Folks, yesterday you got to download Daydream Remix … today you get the second track - The Devil and Midnight By Nitin Sawhney and remixed by Engine-Earz …
A massive respect to both artists for bringing their talents together and making the sounds co-exist with one another …. as with the other track this one will be made available on the CD version of Last Days of Meaning.
Download the track below:
OK, so I kind of missed the boat on this one due to studying and work. But better late than never right?
In May 2011 – Director of Kidulthood, Mehnaj Huda released his latest film – Everywhere + Nowhere. Over the course of that month, Nerm Chauhan – Musical Consultant of the film released three podcasts and three interviews with artists involved in contributing to this project.
Fabulous selection of music! … nuff respect nerm!
1) The first interview and podcast is with The Nasha Experience and True Tiger‘s Sukh Knight.
2) The second is with Shiva Soundsystem‘s very own D-Code.
3) And finally the man behind The Engine-Earz Experiment – Prashant Mistry.
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)
Folks, one of THE hottest dubstep acts, Engine-EarZ Experiment are about to drop an EP. Featuring the magnificent out-of-this-world vocals of Lena Cullen, REACH YOU EP will be the latest release from VEDIC RECORDS.
This five track banger is host to Chasing Shadows, Black Noise, Benny Page and of course Engine Earz.
Will let you know of the release date on my Twitter!
Reach You ft. Lena Cullen (Radio Edit)
Reach You ft. Lena Cullen (Chasing Shadows Remix)
Reach You ft. Lena Cullen (Black Noise Remix)
Reach You ft. Lena Cullen (Benny Page & Engine-EarZ Remix)
Reach You ft. Lena Cullen (Album edit)
For those of you who missed the Engine Earz Experiment interview on BBC Radio1 with Nihal and exclusive tracks “NEMESIS” and “BLUE MOON” from their upcoming album SYMBOL …
You wont be disappointed!
What a fabulous gig to end an outstanding year of music. I was blessed to experience Shammi Pithia and Engine Earz Experiment on the same night.
Two different acts with one thing in common. A Passion for music.
Both Shammi and Prashant (Engine Earz) gave it their all. Communicating different emotions and displaying different styles of music for the audience to experience.
From the wafting, sonorous flute lines drift across the drums, sitar, violin and cello by Shammi and Co where each track was moving, reflective and inspiring!
Engine Earz provided the grimey build-ups of dubstep, unfolding leisurely as each track increases in intensity … crowd going wild!
Pics taken by Ravi Purohit:
The atmosphere was electric. Couldn’t really ask for more!
So, as a treat. Here is some of the footage from the Shammi Pithia set featuring Aggi Dukes, Ash King, Japjit Kaur, Anuti Dasgupta and the band FLUX.
In the coming years … I can see Shammi Pithia and Engine Earz performing at the Royal Albert Hall… Now that would be an unmissable performance!
Shammi Pithia – Poem Without Words @ Richmix
Shammi Pithia – The Seeker @ Richmix
Shammi Pithia – Ajnabee Anjani @ Richmix
Shammi Pithia – Until I Hit The Ground
More of videos of the live performances at RAJ:RELOAD, Southbank.
Reach You ft. Lena Cullen – EPIC!!
Lucky by Design ft. Shahid Abbas Khan – INTENSE!!!
A truly epic performance by ENGINE EARZ EXPERIMENT.
Kaliyuga: for the first time two studios versions were merged into one explosive performance with English vocals provided by Jenna G and Indian vocals by Abi Sampanthan.
After a short break it was time for an unforgettable audio experience. Watching and posting their “BBC Introducing” vids blogging about these guys over the past few months, Oh how I have waited for this!!
Featuring Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Shahid Abbas Khan, Jenna G and Lena Cullen – it was the fantabulous Engine Earz Experiment.
This 30 minute set drove the crowd insane, with their fusing of indigenous musics from around the world all covered in dark dubstep and unforgiving basslines that really shakes your core. Playing favourites like Lucky By Design, OHM, Reach You featuring Lena Cullen. Not forgetting the infamous putting them on the map track – Kaliyuga: for the first time two studios versions were merged into one explosive performance with English vocals provided by Jenna G and Indian vocals by Abi Sampanthan.
The crowd went fanatical when Introspector was performed with Nathan “Flutebox” Lee. Right now I’m having trouble describing what it was like as you just had to experience in the moment.
