In midst of all this darkness of riots in the UK, ANUJ RASTOGI (Omnesia, Canada) moved by what is happening and in a creative frenzy channels his anger over these riots positively! Last night, he wrote, recorded, arranged and mixed a new spoken word track based on the events over the last few days.
Heres what Anuj said:
For the last few days London has been under siege from within with senseless violence and rioting. I saw the video of a young kid getting helped up by rioters, only to get robbed seconds later by the same thugs – and this set me off.
While the riots have since spread to Birmingham, Manchester and elsewhere, I could only voice my frustration through the spoken word.
The track is free to download from soundcloud! – support the cause and spread the word of positivity!
Watch the video:
Download the track from here:
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
Folks, got another exclusive for you from Canada by my brother, Anuj Rastogi. He was interviewed by SoulTV.net a few weeks ago. The subject is peace and love, and touches on the question whether artists play a role in providing compassionate messages for all mankind regardless of faith, colour and creed.
Anuj draws on his experiences as an artist and his responsibility in communicating thoughts and emotions through music. Plus, there’s a few glimpses into Anuj’s new album which is under way.
A deep and thought provoking 15 mins interview – a must watch!
I have a fabulous NADA:BRAHMA EXCLUSIVE for you! … all the way from Canada my bro, Anuj Rastogi has sent me his latest video for CODE BLUE.
Composed, arranged and produced by Anuj, CODE BLUE is the second single on his 2009 EP “Dark Matter.” This track features a unique sonic journey with a twist. Sampling the sound of a defibrillator, and building out an ambient and ethereal dub inspired soundscape, it was time to call in the doctor — literally.
Jay Banerjee (aka Dr. J) is a multi-instrumentalist, a long time collaborator, and an anesthesiologist whose Sarod became the main character through this sonic journey, with some effective mangling and sculpting from Anuj. The video takes this medical-musical metaphor and our need for breath into a journey through the human body.
“Dark Matter” the EP explores a darker, heavier sound than 2007’s critically acclaimed “Omnesia”. “Dark Matter” draws on intense bass, dubstep and and other electronic influences, and features moving Indian classical performances from Tabla wizard, Cassius Khan, and Violin maestro, Sharat Chandra Srivastava, and multi-instrumentalist, Jay Banerjee.
The perfect mix of Indian Classical and Dubstep … enjoy!
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
One evening with a few spare hours, a crazy idea, some video footage later…
The result …. A cracking remix by Anuj Rastogi (OMNESIA) of Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard‘s original composition “Why So Serious” for the film The Dark Knight.
A brilliant dubstep mashup with Indian elements and a great video too!
In the month of September ’10, a fantastic night took place in Toronto, Canada. Talvin Singh and Anuj Rastogi (Omnesia) came together for an intense live performance where Anuj opened the night with the Omnesia ensemble.
nada:brahma (intentionally missed out the ‘n’) have EXCLUSIVELY received the below edits/mixing of the full live sets. These are a true testament to Anuj and the vibrant work he does with music, really putting a unique spin on the original tracking making the experience that extra bit special.
Totalling around 32 minutes and in 8 parts, there is combination of some stationary HD footage, and some “guerilla” footage, featuring some of Anuj’s new material/works in progress.
Check it out – you’d be mad not to … enjoy!
Check this video out – its the behind the scenes of Anuj Rastogi‘s DARK MATTER EP which was released last year (JULY 2009)
A 26 minute long EP that playing around with dubstep characteristics like mad basslines and smashing it with Indian vocals and instruments harmonically.
One of the tracks from DARK MATTER EP (and my favourite) DARTH VEDA
Code Blue ft. Dr. J (Dark Matter EP)
picture taken from OMNESIA FACEBOOK page
I am very privileged to have received two EXCLUSIVE videos from a very talented friend of mine based in Canada.
I blogged Anuj Rastogi in March of this year. He’s an intelligent musician/producer/writer who is certain to captivate you through the meaningful and thought provoking journey his music takes you on …
“I Wanna Know” – Written and performed by: Anuj Rastogi
Featuring: Hasheel Lodhia (bansuri) & Kiran Morarji (tabla)
“Childhood” – Written and performed by: Anuj Rastogi
Featuring: Hasheel Lodhia (bansuri)
Excerpt of a recent 2010 performance by Anuj Rastogi and Hasheel Lodhia.
During one of my regular excursions to ethnotechno.com I came across a review by Shree Sreenivasan on an album called Omnesia. Intrigued by the title and cover I read on and discovering a Toronto, Canada based producer, composer and musician by the name of Anuj Rastogi.
Founder of Omnesia Records, Anuj is representing a generation of music and bringing together of different cultures and rediscovering what sound means to him. Whether it be walking down the street or having a conversation with someone, inspiration is found everywhere and Anuj has started to capture and articulate it back to us in the form of music.
2007 saw the release of Anuj’s debut album, fourteen tracks with a multitude of styles from stunning Hindi vocals provided by Falitaa Chhabra to Celtic and Slavic lyrics all wrapped up in electronica and organic instruments – a bold fusion of traditional and modern!
Omnesia-Live – a project that Anuj is working on that will bring together Indian classical influences, soul, r&b, rock, together with a cinematic and electronic feel to the performances. Working with artists like: Cassius Khan, Sandra Chibuluzo, Falitaa Chhabra, Jay Banerjee, Sunny Ray and many more!
This gave me goosebumps the first time I watched it – electrifying!
As some of you may know, I don’t listen to much mainstream commercial music, tracks played over and over again with very little or no positive message. Things like sex, drug and violence are easy to sell, but what about opening one mind to new ideas and new ways of thinking about things?
Anuj has definitely started to fill that void, creating a positive vibe through his work. Producing and composing tracks that make people stop and think, even if it’s just for a moment.
I think a brilliant example of this “187 Candles” a track Anuj produced as a tribute to the Mumbai bombings in 2008 – intelligent music, carefully planned and engineered.
In 2009 Anuj graced us with a five track EP “Dark Matter” a refreshing exploration of
complex melodic sounds which in nature are heavier and darker.
Dark Matter is a combination of dubstep influenced beats, with cutting edge electronica, and classical performances.
I think we can expect a lot of innovative and thought provoking music, serving as a medium for Anuj to express himself and a positive message.
In 2009 Indian Electronica Vol 1 was released. A collection of some of the finest sounds put together by Qasim Virjee aka Abdul Smooth.
Making an appearance: Anuj Rastogi, Akshai Sarin, Talvin Singh, Tatva-Kundalini and many more.
Checkout the tracks below: