It most certainly has been a while. The reason for such a long silence is due to work on the new website.
I can now announce the launch on the NEW WEBSITE – HTTP://NADABRAHMA.CO.UK
This wordpress.com will no longer be used but is still going to remain active …. So please join us at the new home! http://nadabrahma.co.uk/
I want to thank a few of people with their help, Amit Patel and Rajen Shah from Watermarkmedia, Kunal ‘Cabein’ Anand, Tariq Hussain and Dimm Summer for letting me use a part of ethnotechno.com for the header!
I am totally loving this collaboration by Bill Bailey with the Indian band from London called Bollywood Pandits – as featured on his DVD Tinselworm 
Deliverance Banjo Duel – featuring Soumik Datta
Here’s a FREE DOWNLOAD of a track that was produced 2 years ago by B.R.E.E.D, a remix of Constructing the Absence by Sub Swara from their album Coup d’Yah
Check out their new site:
You may know Tarun ‘Tspoon’ Nayar from his much in demand band Delhi 2 Dublin, but what you may not know is that Tarun is also a Vancouver based DJ/producer who is about to turn Asian-fused electronica on its ear. After travelling the four corners of the globe, Tarun has compiled 10 years of material for his latest solo effort, 22º of Beatitude (Chaiwalla’s Boombox; March 01, 2011) which he describes as his most personal work to date.
Recording sessions with artists worldwide, 22º of Beatitude brings us to temples in Bhutan, to street corners in Tokyo and even to an intimate conversation between the artist and his grandmother. Breaking out of the dancefloor-driven format, Tarun’s aim was to record as many of the sounds as possible, live, without the use of sample libraries. Each of these songs tells a story, and each story is a chapter in the artist’s life. They are a decade-long evolution of sounds that blend culture, beats and bass. With influences ranging from Talvin Singh to Bassnectar, Tarun’s music aims to break boundaries and bring people together.
Kezang La LIVE by Tarun Nayar (feat Tashi Nencha and Rup Sidhu)
A New York City drum’n’bass duo Ming + FS pioneered their own self-described “junkyard” sound, mixing and matching elements of old school hip-hop, jungle, electro, turntablism, and live instrumentation.
Here’s their remix of Karsh Kale’s SAAJANA featured on Redesign: Realize Remixed
For the first time, Grahan Chronicles unveiling its track : Infused Reality – releasing on a 3 track EP “Beauty and the Beasts” including “Vivaan” and “Flights Of Fantasies”.
Three slammin’ progressive tracks that will really get your blood flowing.
The EP is going to be available on Beatport by the End of the Month.
Infused Reality – Grahan Chronicles
Flights Of Fantasies – Grahan Chronicles
Vivaan – Grahan Chronicles
On Sunday CHILLOM Records marked its 3 year anniversary … and to commemorate the occasion they released an hour set featuring some of the finest progressive/trancy sounds
Grab your copy of the set here: Chill Om 3rd Anniversary Set
Ere’z a lavly mix by DJ Luxy and Engine Earz, one of the UK’s most dynamic dubstep acts around.
Live Serato mix for youtube. Free audio download.
1/ Struggla – Skitz Ft Kardinal Offishal and Rodney P (EngineEarZ Experiment remix)
2/ Got 2 Know – Flux Pavillion
3/ Justified – Breakage
4/ Take me to hospital – Rusko remix
5/ Reach You – EngineEarZ Experiment Ft Lena Cullen
6/ Battle Suit – Emalkay
7/ The Gift – Tek One Remix
Kick back turn it up and enjoy …………. for 10 mins!!!
Just to let you know what my good friend TJ Chana founder of Asian Underground London FB is up to, you haven’t heard from him in a while as he is working of a few projects behind the scenes – maybe even an interview with the them exclusively for NADA:BRAHMAN – watch this space!
To celebrate Karsh Kale returning home to the UK and the Punditz playing TJ will be commissioning some very special artwork for the event. Having already done four pieces which are on his myspace site, he is working on more! www.myspace.com/tjchana
The Karsh Kale & Midival Punditz artwork can been seen at
(One which is featured by KK himself on Facebook for the UK show!)
TJ has also made an album of images he has captured, most of them are by TJ, some are just images which are too cool. This can be found at
I’d never heard of the Bass’Flo until I listened to OK (expanded edition) by Talvin Singh released in 2009. The second CD featured an array of artists implementing their best to give a fresh perspective to some great tracks.
