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DJ Cheb i Sabbah
1. Shri Durga - (The Jagad Yoni Mix: Womb Of The World mix)
2. Kese Kese - (The Zindegi Meera Mix: Love Dreams mix)
3. Mere Kabu - (The Baba Bulley Shah & Baba Farid Mix: Gazelle Memories mix)
4. Maheshvara Yogi - (The Mount Kailash Mix: Waiting For Parvati mix)
5. Ganga Dev - (The Prakiti Purusha mix, River Of Mercury)
6. Radhe Krishna - (The Sahajiya Rasa Lila Mix: Divine Pastime mix)
7. Durga Puja - (The Nada Brahman Mix: Yoga Of Sound mix)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1009
DJ Cheb I Sabbah
Personnel includes: DJ Cheb I Sabbah (DJ); Ustad Sultan Khan (vocals, sarangi); Mala Ganguly, Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Ustad Sharafat Ali Khan, Shafqat Ali Khan, Sukhawat Ali Khan (vocals); Ustad Habib Khan (sitar); K. Sridhar (sarod); Michael Irvine (tambura); Bill Laswell (bass); Kevin Carnes (drums); Ustad Tari Khan (tabla).
Most Asian-European dance fusion of the '90s has come from London's Asian Underground scene, and has drawn primarily on bhangra sources for its Asian content. DJ Cheb i Sabbah's project, on the other hand, is based on classical traditions, specifically the Hindustani music of northern India; perhaps not surprisingly, the music is accordingly less dancehall-oriented, though DJ Cheb (with the help of bassist Bill Laswell and drummer Kevin Carnes, among others) does indeed lay on the funky beats in most cases. But all of the compositions are based on traditional ragas, and the beats often come after prolonged and contemplative preludes, during which the raga is stated in its traditional vocal or traditional setting. On "Ganga Dev," for example, the singer starts off accompanied only by a drone, and is then joined by tabla and sitar after a couple of minutes, and only then do Laswell's bass and Carnes' drums come in to funk things up. Most tracks follow this pattern, and the overall effect is more soothing than booty-moving. If you want to party, pick up Maha Maya, the companion album to this one which features many of the same compositions in clubbier mixes. This one's for the chill-out room. Both are highly recommended. ~ Rick Anderson
Q (9/99, p.106) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...a pungent mix of ancient and modern; voices rising and falling as dance rhythms underscore the traditional sounds of sitar, sarangi and sarod....[gives] way to floating atmospherics..."
Alternative Press (9/99, pp.94-5) - 3 out of 5 - "...This beautifully packaged CD is what you call high-end global chillout, and it's good for whatever ails you."
The Wire (7/99, pp.59-60) - "...a scintillating admixture of turntable science and classic Hindustani ragas....the air of reverence and mystery hovering above...is so thick it can be cut with a knife..."
CMJ (6/7/99, p.33) - "...It's the coming together of DJ sciemce and ancient ragas, sung and played by Hindu and Muslim musicians. It's a mix that is something truly new and exciting."
Dirty Linen (8-9/99, p.88) - "...a unique blend of ancient and modern trance music that is as tantalizing as it is mysterious..."
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