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Various Artists: Essential Lounge: Bombay

Audio Samples

>Punjabi Prelude (Tap You Feet Mix) - Al-pha-X
>Introducing Louis Pachini - Karminsky Experience
>E.S.Y. (Spring Heel Jack Mix) - Joi/Spring Heel Jack
>Circle - Zeb
>Transcendence - Thievery Corporation
>Caravan (Karava) - Sultan Khan (Brainpolluter Remix)
>Duben - Natacha Atlas
>Afternoon Ecstasy - Aloke Dasgupta
>Dawn - L.I.V./Chris Ibenhard
>Amaravatti - Sofian Rouge
>Serengeti - Infernal (Bliss Mix)
>Caloumet - Ante Rem (Original Mix)
>Stotinki - Jah Wobble/Natacha Atlas/The Space Cadets (Transglobal Remix)
>Guyatri Mantra - RaRa Avis
>Romantic - Zeb
>Dunia - Bliss
>Had Gedam - Dao
>Calling, The - Pressure Drop
>Night Life - Frost Raven
>Same Beat - Prophets/Bill ''Ravi'' Harris
>Star Shpongled Banner - Shpongle
>Hedudd, El - Natacha Atlas/Transglobal Underground
>Mother India - Subi Shah/Fun^Da^Mental
>Wahrania, El - Sofian Rouge

Track List

>Punjabi Prelude (Tap You Feet Mix) - Al-pha-X
>Introducing Louis Pachini - Karminsky Experience
>E.S.Y. (Spring Heel Jack Mix) - Joi/Spring Heel Jack
>Circle - Zeb
>Transcendence - Thievery Corporation
>Caravan (Karava) - Sultan Khan (Brainpolluter Remix)
>Duben - Natacha Atlas
>Afternoon Ecstasy - Aloke Dasgupta
>Dawn - L.I.V./Chris Ibenhard
>Amaravatti - Sofian Rouge
>Serengeti - Infernal (Bliss Mix)
>Caloumet - Ante Rem (Original Mix)
>Stotinki - Jah Wobble/Natacha Atlas/The Space Cadets (Transglobal Remix)
>Guyatri Mantra - RaRa Avis
>Romantic - Zeb
>Dunia - Bliss
>Had Gedam - Dao
>Calling, The - Pressure Drop
>Night Life - Frost Raven
>Same Beat - Prophets/Bill ''Ravi'' Harris
>Star Shpongled Banner - Shpongle
>Hedudd, El - Natacha Atlas/Transglobal Underground
>Mother India - Subi Shah/Fun^Da^Mental
>Wahrania, El - Sofian Rouge

Album Notes

Various Artists: Frost Raven, Ante Rem.

Personnel: John Mark Harris (flute).

Audio Mixers: James Munns; Moreno Visini.

Audio Remixers: Steffen Aaskoven; Marc George Andersen.

Another in the Passport Series put out by UBL Music, Essential Lounge: Bombay compiles 24 songs on two discs that use more traditional Indian and Asian musical elements mixed with Western electronica. Not a unique concept -- many of the artists included on the album, like Thievery Corporation, Jah Wobble, and Natacha Atlas, have been doing this kind of thing for years -- but when it's done right, it can be quite stunning. The selections on Essential Lounge: Bombay are well-chosen, though the distinction of "Bombay" seems rather broad (perhaps pan-Asian would be more accurate). Still, there are good, downtempo grooves and haunting synthesizers (though the sitar-funk cover of James Brown's "Same Beat" by Bill "Ravi" Harris & the Prophets moves away a bit from that, and despite its quality, doesn't quite fit with the rest of the album, sounding rather out of place) that create a nice, nocturnal atmosphere, and while perhaps the songs are not exactly or completely indicative of Bombay, they'll at least stimulate the mind into thinking about Indian- and Asian-inspired musics, which might just be the point of the record, after all. ~ Marisa Brown



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