Bass’Flo remixed Butterfly into an elegant drum n bass track …
Bass’Flo-who has been steadily building his name specialising in atmospheric drum & bass has a EP releasing called Mount Everest on Offworld Records. He also DJs regularly on Newstyle 98.7FM and is on the booking roster for Central Projection, playing with names such as LTJ Bukem.
With solid releases on Advection and Universal music, and support from djs such as Seba & Krazy, Future Engineers, Bailey, Aural Imbalance, Flight, Stunna,Method One,Tidal & Jay Le Roc, Bass’Flo brings his talents to Offworld with 4 tracks of cosmic bliss.
Bass’Flo – Mount Everest EP – Release date 15/4/10
Available now in the Offworld shops and all good Mp3 stores
Straight from the camcorder of Bheja Fry Records into my inbox comes this exclusive footage of Bandish Projekt and Nathan “Flutebox” Lee live jam rehearsal for this weekend.
Check it out: Its gonna be wild!!
A fantastic rendition of Bob Marley’s Waiting in Vain by Karsh Kale.
Karsh recorded and arranged this track for a remix compilation in honor of Marley. Vocals by Susheela Raman and Vishal Vaid and guitars by Susheelas husband.
In time for the April showers here in the UK, two friends of mine, Rita Morar from London and the other, Piyush Bhatnagar from Jaipur come together for this next collaboration. Rita providing the vocals mixed by Steve “Fingerz” Carty and Piyush remixing dubstep style.
For a track that was only uploaded on soundcloud 12days ago its already received 1287 plays and being played by Bobby Friction on the Asian Network.
Check it out … This is Rain:
I’ve come across a few really good music related videos that I’d like to share with you guys. They are from TED, a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.
Evelyn Glennie shows how to listen
In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.
Sivamani: Rhythm is everything, everywhere
Percussionist Sivamani delivers one of TED’s liveliest and most inventive performances yet. He uses traditional Western and Eastern instruments to create a rhythmic tour de force, along with a tub of water, corrugated metal, spoons, luggage, our stage props and even a little audience participation.
Benjamin Zander on music and passion
Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.
My introduction with this next producer was totally by fluke, a lazy weekend just surfing the web, looking for some good music and I come across a Facebook page DJ A/X : AXAI LIVE.
From Mumbai, dubbed as India’s answer to Paul Van Dyke and Massive Attack, Akshai Sarin is a music composer/producer/dj and ex member of the infamous Shiva Soundsystem. Playing at festivals in Edinburgh, fashion shows in Paris and at super clubs like Ministry of Sound and sharing the global stage with the like of top names in dance music like Sasha and Digweed.
Listening to his tracks you get a tremendous sense of diversity and adaptability. I remember when I first heard DRIVE on his Facebook fan page … DAMN! Couldn’t stop listening to it for days – music that radiates with world influences married seamlessly with dance beats, downtempo chilled electronic and with harmonic elements all wrapped up neatly – A whole new clubbing experience being generated from the motherland!
Gifted from an early age, Akshai has always been experimenting with sound, from keyboards to tablas and then tackling the turntables. by making his own version by diassembling a walkman when he was a kid. By the keen age of 16 we had composed tracks from his first album Soundscapes – I was kicking a ball around when I was that age!! …
Drive: – you seriously will not regret listening to this!!!
Akshai has such an impressive CV of achievement that I simply don’t know where to being. He has loaned his talents from providing the music for Hard Kaur to co-writing and co-producing DJ Yahel’s “Anoni” which will be feature on Sarin’s upcoming album “CONNECTED“.
Last week saw Akshai & Moonbeam’s new collaboration Elephant Ride featuring Russian vocalist Avis Vox is now released on Dj Tiesto’s Black Hole Records which is now on air worldwide with the music video out at the end of April ’10
Akshai is more than just a music composer/producer/dj, he is also a media entrepreneur. Having established AXYZ Music International (pronounced “axis”) a global company involved in all stages of the music economy from development to delivery. He has also moved on to heading Culture Marketing for Red Bull in India – certainly has his hands full!
Currently having exclusive worldwide management rights for the prestigious jazz outfit “The Saurang Orchestra” (Surinder Sandhu and collaborators Steve Vai, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Any Shepperd, George Lucas – to name a few).
