happy 10th birthday // ethnotechno.com :)
As India celebrates its 64th year of independence, across the world in New York – a pioneering movement and website turns 10.
Today, ETHNOTECHNO.COM celebrates its 10th year online … had it not been for Sankar Sury aka dimmSummer and his vision of bringing asiatic electronica and global beats to the masses … this blog – nada:brahma would never have existed.
I’ve said this many times, ETHNOTECHNO.COM has been, is and always will be a source of inspiration and knowledge for all the music I blog about. All the hardwork and dedication to the scene (both on and offline) has benefited so many people in so many ways!
Sank, thank you for everything from nada:brahma and the readers … may you continue ETHNOTECHNO.COM for another 10years and many more after!
Big Respects to the NYC fam x
dimmsummer presents: SUBcontinentalBASS
BBC Radio Mixes
nu asian soundz (2010)
REVOLUTION RISING: ethnotechno.com vol.1 presented by dimmSummer [usa version 2009]
dimmSummer’s #bassPorn mix for Bobby Friction BBC
Featured on Bobby Friction‘s show last week, heres the #bassPorn mix by ethnotechno.com founder and friend dimmSummer.
A mix packed with enough #bassPunch it’ll knock your ears off … you may need a spare change of undies too 😛
1. Karsh Kale – One Step Beyond [Six Degrees] ::VS:: deadmau5 – One Trick Pony [mau5trap]
2. Nasha Experience -feat. Shahin Badar – Distortion [Nasha Records]
3. Nasha Experience – Clotted Cream [Nasha Records]
4. Shiva Soundsystem – Glitterstep (Sub Swara Remix) [Shiva Soundsystem Recordings]
5. Downlink – Crippled Camel [Rottun Recordings] ::VS:: FILMI – Hinduistics [Patriarch Recordings]
6. Wallpaper. – #STUPiDFACEDD [white]
7. JRabbit – Sexy Party (Terravita Remix) [Play Me Records] ::VS:: Das Racist – Who’s That Brown? [white]
8. Eptic – Fools [Chronos]
9. Foreign Beggars – Scatta (Skrillex Remix) [mau5trap]
10. FS – Touch O Klass [Play Me Records] ::VS:: FS – Shake Dat Ass [High Chai / Patriarch Recordings] ::VS:: Foreign Beggars – Scatta (Skrillex Remix) [mau5trap]
11. M83 – We Own the Sky (Datsik Remix) [white]
12. Alexis K – Somniloquy [High Chai Recordings]
13. Chase & Status feat. Liam Bailey – Blind Faith (Trolley Snatcha Remix) [Mercury Records]
14. FILMI – Hinduistics (FS Remix) [High Chai / Patriarch Recordings]
15. Nucleya – In My Heart [High Chai Recordings]
16. Kito feat. Reija Lee – Sweet Talk [Mad Decent]
17. Nucleya – Kandit Nayaka (Piyush Bhatnagar Remix) [High Chai Recordings]
Reminder: dimmSummer presents: SUBcontinentalBass is out 5th May 2011
dimmSummer presents: SUBcontinentalBASS
To all BASS-JEDIs … Landing on 5th of May is an epic compilation album on High Chai Recordings SUBcontinentalBASS. Combining 14 insane inter-galactic adventures striking the perfect balance between western grit and melodic eastern influence.
Following in the footsteps of High Chai’s signature ground-breaking compilations over the years, dimmSummer recruits ace talent from across the globe to craft exclusive material for this new offering covering dubstep, tropical, drumstep, & reggae.
“With another killa release, High Chai Recordings is well on its way to having its own distinctive musical language !!” Pathaan (Globetronica, BBC)
Included are bass music superstars that High Chai first broke onto the Beatport charts: FS (#4 Dec. 2010), B.R.E.E.D, Piyush Bhatnagar, Radiohiro, Alexis K, Nuphlo & Goonda, along with a fresh crop of upcoming talent sure to make bassbins rumble.
