After nearly six years away pursuing solo projects, Sean Dinsmore and Niraj Chag have joined forces again – this time in Shanghai, China – and begun work on a new DDP album of music influenced by the area that represents the new frontier between China and India: Yunnan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Nepal, Shillong, Sikkim and Bhutan (to name a few).
The first single ‘Shillong Special’ features the soaring vocals of 17 year old Ibarisha Lyngdoh, the lead soprano of the Shillong Chamber Choir in India. The musical bed is led by a haunting line on a Xinjiang instrument called a Dutar – that seems to cry of the ages.
It’s the usual ethnic mash-up from DDP, and a definite nod to their first two studio albums.
As always, ‘It’s got a great beat and you can meditate to it!’
Release date April 26th iTunes, Amazon, etc.
Produced by Sean Dinsmore and Niraj Chag for DDP
Engineered by Kyle Ching
Cuts by Kyle Ching AKA DJ Sickstar
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