Today marks 64 years of India’s Independence and to mark the occasion, here are some amazing tracks from the album ‘Vande Mataram: An Electronic Exploration‘ … a fabulous take on the original by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay.
Read more about the album here
Midival Punditz // Electro Indian Mix
Func International // Rocktronics
Listen to the rest of the album below:Vodpod videos no longer available.
Recently I was sent this album by Juno Reactor! … my interest in this album are for three reasons … Bombay Dub Orchestra, MIDIval PunditZ and Jayant. All valid if I say so myself 🙂
For over two decades now, Juno Reactor has been a main player in the electronic scene known for its cinematic fusion, orchestral music and trance. Originally formed out of the Goa vibe of the early 90s, Juno Reactor created its own genre-blending take on trance, mixing traditional electronica and world influences to create a completely innovative sound.
During the early 2000s they lent their talent to film industry where they worked with Don Davis on Matrix Reloaded, Revolutions and Animatrix! Massive personal fan of their Matrix work – especially Navras!
Inside the Reactor is any trance lovers out there. Bombay Dub Orchestra,MIDIval PunditZ, Jayant and many more take Juno Reactor’s music further and expand into more dimensions. The album includes remixes and reimaginings of classics such as “Pistolero”, “Conga Fury”, “Navras” & more. As each version and mix of the tracks play out, it becomes obvious that the album offers uniquely refreshing takes on classic tracks while staying true to the feeling that is Juno Reactor. Inside The Reactor is a must have, not just for the diehard Juno Reactor fan, but for fans of all types of electronic music.
Out to purchase from all good music retail stores.
Juno Reactor – Pistolero (Bombay Dub Orchestra Remix)
Juno Reactor – Navras (Midival Punditz Remix)
Juno Reactor – Navras (Jayant Remix)
Their original work:
Navras – Juno Reactor
Burly Brawl – Juno Reactor
Mona Lisa (Juno Reactor & Don Davis)
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
Oh Yes – Dhanyavaad Six Degrees Records!!
Tonic, track produced by the Delhi Duo – Midival Punditz, featured on their album Hello Hello gets it own stage!
A few artists have been brought together to mix things up a little. So here it is …. Karsh Kale, Piyush Bhatnagar, Nucleya and the Punditz doin’ their thang.
Buy the track from Amazon
Tonic ((Nucleya Remix))
Tonic ((Piyush Bhatnagar Breaks Remix))
Tonic ((Punditz Remix))
Tonic ((Karsh Kale Remix))
Tonic ((Piyush Bhatnagar Dubstep Remix))
This thirteen track album is produced by Earthrise Soundsystem‘s Derek Beres. Funnily enough it was on his website where I first spotted it and got really excited 🙂 Finally an album I can do my Surya Namaskars (Sun Salutations) to.
Being released in the UK tomorrow (29th June 2010) and in the US (17th July 2010) this looks like a marvellous compilation, with a couple of my favourites!
With featuring tracks by Cheb i Sabbah, Karsh Kale, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Azam Ali, Midival Punditz, Lal Meri, EarthRise SoundSystem, Eccodek, Gaudi + Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ceu, Jef Stott & Bob Holroyd which will really set the tone for a yoga session!
Got some nice stuff for you to listen to and download:
1) First off theres a set by the Midival Punditz:
Tapan’s DJ Set for Ash Roy’s Twisted and Sweet Radio show
2) FREE DOWNLOAD from Bombay Dub Orchestra of their track Berber of Seville.
Check our their blog for more information: http://victorianbabylon.blogspot.com/2010/06/jeetu-bombay-dub-orchestras-solo.html
3) As I mentioned yesterday Celt Islam is performing at Glasto this year, so the good friends at GENERATION BASS have a special blog post with some FREE DOWNLOADS for you!!
4) Nucleya has an exclusive free download today too! Its called KORMICA – just follow the link below to FAIRTILIZER and its yours!