Listen to the sample mix below, I assure you this is going to be one album you simply cannot do without this year!! …
- Naz :: Saawariya
- Liquid Stranger :: Fist of Fury
- FILMI :: Hinduistics (FS Remix)
- Dubfi Soundsystem feat. Radiohiro and MC ZULU :: Make It Happen
- Nucleya :: In My Heart
- Subatomic Sound System & Nomadic Wax :: NYC-2-India -feat. Delhi Sultanate
- Sabbo :: Come to Me
- Kush Arora :: Time Runner -feat. Shamik
- B.R.E.E.D :: Gravid
- Nuphlo :: Soul Safari
- Piyush Bhatnagar :: Rhapsody
- Ketz – Yaadein -feat. Rita Morar
- dimmSummer :: dreadSpace
- Alexis K :: Somniloquy
kaya project review on ethnotechno.com
Hey people, I’ve written a review on Kaya Project‘s Desert Phase Remixes featured on Ethnotechno.com. For me, personally, this is a big thing. When I first got into asian/indian/eastern/ethno electronica at uni back in the early 2000’s, this site was (and still is) my go to place. It has the latest news, reviews and interviews not forgetting an innovative radio station.
Big respect to New York City-based producer dimmSummer – founder of Ethnotechno.com.
Read the full review here: Kaya Project :: Desert Phase Remixes
Kaya Project – Calico Stomp (Gaudi Remix)
Kaya Project – When Only Sand Remains (Tripswitch Remix)
Kaya Project – Dust Devil (Liquid Stranger’s Cortex Vortex Remix)
The Return of FS
Within a few days of its release “Shake Dat Ass” by New York DJ / Producer FS made it to the top 5 Beatport Dubstep charts as of 03/01/2010.
This release marks the return of FS (of MING+FS). Partnering up with High Chai / Patriarch Recordings, FS delivers his signature style dance music smashed with dubstep providing the listener with an electro-glitch-ridden head banger – floor stomper of a track.
FS :: Shake Dat Ass original mix by highchai
Hailing from Brooklyn, FS is a respected hip hop producer and a highly sought-after remixer who has worked with Coolio, Brandy, and Channel Live of the KRS-One Posse.
nada:brahma top tracks of 2010
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
nerm and d-code takeover
Tuesday was an momentous occasion … why? well its in the title 🙂
Shiva Soundsystem’s Nerm Chauhan and D-Code were back on the BBC, taking over the air waves once more. This time on BBC1 covering for Nihal.
t’Was a jam packed mother of a show Listen to it here – but only for a few more days
Two awesome mixes caught the attention of my ears, the first one by dimmSummer of Ethnotechno & HighChaiRecordings featuring 15 tracks in 5 mins … let those piece of cartilage hanging off your head soak up the vibez
dimmSummer BBC Radio1 MEGAMIX
I’m not going lie, its been a pretty exciting week … It was kicked off by the guy who I blogged earlier this month … B.R.E.E.D.
Monday 26th saw the release of his new EP on High Chai Recordings exclusively available on Beatport.
I’m super excited about this release as its the beginning of something awesome … watch out for more good vibes from this fella!
SNAP IT UP HERE
Making it to Beatport Main page!
GOONDA COMP WINNERS!
So in the month of June, I ran a competition to win GOONDA Third World Radio two disc album courtesy of High Chai Recordings family.
GOONDA Third World Radio houses an underlying sonic foundation laid by DK and Cenzo. Listen to how they fabricate and fashion a whole host of indigenous sounds.
Here are the four lucky winners:
1) Gauri Sunaina Nechel
2) Miten Kana
3) Danish Iqbal
4) Vikesh Vadukar
Congratulations to you all, I’ll be in contact with you soon!
If you missed your chance – do not worry at all, I’ll for sure be holding more competitions!!
High Chai on Fairtilizer
My good friends from High Chai Recordings have been featured on the FAIRTILIZER blog! Check out the interview with the man himself dimmSummer.
Heres a quick snippet:
Click here to read the rest of the interview and listen to a Super Sonic Exclusive mix by dimmSummer …
Also check out the ethnotechno online radio
B.R.E.E.D on high chai recordings 26-Jul-10
Long before any DJ in India went international, Ritesh D’souza aka B.R.E.E.D aka DJ Nasha decided to pitch his tent with the leading underground dance movements in the UK and the US.
Constantly introducing new sounds to India, B.R.E.E.D has performed at internationally- acclaimed music festivals like Burning Man in Nevada and the Sunburn festival in Goa.
B.R.E.E.D’s remix of Jalebee Cartel’s “Mirrors” (Nu asian soundZ, High Chai Recordings), raced to number 10 on Beatport’s Top 100 Dubstep charts in January 2010.
With sets that involve the use of different midi controllers, FX processors, samplers and the art of turntablism, setting B.R.E.E.D apart as a new, genre-defying producer and live frequency-tweaking DJ. A commitment to keeping it fresh at every gathering!
