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

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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)

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NEWS - 29. September 2014  

Monica Dogra Gets A Rise

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Sundog Project release new track ‘Bicycle’

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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). 

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

Colombo: Video Lab 2014

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There are moments in life when you genuinely believe that the universe is working with you.

It was only a couple of months prior that I was talking to Jivraj Singh regarding ideas for live visuals – we had both stumbled upon a video of Moderats first tour where the visuals were displayed on a three screen setup and were curated by Berlin based visual crew Pfadfinderei. And there I was in the middle of July, staring at an email from Border Movement that said I had been selected for the Video Lab in Colombo by Pfadfinderei and would be spending a week under their mentorship.

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NEWS - 09. September 2014   CITY - Colombo

Border Movement Lounge Set To Launch In India

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After numerous successful sessions at Goethe Institut in Colombo, The Indian edition of Border Movement Lounge is set to launch at Delhi and Kolkata on the 17 and 20 of September respectively.

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NEWS - 05. September 2014  

Low-end from the Top of the World

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We’ve been waiting for something like this.

When SickFlip first appeared on the scene about two years ago, his rising talent as a producer was evident. That said, though we appreciated the way he subtly incorporated drum and bass styles into work, we weren’t always drawn to his bombastic style, which often seemed geared towards overly intoxicated “EDM” loving drop hunters.

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NEWS - 01. September 2014   ARTIST - Sickflip

Out and Out Parties: Provisional Thoughts on Delhi’s Gay Nightlife

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Recently, I spent a couple of months exploring some of the marginalized niche nightlife scenes that exist in Delhi. Namely, I looked at queer1, African, and Northeastern party scenes in the Capital. When niche nightlife communities emerge from the mainstream grounded in a specific musical genre – take, for example, the psychedelic trance community – they’re rarely explicitly political. They exist because people enjoy a certain kind of music, certain kinds of drugs, or aesthetic, and the kind of social capital that emerges within their fringe scene. But when niche scenes emerge around a specific identity – be it national, ethnic, or sexual – they are much more likely to have emerged because of processes of social exclusion.

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NEWS - 28. August 2014   CITY - New Delhi

Interview: Tollcrane

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It’s usually not that hard to pin an artist’s sound down anymore, mostly because with the Internet and piracy, anyone anywhere can be influenced by anyone anywhere – it’s not outrageous to listen to a producer from Nepal churn out off-kilter, off-time beats a la Flying Lotus, or even find an upstart beatsmith nick and steal from some other upstart beatsmith. There’s confluence and congruence everywhere, and it’s fairly easy to pin down sounds and scenes and inspiration.

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NEWS - 23. August 2014   CITY - Karachi ARTIST - Toll Crane


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