Not only was this set about the music, but the stunning visuals that were displayed went hand in hand with every track, each millisecond felt like it went through a well thought out process giving each and every track and visual a deeper meaning that we think. Hats off to you Prash and the crew!
PHEW! … by this time you’d think that was it but wait there’s more, Nathan “Flutebox” Lee and the Clinic an astounding array of talented musicians were up. They provided an acoustic display of explosive blend of musical elements like Hip Hop, Drum ‘n’ bass with Western, Indian classical and Funk melodies, definitely one spellbinding act. A guest appearance was made by Mayur Narvekar aka Bandish Projekt. He joined Flutebox for a wiked jamming session, a teaser to what I was to witness the next day!!! PHOWAAR!!
My night finished here. I had to catch the last train back to North London. I was gutted, I didn’t get to see the jam with Chandrasonic and Marty Savale from Asian Dub Foundation and Nerms closing set.
I had a truly magnificent night, it was intense, immense and incredible. For those who missed out, it was an experience worth going through to discover new and diverse music.
Thank you Ash Chandola (Director of Swaraj Music) and Southbank! Hope to see more of these events in the future!
* pics taken by David Reffell
Next up was Arun Ghosh, a very suave and mysterious clarinetist and composer, playing with his Indo-Jazz Sextet, busting out some really groovy sounds originating from South Asian mixed in with a healthy dose of jazz attitude, tabla trickery and sky high improvisations. You should have seen this guy; red kurta clad with Adidas trainers and rocking the place, his onstage performance was quite something, he literally swayed with the sound like a snake charmer …
At the same time, Last Mango In Paris was performing, and after Sundays acquaintance with him, I’m truly gutted I missed it. Check out the vids below to catch a glimpse of the man himself Shane Solanki in action. A bit of cool info here: remember ANOKHA: Soundz of the Asian Underground by Talvin Singh? … theres a track called Accepting Trankuility by The Milky Bar Kid, well thats Shane!. I also missed out on Bishi, If only I was everywhere at once.
Back in the Queen Elizabeth Hall for an electric performance by the very beautiful Monica Dogra and extremely talented Randolph Correia – SHAA’IR + FUNC, again they smashed it. I saw these guys perform only 5 months ago in Birmingham. I’m so glad they were back, they just offer wiked music smothered in energy and passion. Performing tracks from Mantis, their forthcoming album and their previous two and ending with my fav, Embrace. Randolph armed with his candy coloured Gibson guitar and me with my air guitar we jammed and the crowed went crazy … I may just try out for their band hehe …
Above Shaa’ir (Monica Dogra) Below Func (Randolph) pics taken by David Reffell
While the stage was being set up for the next act – DJ Zakhm (Kollectiv, Mutiny NYC) was spinning the wheels of steel and invading our sound space with an assortment finest of Asian Underground from the 90’s and present, including Osmani Soundz’ Spiritual Masterkey and other great favourites.
While we are on the topic, I got to meet to legends and pioneers of the Asian Underground movement. Osmani Soundz and State of Bengal, listening to their music for the past 11-12years and then meeting them in person was a real honour!
more coming soon … Engine Earz Experiment, Nathan Flutebox Lee and Bandish Projekt.
Day two of this decade and I feel I need to write about the latest craze on the dubstep scene.
They go by the name Engine-Earz Experiment. Where spirit meets programming, emotion meets logic and man meets machine led by the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist/scorer/dj/producer Prashant Mistry (man with plan).
At their base in Reading, Engine-Earz have created a vast multiverse of music engineered for our reality. Seamlessly marrying a subtle blend of sitar strings, tabla beats, eastern and western vocal and a heavy dose of dub. Not only is their finished product of top quality – they’re even better live (see links below).
December 14th 2009 saw the release of their debut limited edition record double bill on vinyl & download; ‘Kaliyuga’ on the A side and ‘Introspector’ (feat Nathan Flutebox Lee) on the flip. (available on junodownload and beatport).
These guys have truly put some hard grafting making a name for themselves. Remixing works of Basement Jaxx (heavy tune!) to Sean Paul and especially with the BBC where their infamous Maida Vale sessions have really struck a chord (no pun intended) with fans.
2010 is going to be massive for Engine-Earz, a fan base that just keeps growing, gigs and more beautifully constructed tracks coming our way so stay tuned.
Keep your earz open for OHM and Shadow People!