A new EP on High Chai Recordings will feature an original B.R.E.E.D burner “Sound Killer” and a remix of Juakali’s “Come from Yard” (original version appearing on Kush Arora’s Dreadbass Chronicles – Kush Arora Productions).
So up for grabs is a FREE DOWNLOAD – a special Midtempo/Glitch mix promoting the new B.R.E.E.D single releasing exclusively on Beatport on July 26th, 2010 on High Chai Recordings.
100th Post + GOONDA competition!
As it’s my 100th post I thought what better way to celebrate than with a competition!
My good friends at High Chai Recordings NYC – the label that brought us Revolution Rising and Nu asian soundZ, have given me 4 copies of GOONDA: Third World Radio as prizes!
So who are GOONDA?
NYC-based production / remixer duo, who have forged a partnership based on a mutual love for music, (DK aka) Bollygirl and Cenzo are GOONDA – created with one goal in mind: good music… no borders… no boundaries.
DK aka Bollygirl
Mumbai born and New York-based producer/DJ/voxist/visualist who redefines and refines the East Coast Bollygirl aesthetic. Stealthily residing on dex @ AVAAZ (the monthly event), heading up High Chai Records and producing tracks at the lab with the GOONDA. DK also a classical Hindi film fanatic has Filmi influences resonating in her music in subtle ways. She continues to crash cultural and musical barriers, defying genres and challenge the listener via her continued efforts of spreading conscious clubbing.
Vincent Schimel, AKA ‘Cenzo, produces urban hard-edged grooves (breaks, drum n bass , chill, dub, rock and hip-hop). Classically-trained as a pianist and singer, he began performing in grade school, but got noticed on MTV after his college funk-rock band Streetwave swept the first prize on the original MTV Basement Tapes contest (with Frank Zappa hosting).
GOONDA Third World Radio is a two disc album that houses an underlying sonic foundation laid by DK and Cenzo. Listen to how they fabricate and fashion a whole host of indigenous sounds with MCs Napoleon Solo (Guasto/Jazz Passengers), Daddy Frank (Surya Dub), Todd Michaelsen (My Pet Dragon/Karsh Kale) and DK (Ming+FS) making a feature on disc one.
Disc two however is a different story altogether. It’s serves as a space for opening their compositions up to friends who offering us stellar global remixes with twists and turns by Chicago’s RadioHiro, UK’s Shiva Soundsystem (BBC), Delhis Jayant, Dhruva G + Sharmaji (Sub Swara), NYC’s own b-boy Ming and more.
So what do you need to do to get your hands on a copy?
Well its mighty simple, answer the two following questions.
1) Who is the iconic boombox-wielding GOONDA on the CD cover?
2) What was the first release on this label back in 2000 when they were simply High Chai Records?
Once you have the answers:
Email me: email@example.com, stating GOONDA COMP as the subject followed by your answers in the main body.
Deadline for the comp is end of June 2010 – so get crackin 🙂
a revolution rising in INDIA!
It was only at the tail end of last month I blogged about this next album https://nadabrahman.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/revolution-rising/
Now this month, the founder of ethnotechno.com – dimmSummer, is making waves and noiz in the motherland … Why? because his first compilation album release REVOLUTION RISING: ethnotechno.com vol.1 presented by dimmSummer has been picked up by Universal Music India. OH YEAH!
When the background score to a Bollywood hit film is composed by underground dance music icons Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale, you know something’s brewing in the realm of Indian left-field electronica. While electronic music split open international consciousness with the Goa trance scene, it evolved with the Punditz and Kale on the Karthik Calling Karthik soundtrack. Today we have arrived at what is perhaps the finest collection of electronic dance music to hit the Indian nation, Revolution Rising: ethnotechno.com vol. 1 (Universal Music India).
This is certainly not trance, however. New York City-based producer dimmSummer has been involved in this scene for over a decade, as both visionary graphic and web designer, as well as with his innovative radio station, EthnoTechno.com, which can be considered a blueprint for this sixteen-track compilation. The movement that he helped front is poised to move above ground in the subcontinent’s musical mindset, and with this album, we are one step closer to the future of music in India.
Building from his personal relationship with all the artists on Revolution Rising (originally released on High Chai Recordings), dimmSummer handpicked a number of exclusive tracks from this impressive roster of talent. Given the broad reach of his website, and the devoted fans it has acquired, nobody else could have possibly assembled such an album. It quickly gets to the throbbing heart of the underground dance scene, presenting a thick exploration of dubstep, chillout, D&B, and thriving electro.
