EXCLUSIVE: Tabla with a difference // Mayur Narvekar

Mayur Narvekar is a composer, producer, DJ, remix artist, label owner, teacher and a multi-instrumentalist at BANDISH PROJEKT.

From the echo of festivals across India, Mayur has resounded in International festivals like Caldestino Sweden, Lile France, Glastonbury UK, Incubate Netherlands, Fringe Scotland, Melbourne Electronic Festival Australia and being the BBC Asian Network only official touring artist from India in 2007. Mayur started dabbling in music from age 3 and was then trained in Indian classical tabla. Mayur dived head-on into the world of percussion, earning repute as a tabla player, He was the winner of all India Radio competetion in 2000 (Percussion) and was awared the promising percussionist in 2001 by Pandit Nikhil Gosh Academy. After Bandish Projekt and Bhejafry Records (Record label) the recent venture is Bandish Beat Faktory a learning module for electronic music production and education which has also been getting a global accpetance.

He has used these roots to bring his taste for strange sounds and electronic noises that brings a certain wildness and rarity in his style while his classical element keeps him grounded. Mayur‘s need for experimenting takes him to unchartered scales, His music is his journey and it is that journey he explores!

Jasmine // Jai Paul

A year after BTSTU was released on to our ears; London’s Jai Paul is back to satisfy our audio craving with a new track titled ‘Jasmine’. It really is an intelligent piece of music covered in beautiful lo-fi distortions and crackling joined by guitar riffs adding that subtle element of funk grooves all the while keeping it fairly chilled out …

FreQ Nasty – Bon Merde Remixes // High Chai Recs

The Fiji born, producer and breakbeat innovator, FreQ Nasty is joined by High Chai label mates. Remixing his infamous signature style of drumstep, glitch-hop, dubstep, and all things bass-heavy is Liquid Stranger and FS from the US, India’s leading DJ, B.R.E.E.D and Canada duo Knight Riderz each bringing their own elements on this heavy remix EP compiled by label head dimmSummer.

Sound Trippin’ across India // MTV

Last year Babble Fish Productions brought us The DEWARISTS a fantastic journey and exploration of sound and culture. Bringing together independent Indian artists and providing the with a platform to collaborate with their unique surroundings to inspire them.

2012, there’s a new show on the screens, Intel MTV’s Sound Trippin’. A show hosted by Sneha Khanwalker, a contemporary music director, breaker of stereotypes and rising star in the music arena in India. She is boldly going into the lesser-known India, backpack and recorder in tow, in relentless pursuit of authentic sound. Why sound? Because nothing captures the essence of a location of a community better than its local sounds.

Return of The Punk-A-Wallahs!

The 2012 sees the return of The Punk-a-Wallahs, but this time in a different disguise – a tag team consisting of DJ PATHAAN and ANDREW T. MACKAY of the glorious BOMBAY DUB ORCHESTRA. Expect some of the finest remixes and tunes from this pair. If you have ever heard their tracks as individuals you will know that these two will only deal with the most refined and ornate music from around the world. You will not be disappointed …

To start their sonic adventure, heres their first remix of Steadfast from No Stranger Here featuring Ursula Rucker, Shubha Mudgal and Business Class Refugees.

MC Yogi’s New Album Pilgrimage

MC YOGI, spiritualist, graffiti artist and Yoga instructor will be dropping his long awaited follow up to the début, ‘Elephant Power’, on 19th June 2012. ‘Pilgrimage’ influences are all over the musical map: world beat, hip-hop, reggae, dance hall, house, and dub. Chaotic street sounds of India blast through the mixes, alongside madhouse beats, old-school turntable scratches and popping horns over which Yogi effortlessly drops his rhymes.

EXCLUSIVE Jelly // The Talvin Singh Archives

A wonderful track from the Talvin Singh Archives – Jelly, produced back in 2007, its a track that features all the glorious trademarks of Talvin Singh but will a bit of wobble to it.

Expect harmoniums, electronics, ambient scapes and tablas all woven with bass and hint of dubstep!

Evolving sounds from the grand sires of Eastern Drum and Breaks

For over a decade now these gents have been evolving their sounds by channelling the contrast of electronic and Indian Classical music. They are the grand sires of Eastern Drum and Breaks, inspiring and influence an entire cohort of DJs and producers to create music of a similar nature.

Some familiar names come together on the Swedish label ‘Meerkat Recordings’ on the ‘7th Day’ EP. The Nasha Experience’s Nuphlo, Osmani Soundz is joined by Mumbai’s Apurva and drum ‘n’ bass crew Delta Star [Nuphlo and Ges-E] who make their debut with the title track. The EP has gone down immensely well with the listeners of both BBC Radio 1 and Asian Network proving its massive appeal.

Delta Star launches the EP with the self titled. A hard hitting drum & bass track, trickling with a dark melody fastened together by subtle eerie vocals. Osmani Soundz and Nuphlo pick up right where the Delta Star left off with what could very well be the most popular tune on the EP. ‘Sand Dunes‘, starts of as this elegant Middle Eastern inspired affair that quickly turns into a potent bass attack floor filler that is destined for greatness.

Carrying on the Middle Eastern vibe, Nuphlo treats us to a solo tune, ‘Kasbah‘ with an inscrutable beginning which in no time mutated into a grimier dubstep tune, executed dexterously. This is then juxtaposed with the penultimate track which is a summer anthem for sure. ‘Tea Rooms‘ by Delta Star is that ideal track you want to be listening to on hot day. A euphoric and lightly coated drum & bass track with a lot of textures, sounds like something Netsky would pull out of the bag! Definitely a favourite! Nuphlo and Apruva close the ’7th Day’ EP with ‘Conflict Resolution’, fuelled by merciless basslines that provide refuge for ethereal vocals and choppy rhythms that soften the track up.

This EP is evidence these pioneers have not wavered in their game since the beginning.

I caught up with Nuphlo for a quick Q&A

NB: So, what is the reason for working with Ges-e, Osmani Soundz and Apurva in this context on Meerkat?

Nuphlo: I think the reason for working with Ges-e and Osmani is simply because we make so many tunes together that dont get released, some of them needed to see the light of day I felt. Meerkat gave us that opportunity. Working with Apurva was purely through us meeting, raving and talking together in Mumbai. He’s on the level when it comes to good dnb. Hes very passionate about what sort of sound he wants to make, plus I only really make tunes with people I like.