CD The Rough Guide To: Indian Lounge (CD 1150990), Audio Other
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The Rough Guide To: Indian Lounge

  • 1. Further East - James Asher
    2. OM Numah Shivaya - Apache Indian
    3. Mumtaz - Bombay Dub Orchestra
    4. Aadat - Atif
    5. Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha - Bally Sagoo/Gunjan
    6. Never Give Up - Tribali
    7. Khwaab - Niraj Chag
    8. Maa - Debashish Bhattacharya
    9. Raga Jog - Khayal - Tintaal - Ajoy Chakrabarty
    10. Blue Sky Calling - Lopa
    11. Indian Motorcycles - Sondrous Star
    12. Alive - Karen David
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RGNET-1192CD

  • Credits
    ProducerPhil Stanton; DJ Ritu (Compilation)

    Ah, here's a question: just what is "Indian Lounge" anyway? To judge by this Rough Guide, it's a very broad definition and covers anything that might be Indian-inflected, or performed by someone with a connection of sorts to India -- which can very wide-ranging, indeed. That's evident by the cuts that bookend the disc, an instrumental soundscape from new age artist James Asher and a singer/songwriter piece by Karen David. In between those two there's some interesting material, whether it's the Bally Sagoo track, which reworks a Bollywood classic with some nice bass and the aid of a young singer, Gunjan, or the very classical vocal stylings of Ajoy Chakrabarty. Indeed, this albums zips all over the place. A laid-back Apache Indian is followed by the deep strings of Bombay Dub Orchestra, for instance, while the mix & match music of Niraj Chag goes into the gorgeous slide work of Debashish Bhattacharya. In many ways it's Indian music for Western ears, not too alien, and often with synths and beats to make it more familiar. Certainly there's none of the hardness of the Asian Underground, and it's not made for dancing; rather, this is the chillout end of the market. But you end up wondering whether the album title isn't manufactured for the music, rather than the other way round. ~ Chris Nickson

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