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OK

Talvin Singh

1998

OK

Album Summary

OK is the debut studio album by English / Indian tabla player and record producer Talvin Singh, released on Island Records in 1998. It won him the Mercury Prize for 1999. The record was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It took nine months of travelling around and recording to complete the album. Singh recorded in London and on Okinawa Island to capture folk singers, as well as in India to collaborate with the Madras Philharmonic Orchestra.Singh hired various collaborators, including guitarist Jon Klein, with whom he had previously recorded on Siouxsie and the Banshees's single "Kiss Them for Me" and toured during the inaugural Lollapalooza festival. Ryuichi Sakamoto played flute on the album and sent his parts via a computer with an email which was a first in the late 1990s. Rakesh Chaurasia also performed flute. Singh recruited an eight female singer choir for the song "Soni". Guy Sigsworth played keyboards on the opening track "Traveller", and also on "Sutrix" and the title track of the album. Vocalist Suchitra Pillai joined in for the song "Sutrix".In the NME, reviewer Christian Ward noted that Singh was "trying to cover the globe with his music", as a voice intones "The world is sound", at the start of the album. The record is rooted in India with odes to Asian underground scene, dub rhythms and jazz. There is also a contrast between "geisha choirs and cut-up beats", along with plaintive orchestral arrangements. Reviewer noted that "convulsive rhythms compete with sensuous strings to create a deep, dark atmosphere", concluding with this positive sentence, "There are still more sonic territories to explore, but on this evidence, it seems that Talvin Singh will get there first."

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2.78

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4468

Genres

  • Electronica
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Wed May 26 2021
2

Loads going on here, most of which I didn’t like. The album is tedious and gets progressively worse from start to finish. I wouldn’t say I hate it, but I certainly didn’t enjoy my listen and wouldn’t go back.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
1

OK, Talvin. Talvin, OK. I legitimately don't understand what the hell I just listened to. But it wasn't enjoyable, I know that. Nope. Not at all. Sorry, Talvin. That's a no for me, dawg.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

OK is ambitious in scope and execution, simultaneously futuristic yet ancient in sound. A wonderfully layered fusion of styles and influences gives it a sense of timelessness. Equally at home on the dancefloor as it is on your headphones, this is a beautiful album.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
1

If Yanni and Kenny G had a baby, that baby would grow up to make music like this, have sex with Linda Evans and be a surprisingly decent golfer.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

I really enjoyed the drops and the multicultural influence. "OK" was the best track rightfully so, but there were a few other stand outs as well that covered a variety of energies

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

"The world is sound" Great eastern tonalities and rhythm that mix in with hard driving beats. Pulls in a lot of eastern music (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, etc) Great beats.

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Sat May 15 2021
3

This was good, drifted into irrelevance at times but overall enjoyable

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

😫

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Wed Jul 28 2021
2

Really tried but couldn't get into this one.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
1

The concept is fantastic! But if I was to record puppies sleeping and put it on an album, that might also sound like a great idea. I just couldn't get through it. Most likely not listen to it ever again.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
1

A little bit too experimental for my taste. Some of the songs were a nice mix of modern and traditional but they quickly get too drawn out and weird. Felt like being in a washing machine of music.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
1

Craptastic. 1.7/10

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Sun Jun 27 2021
5

Electronica,indian classical,exotica

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Tue Jun 22 2021
5

5/5 - Really cool

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

This. Is. Madness.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Love this! It’s a must listen to, chilled out, sits there and makes you feel good type

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Loved it, my new everyday listen

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

This is a very refreshing album this morning, Travelor is very busy yet free at at the same time. Its lush sound really just hit right today.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

OK! Loved it. Cool fusion of eastern sounds with electro beats. Can't believe it's from 1998.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

this fucks

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Pretty OK, haha. No seriously an amazing album. With kinda trippy vibes and some good melodies I really liked it.

