Friday, September 30, 2011

Dons, Gamblers and Surfing Swamis: DJ Shadow and The Automator

Released to some consternation and confusion many years ago by the DJ known as Shadow before he hit the global headlines, Bombay the Hard Way: Guns, Cars and Sitars is the pre-weekend feature today.
DJ Shadow

Mixing it up with him is another passionately confused man Dan ‘The Automator’ Nakamura of San Francisco, California.

Bollywood music was loved by hundreds of millions Indians, Arabs, Cambodians, Africans and Russians but never registered on the radars of the guys who controlled the big markets.    A few adventurous types like David Byrne of Talking Heads fame trumpeted the kaleidoscope-y grooves to small nerdy audiences of music pinheads in the early 90s. No one took notice.

Dan 'the Automator' Nakamura

But somewhere along the way the dam burst. Suddenly shops and movies and books were full of the music I grew up with and picture of the idols I fantastised about.  Everyone jumped on the Bollywood bandwagon. They even have Bollywood line dancing down the streets of Melbourne these days!

But in that quiet moment just before the storm DJ Shadow and Automator put together this mix of Bombay action soundtrack cuts with some masala of their own from the bawarchikhana (kitchen) of the electronic dance hall.

Chillout ambient music with a difference. Not to mention, Amitabh’s golden chords chiming in like a god from the Himalayan heights.

            Track Listing:
01.  Bombay 405 Miles
02.  The Good, The Bad, and The Chu
03.  My Guru
04.  Ganges a Go-Go
05.  The Great Gambler
06.  Professor Pyarelal
07.  Fists of Curry
08.  Punjabis, Pimps, and Players
09.  Inspector Jay from Delhi
10.  Satchidananda
11.  Theme From Don
12.  Fear of a Brown Planet
13.  Uptown Bollywood Nights
14.  Kundan's Hideout
15.  Swami Safari
Listen here.

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