Saturday, 12 March 2011

Charanjit Singh - Ten Ragas to A Disco Beat (1982) Amazing early 'House' electronica sound, instrumental with Bollywood & Psychedelic vibes

1982 released LP containing Kraftwerk-like acid house music, years before the genre was invented ! TIP!
Performed on the synths that would later define Acid House, the Roland TB-303 and TR-808, the album sounds light years ahead of its time with its repetitive beats and hypnotic electronic melodies. Its maker, Bollywood session musician Charanjit Singh, set out to translate ancient Indian classical Ragas to the modern synthesizer and in doing so seems to have invented House music along the way. The 10 tracks make a consistent listen from A to Z. Its restrained minimalism and lack of cheesiness makes it incredibly contemporary, sounding animated, fluid and unabashedly alive.

1. Raga Bhairav
2. Raga Lalit
3. Raga Bhupali
4. Raga Megh Malhar
5. Raga Yaman
6. Raga Kalavati
7. Raga Madhuvanti
8. Raga Todi
9. Raga Bairagi
10. Raga Malkauns