Six Degrees Series :: Asian Travels
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A compilation of tracks and remixes from many of the current stars of the Indo-Fusion-Electronica scene, the folks at Six Degrees have put together yet another fine primer for the uninitiated and connoisseurs alike.

The first track "Ja Sha Taan," features fine qawwali vocals by Nawish Ali Khan (whose resemblence to the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is uncanny) with wonderful dancehall beats. Each and every subsquent track features the talents and interpretations of the individual artists and groups as they meld the sounds of South Asia with Y2K DJ technology. Banco de Gaia uses a nice sample of male voices reciting tabla bols or syllables representing specific strokes on the drums.

The closing track by famed violinist L. Shankar is somewhat irritating in the use of the harmonizing saxophone...I've always preferred his violin in a solo context where it really shines. All in all though a great showcase and introduction to this unique genre of music.

ethnotechno rating: 4 out of 5
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  1. Ja Sha Taan - Fun Da Mental (pick)
  2. Kese Kese - DJ Cheb I Sabbah
  3. Currents - Kingsuk Biswas (pick)
  4. Ghoom Charakhana - Najma
  5. Sweet Pain - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan/Michael Brook
  6. Delirium - Euphoria
  7. Harvey And The Old Ones - Banco De Gaia (pick)
  8. Soft Music Under Stars - Fila Brazillia (pick)
  9. A Different Space - Bob Holroyd (pick)
  10. All For You - Shankar