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Rad Fad Mad: all genre, all style, all era and worldwide! One of my projects started in 2016, but for some reason, it got paused. Recently I kick-started it by launching a telegram channel to a small circle people. In the channel, I post an album a day, with a short description about the album or artist or some facts. After two months of running the channel, I thought of keeping a copy on my website too.

July 2019

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Java - The Atmosphere

by Andre Mayorga

Folk • Lounge • Ambient • Indonesia

"One of the best Lounge!" - Just came back from Jakarta, but I'm really missing! Amazing people, unbeatable hospitality, harmony in symphony, food food food, elegant art, eclectic music taste, highly maintained infrastructure - If I start to list down, I won't finish. So, let's end my Jakarta trip in a good note - No rock, no pop, just folk!

Java the Atmosphere, I picked up this CD from a local shop at Jakarta blindly without much expectation. But when I listened to it, it turned out to be one of the best lounge that I ever heard. Hardly I have three or four lounge albums in my collection, and this is the number one in it. Talking about the album, why I love it? Because of the array of traditional instruments used, the ambient fill, the innocence of the countryside and my Indonesian memories. Terimakasih!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Chicano Blues

by Funky Aztecs

Hip Hop • Latin • Gangsta • Chicano Rap • 1992 • USA

“Viva La Raza!” - Through this album, Funky Aztecs try to break the line and bring peace between the Mexican-American gangs Norteños and Sureños. Another interesting fact about this album is its album cover, it represents the Norteños in red and Sureños in blue (the gang colour itself) with the same dress and the same number of people, to show both are same in everything. In a nutshell English, Spanglish and good enough rap-ing. And more than an album, Chicano Blues is a page from the history of Mexican-American Chicano Movement.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Kandisa

by Indian Ocean

Folk • Rock • Fusion • 2000 • India

“Kandisa Alahaye Kandisa Esana!” - Kandisa, the one song which I found on a compilation disc during my college days. Initial I didn't play this track, but the moment I played it, I fell in love with it. It sounded very divine, and the feel is inexpressible. Another interesting fact about the song is the lyrics; it's in Aramaic-East Syriac, used in the liturgy of the Saint Thomas Christians of Kerala. Not just the song Kandisa, all other songs are also a perfect blend of different folk styles. Even if you didn't listen to the complete album, don't miss the last track - Kandisa.

The album Kandisa, is the second studio album by the Indian Ocean, one of the most beloved Indian fusion rock band - Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Soul Makossa

by Lafayette Afro Rock Band

Funk • Jazz Funk • Makossa • Afrobeat • 1973 • France

“Groovy as hell!” - Soul Makossa by Lafayette Afro Rock Band, a killer grooving record, and one of my favourite afro funk record. This record is a perfect style crossover - funk rhythms, African percussion and afrobeat. Talk about the band, Lafayette Afro Rock Band, formed in America but relocated to Paris even before becoming the cult. And why they became cult? It's because of two tracks in this album, one is Soul Makossa, and the other one is Hihache. Soul Makossa, the funkiest version of Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango's single "Soul Makossa". And Hihache, one of the fuels of hiphop, sampled many times and famous for the break beats. And not just these track, all the tracks in this record are crazy. Heavy bass, tight drums, soaring horns, fuzzy guitar and funk - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Five Phases Of The Noom

by Various

Electronic • Techno • Acid • Hard Trance • 1998 • Germany

“Hello Friday, let's rave!” - Till the date almost all my suggestions where rock, jazz and funk. So for a change, let's have a Hard Trance compilation from Noom Records called the "Five phases of the Noom". If you are a witness of the 90's rave parties, then Noom Records won't be stranger for you. And for those who don't know, it's the one the most respected label among the ravers. Most of the tracks in this compilation are acid bass, trance and 140+ bpm. In brief, it's nothing but a powerhouse of acid and bangers. Most of the people I know show a hard time accepting this kind of music, but this is real gold - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Live at Jazz Vienne

by Remembering Shakti

Jazz • Indian Classical • Fusion

“This is how you should remember Shakti!” - Today instead of an album, we are having live performance by Remembering Shakti. It's a five-piece band consisting of John McLaughlin (guitar), Zakir Hussain (tabla), U. Srinivas (mandolin), Shankar Mahadevan (vocals), and V. Selvaganesh (kanjira, ghatam, mridangam). This band is a reformation of the old Shakti band, consist of John, Zakir, L. Shankar and T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram. I think this is the second time I'm mentioning the name Shakti in this channel. And yes, this album is not from the real band, but the essence, it's still there. Writing a review of this performance will be an injustice, so I'm leaving this up to you. But one thing, it's elegant. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

A Handful Of Beauty

by Shakti

Jazz • Indian Classical • Fusion • Contemporary Jazz • 1977 • USA

“The real Shakti is here!” - Yesterday we were talking about Shakti for the second time, but we never play it. So, why don't we listen to it today? "A Handful of Beauty" is the second studio album by Shakti and a perfect east meets west album, very unconventional and experimental. Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Hong Kong Dub-Station

by Celestial

Electronic • Dub • Downtempo • World • Fusion • 2003 • Hong Kong

“A Kind of Aural Shangri-La!” - Hong Kong Dub Station, another chill-out, east meets west album, more specifically saying, it's an Asia meets west album. This album contains a fusion of different styles of music like classical, dub and folk, as well as cultures like Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Nepalese and I think Welsh too. This album is the third album by Celestial, a HongKong based music collective of more than 15 musicians. If you ask me which is your favourite celestial album, I would say this because of the first track; it was so welcoming, and the Shakuhachi, oh man, it melts me away. Not just the opening track, all most all the tracks are excellent, especially Gaawati. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Batida

by Batida

Electronic • African • Kudro • Dance • 2012 • Portugal

“Beat of the drums, Beat of the heart, Beat of the Earth!” - Most of the electronic Afro-dance records that I heard were a downtempo or deep house or chill-out. But very rarely, I meet some high enegry records and Batida is one of them. "Batida" is a compilation by "Batida" a.k.a Pedro Coquenão, an Angolan-born, Portuguese-raised music fanatic. For me, what makes this record so unique is the samples that he used. In all the tracks, Batida embedded the music of Angolan from the '60s and '70s, along with electronic dance music, and made the entire experience into a street party. But more than a party, most of the tracks depicts Pedro viewpoints about the socio-political aspects. Angolan music history, street party and bass, I think you should not miss this record. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Facts And Fictions

by Asian Dub Foundation

Electronic • Hiphop • Dub • Drum 'n' Bass • Jungle • Bhangra • Ragga • Conscious • 1995 • UK

