On 11.11.11 SHAANTI [Birmingham] is back after the last successful one.
This month ENGINE EARZ – best described as ‘Massive Attack for the dubstep generation;’ dubstep’s first fully live act are winning an assorted army of fans will be doing a DJ set at the Rainbow Warehouse and Garden in Birmingham.
Joining ENGINE EARZ will be SONNYJI (BBC Asian Network), JUTTLA, BUPS SAGGU, SUNNY MANDEZ, EMPATHY, BEATROOT SOUNDSYSTEM and MANGA. A fantastic line up!
Shaanti, Friday 11 November 2011 (Monthly).
The Rainbow Warehouse, Adderley Street
Birmingham. West Midlands. B12 0LD
Price £5 students (NUS) all night, non-students £8 all night.
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Last night on Nihal’s show [BBC Radio 1] we got to hear a WORLD EXCLUSIVE …
An Engine-Earz remix of Nitin Sawhney’s Daydream. Engine-Earz have remixed two tracks for Nitin Sawhney, the second being The Devil and Midnight. Both will feature of “The Last Days of Meaning” album [CD version].
Watch out for Shammi Pithia’s remix too!
Truly thunderous with a bit of epic sprinkled on top! As my friend Anusha described it – Ramayana meets Star Wars!
Grab your free download below!
OK, so I kind of missed the boat on this one due to studying and work. But better late than never right?
In May 2011 – Director of Kidulthood, Mehnaj Huda released his latest film – Everywhere + Nowhere. Over the course of that month, Nerm Chauhan – Musical Consultant of the film released three podcasts and three interviews with artists involved in contributing to this project.
Fabulous selection of music! … nuff respect nerm!
1) The first interview and podcast is with The Nasha Experience and True Tiger‘s Sukh Knight.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
2) The second is with Shiva Soundsystem‘s very own D-Code.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
3) And finally the man behind The Engine-Earz Experiment – Prashant Mistry.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
People, Got a free download for you to begin a musical week!
Its an old 10 minute mix put together by Catch22/EngineEarzExperiment for Nihal & Bobby Friction. The mix containins a bunch of tracks that inspired the brains behind EEE Prash Mistry, to write music when he was growing up! All mashup and remixes were done specifically for this mix.
For those of you who missed the Engine Earz Experiment interview on BBC Radio1 with Nihal and exclusive tracks “NEMESIS” and “BLUE MOON” from their upcoming album SYMBOL …
You wont be disappointed!
What a fabulous gig to end an outstanding year of music. I was blessed to experience Shammi Pithia and Engine Earz Experiment on the same night.
Two different acts with one thing in common. A Passion for music.
Both Shammi and Prashant (Engine Earz) gave it their all. Communicating different emotions and displaying different styles of music for the audience to experience.
From the wafting, sonorous flute lines drift across the drums, sitar, violin and cello by Shammi and Co where each track was moving, reflective and inspiring!
Engine Earz provided the grimey build-ups of dubstep, unfolding leisurely as each track increases in intensity … crowd going wild!
Pics taken by Ravi Purohit:
The atmosphere was electric. Couldn’t really ask for more!
So, as a treat. Here is some of the footage from the Shammi Pithia set featuring Aggi Dukes, Ash King, Japjit Kaur, Anuti Dasgupta and the band FLUX.
In the coming years … I can see Shammi Pithia and Engine Earz performing at the Royal Albert Hall… Now that would be an unmissable performance!
Shammi Pithia – Poem Without Words @ Richmix
Shammi Pithia – The Seeker @ Richmix
Shammi Pithia – Ajnabee Anjani @ Richmix
Shammi Pithia – Until I Hit The Ground
Happy New Year people!!!
This is my first post of 2011 and it will definitely change your listening for the year. On 1st February 2011, set to be released on Six Degrees Records – “TRANSNATIONAL DUBSTEP” is the first compilation album from fellow blogger and friend DJ UMB co-owner of the award winning Generation Bass.
This album is a true testament to what Generation Bass have been working hard towards since Feb 2009 – Pushing the boundaries, bending genres and introducing the masses to the latest trends on the global electronic scene.
“TRANSNATIONAL DUBSTEP” is the unification of fusion of dubstep and internationally rooted music. DJ UMB pulls together some of the most electrifying producers, bringing their Indian/Sufi/World influences to provide the listener with a true TRANSNATIONAL dubstepping experience.
Fifteen tracks is geared to provide you with earth quaking, dark dubstep and wobbly baselines that meandering up and down in intensity centred around a global core.