Exclusive tracks by tabla wizard Karsh Kale with ghazal master Vishal Vaid (“Sunbeam”), as well as pioneering DJ Cheb i Sabbah (“Morey Pya Bassey -The Arch Cupcake Remix), make this a must-have for fans of either. A world of South Asian sound arrives via rarely heard tracks and remixes by Asian Dub Foundation, Transglobal Undergound, State of Bengal, Niraj Chag, Genetic Drugs and Rohan.
Of course, Midival Punditz appear with the inspired “Tonic,” and NYC crew Goonda rocks a heavy beat on a RiddemKillah remix of their song, “Fearless,” featuring MC Zulu on vocals. Nucleya, a former partner in Bandish Projekt, reinvents the RD Burman classic, Mehbooba. Finishing in fine form, dimmSummer himself has his hypnotizing way with Bob Holroyd’s operatic “Light Water.”
Bollywood has long dominated the music scene in mainstream India. Today people are realizing there is a world more out there, and it seems an opportune time for this groundbreaking electronica to slide into the mix. Industry giant Universal Music India’s optioning of Revolution Rising is a necessary first step in this bold new sonic world, one that will certainly help define the next decade and beyond in India.
revolution rising …
Founder of Ethnotechno.com – dimmSummer released his first compilation album back in 2009. Revolution Rising: EthnoTechno vol.1, showcasing some of the finest names in a genre which is sometimes difficult to categorise.
There’s something about a compilation made by an insider that just stands out from the rest, with carefully selected and crafted tracks to really give you that audio experience that will constantly be playing on your ipod or in your car.
Making an appearance are Karsh Kale and Vishal Vaid, Cheb i Sabbah and the Punditz along with a solid slice of artists from across the globe such as State of Bengal, Niraj Chag, Jalebee Cartel, Nasha Experience, Sub Swara, GOONDA and many many more.
A track definitely recommendable and worth seriously chilling out to is dimmSummer’s awesome remix of Bob Holroyd’s “Light Water.” We’re talking serious full circle here as the original its based on, “Dark Waters” is from the year 2000!
nu asian soundz … nu direction
nada:brahman blog was inaugurated by this album. Out on New Year’s Day, aptly titled Nu asian soundZ is the second release (first being: Revolution Rising) by the brains behind Ethnotechno.com, dimmSummer.
This ten track compilation is a testament to dubstep, regarded as one of the most creative genres around. A selection of artists across the globe step up to the mark and produce some deaf defying sounds. Nu asian soundZ – laden with dubstep thick as treacle, seductively dark beats and unforgiving basslines … ahh
DimmSummer kicks off with his very own deep heavy groove ‘Rubstep’, a perfect introduction. Soon followed by one of my favourites, Liquid Stranger’s ‘Hexed & Perplexed’, devastating dub fused with vocals by Deeyah. DK Bollygirl and Vincent Schimel serve up two delicious tracks GOONDA Shytle, ‘Fearless’ (deadly bass, I was two bpm away from an irregular heart beat :)) and ’21CFX’.
New Delhi’s sugary band Jalebee Cartel also rustle up a taste treat with ‘Mirrors (Breed Remix)’. Another fine track is by Canadian producer Anuj Rastogi – ‘Rouge Justice’ features expertly arranged vintage Bollywood dialogues married with the vocals of Falitaa Chhabra – adding a fine element of dishoom dishoom! Other South Asian enthused producers include David Starfire, Radiohiro, and Deaf Bass Twins (beauty of a track) who make their mark, not forgetting our very own Nuphlo with Homeland Insecurity.
Each of the artists – talented in their own right, brought a unique twist to each dubstep track … No wonder it did so well on the Beatport charts!
Hats off to dimmsummer and High Chai records for bring AVZ (noiz) to our ears and paving a new direction for ethno influenced sounds to uncharted territory.
Jalebee Cartel – Mirrors (Breed-remix)
Deaf bass twins- Mixed Feelings featuring Piyush Bhatnagar
2010 – Nu beginnings … Nu asian soundZ
What better way than to start the new decade with this.
Founder of Ethnotechno.com – DJ dimmSummer releasing his second compilation album “dimmSummer presents: Nu asian soundZ“. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, bringing you fresh tracks from around the globe from rising and renowned artists like David Starfire, Jalebee Cartel, Liquid Stranger, GOONDA, Nuphlo, Radiohiro, KRTS, Omnesia, BREED, Deaf Bass Twins, and more … guaranteed to give your ears a tickle.
Release date: 01/01/2010
Purchase Nu asian soundZ at Beatport
Check out the Nu asian soundZ minisite