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

The Akaliko Compilation – Nyurutsu

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Nyururtsu is the title of the latest compilation by Akaliko Records an offshoot of the Dhaka Electronica Scene (DES) spearheaded by Khan Mohammed Faisal. The landscape of electronic music in Dhaka has seen a remarkable transformation since DES came into being. It is undoubtedly, because of a few hard working people who’ve taken a vision and done everything in their power to make it tangible and real. Nyurutsu represents DES’s evolution and much more.

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NEWS - 19. August 2014   CITY - Dhaka ARTIST - Dhaka Electronica Scene

Until We Last Release Debut EP ‘Earthgazing’

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A few years ago, in conversation with drummer Steve Turncrantz (of Russian Circles fame), I learnt the futility of the term post-rock. Maybe the genre, baptized arguably by American explorers Slint circa the early 90s, had cast its last legion of influencers— you know kids with oversized hoodies and torn jeans, all flipping off the mainstream and swearing by their ‘cumulative timbres’ and ‘cinematic flourish’.

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NEWS - 16. August 2014   CITY - Bangalore ARTIST - Until We Last

Pettah Interchange III: Rio Cinema

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By now, this story has already been told. But let’s tell it again: Over the years, many gatekeepers have turned me away. But intimidation had never really struck until I was straddling the infamous fences of the Berghain. It was early 2007, Marcel Dettmann had just put out MDR 1 (a bat-out-of-hell 12”), sparking a small heatwave across Europe with his cyclonic DJ sets. From its wanna-be-startin’-somethin’ title to Thor-like kickdrum, “Let’s Do It” perfectly encapsulated that spirit (“1 part kick drum,to 1 part earthquake”). It was music that encased raw power like a bomb, held together by a seething cord. Ready to indulge, I slowly crept up to the old powerplant door. Sven (the gatekeeper) stared me down from the darkness, burning a hole through the guts of my soul. I am not entirely sure what he saw, whether it was fear or steel-eyed resolve. I got in.

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NEWS - 12. August 2014   CITY - Colombo


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