“For the rebels, by the rebels!” - Facts and Fiction, an album for the leftist and anti-fascist, against racist and injustice, by the Asian underground. From the beginning to the end, it's a rebellious journey interweaving different styles into one solid album - a pure mix of dub and Asian ethnicity. Talking about the Asian Dub Foundation, started as a collective music project in 1993 and still touring. One thing I like about the band is the countries that they choose to tour, like Morocco, India and Cuba, where usual rock bands don't tour. My first experience with Asian Dub Foundation is through the video game Need for Speed Underground, and the song was "Fortress Europe". Since then, the Asian Dub Foundation is in my collection. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Jet Sounds

by Nicola Conte

Jazz • Electronic • Latin • Acid Jazz • Bossa Nova • Samba Jazz • Nu Jazz • 2000 • Italy

“It's time for a cigar and whiskey!” - From the last couple of days, we were listening to pumped up albums by Asian Dub Foundation and Batida. So, to neutralise the energy, let's have a lush tropical album called Jet Sounds by Nicola Conte. This album is an uplifting one, with the essence of '60s bossa nova and Italian movies. I found this album through our old grooveshark, and since then it's in my shelf. Talking about Nicola Conte, he's a famous Italian jazz innovator, composer, producer and DJ. His style of music more world fusion, and explores a lot on acid jazz, Latin soundscape and Indian classical. Because of that, all his albums are very warm and rhythmic. - Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Narkopop

by Gas

Electronic • Techno • Modern Classical • Ambient • Drone • 2017 • Germany

“It's mysterious and horrifying!” - This is the third time I'm posting a GAS album in this channel. Because it's always one of my got to ambient techno. Last time I posted Pop and Königsforst, which are on the bright side, but Narkopop is not. Narkopop is melancholic, lost and chilling. For me, this album sounds very mysterious, sometimes I feeling like a lost soul wandering through a dark woody forest, haunted by thoughts, and in search for something unsure. Layers of synths, samples, white noise and thumping kick drums, again another masterpiece by GAS after seventeen years. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Polar Sequences

by The Higher Intelligence Agency,Biosphere

Electronic • Ambient • Ambient Techno • Dark Ambient • Field Recordings • 1996 • UK/Norway

Birmingham Frequencies

by The Higher Intelligence Agency,Biosphere

Electronic • Ambient • Ambient Techno • Field Recordings • 2000 • UK/Norway

“Dude, ambient techno again!” - Yes, today also an ambient techno album, but not GAS. This time a collaboration project by Biosphere and Higher Intelligence Agency, in two records called Polar Sequences and Birmingham Frequencies. The first record is more atmospheric, dark and artic, and the second one is more urban, dub and fast-moving. Because, Polar Sequences recording was done in Norway, on the top of a hill. And the second one on a Rotunda, in the heart of Birmingham. Now, why Norway and Birmingham? Biosphere a.k.a Geir Jenssen, a Norway electronic musician, pioneering in producing environmental ambient albums. And HIA (Higher Intelligence Agency), a Birmingham based project by Bobby Bird. - Highly Recommended!

Polar Sequences Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Birmingham Frequencies Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Break-Out

by Rodney Stepp

Electronic • Hip Hop • Electro • 1984 • USA

“There's a party in the block!” - Too much tripping on ambient techno, let's spin the mood dial to a classic electro single called "Break out" by "Rodney Stepp". This song is all about the kicks, vocoders and dance; It's electro, futuristic and pumping. About Rodney Stepp, an American keyboardist, songwriter and producer, Stater his career and evolved over different styles like jazz, soul and R&B. Over the time he performed with legends like Micheal Jacksons and many notable artists.- Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Hiroshima

by Hiroshima

Jazz • Jazz Fusion • Smooth Jazz • Soul Jazz • Japanese Folk • 1979 • USA

“America, Japan and Hiroshima!” - Another fantastic jazz fusion album, its funk and soul, koto and shakuhachi, electric and bass. "Hiroshima", the album start's with a funky groove, continues to flow in a very soulful manner, without losing the Nipponese essence. This album is the debut album of American born band called "Hiroshima", released in 1979 and sold more than 100,000 copies with in the first three months. If you don't want to listen to the entire album, but I recommend you to check out the tracks Lion Dance, Kokoro (I'm in love with the bass and koto) and Taiko Song. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Jazzmatazz Volume: 1

by Guru

Hiphop • Jazz • Jazz Rap • East Coast • Conscious • 1993 • USA

“When Jazz met HipHop!” - For the first time, someone experimented live jazz with hip-hop, and the result was Jazzmatazz. It's the first-ever album to meld live jazz with hip-hop groove and rapping, and others mostly use samples. This album is first solo debut by Guru, an American producer, rapper and actor, released in 1993. Upon releasing, Jazzmatazz peaked the R&B/Hip-hop Billboard at 24th, and commercial success in Europe. This album features lots of famous jazz musicians like Donald Byrd, Lonnie Liston Smith, Branford Marsalis, Ronny Jordan and Roy Ayers. Also features soul singers like Carleen Anderson, N'Dea Davenport, Dee C Lee and French rapper MC Solaar. I think this collaboration list is enough to judge the musical experience, and definitely, it's priceless. It's smooth, laid-back and chilled as fuck, and the best way to end your day. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Electropical

by Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel

Electronic • Afro • Latin • Disco • Soul • House • 2018 • Venezuela/UK

“It's Afro, it's Latin, and it's House!“ - "Electropical", from the name itself it's very evident about that nature of the album, it's electronic and tropical. In other words, Afro-Latin vibes infused into electronic music. The album starts in a soul disco style, later progress into Afro-Latin, and keeps on grooving. This album is two Venezuelan born producers, Juan Laya & Jorge Montiel, released in 2018. My favourite tracks are Cumbanchero (notable for the accordion), Semana Santa En Achaguas (groovy percussion and the trumpet), Vuelo Del Condor (flute) and Sabana (flute again). - Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Tathastu

by Kendraka

Jazz • Fusion • Indian Classical • Experimental • 2018 • India

“The new generation of Indian Jazz!” - In India, during the '60s, cities like Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Bangalore were thriving on jazz and swing scene. But gradually it started getting declined when the Anglo-Indian's started emigrating. By the '70s, artists and bands like Ravi Shankar and Shakti, they took it from where their ancestors left and continued experimenting and fusing Indian classical into the art of jazz. Which eventually became the signboards for the hippies. But by the time, Bollywood music took over the common man's taste, and jazz became a minority. I think it's still a minority, but the quality, it never got deteriorated. So today, I'm presenting "Kendraka", the new face of Indian jazz through their debut album called "Tathastu". Kendraka is a jazz fusion band from Calcutta, formed in 2008 and still active. If you are looking for some bass-led jazz album, then I think you are in the right place. It's groovy, trancelike and raga. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Play Deep Funk

