Ashwin Srinivasan on flute and vocals, Ian Burdge on cello, Tina Grace, Nicki Wells, Natty and Lucita Jules on vocals. With a special guest performance by Soumik Datta!
There was another special performance included. The one I was waiting for … A 15 minute organ piece performed on the 140 year old 9,999 pipe Willis Organ commissioned by The Royal Albert Hall and played by Nitin Sawhney‘s childhood friend prominent Hammond organist, James Taylor of the James Taylor Quartet.
For this untitled piece, Sawhney was accompanied by a String Quintet, Engine-Earz front man Prashant Mistry on keys, Ashwin Srinivasan on the Flute and Martyn Kaine on drums.
There’s only one word to describe this performance … EPIC!
Organ Composition // Nitin Sawhney // Royal Albert Hall // 2011 (1 of 2)
Organ Composition // Nitin Sawhney // Royal Albert Hall // 2011 (2 of 2)
Susheela Raman is back with her fifth album, ‘VEL’ (tamil for divine spear) marking her most accomplished and inspiring recording to date. Susheela constantly pushes cultural barriers to find new and ancient connection points between India, England and beyond.
One of my fav tracks: DAGA DAGA
VEL was released yesterday, so go buy!!
Check out the gripping samples from the new album:
For more than 10 years Latrama & Chandra Sound System collective have been spreading their particular way of music understanding in some many ways and places around the world, performing in many forms.
Now, Madrid based producer, multi-instrumentalist, DJ and member of Chandra Sound System; Latrama has released a new album. With a delicate balance of organic, traditional eastern instruments and global breaks all wrapped up in electronica.
The CD is split in two parts. “Love” consists of eight tracks infused with global breaks, Spanish, Indian, Middle Eastern influences. The combination of spicy grooves, crunchy beats and electronic rhythms really grabs your attention and doesn’t let go easily. Totally beautiful!
The second part “Projects” is a display of Latrama’s talent as a remix producer, offering his own perspectives on seven tracks including those by Bob Holroyd, Genetic Drugs and X-file and Aref Durvesh, definitely for the dance floor!
Last thing about this CD … uses the packaging to trigger augmented reality “DJing” of the playlist. Put the CD in front of your webcam, head to a browser-based tool, and you get turntable controls for playing the album live, complete with scratching, pitch, delay, filter, and volume controls.
Merry Christmas people!
I’ve got a round up of what I consider to be the top tracks of 2010 (in no particular order). So enough of the chit chat from me and on with the show.
Aeroplane Dope & D-Skillz featuring Raggo Blunt – Pinky Finger (Piyush Bhatnagar Remix)
Akala – Yours and My Children
Anuj Rastogi (Omnesia) – The Dark Knight – Why So Serious (Indian DubStep Remix)
Aref Durvesh + Xfile (xfile remix) – Cloudsurfing dubrub remix
Awake (karsh kale’s morning remix)
Bandish Projekt – Brown Skin Beauty (Liquid Stranger Remix)
Barbouze – Otto Matic Rumble Mix
Bass Flo – Mount Everest
Bonita Applebum – Why Can’t Love
Clare Maguire – Ain’t Nobody (breakage remix)
Daft Punk – Derezzed (from TRON: Legacy)
Dimm Summer – Rubstep – slow burn mix
Engine-Earz Experiment (Feat. Lena Cullen) – Reach You
FILMI – Technicolor
Gaudi – Bad Boy Bass (Piyush Bhatnagar Remix)
Jalebee Cartel – Mirrors (Breed Remix)
Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz – Girl Fight (Enter the Dragon)
Kaya Project – When Only Sand Remains (Tripswitch Remix)
Lal Meri – Lal Meri (Bombay Dub Orchestra Remix)
Mirko Kosmos – Light Warrior
My Pet Dragon – Flow (Karsh Kale’s Way Of The Dragon Mix)
Phaeleh – Afterglow (feat. Soundmouse)
Rita Morar & Steve Carty – Rain (Piyush Bhatnagar Remix)
Shaa’ir & Func – Every time You’re Around
Shammi Pithia – The Seeker
Sub Swara – Bend You
Sukh Knight – Gabba Wasp
The Nasha Experience – REDZONE
Bob Marley – Waiting in Vain (Susheela Raman and Karsh Kale Version)
Amal Lad – Once Upon a Time in London
2011 Favourited already:
Generation Bass Presents Transnational Dubstep Compilation
Three really nice videos I found on Youtube of Susheela Raman, Aref Durvesh and Kumar Raghunathan performing at OUTERINDIA
OUTERINDIA – a platform created to promote the best in all genres of music related to South Asia. Starting with live events, it is also intended to establish a much-needed curated internet resource for all South Asian Music.
Performances by – Susheela Raman, Aref Durvesh,Kumar Raghunathan, Kartik Raghunathan, Taalis Drums, Sam Mills with special guests SHRI and JC001.
Accidentally stumbled across this next one. From the Tabla maestro Aref Durvesh and the Bassist/Producer XFile comes this next 6 track EP that combined with dubstep and classical Indian music – Dark and Hypnotic!!.
BOOSTED remix Aref Durvesh + Xfile feat T-Root
Here’s what the record label – Tigersonic says:
Durvesh’s tabla and bols provide the rhythmic framework throughout, anchoring the listener in an ethereal set of soundscapes. X-File’s highly textured synths, broken breaks, thick bass and effected samples form the rest.
Live performances from guitarist Sebastian Cure Bansuri player Lisa Mallett and vocalists Dune and T-Root add a dimension of musicianmanship that is sorely missing from asian electronica today.
Serene Smile : Aref Durvesh + Xfile
Snakecharmer : Aref Durvesh + Xfile
The Maestro and I after the London Undersound gig at Birmingham Townhall
Today I get an email from the fab people at Sadler’s Well notifying me of a unique Nitin Sawhney gig!
Confluence is the title of new collaboration between Akram Khan and Nitin Sawhney.
What is it about:
The highly acclaimed Confluence fuses Sawhney’s music with Khan’s unique blend of classical Kathak and contemporary technique. Exploring how the independent stories of these two kindred spirits converged, Confluence offers the opportunity to re-visit their collaborative work together (Kaash, zero degrees and bahok) but it is more than simply a retrospective of their previous pieces. It is an exploration of the nature and fabric of creativity itself. (taken from the website)
A stunning show, but this finale was the icing on the cake, Nitin Sawhney on the acoustic guitar, maestro Aref Durvesh on the tabla and Akram Khanperforming a contemporary Kathak piece with a difference.
Khan wore Ghungrus (feet bells) around the ankles, in order to intensify acoustically the rhythmic movements of the feet which created a jaw dropping performance!