The video for my fav track Drive is being put together as we speak … more updates as and when they happen.
Today I had coffee with Bandish Projekt aka Mayur Narvekar and Pritesh Varia in Birmingham.
We had a really good chat about Indian electro music, the future of dubstep, diversity of genres and the emotional journey attached to the tracks that Mayur produces. Also received some sound advice (no pun intended) for my blog :).
Bandish Projekt will be performing @ Southbank Centre, London on Sunday 11/04 as part of the British Council UK-India Connections Through Culture programme.
BP – is one of India’s leading lights on the flourishing electronica scene, who will join forces with jazz clarinetist Arun Ghosh, flute beatboxer Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee and spoken word artist Shane Solanki of Last Mango In Paris (who all appear in Raj: Reload on Saturday 10 April), to begin creating new collaborative work.
This is a dirty breakbeat dub track remixed by Bandish Projekt – Bad Boy Bass from GAUDIs up coming album Prisoners on Six Degrees Records.
One ticket gets you into a brilliant mini festival of the most innovative artists from UK and India, with live bands, film soundtrack performances, VJs, DJs, spoken word, comedy and one-off collaborations across the whole of Queen Elizabeth Hall including the Foyers and Purcell Room.
►► NATHAN ‘FLUTEBOX’ LEE & The Clinic with Chandrasonic and Marty Savale from ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION
►► MOTHER INDIA 21ST CENTURY REMIX feat. DJ TIGERSTYLE – a stunning live score to the epic 1957 Indian film
►► ENGINE-EARZ EXPERIMENT featuring Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Shahid Abbas Khan and Jenna.G
►► ARUN GHOSH SEXTET
►► LAST MANGO IN PARIS
►► SHAA’IR & FUNC (Mumbai / NYC)
►► B.L.O.T (AV crew) – New Delhi
►► NERM (Shiva Soundsystem)
►► ZAKHM (Kollectiv, Mutiny NYC)
Start Time: Saturday, 10 April 2010 at 20:00
End Time: Sunday, 11 April 2010 at 01:00
Location: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
Street: Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Town/City: London, United Kingdom
SUNDAY: Same venue – BANDISH PROJECT!!!!
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DJ UMB opened his set with this 27/03/10 in the UK and it went down a storm …
Only 3-4 dj’s in the world have this track RIGHT NOWWW….in a few months time all the dubstep dj’s in the world will have this track and you will hear it EVERYWHERE!!!!!
Guaranteed to fry your Bheja! : Bandish Projekt – Brown Skin Beauty (Liquid Stranger Remix)
1. Intro – Bhor (Umb Edit) – Bandish Projekt
2. Journey (Liquid Strangers Sliptrip Edit) with Bhor live sample drop (Umb Edit) – Bombay Dub Orchestra
3. Halaqa with live sample drop Puerta Atlantean/Natacha Atlas (Umb Edit) – Celt Islam
4. Cobra – 16 Bit
5. Ali (Deaf Bass Twins Remix) – Midival Punditz
6. Installer – Barbarix
7. Cassiopeia – Nuphlo
8. Chutney Grip – Schema
9. Amirah – Chasing Shadows
10. 12345 Technology (Barabrix mash up) – Bandish Projekt
11. Cop Killer- Sukh Knight
12. Boom – Datsik
13. Egyptian Horns – Ed Solo
14. Kesariya Balam – Deaf Bass Twins
15. Sense Distortion – Bandish Projekt
16. Waiting (Umb Edit) – Bandish Projekt
17. Pragat Pritam – Nucleya
18. Atomizer – Nucleya
19 Outro – Words of Rumi
After tremendous a sellout tour in 2009, the last time Rahat was here he joined forces with The Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to pay tribute to the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Last Monday 22/03 – Rahat returned to the Birmingham accompanied with a twelve musician group to perform a variety of Qawwali and Bollywood tracks.
Now this was my first ever Qawwali concert. Of course I had heard tracks by Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the Pavarotti of Pakistan. Evergreen tracks like Dum Must Qalander and Akhiyan Udeek Diyaan send chills down my spine every time I listen to them – not so familiar with Rahats work.
Even though I shouldn’t have, I went in with a level of expectation, who wouldn’t right? The mantle of Nusrats genius has fallen upon the shoulders of Rahat, carrying the torch of 600 years of Qawwali lineage. No pressure!