by The Sound Stylistics

Funk • Jazz • Deep Funk • Funk Jazz • 2007 • USA • UK

“It's Friday, and the Funk is here!” - "Play Deep Funk", for me it's one of the best 21st-century deep funk album that won't make you sit. After listening to this album, the first thing that I checked was the year, because it sounded very old-school, full of breaks and high energy. "Play Deep Funk" is the debut album by "The Sound Stylistics" recorded in 2002 and faced some releasing issue, which got re-released in 2007. The album starts with a throwback to James Brown and keeps you in the groove; A must for funk lovers, mainly instrumental; Fresh and Old-school - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Colonial Cousins

by Colonial Cousins

Pop • 1996 • India

“Sa ni dha pa ma ga ma ga re sa!” - Colonial Cousins, one of my all-time favourite album, which is in heavy rotation since my childhood. For me, for some reason, this album has a mysterious connection with rain. Because I also think of playing this album on every cosy raining day and end up playing it, which happened today too. This album is in Carnatic and Hindustani style of singing, backed with the western pop style of music. Upon releasing this album, it became a national sensation and hit the platinum in sales. “Colonial Cousins” is the debut album by an Indian duo called “Colonial Cousins”, formed by singer Hariharan and singer-composer Leslie Lewis. For this album, the duo won several awards like MTV Asia Viewer's Choice Award and US Billboard Viewer's Choice Award. Also, they became the first Indian act to be featured on MTV Unplugged. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Gentleman

by Fela Kuti,Africa 70

Afrobeat • Jazz • Jazz Funk • 1973 • Nigeria

“I be Africa man original!” - No words, this album is one of the best work of Fela Kuti. The title track “Gentlemen”, it starts with a very long intro - two minutes of a saxophone solo, after that, the first beat and the groove begins. On the eight-minute vocal appears, and fantastic call and response - simply a delightful Fela song. Not just the title track, both the other tracks are also amazing, especially the last track “Igbe”, love the groove. Fela Kuti a.k.a The Black President is an afrobeat pioneer, Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, musician, composer, and human rights activist. “Gentlemen” is his ninth studio album, released in 1973. Fela and his songs are very popular for criticising the socio-political condition of Africa. Even in the track “Gentlemen” and the album cover, Fela is commenting on the post-colonial mentality of Africans who adhere to European style. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Guantanamera / Bravo

by Celia Cruz

Latin • Gaujira • 1966 • Cuba

“Es hora de un cigarro!” - Yesterday we had an energetic, angry and rebellious afrobeat record by Fela Kuti, so today, let's steer to la bella, el Habana. “Guantanamera / Bravo”, a fantastic Latin record by “Celia Cruz”, released in 1966. With this record, I have three things to share, first is about the music style, the next is about the song, and then about the artist. So first, the music style - “Guajira” a.k.a Cuban Country, a narrative style of music developed in Cuba in the 18th century, derived from the rustic folk tradition, and still prevalent in rural and urban areas. About the song “Guantanamera”, it’s one of the most notated Cuban patriotic songs. Many other solo artists have recorded this song, and one of them is Celia Cruz. “Celia Cruz”, Cuban singer and one of the most popular Latin artist, more than that, she’s called the Queen of Salsa. Through her career, she made over 76 records; won three Grammys and four Latin Grammys, and collaborated with a diverse range of musicians. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

MCMXC a.D.

by Enigma

Electronic • New-Age • Ambient • Folk • Gregorian • 1990 • Germany

“If you believe in the light, it‘s because of obscurity, if you believe in happiness, it‘s because of unhappiness, and if you believe in God then you‘ll have to believe in the devil!” - When I was a child, after listening to Enigma for the first time, I got scared of the music. After that, it took some years for me to start listening to the album. Now when I look back, it‘s amusing, because I got scared of one of the best music of the 20th century. In a way, as a kid, the music did what it supposed to do. “MCMXC a.D.”, the debut album by “Engima”, a project by a Romanian-German composer called Michael Cretu, through which he brought the new-age into the mainstream. Cretu started his career in 1976 and mostly spent time with pop and soft rock. By 1990, the idea of a new-age project called Engima came up, and it became a turning point. “Engima” project is all about of Gregorian chantings, folk instruments and drum machines. Inducing a spiritual, medieval, dark, sexual and sinful atmosphere. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

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Quiet!

by Sheila Chandra

Electronic • Ambient • Drone • Indian Classical • Fusion • 1984 • UK

“Music for the quiet!” - Quiet is an experimental album, where Sheila overlays her mesmerizing voice with minimal texture to create a spiritual ambience. Quiet is perfect laid-back album and the second solo album by Sheila Chandra. Talking about Sheila Chandra, she is a British pop singer, the main contributor of Indipop, and the first Asian to break into the UK charts. She started her career as pop singer and later she moved to drone style and fusion. By 2009, Sheila started seeing the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome and slowly retired from singing, and started focusing on writing.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Love Thang

by Fredi Grace And Rhinstone

Electro • Funk • 1982 • USA

“Truly an amazing female/vocoder duet!” - It's hard to find good electro duet like this, it's pretty rare. And that's why I love this song. Also, when you drop the needle at 00:16, the bass guitar signature, it's same the Uptown funk by Bruno Mars. But, I'm not sure whether he sampled it or not.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Dub Side Of The Moon

by Easy Star All-Stars

Electronic • Reggae • Dub • Psychedelic • 2003 • USA

“A chill-out Pink Floyd version!” - A right dub mix without losing the essence. Proper usage of echoes, reverbs and vocals, enough Jamaican and psychedelic. Don't hesitate to listen if you love reggae, you will definitely appreciate this album.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Future Shock

by Herbie Hancock

Jazz • Future Jazz • Funk • Electro • 1983 • USA

“The album which turned the turntable into a musical instrument!” - I was in a dilemma whether should I share this album today because of the last week's electro albums. But finally, I took the decision to share because it's one of the most influential records. Future Shock, an amalgam of jazz, funk, electro/hip-hop and Turntable. If you think from the 80's perspective, this records is really futuristic. This is the 29th album of Herbie Hancock, who started the journey as a sideman in the early 60s, and now, he's a prolific jazz musician a.k.a the modern jazz musician. Over time, he released 41 Studio albums, 12 Live albums, 62 Compilation albums, 38 Singles and 5 Soundtrack albums. And one thing I really like about Hancock is his experimentations on fusing different genres and style. Even if you don't have time to listen to the entire album, just listen to the first track "Rockit" - it's a worldwide breakdancing anthem, won several MTV Music Video awards in 1984, as well as the Grammy award for best R&B performance.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Amassakoul