Check out the 25min mix teaser of the album:
1. India Sleeping – Mars
2. Kaliyuga – Engine EarZ Experiment
3. Undertow In G# – Alexis K
4. Rude Profile – Fleck & Fish Finger
5. Cumbia Dub – Knowa Knowone
6. Clownie – Innamorati
7. Valium Gitan – Sa Bat’ Machines
8. Only Human – Shem
9. Kamikaze – Dysphemic
10. Shiva Step – Barbarix
11. Bukkake – Syndaesia
12. Bhangra Fever [Piyush Bhatnagar Remix] – MIDIval PunditZ (remix)
13. Brown Skin Beauty [Liquid Stranger Remix] – Bandish Projekt (remix)
14. Dub Reflex – Celt Islam
15. Salahadeen – Jajouka Soundsystem
More of videos of the live performances at RAJ:RELOAD, Southbank.
Reach You ft. Lena Cullen – EPIC!!
Lucky by Design ft. Shahid Abbas Khan – INTENSE!!!
A truly epic performance by ENGINE EARZ EXPERIMENT.
Kaliyuga: for the first time two studios versions were merged into one explosive performance with English vocals provided by Jenna G and Indian vocals by Abi Sampanthan.
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THE GENERATION BASS STAGE WILL RUN FROM 12 MIDDAY ON SUNDAY 1ST AUGUST THRU TO MONDAY 2ND AUGUST 2.00AM.
ALL PROFIT FROM TICKET SALES WILL BE DONATED TO WAR CHILD :
HOSTED BY GEN BASS – SONIDO DEL PRINCIPE & DJ UMB
CONFIRMED SO FAR:
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MORE DJS’ AND BANDS TBC SOON…
People! Shaanti marks 11 Years in the Music Industry with the celebration of their residency at Cargo
The night will include some fantastic names like:
Time: 8.00pm til 4.00am
Address: Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch. London EC2A 3AY
Price: Doors Open at 8, Free before 11, £5 before 12.00 and £10 after all night.
Info: 07968 366878 // 07968 260276
Yet another GINORMOUS set from DJ Luxy … check it out its a FREE DOWNLOAD …
you lucky people! 😛
1/ Pyramids (Intro) – EngineEarZ Experiment
2/ Laid Blak – RED (Chasing Shadows remix)
3/ Jump – 16 Bit
4/ Normalise – Flux Pavilion
5/ Scars – Basement Jaxx (EngineEarZ Experiment remix)
6/ Sweet Shop – Doctor P
7/ Kaliyuga – EngineEarZ Experiment
8/ Gear Up – EngineEarZ Experiment
I bring to you two free downloads from the labs of ENGINE EARZ EXPERIMENT
Its the Basement Jaxx “Scars” remix FREE
Speaking of freeness, here’s the link to their other track “Faction 2 [Revolution]”
After a short break it was time for an unforgettable audio experience. Watching and posting their “BBC Introducing” vids blogging about these guys over the past few months, Oh how I have waited for this!!
Featuring Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Shahid Abbas Khan, Jenna G and Lena Cullen – it was the fantabulous Engine Earz Experiment.
This 30 minute set drove the crowd insane, with their fusing of indigenous musics from around the world all covered in dark dubstep and unforgiving basslines that really shakes your core. Playing favourites like Lucky By Design, OHM, Reach You featuring Lena Cullen. Not forgetting the infamous putting them on the map track – Kaliyuga: for the first time two studios versions were merged into one explosive performance with English vocals provided by Jenna G and Indian vocals by Abi Sampanthan.
The crowd went fanatical when Introspector was performed with Nathan “Flutebox” Lee. Right now I’m having trouble describing what it was like as you just had to experience in the moment.
Not only was this set about the music, but the stunning visuals that were displayed went hand in hand with every track, each millisecond felt like it went through a well thought out process giving each and every track and visual a deeper meaning that we think. Hats off to you Prash and the crew!
PHEW! … by this time you’d think that was it but wait there’s more, Nathan “Flutebox” Lee and the Clinic an astounding array of talented musicians were up. They provided an acoustic display of explosive blend of musical elements like Hip Hop, Drum ‘n’ bass with Western, Indian classical and Funk melodies, definitely one spellbinding act. A guest appearance was made by Mayur Narvekar aka Bandish Projekt. He joined Flutebox for a wiked jamming session, a teaser to what I was to witness the next day!!! PHOWAAR!!
My night finished here. I had to catch the last train back to North London. I was gutted, I didn’t get to see the jam with Chandrasonic and Marty Savale from Asian Dub Foundation and Nerms closing set.
I had a truly magnificent night, it was intense, immense and incredible. For those who missed out, it was an experience worth going through to discover new and diverse music.