I got to the RichMix a couple of hours early as I was meeting a good friend (TJ Chana, Asian Underground London FB) to chill out and chat with. To my surprise and sheer good fortune Karsh Kale, Midival Punditz, Vishal Vaid and Pt. Ajay Prasanna where busy sound testing. Can you imagine the excitement within? Being a fan of these gents as long as I’ve been a fan of Talvin’s I got the opportunity to watch them fine tune their performance – a true blessing.
After having dinner with them and the legendary Osmani Soundz and Shandy from The Nasha Experience we made our way back to the venue to an absolutely pumpin’ vibe. Bobby Friction was on the decks busting some of the finest dubstep getting the crowd warmed up for one amazing night.
Like majority of the people I had been waiting for this for ages! The last time they were in London together was 1999 when Karsh and Punditz first met! The place went MENTAL when Karsh, Punditz, Vishal and Pt Ajay walked on stage.
Below pics & vids by TJ Chana:
Jumping straight into the first track PD7 from the album Breathing Under Water a great way to start. Intense table beats and drum n bass combined with beautiful melodies being played by Pt Ajay on the Bansuri was a treat!
PD7 – Live @ Richmix
Next up was Letting Go from the album Liberation. This time, Karsh switching from Tabla to the drum kit and a fantastic entry number for Vishal Vaid, whose voice captivated the crowd. I was watching some of the reactions of some of people around me and their eyes popped.
Letting Go – Live @ Richmix
Letting Go was followed by the very dreamlike and feel good track – Sunbeam that features on a fantastic compilation album called REVOLUTION RISING: ethnotechno.com vol.1 presented by dimmSummer.
This track carries you off to a totally different place if you allowed it to soak into and through you. Utilising Vishal’s vocals to the best of its ability.
Then a track we had all been waiting for, named after his daughter and on the original featured tabla maestro himself Zakir Hussain! A beautiful improvisation and an expansion of the original just enhanced it tenfold! I don’t have need to say anything more … just watch the below clip …
Milan: Karsh Kale/Midival Punditz Ft Pt Ajay Prasana
After Milan, my favourite track off the album Hello Hello and originally sung by Angaraag Papon Mahanta was on. Naina Laagey, a seriously beautiful track. I cannot fault it in any way, was simply enchanting and breath-taking.
Heres the original: Live at Paleo Fest 09 not RichMix.
After another an amazing 4 tracks, Atomizer, Electric Universe, Drifting, Bhangra Fever
They ended the gig with Challa.
“the government is picking up the pieces after KK, MPz VV and Pt.AP smashed London” … TJ Chana
Im a huge fan of these guys, got all their albums etc. However there’s nothing like watching your favourite artists performing on stage just a few feet away from you and really bringing alive what you’ve been listening to through speakers and earphones for so many years. It’s how the tracks were intended to be heard LIVE! As I mentioned before there were some
fantastic renditions of original tracks and that a good thing! You don’t want to be hearing the same version as the CD, you want that extra spin, something unique that puts their talents on display which they delivered gracefully.
All the guys are incredibly down to earth, and that’s probably one of the best things about the music I listen to, getting to interact with the artists and finding out they’re just like you and me. The great thing about the gig was the reaction of fans. Watching their faces light up track after track, seeing a constant smile of appreciation made it all worth it in the end!
By far one of the best gigs I’ve been too!
I know for a fact the gig was only a fraction of what they are capable of, I just hope they keep coming back to the UK and allowing us to experience their life’s work.
Thank you: Karsh, Gaurav, Tapan, Vishal, Pt. Ajay, Osmani Soundz, Shandy, TJ Chana!! and Thank you to all those that follow the NADA:BRAHMAN and support the Asian Underground FB page, fantastic meeting you guys hope to see you all again.
Though this is a music blog, I wanted to feature a particular film by a particular actor.
ASHES, follows the story of two brothers whose lives are unraveling. As one brother plummets deeper into mental illness, the other, Ashes, copes by throwing himself into the community that consumes him.
The man behind it all is AJAY NAIDU. Raised in Chicago where Ajay worked extensively as an actor in both film and theatre. He graduated from the American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre, training at Harvard University and has appeared in over 50 films and television projects such as K-Pax, π, Requiem for a Dream, Bad Santa, The War Within as an actor. ASHES, marks Ajay’s directorial debut, but you’re probably wonder where you have heard this name before?