by Tinariwen

Blues • Folk • Rock • Desert Blues • Tishoumaren • World • 2003 • Mali

From the last two weeks, we are listening to a lot of electronic and jazz albums. So for a change, let's get out of our urban setups, into the scorching desert of West Africa. I hope you will remember the album Temet by Imarhan, a desert blues band from Algeria, and Tinariwen is their godfather. I always love how the Tinariwen intertwined Tuareg culture with electric guitars. The music, it's so traditional, but the electric guitar, it depicts the progressiveness. "Amassakoul" means "The Traveller", the third album by Tinariwen, a desert blues band from Mali making music since 1993. More than musicians, they are the freedom fighters of the Tuareg community, and their songs, it makes you feel that you are one of them.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Clin D'Oeil

by Jazz Liberatorz

Hip Hop • Jazz • Rap • 2007 • France

“A tribute to jazz!” - When we think about the Hip hop, most of the best artist that we know are from America. But I found a French beatmaking trio called the "Jazz Liberators", who sounds like Manhattan. "Clin D'Oeil" is their long-awaited debut release and a remarkable piece. If you love hip hop as well as jazz, you will appreciate this album. It contains classic beats, first-class sampling, instruments after instruments and a great lineup of rappers. Also being a French trio, it's so fascinating to see how they retained the essence of the classic hip-hop production quality, which is very evident as the album progress. The Jazz Liberatorz - DJ Damage, Dusty, & Madhi, they've been around since 1999 and released 11 singles and three full-length albums till 2009, after that, never heard about them. But with the ten years, they became one of the cult group. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Electric Ganesha Land

by Prasanna

Jazz • Rock • Carnatic • Hard Rock • Fusion • 2006 • USA

“A tribute to Jimi Hendrix without any Hendrix melodies” - This is the second time I'm sharing a Prasanna album. Same as his last album, today also we have an another unique mix of Carnatic, rock and jazz. I love the array of South Indian percussions he used to back the electrifying riffs. I found this album four years back, and still, I don't mind listening to it again - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

The Bongolian

by The Bongolian

Funk • Jazz • Afro-Cuban • Latin • 2002 • UK

“A funk a day keeps the apple away!” - Today on the menu, we have an excellent heavyweight breaking record called "The Bongolian" by "The Bongolian". It's a record, rich in Afro-Cuban percussions, Latin vibes, funky synths and breakbeats. By combine all, this is a perfect dance record and essential for DJs. The Bongolian a.k.a Nasser Bouzida is a multi-instrumentalist and a percussion addict based out of UK, and this is his debut solo album - Recommended for Funk/Latin fans!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

A Meeting By The River

by Ry Cooder,Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Blues • Folk • Indian • World • 1993 • USA

“When the Mississippi meets the Ganges!” - We were listening to a lot of high energy records for the last couple of days; I think it's time to bring the level down. So, today on the plate, we have a soothing and elegant blend of Indian music with blues by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Ry Cooder called "A Meeting by the River". More than an album, it's a world-music Grammy winner, and more than that, it's a joyful conversation between two cultures. Talking about Ry Cooder, he's an American born multi-instrumentalist, famous for his slide guitar style and loves to jam with different cultures. On the other hand, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is Hindustani classical music who plays Mohan Veena, a custom Hawaiian slide guitar made by him.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Visions Of The Emerald Beyond

by Mahavishnu Orchestra

Jazz • Rock • Fusion • 1975 • USA

“From the Avatars of Jazz Fusion!” - Visions Of The Emerald Beyond, the 4th album by the Mahavishnu Orchestra and a perfect jazz-rock fusion. As the album progress, the band's interest on Indian classical become more evident, as well as intricate sound patterns and experimentations. For some, it takes some time to get dissolved into this album, but once you get the hang, there is no return.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Through The Looking Glass

by Midori Takada

Ambient • Experimental • Classical • Minimal • Contemporary • 1983 • Japan

“The notion of time and body, of physicality!” - Through The Looking Glass, the solo debut album by Midori Takada, it's dreamy, mysterious and a cult. Midori Takada, a Japanese composer, percussionist and an ambient savvy who started the career in 1978 as a classical player. But later she started focusing on Asian and African soundscape and formed an ensemble called Mkwaju Ensemble. Because of the financial constraint, after releasing two albums, she dispersed the trio and started going solo. One interesting fact about the album is, the entire album was recorded onto analogue tape in just two days using a diverse array of instruments, including marimbas, gongs, chimes, recorders, a reed organ and Coca-Cola bottles which were blown into and played like flutes. So in brief, this record is deep dive into percussions and a real lucid dream. - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Shades Of Blue (Madlib Invades Blue Note)

by Madlib

Electronic • Hip Hop • Jazz • Instrumental • Downtempo • 2008 • USA

“A Tribute to Blue Note Records!” - So far, I had shared two jazzy hip-hop records, and today, we have another kickass record called the Shades of Blue by the Madlib. This is a perfect throwback to the golden era of Blue Note records, containing samples from Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey and many more. Talking about Madlib, born in California, a prolific music producer, multi-instrumentalist, rapper and an owner of four tons of vinyl records.

"I've got about three or four rooms of records and two rooms of instruments. I've probably got more than four tons of records by now ... Basically my whole life is music, that's all I do 24–7. I'll take two months off just to listen to records." – Madlib

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

What's Your Name?

by Zinno

Electronic • Electro • Synth-pop • 1985 • Belgium

“You seem to be unbeatable, Mr Bond!” - Today, I found an impressive record by a band called Zinno from Belgium. And the exciting part about the song is, it's about Bond, James Bond, made out of samples from bond movies and the mighty 808.

“Although never cited, the artist behind Zinno was actually Dan Lacksman from Telex. The female backing vocals singing "who are you, what's your name" were performed by Beverly Jo Scott and Maurane.”

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Jingga

by Jingga

Pop • 1995 • Indonesia

“One album, massive hit!” - I found this album during my first trip to Jakarta while digging on a local record shop. Initially, I didn't give much importance to the cassette because it was a pop. But when the shop owner played it, I got surprised! And all of a sudden it took me to the great 80's pop and a lot of childhood memories started gushing. This album is in Bahasa, and I don't know Bahasa, but the music and the vocal, it takes me to the cliff of love and pushes me down; that's how I feel when I listen to this album, so romantic! This album is one of my favourite Indonesian pop, and my favourite tracks are Aku Dalam Manusia, Tentang Aku and Terakhir.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Königsforst

by Gas

Electronic • Ambient • Techno • Minimal • Modern Classical • 1998 • Germany

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Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

A Little Closer To The Stars

by Astronaut Ape

Electronic • Psy Chill • Ambient • Downtempo • 2012 • Russia

“Can psytrance be slow?” - Psytrance is one of the genres that I never looked into much; I always stuck with the traditional goa trance and friends suggestions. But recently I bumped into a psytrance guide which diversified my thoughts about it. So today I'm sharing a psytrance album, more precisely a Psychill album. Psychill is a downtempo genre, utilises various elements of Goa Trance, 303, and lush atmosphere - Astronaut Ape a.k.a Oleg Belousov, an electronic music producer from Russia and A Little Closer To The Stars is his debut release.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Buena Vista Social Club

by Buena Vista Social Club

Latin • Afro-Cuban • Son Cubano • Bolero • Guajira • Danzón • Descarga • 1997 • Cuba

“A masterpiece in four days!” - One of the essential records which depict Cuba's rich musical culture before the revolution. When you listen to this album, you will won't believe that it was a recording from the '90s, but yes! In 1996, Ry Cooder took the initiative to document the lush tropical sounds of Cuba, by forming an ensemble of musicians from the 1940s, '50s and '60s called Buena Vista Social Club.

But initially, The Buenavista Social Club was a members-only club located in Buenavista, founded in 1932. At that time, clubs in Cuba were segregated into white societies, black societies, etc., and The Buenavista Social Club operated as a black society. But after the revolution, in the 1960s, Cuban music started getting blend with more western style like rock and jazz. And slowly, the style of The Buenavista Social Club got a decline. So, more than an album, it's a history of Cuba, the long-forgotten history!

Another interesting fact is, all the songs on this album were recorded live with no overdubs or studio flattery to maintain the spontaneity and flare of the sessions, and all of this happened in just four days.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Time Traveler - The New Age Santoor Journey Beyond Time

by Rahul Sharma

Jazz • New Age • Rock • Folk • Fusion • 2006 • India

“Like the father, but not like the father!” - One of the most underrated album, but one of my favourite Indian fusion, in rotation since 2006. After the millennium, India started to release quite a lot of fusion, new age and lounge, a lot of western collaborations, among them Rahul Sharma's contribution is enormous. Rahul Sharma, music producer, Indian classical santoor player, and the son of the fabulous Shivakumar Sharma. So far he released more than 60 albums and collaborated with a lot of music like Deep Forest, Kenny G, Richard Clayderman and many more.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Magic Fingers

by Balawan

Jazz • Balinese • Rock • Folk • Fusion • 2005 • Indonesia

"Selamat Datang Di Indonesia!" - I'm on my way to catch the flight to Jakarta, and this is the third time I'm going. Every time I go there, one of my main agenda is to look around for music and returns with a bag full of life. So today I'm sharing a finding from my first trip and the first Indonesian jazz album that I came to know, called "Magic Fingers". This album is a perfect blend of traditional Balinese music with western style, composed by Balawan (I Wayan Balawan). Balawan, an ethnic fusion guitarist from Bali who developed Touch-Tapping Style technique and often regarded as one of the fastest guitarists in Indonesia.

Out of the 11 tracks, my favourites are 1.Prelude, 2.Magic Reong, 5. The Dance of Janger and 11. Country Belegajur

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

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Pesta Rap Vol 1

by Various Artist

Hiphop • R&B • Rap • G-Funk • West Coast • 1995 • Indonesia

“Welcome to the West Coast of Indonesia!” - Pesta rap vol 1 is a compilation of Indonesian hip-hop songs released in 1995 and till the date the best compilation ever. If you ask me to suggest any Indonesia hip-hop, I always recommend this album. Even there are legendary rappers like Iwa-k, but this is a cornerstone of Indonesian hiphop. Amazing beat production, flawless rapping and west coast vibes.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Sabdatanmantra

by Ramayana Soul

Rock • Experimental • Psychedelic Rock • Raga Rock • 2015 • Indonesia

“Psychedelic Indonesia!” - Ramayana Soul, one band that stands out of any other rock bands in Indonesia because of their blending of styles - psychedelic, sitar, shouting, screaming, chanting and highly experimental. This band is a perfect throwback to Indonesia's golden era of rock.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Anak Pantai

by Imanez

Reggae • Rock • Pop • 1994 • Indonesia

“From Jamaica to Indonesia!” - The history of reggae starts in the beachside bars of Bali. Initially, it was played for the foreigners, but over the time the local people started getting the hang of the rhythms, and the Indonesia reggae is born. Now, they have Tony Q, Steve & the Coconut Treez, Tipe-X and many more. But the list won't be complete without Imanez and his debut album, Anak Pantai. More than a musician, he was living inspiration for a lot of young musicians during the, and his contribution to the reggae community is priceless.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Putri

by Jamrud

Rock • Hard Rock • 1997 • Indonesia

“The Emerald of Bandung!” - Jamrud, initially known as Jamrock, one of the most successful rock band from Bandung, Indonesia. Today we are going to listen to their second studio album called Putri, which got sold over more than 250 thousand pieces in Indonesia. Not just Putri, all the studio albums they released so far are platinum labels in Indonesia. Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Tielman Brothers Compilation

by Tielman Brothers

Indo Rock • Rock & Roll • Surf • 1950 • Indonesia/Netherlands

“The First ever Dutch Rock'n'Rock, but from Indonesia!” - The Tielman Brothers were the first Dutch-Indonesian band to enter the international scene in the 1950s successfully. Their music was rock and roll, but people in the Netherlands used to call their music Indorock. It's a blend of Indonesian and Western music, and elements from Keroncong. The Tielman Brothers were born and raised in Indonesia, initially performed under the names Timor Brothers and the Four T's, By the late 50's the moved to the Netherlands and started playing in front of the European elite class. So today, let's listen to an essential compilation of Tielman Brother classics, and rock n roll. - Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

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May 2019

Pop

by Gas

Electronic • Modern Classical • Techno • Ambient • 2000 • Germany

“Pop by Gas, it's a piece of art!” - Amazing sonic texture, minimal, chilled and haunted. I remember somebody mention that Gas albums sound like a rave is down the hall, but you are in the dark closet tripping on powders with your head in your knees. If you enjoy solitude or someone who spend time thinking, then Pop is a must! Wolfgang Voigt a.k.a Gas is a German electronic music producer and ambient music pioneer, and this is his third album.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Obsession

by Atomic Forest

Rock • Psychedelic Rock • 1981 • India

An old school Indian rock album for you! The cornerstone of India's long lost Garage/Psychedelic Rock movement. More than an album, it's a part of India's Music history. Being a vintage enthusiast, I hope you will appreciate it. Atomic Forest stands as the only Indian psychedelic/hard rock band that managed to record an album; i.e. Obsession '77. They also jammed with Led Zeppelin and performed at the Snehayatra Festival - ‘The Indian Woodstock'. Even if you are not a fan of Psychedelic rock, I suggest you check out the first track. I don't have any words to describe the energy of the song, the drum and the lead will blow you away - it's fuzzy, groovy and funky.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Djam Leelii

by Baaba Maal,Mansour Seck

Folk • World • Blues • Ethnic Jazz • 1989 • Senegal

Djam Leelii - A perfect album to end your day! This album depicts the serenity of West Africa with a mesmerizing voice and two guitars, served with subtle percussion. For me, it's tough to describe the beauty of this album, and need to be very patient to enjoy it. So, for the next one hour just forget about your chaos, plug the headphone and listen to it for your soul!

Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer, guitarist and percussionist. And Mansour Deck, he is also a Senegalese singer and guitarist, and the childhood friend of Baaba Maal. Most of his songs in this album are in Baaba's native language called Pulaar, spoken by the peoples in the Senegal river valley area.

Featured in the book - "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die".

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Dance Of Shakti

by Prem Joshua

Electronic • Fusion • New Age • Downtempo • Ambient • 2001 • India

Dance of Shakti, my stepping stone to fusion! I still remember the day I got this album over LimeWire, an old P2P file sharing network, which completely changed my perspective on global fusion. I highly recommend this album to you because it's an excellent example of melding Indian ragas and mantra into electronic styles like drum n bass and trance. About Prem Joshua, he is a German sitar player, flautist and bandleader. So far he released twelve albums, and all his works are new-age, ambient and fusion. In this album, he collaborated with Manish Vyas, an Indian tabalist and keyboardist to create this spiritual soundscape. Out of six tracks, my favourites are all tracks!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki

by Yamasuki

Jazz • Jazz-Funk • Rock • Psychedelic Rock • Children • 1971 • France

"a fuzzed-out-educational-multi-cultural psych-rock-opera.... proto-psychedelic hip-hop with overweight drum beats and basslines"

Yamasuki Singers is a pop group based out of France who learned Japanese and depicted Nippon into an album called Le Monde Fabuleux Des Yamasuki. For the first time, you will find it hilarious. But for sure you will get surprised by the heavy breakbeats and vocals, funky enough to rock your top. Highly Recommended and Rare!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Talking Timbuktu

by Ali Farka Touré,Ry Cooder

Jazz • Blues • Mali Blues • Folk • African • 1994 • Mali

Talking Timbuktu, my gateway to African Music and in one word it's spectacular! Whenever I listen to this album, I feel like taking a ride across a savanna on a Land Rover Defender, and still retains the essence of Africa. If you are not into Mali Blues yet, then this is the right album to start.

Talking Timbuktu is a collaboration between Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder, released in 1994. In the same year, this album received the Grammy awards for the best world music album. Talking about Ali Farka Toure, he's a legendary Malian guitarist, the cornerstone of Mali Blues and belongs to the top 100 guitarist league. On the other side, Ry Cooder, he's an American guitarist and slide-guitar maestro.

Featured in the book - "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die".

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Soul'd

by Soul'd

Fusion • Funk • Smooth Jazz • 2014 • USA

Another world fusion masterpiece, amazing blend of bansuri, funk, jazz and energy! Soul'd is a single release by the trio Arun Shenoy (composer), Ravichandra Kulur (flautist) and Duke Purisima (Bass).

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Fall EP

by Naibu

Electronic • Drum n Bass • Ambient • 2012 • UK

Best finding from my last month's hunt and since then it's on heavy rotation. Free flowing melodies, subtle orientalism and big fat bassline, all together its a clean drum n bass record. If you like the taste of high pace and downtempo, eat this record. Robin Leclair a.k.a Naibu is a Parisian DJ/Producer.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Codona

by Codona

Jazz • Free Jazz • Latin • Afro • World • Fusion • 1979 • Germany

An album beyond time and space, purely an acoustic trance! Codona is a classic example of free jazz, where the musicians attempt to change or break down jazz conventions, such as regular tempos, tones, and chord changes. Codona is a trilogy project by the jazz trio called Codona, consists Collin Walcott (tabla, sitar, percussion), Don Cherry (trumpet, melodica, organ), and Nana Vasconcelos (berimbau, percussion, voice). And the name of the group is also derived from the first two letters of each of the member's first names. Because of Collin's interest in Eastern Indian rhythms, Nana's Brazilian heritage and Don's experience in Scandinavia and Africa music gives this album a unique fusion.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

La Pongal - Project 1

by La Pongal

Folk • Contemporary • Indie • 2011 • India

This album always makes me feel like taking a short trip across the countryside of Tamil Nadu during the Pongal festival. Because it encapsulates the vibe of Tamilnadu during the Pongal in a very humanly and energetic manner. This album is a project speared out of by Darbuka Siva's (an Indian musician/producer) extensive research on Tamil folk music and the folk culture. With this vast knowledge on south Indian folk music, he blended non-traditional folk percussions with guitars to pave the road to the real Pongal!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

1993

by Michel Banabila,Saka

Electronic • Jazz • Folk • Easy Listening • Ambient • New Age • 2018 • Netherlands

Another East meets West album! Starts with a Sephardic traditional tune, followed by orientalism and backed by diverse emotional ambiences, altogether it's a soothing trip. Michel Banabila, a Dutch sound artist, composer and producer and Yaşar Saka, a Turkish multi-instrumentalist, they performed together at UK Womad Festival in 1992 and went on to record and release two albums. Being an ageless piece of music, 'Steamin' Soundworks decided to remaster and reissue selections from both collections as 1993.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Mystical Mist

by Krakatau (4)

Jazz • Fusion • Gamelan • Folk • 1994 • Indonesia

If you looking for an Indonesian fusion, then you are in the right place. Because it's one of the finest that I ever listened to.

Note from the CD Inlay: "We would like to thank the Artist of the Universe for blessing us with his gift of music. In this album, we have recorded music based on the 'Salendro' scale. The Salendro scale is as ancient as the history of Indonesia, and still be found today only in Karawitan (Gamelan) and other Indonesia and other Indonesian traditional music. Our music adapts this scale and expands the pentatonic to become 10 microtone system. We find total freedom of musical expression based on this tonal system without the limitation of the 12 tone harmonics found in Western music. This freedom is invaluable for creating the music of this album"

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Flight Of The Ancients

by The Shaolin Afronauts

Jazz • Afrobeat • Funk • Afro-Cuban • Folk • Avant-garde Jazz • 2011 • Australia

One of the funkiest afrobeat album, inspired from the 70's West African flavours, a brilliant combo of Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz and funk! The Shaolin Afronauts are an Adelaide-based instrumental afrobeat band, and Flight of the Ancients is their first album. This is my 6 years nephew favourite album, and if you want to see him dancing just play the track Kilimanjaro. Highly recommended for afrobeat/funk lovers!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Resham

by Nepathya

Folk • Rock • Pop • 2001 • Nepal

“Nepsema svagata cha!” - Whenever someone asks me about Nepalese songs, the first thing that always comes to my mind is Nepathya. Because their songs were my gateway to Nepal, and they never disappointed me. One thing I like about Nepathya is their versatile style, if one track is in reggae-rock, then the next one will be folk heavy. Talking about Nepathya, they are the legendary folk-rock band of Nepal, formed in the early '90s from Pokhara, and still spreading peace and harmony. Also, the first Nepalese band to perform at the Wembley's in 2013. This is the fifth album by Nepathya, and the song Resham, you will love it!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Mohana Murali

by Kudamaloor Janardanan

Indian Classical • Folk • World • 2006 • India

An album which always gives me goosebumps! If you love peaceful mornings, I think Mohana Murali would be an excellent addition. Because it brings out a positive vibe and a calm sense. This album Mohana Murali, it's by an Indian flautist of the Carnatic music tradition called Kudamaloor Janardanan. So far he released 17 albums, and this is the third one, also my personal favourite.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Obame

by Afrobuddha,The Kakatsitsi Drummers

Electronic • Funk • Afro • Disco • 2011 • UK

A fantastic Afro-electronic album! Obame is an EP by Afrobuddha, an East-London based Japanese producer duo - Kay Suzuki & Koichi Sakai. Their style of music is blending African grooves with drum machines and electronic ambience to make the dance floor more tribal. One thing I really like about Afrobuddha is, they give more importance to the African percussions rather than electronic textures. Also, they never try to manipulate the analogue feel. In this album, they collaborated with The Kakatsitsi Drummers, a drummer group from the 'Ga tribe' of Southern Ghana. The Dub mix of the Obame is Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

It's A Compton Thang

by CMW

Hip Hop • Gangsta • Rap • 1990 • USA

A classic hip-hop album that depicts the Compton's hood life! This is Compton's Most Wanted debut album and the stepping stone of MC Eiht onto the rap scene. I really love the groove production, it's an absolute killer. And I prefer to avoid listening to the censored version because you won't get the feel. Compton's Most Wanted (C.M.W.) was an American gangsta rap group and part of the early West Coast hip hop scene.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Heart Of The Congos

by The Congos

Reggae • Roots Reggae • Dub • 1977 • Jamaica

For thirty pieces of silver, They sold Jah Rasta! Heart of the Congos is the first album by The Congos and produced by Lee Scratch Perry. The album is considered as one of the finest roots reggae of all time. This album sounds very flat and lazy, but high in vibrations. For me, the best parts of the album are the vocals, the sudden drum rumbling, cymbal breaks, flat bass and the African elements. If you are a reggae beginner this is a good album. So don’t miss the shanti.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Breakthrough

by The Gaslamp Killer

Electronic • Experimental • Lo-Fi • 2012 • USA

Spiralling synths and perfect drum breaks, with far eastern orientalism and psychedelics, altogether this album is highly experimental! The textures of this album will make you feel confused, spaced, past and random, but worth listening. This is the first studio album by The Gaslamp Killer, an alternative hip hop producer and DJ based in Los Angeles, also an addict of oriental music. Actually, he's the one who introduced me to Indonesian music through Yanti Bersaudara, Turkish funk through Mogollars, and Mediterranean grooves through his DJ sets. I really appreciate his diverse taste in music and respect his craft.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Spiritual State

by Nujabes

Electronic • Hip Hop • Jazz • Instrumental • Jazzy Hip-Hop • Cool Jazz • 2011 • Japan

“A Hip Hop Kamikaze!” – Spiritual state, an excellent composition by Nujabes, a talented DJ/Producer from Japan. I got introduced to him through this album, and the impression was long-lasting. Unfortunately, he's is no more. He died in a car accident during 2010, and this album was released after his death in 2011. This album is so smooth, jazzy and dreamy, definitely a drug for ears, and the baselines I love it. Good vibes only and highly recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Dubnobasswithmyheadman

by Underworld

Electronic • Techno • Dub • Downtempo • Progressive • 1994 • UK

“This album, it's monumental!” - Some people always have a misconception about techno music, which is full of bass, noise and vertigos. But still, there is always a yin and yang, and dubnobasswithmyheadman, it's on the brighter side. When you listen to this album, you understand what's a pioneered version of techno sounds like. This album is the first techno and third album by the British electronic group called Underworld. And still the date, it's on top of all time techno classics. Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Spectrum

by Billy Cobham

Jazz • Fusion • Jazz-Funk • Jazz-Rock • 1973 • USA

“A perfect energy bar!” - Spectrum is Billy Cobham's debut album influence from his previous work with Miles Davis and Mahavishnu Orchestra. Talking about Billy, he is a legendary Panamanian-American jazz drummer, who entered the scene during the '60s and became the inspiration for many musicians like Steven Wilson, Sivamani and Opeth. Just like the album name, Billy tried to infuse a spectrum of energy into each track, and it's very evident while listening. Overall It's funky, groovy, aggressive and the best drum, synth and bass combo. So don't forget to take the energy bar, it's highly recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

The Man-Machine

by Kraftwerk

Electronic • Electro • Synth-pop • 1978 • Germany

“More than an album, it's history!” - An album which is way ahead of time, and shaped how the future should sound. Talking about Kraftwerk, it's a Krautrock/electronic experimental/electro-pop band from Düsseldorf, Germany, formed in 1970, and Man-Machine is the eighth album in their discography. What makes Kraftwerk so unique is their experimentation with synths, repetitive and hypnotic pattern, computer sounds and sharp beats to create an intergalactic and futuristic experience. It has a lot of songs and topics which are based on German life in the Weimar Republic and a lot of influence from that era. Now you will be thinking about how Kraftwerk shape the future, and the answer is two genres - hip-hop and electronic. It's all started with Afrikka Bambatta who sampled Kraftwerk and made the first electro hip-hop song called Planet Rock, and from there it influenced the electronic dance music, and the rest is history.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Raga

by Tunnelvisions

Electronic • House • Deep House • Downtempo • 2016 • Netherlands

“We aim to bring back the fun to the dance floor again!” - Tunnelvisions, an electronic duo (Raynor de Groot and Emiel van den Dungen) based out of Netherlands, originated from a shared vision of contemporary club music. The goal of Tunnelvisions is to bring back the downtempo vibe to the dance floor by melding smooth kicks with exotic sounds from Africa, Caribbean, South America and Asia. In this album, they give the main focus to sarod, backed with kicks to make it groovy.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Rain Forest