Thank you Ash Chandola (Director of Swaraj Music) and Southbank! Hope to see more of these events in the future!
* pics taken by David Reffell
Next up was Arun Ghosh, a very suave and mysterious clarinetist and composer, playing with his Indo-Jazz Sextet, busting out some really groovy sounds originating from South Asian mixed in with a healthy dose of jazz attitude, tabla trickery and sky high improvisations. You should have seen this guy; red kurta clad with Adidas trainers and rocking the place, his onstage performance was quite something, he literally swayed with the sound like a snake charmer …
At the same time, Last Mango In Paris was performing, and after Sundays acquaintance with him, I’m truly gutted I missed it. Check out the vids below to catch a glimpse of the man himself Shane Solanki in action. A bit of cool info here: remember ANOKHA: Soundz of the Asian Underground by Talvin Singh? … theres a track called Accepting Trankuility by The Milky Bar Kid, well thats Shane!. I also missed out on Bishi, If only I was everywhere at once.
Back in the Queen Elizabeth Hall for an electric performance by the very beautiful Monica Dogra and extremely talented Randolph Correia – SHAA’IR + FUNC, again they smashed it. I saw these guys perform only 5 months ago in Birmingham. I’m so glad they were back, they just offer wiked music smothered in energy and passion. Performing tracks from Mantis, their forthcoming album and their previous two and ending with my fav, Embrace. Randolph armed with his candy coloured Gibson guitar and me with my air guitar we jammed and the crowed went crazy … I may just try out for their band hehe …
Above Shaa’ir (Monica Dogra) Below Func (Randolph) pics taken by David Reffell
While the stage was being set up for the next act – DJ Zakhm (Kollectiv, Mutiny NYC) was spinning the wheels of steel and invading our sound space with an assortment finest of Asian Underground from the 90’s and present, including Osmani Soundz’ Spiritual Masterkey and other great favourites.
While we are on the topic, I got to meet to legends and pioneers of the Asian Underground movement. Osmani Soundz and State of Bengal, listening to their music for the past 11-12years and then meeting them in person was a real honour!
more coming soon … Engine Earz Experiment, Nathan Flutebox Lee and Bandish Projekt.
Putting into words to describe a show that transcends all expectations leaving me speechless is what difficult.
RAJ:RELOAD held on 10/04/10, a part of Southbank’s Alchemy, a festival celebrating talent from India, UK and South Asia. Featuring were some of the most dynamic, innovative and humble artists. Saturday was a showcase of pure concentrated talent and immense energy bursting performances from every act.
The night was kicked off with a legendary film restyled. Mother India 21st Century
Remix, a three hour film compressed into a 45mins silent movie. I sat and watched the 1957 classic be reinterpreted through the through the World DMC champion turntablist, DJ Tigerstyle produced by Kala Phool. Ill be honest with you, until Saturday I’d never heard of him, probably why I had no expectations and boy was that a good call.
This is was a live dramatic contemporary rendition using electronic sounds, turntables, drum kit, cello and a beatpad as a tabla (which was PHENOMENAL!) A score that conveyed passion and multitude of emotions expressed on screen.
The film was split into 6 or 7 segments. The second part was filled with so much drama and intense music that as it faded out, I remember thinking, blimey that was moving. The third segment was even better, a pure roller coaster of high octane potent sounds that left me with a lump in my throat and almost a tear in my eye …
A true journey of emotions through a combination of music and visuals and in no way adulterating the original film but making it accessible to a wider audience.
Day two of this decade and I feel I need to write about the latest craze on the dubstep scene.
They go by the name Engine-Earz Experiment. Where spirit meets programming, emotion meets logic and man meets machine led by the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist/scorer/dj/producer Prashant Mistry (man with plan).
At their base in Reading, Engine-Earz have created a vast multiverse of music engineered for our reality. Seamlessly marrying a subtle blend of sitar strings, tabla beats, eastern and western vocal and a heavy dose of dub. Not only is their finished product of top quality – they’re even better live (see links below).
December 14th 2009 saw the release of their debut limited edition record double bill on vinyl & download; ‘Kaliyuga’ on the A side and ‘Introspector’ (feat Nathan Flutebox Lee) on the flip. (available on junodownload and beatport).
These guys have truly put some hard grafting making a name for themselves. Remixing works of Basement Jaxx (heavy tune!) to Sean Paul and especially with the BBC where their infamous Maida Vale sessions have really struck a chord (no pun intended) with fans.
2010 is going to be massive for Engine-Earz, a fan base that just keeps growing, gigs and more beautifully constructed tracks coming our way so stay tuned.
Keep your earz open for OHM and Shadow People!