Well Ajay has been worked extensively with musicians from the Asian Underground scene. Over the years his vocals have appeared on many tracks from Talvin Singh’s Decca to 136 and Tonic by the Punditz.
136 : MIDIval PunditZ (Midival Times, 2005) Spoken words and Directed by Ajay Naidu.
So this film brings together some old friends to score the soundtrack … Karsh Kale and Midival Punditz.
There’s no stopping the most prolific electronica act from India. The MIDIval PunditZ are at it again, this time scoring with FIFA.
Along with names like Bassment Jaxx, Spearhead and Sergio Mendez, the Punditz have made it to the FIFA ’10 official PS3 and Xbox game soundtrack with ATOMIZER from their third studio album Hello Hello (2009).
Atomizer – Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz (Live at Paleo Fest 09)
The track featured is a dhol-centric version of ATOMIZER remixed by DJ Pathaan representing India in the game.
This isn’t the first time the Punditz have had their tracks have caught the ears of other video games such as Project Gotham and Need for Speed. Hollywood has also taken quite a fancy to their work in the past – Prison Break and the film Closer starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law.
Dark Escape (Closer 2004)
After months and for some of us years of anticipation … they are finally here … the gig we have ALL been waiting for … Karsh Kale and the dynamic duo of Asian electronica Tapan Raj and Gaurav Raina better known as the MIDIval PunditZ will grace us with their presence together with Bobby Friction on Saturday 29th May 2010.
It’s been described as “global groove music”, but Karsh Kale & MIDIval Punditz’s sound is much more than that. Together, they weave influences from drum ‘n’ bass, Sufi music, deep house, centuries-old ghazals, rock, trip-hop, North and South Indian classical and folk music, trance, Jamaican dancehall and more. It’s a tight acoustic-electronic soundscape that – devoid of fusion clichés – blends evocative singing, instrumental melodies, ambient drone and funky, intricate amplified beats with ballsy intelligence and infectious energy.
Location : RICH MIX35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA BOX
Box Office : 020 7613 7498
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : http://www.richmix.org.uk
Book Online: http://www.richmix.org.uk/aandc_karsh.htm
Naina Laagey – Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz (Live at Paleo Fest 09)
Epic (Remix) – Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz (Live at Paleo Fest 09)
Punditz + Kale have certainly kicked it up a few notches on the latest bollywood film soundtrack Karthik Calling Karthik. Fusing elements of rock with edgy electronica adding their unique trademarks.
Karthik 2.0 – Punditz & Karsh (Theme from Karthik Calling Karthik)
KCK Theme Remix – Punditz and Karsh
India’s Republic Day marks the occasion of the transition of India from a British Dominion to a republic, but that’s not really what I want to talk about. On this day, the media puts on a display of patriotic films and songs everything from Meri Desh ki Dharti by Mahendra Kapoor to A.R. Rahaman’s Maa Tuje salaam.
However there is an album out there, rare and hardly listened to, Vande Mataram: An Electronic Exploration. Vande Mataram meaning “Salutation to the Motherland”, brings together an array of accomplished artists to showcase the talent of Indian Electronica.
Vande Mataram is a song composed by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay in a concoction of Bengali and Sanskrit, was the national cry for freedom from British oppression during the freedom movement. It has virtually become a second national anthem and to some it is considered as the anthem.
Vande Mataram: An Electronic Exploration – is exactly what it is. As the age of electronica develops so do the artists, and this album portrays the proficiency, dexterity and an aptitude for the best in modern Indian Electronica. It paints a vivid picture of the traditional Vande Mataram in many colours. Each colour is like a different avatar, providing unique dimensions and perspectives yet retaining Vande Mataram’s original significance.
Recommend listening :
- Electro Indian Mix – Midival Punditz
- Rocktronics – Func International
- Ambient Dub Mix – Jayant
- Pathshala Mix – Bandish Projekt