The opening track was Allah Hoo – damn … the energy was outstanding, the way it was performed – Vahh too good. Rahat started with an instrumental prelude, playing the main melody on the harmonium, the moment the audience recognise the track – that was it … applause, cheer and shouts of appreciation filled the Birmingham Symphony Hall.
The Alap began, tonal improvised melody during which Rahat would intone different long notes in the raag the track is soon to be played in. Then the main song began, with the table, dholak and clapping simultaneously kicking in. Damn what a vibe! Rahat continued each verse, trading off lines with the other the other vocalists. As each verse built to a climax, they passionately return to the chorus, over and over again, for minutes and minutes at a time.
Quite a number of the line up songs were Bollywood … not a big fan, so wasn’t too moved or entertained by them. My favourite moment was when Akhiyan Udeek Diyaan was performed. All I wanted to do is get up and dance … and I regret not doing so! The tempo was bang on, speeding up, slowing down, returning to the main chorus everyone sync’d, vocal acrobatics I tell you!
Akhiyan Udeek Diyan:
This is why I attended – it’s that intense experience I was looking for, Qawwali in its raw form.
The concert was spectacular, though there were a couple of factors that let the side down. The major one being, Sound! I don’t know who was in charge but my god it was poor during the first half! I think after feedback by the audience (and from the speakers ha ha :P) the sound improved drastically in the last half. Secondly and this is a personal opinion. The two keyboard players, drummer, and the saxophone player weren’t needed. To me the sound generated by them felt quite cheap, like a wedding band. There must have been a good reason to have them there in the first place but I didn’t see it.
However, what I do see is this: Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is my generation’s Nusrat … Qawaal will continue to flourish and live on through him.
Gaudi + Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (DUB QAWAALI – some of the best Qawaali remixes I’ve heard!!)
Mayur Narvekar aka Bandish Projekt was one of many participants at The Tremor remix contest which ended a few months back.
Tremor – a trio of hot headed folkloric geniuses lead by LEONARDO MARTINELLI on ZZK RECORDS, BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, held a remix contest to be a part of the remix LP which we will drop on http://www.zzkrecords.com
Only 6 remixes were picked and Bandish Projekt being one of them.
Check it out:
Original track video:
Finally applications for the Iphone that cater for all my musical needs. Six Degrees Records, home to Bombay Dub Orchestra, Midival Punditz, Karsh Kale and many more have released two!!!
A seriously good move by Six Degrees to have the iPhone apps. Now we have GLOBALNOIZE at our fingertips and offering the finest eclectic and beat dropping sounds of the world that will get you on the Global dance floor!
The first is: Six Degrees Records
The Six Degrees Records app is your portal to the world of the trail blazing San Francisco based, independent label Six Degrees Records. This app will allow you to download and stream music from the label’s diverse artist roster as well as explore the Global Noize blog, keep up on the label’s twitter feed and follow the roster’s tour dates.
Installment 198- Cosmic Space Disco Traveler:
Six Degrees Traveler is a two hour, weekly radio show hosted by Six Degrees Records co-founder Bob Duskis. The program bills itself as “free form radio with a global edge” because it cheerfully crosses genre lines from global grooves to ambient electronica to dance to rock to folktronica to exclusive mash ups and “white label” remixes, all in the spirit of the glory days of format-less “free form” FM radio.
Traveler Radio – Installment 214 – Global Dubstep:
This is friggin too good!
Nuff said 🙂
This track will now self-destruct …
Jamal Mash aka LH1 a new and up coming producer (currently unsigned) who is the latest artist to hit my soundcloud page.
Nihal – BBC Radio 1 ”LH1 has amazed me with his beat bending, bassline weaponry. He makes tracks that burst with energy, tracks that keep the trainspotter and the raver happy. From Dubstep to electro I’m expecting big things from LH1 in 2010”
The freshest Producer Taking off from Manchester UK .In and around the World of Ever Evolving Sounds and Trends,LH1’s Style is Unprecedented and Transcends Genres of Music.Breaking Boundaries in an Eclectic way, Pioneering Producer LH1,Has His Own Dubstep,The Unique Style & Approach has Gained much Support by BBC Radio.
Take a listen – LH1 tracks will cause skeletal structure damage … you have been warned! 🙂
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