by Paul Hardcastle

Electronic • Hip Hop • Electro • Jazz • Funk • 1985 • USA

“One of the greatest electro album of all time!” - From the last couple of months, I was digging electro track's from the '80s, and I found this gem. Since then, at least once in a day, I pump it through my speaker. What makes this album different from other electro records is the structure of melody, groove and turntablism that Paul embed into the tracks to create a different mood signature. For example, if you listen to the song "Rain Forest", it drives a euphoric feeling, but in case of the song "Sound Chaser", it's strong enough to kill the dance floor. Talking about Paul Hardcastle, he's a British producer, multi-instrumentalist and a songwriter. This album is a compilation of the single releases by Paul, and apparently, I'm not able to find it on iTunes as well as Spotify.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Raga-Jazz Style

by Shankar-Jaikishan,Rais Khan

Jazz • Indian Classical • Fusion • Swing • 1968 • India

“When raga meets swing!” - More than a record, Raga Jazz Style is a living documentation of early Indian fusion and a proper gateway to the Bombay jazz scenes. More than that it depicts the entertainment of post-British Raj elite class and ballrooms. When you listen to the tracks, most of it will remind you about the old Bollywood background score. Talking about Shankar Jaykishan, Shankar Singh and Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal were a popular and successful Indian composer duo of the Hindi film industry, working together from 1949 to 1971 and considered as one of the best composers those who laid the foundation stone of golden era of Bollywood music.

The back cover of the record contains a description of each composition which I include below (in track order):

  1. Raga Todi: This morning melody depicts a serene emotion with a tinge of pathos in it.
  2. Raga Bhairav: This early-morning raga conveys a mood of quiet dignity.
  3. Raga Malkauns: This midnight melody, lively and vivacious in character, is immensely popular in India.
  4. Raga Kalavati: This raga, usually expounded towards midnight, conveys a mood of extreme urge.
  5. Raga Tilak Kamod: This early-night raga is known for its bright, colourful appeal.
  6. Raga Mian Ki Malhar: This night melody, conventionally associated with the rainy season, unfolds a severe and profound mood.
  7. Raga Bairagi: This raga is expounded in the early hours of the morning. The mood is one of quiet introspection.
  8. Raga Jaijaiwanti: This night melody conveys a romantic mood.
  9. Raga Mishra Pilu: Essentially romantic in appeal, this raga can also lend itself to a variety of moods. It is usually associated with the third quarter of the day.
  10. Raga Shiv Ranjani: This early-night raga evokes an atmosphere of separation and sorrow.
  11. Raga Bhairavi: This is a morning melody. But the convention has it that it can be rendered as a concluding piece in a classical recital at any hour of day and night.

Album Link: Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Synthesizing - Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat

by Charanjit Singh

Electronic • Indian Classical • Fusion • Acid • Experimental • 1983 • India

“Another remarkable piece of the history, the stepping stone of Chicago Acid House and disco forever!” - Because of the historical values, this is one of the most valued records that ever sold on Discogs. When Singh released this record, it was a failure, because the tracks are way ahead of the time. But, later it became the proto-acid house record. Talking about Charanjit Singh, He's an Indian musician from Mumbai, who performed as a session musician in numerous Bollywood soundtrack orchestras from the 1960s to 1980s. Another interesting fact about this record is the gear combo that he used to compose the tracks, and that's a TR-808 drum machine, TR-303 bass synthesizer and Jupiter-8 synthesizer.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Maha Ganapathim

by Madolin Rajesh, Bala Bhaskar, Arun Kumar, Giridhar Udupa and Mohini Dey

Jazz • Fusion • Devotional • 2016 • India

“Never heard such an amazing Indian-jazz fusion after Shakti!” - Whenever someone asks me to suggest an Indian-jazz fusion, the first name that pops up is Shakti. But now a day, along with Shakti, I started mentioning about this live performance too. So today for a change, instead of an album, I'm suggesting a live performance which gave me two goosebumps. The fist goosebump is the lineup - Uppalapu Rajesh a.k.a Mandolin Rajesh, Bala Bhaskar on Violin, Arun Kumar on drums, Giridhar Udupa on Ghatam & the one and only Mohini Dey on the Bass, and the second goosebump is the song. "Maha Ganapatim" is one of my favourite Hindu devotional songs, and I heard quite a lot of fusion version of this song too. But this one, it's almost a 19 mins performance, very progressive, but once it starts, you will never want it to stop - Highly Recommended!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

The Goa Sound

by Elvis Lobo Project

Jazz • Fusion • Blues • World • 2014 • India

Elvis Lobo project is a 4–5 piece set up. This album features more than 25 musicians from Goa, India & around the world. Talk about Elvis Lobo, he is a versatile guitarist/composer from Goa, playing since 1995 with different international setups at the biggest music festival in the world like Big chill, Fusion fiesta, Sunburn, etc. Also, one of the few Goan musicians who had played in more than 25 countries around the world with diverse artists.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Breaker's Revenge

by Arthur Baker

Electronic • Freestyle • Electro • 1984 • USA

"Rock on, my mellow!"
"B-boys, B-girls, are you ready? Keep on rock steady"
"This is the joint! Herc beat on the point"
"To the beat, y' all!"
"You don't stop!"

A classic breakdance record by Arthur Baker. No more words, just break it!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

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April 2019

Be The Change

by Prasanna

Jazz • Rock • Folk • Fusion • 2003 • India

A perfect fusion of Carnatic music and rock! Amazing solos and improvisations, one of my all time favorite. And that's - Be the Change by Prasanna. My favorite tracks are 2,4,8,9 & 10. Track 2 is full of energy - Carnatic on guitar, sax on sex, bass and drum, they just killed it. 4th track, no wonder they named it Ragabop - it's like raga dipped in a groovy bebop. 8 & 9, I'm in love with her voice. And the 10th track, it's all about peace, best closure.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Wolf Totem

by The Hu Band

Rock • Folk • Heavy Metal • 2018 • Mongolia

Today, I had a treat for you, from Mongolia! It's a single release by The Hu called Wolf Totem, a curious amalgam of Mongolian throat singing, folk instruments and rock. When I listened to the song, felt like I'm inside a Genghis Khan's barrack. I suggested this album to couple of my friends and it's on heavy rotation.

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube

Temet

by Imarhan

Blues • Mali Blues • Folk • African • 2018 • Algeria

Ready for the dune drive? we are going to the scorching deserts of West Africa, and Imarhan will also accompany us with their latest album Tement. Imarhan is an Algerian Tuareg desert rock band formed in 2006, influenced by Tinariwen and Ali Farke Toure. If you are in search for an energetic album, stop the search and climb the camel!

Album Link: iTunes, Spotify, Youtube