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London Undersound - Nitin Sawhney

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Genre: World Music / Artist: Nitin Sawhney / Audio CD released 2008-10-13 at Cooking Vinyl

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      03.11.2008 23:48
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      A mixture of Indian classical and modern music with Western threads running through.

      Days Of Fire is performed by Natty, an artist starting to get recognition and critical acclaim with his own album Man Like I. This was actually inspired by Natty's own experience of the July bombings in London in 2005. It's a good track, very easy to listen to, and catchy. It sounds like London and it's upbeat and a little bit gritty. A great opener.

      October Daze features Tina Grace, who I admit I had not heard of prior to this release. She has a good, dulcet voice. The track reminds me of Portishead in its sound.

      Bring It Home includes vocals from the talented Imogen Heap, and starts off very dreamy, slow and ambient but then changes tempo and becomes upbeat and funky, like a track you'd hear in a funky, upmarket wine bar in the city.

      Interlude 1 includes spoken vocals by Paul McCartney and it's overall a great introduction to the following track, My Soul which features Paul McCartney himself.

      My Soul was written as Paul's first real public expression of emotions regarding what transpired with his ex wife. Very moving and poignant piece with beautiful, subtle female vocals in the background which sound very classical Indian.

      Interlude II is comprised of spoken Spanish in a sensual tone, speaking of the mountains. The wood instrument at the end is haunting and again, flows effortlessly into the next track.

      Distant Dreams has gorgeous jazz instrumentals and the vocallist sounds very familiar, despite me not being familiar with her by name (Roxanne Tataei).

      Interlude III is the most Nitin-Sawhney-esque piece so far; classic funky Indian music and vocals.

      Shadowland is much the same as Interlude, although the female vocallist there has been replaced in this track by a male.

      Daybreak....The song would not be out of place in some fancy Indian restaurant or on Brick Lane. Gorgeous.

      Ek Taan contains mind-blowingly beautiful female vocals and a very relaxing piano instrumental, and it melds into an easy, relaxed next track.

      Transmission is relaxed but for me not a track I like because it sounds a bit too monotonous in terms of the vocal register used.

      Last Train To Midnight is much the same as Transmission.

      Firmament is a gorgeous instrumental, classic Nitin Sawhney. Simple, moving, understated and beautiful.

      The album closes with Charu Keshi Rain in collaboration with Anoushkar Shankar, and this, along with My Soul, is my favourite track on the album. Beautiful sitars and relaxing, effortless grace.

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Days Of Fire feat. Natty
    2 October Daze feat. Tina Grace
    3 Bring It Home feat. Imogen Heap
    4 Interlude 1 - Ghost Image
    5 My Soul feat. Paul McCartney
    6 Interlude 2 - Soledad
    7 Distant Dreams feat. Roxanne Tataei
    8 Interlude 3 - Street Sounds
    9 Shadowland feat. Ojos De Brujo
    10 Daybreak feat. Faheem Mazhar
    11 Interlude 4 - Identity
    12 Ek Jaan feat. Reena Bhardwaj
    13 Transmission feat. Tina Grace
    14 Interlude 5 - Tension
    15 Last Train To Midnight feat. Aruba Red
    16 Interlude 6 - Ronald Gray
    17 Firmament
    18 Charu Keshi Rain feat. Anoushka Shanka