Songs from the Hills

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The lofty range of hills in the far Northeastern corner of the country have inspired many – a region that is bound with folk songs about love, war and harmony. The Northeast is characterised by its own very distinct beauty and has given us bountiful gifts in terms of talent – be it Papon or Soulmate or award winning engineer Debajit Changmai. Here’s taking a look at where the music of the Northeast stands today.


NEWS - 20. October 2014  

An Exchange With Monsoonsiren


It’s war out there, in the clubs, the house parties. If your nights out are punctuated by weeks spent in, it’s likely that you suffer from the delusion that THIS night, will be a good one. Once you decide to brave the small-talk and give yourself up to the greater cause of dance, nothing matters.


NEWS - 15. October 2014   CITY - Bangalore ARTIST - Monsoonsiren

The Ziro Experience: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly


The Good

Good doesn’t do the following bit justice. Sublime would be more accurate.

The music wasn’t all that was right with Ziro Festival. The wide-open landscape of the Ziro Valley, situated at about 2,300 metres is a destination worth exploring even without the festival. Lush, pond filled open expanses of paddy and millet are dotted with hills covered in pine and bamboo. In villages near the festival site, one finds raised wood and bamboo houses interspersed with the occasional pakka construction. I’m told that the local food, which features a panoply of meats, is delightful. I’m vegetarian.


NEWS - 13. October 2014  

Ziro Festival 2014: The Music


After four days at the Ziro Festival of Music, a few words on some of the most noteworthy acts. We’ve largely stayed away from the straight up rockers. For more on them, look to Anurag Tagat’s excellent work at Rolling Stone, or keep an eye on MTV Indies, whose Sameer Ghauri seemed to be everywhere at once in Ziro.


NEWS - 09. October 2014  

Gig Preview: FXS Karachi Bound


It’s time to liven things up in Karachi again and Forever South are once more taking a step to revamp gig culture in Pakistan. On 11 October, in collaboration with the Goethe Institut and Border Movement, Forever South is bringing Karachiites a night filled with electronic music and fun visuals.
This collective of talented producers along with some local artists brainstormed long and hard to come up with ideas to give the people of Karachi the best audio-visual experience, creating the perfect backdrop for music lovers to unwind and aptly titled ‘Karachi Bound’.


NEWS - 07. October 2014   CITY - Karachi ARTIST - Forever South

Have the Machines Won? The Growth of EP Culture in India


When Germany’s Kraftwerk trampled all over North American soil with the gnomic “Autobahn” — a 25 minute something warning bell to herald the electronica parade, lampooned by its own chorus — “Fahren fahren fahren auf der Autobahn” — one journalist penned of their sound: “an indictment of all those who would resist the bloodless iron will and order of the ineluctable dawn of The Machine. (Lester Bangs for Creem, September 1975)


NEWS - 29. September 2014  

Monica Dogra Gets A Rise


We had the opportunity to hear a first edit of ‘Rise Up and Run’, Monica Dogra’s recently released solo single, many months ago. The mix was still a bit rough, but the track’s relentless power and urgency, borne on the back of Engine Earz’ pounding bass drum and handclaps and Ms. Dogra’s insistent alto, were unmistakable. But something about the tune didn’t quite click with us on that brief first take.

What was missing was this video.


NEWS - 24. September 2014   CITY - Mumbai

Indian Artists Ride The Digital Wave

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With the meteoric rise of the Indian electronic scene these last couple of years, several musicians in the country have been gripped by the world of production. Some have made the plunge, jumping definitively off the bandwagon, while others have stayed loyal to their bandmates exploring a parallel world of beats, loops and infinite sounds. For most of them, this journey in electronica has been an organic and often liberating transition.


NEWS - 17. September 2014  

The Wrath of Khan: UK Pop Warped Through the Dhaka Lens

We just popped over to take a look at what’s going one with our friends at Dhaka Electronic Scene and came up with a couple of fresh remixes from Dhaka’s young new producer, Zayan Khan.

Khan’s gone a UK electro-pop route over the past week, reworking tunes from Sam Smith – best known for his vocals on Disclosure’s breakout hit, Latch – and the Sharna Bass featuring Extraordinary, by Clean Bandit.


NEWS - 14. September 2014   CITY - Dhaka ARTIST - Zayan Khan

Sundog Project release new track ‘Bicycle’


There are few acts around town with a sound as nuanced, textured and rich as that of Sundog Project. Their track ‘Bicycle’ released today (Wednesday, 10th September) after much teasing on social media platforms. The foremost thing one notices about the track is its dark, ethereal and ambient quality.  Most of SP’s releases both depict and convey a somber and contemplative mood, as though one’s feet were buried in cold water. Building on that idea of sensory withdrawal, Rahul Das’ compositions circle around existential themes – broadly speaking. The band consists of Anupam Roy (bass/production), Shardul Mehta (drums), Rahul Sainani (guitars) Rahul Das (guitars/vocals/arrangements) and Viraj Mohan (more fuckin’ guitars). 


NEWS - 10. September 2014   CITY - New Delhi ARTIST - Sundog Project

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