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Sun May 30 2021
4

Solid.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

I thought this would suck. I did not

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Wonderfull music, brings a number of genres together - will listen again and explore more

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Рубрика "Этнический чил", новые гости - индусы. Чёт новенькое, хорошо. Хотя чувствуется экспериментальность, внутренней дисперсией чёт не особо пропёрся. Где вот чил, классические мотивы, медиация эта всякая, эксхэйл-экспел, балдёж, что аж пятёру бы ёбнул. Это как в последней трети вступительного, ваще прям охуенчик. Есть скука ебаная, типа Light. Есть какая какофония не менее ебаная типа Eclipse или Vikram The Vampire. Но в целом похоже на то, к чему могу обратиться. Так что 4, хуй с ним.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

This album was a new artist and new music for me. I liked the album, in part because it was a chance to listen to something different than I would normally listen to. Based on a first listen, the album as a whole may not get replayed, but there were tracks that I wouldn't mind hearing again. This album got enough for 3.5 stars (round up to 4)

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Mon May 10 2021
4

🎶☁✨

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Interesante mezcla de sonidos. Algunas me gustaron.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Traveller: Io spero fortissimo che non mi deluda dopo perché sto pezzo m'ha già conquistato di brutto. Sutrix: Molto figo, il pezzo finale fatto con la voce è bellissimo. Eclipse: M'ha fomentato OK: Pure questa m'è piaciuta. In mezzo pensavo fosse finita e mi dispiaceva. C'è un pezzo che sembrava in giapponese. Soni: Figa pure questa ammazza, bella la produzione, mi ricorda un botto Kenji Kawai, quello delle colonne sonore di Ghost In The Shell. Forse questa e Traveller sono le mie preferite. Mi è piaciuto molto il testo della conclusione. In Conclusione: Sono davvero stupito, non me aspettavo un album così. Probabilmente Andrea essendo più esperto del genere magari sarà meno colpito, però ho trovato davvero interessante questo misto di musica etnica indiana e elettronica mezza drum and bass. Non è niente di necessariamente nuovo ma l'esecuzione qui mi è arrivata molto sapiente e raffinata, non una cosa fatta tanto per, probabilmente perché immagino che Talvin Singh sia indiano e quindi è musica che gli appartiene. Comunque nonostante l'ora di disco m'è volato e vari pezzi me li riascolterei volentieri. Poi per essere il 98 comunque, tralasciando certi suoni che mi sono arrivati come un po' démodé, comunque la produzione regge bene. Se mi avessero detto che era tipo di 10 anni dopo c'avrei creduto. Bella sorpresa!

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Pretty cool. Bit much by the end though.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Slumdog millionaire got nothing on this timeless sound. Transition is the word that keeps coming to mind. Things are changing but the future is unclear.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

how powerful do you have to be to name your album "OK" favorite tracks: traveller, butterfly, eclipse, OK, vikram the vampire

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

I enjoyed the traditional Indian fusion with more "modern" music.

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Good vibes.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Lurvely. My dad had this album when I was growing up, but I didn't remember what the music was like (just the cover). Was a pleasant surprise and really enjoyed listening with my good headphones. One of those albums that needs a decent soundsystem to shine.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Indian electronic fusion

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Never would’ve imagined that this was a thing

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Calkiem egzotyczny piczek, chociaz troche wyspiarski, bo wydany w uk, debiutancki album pana talvina singha, czyli producenta/dja/bembenkowicza urodzonego w uk, ale z korzeniami w indiach, co dosc mocno slychac na tym materiale, stad wlasnie jego egzotycznosc, bo chociaz jest to elektronika pelna geba, to jednak uzywa elementow muzyki klasycznej, w tym wypadku glownie brzmien rodem z indii, jakies sitarki, drumersowanie tez typowo indyjskie, nie wspominajac o przewijajacych sie wokalach brzmiacych jak ludowe rekordingi, co dziwne pojawiaja sie rowniez w niektorych trakach hinskie wokalowania jakis pan, z tego co wyczytalem to czesc byla nagrywana na okinawie, wiec pewnie to jest efekt tych prac, co najbardziej slychac na tytulowym traku OK, ale plyta jest nawet bardziej niz OK, bo naprawde dobrze sie tego sluchalo od poczatku do konca, slychac ze tworzone bylo to z mysla o kompletnym krazku, struktura przechodzenia miedzy trakami, tempem w poszczegolnych czesciach plyty, wiec jesli zazwyczaj nie jestem przekonany do elektroniki, w wydaniu junglowo breakbeatowym, to w tak orginalnie podanym wydaniu, bo polaczyc drumowe brejkowanie z klasyczna muzyka rodem z filharmonii i tradycyjnymi spiewami folkowymi, to naprawde ciekawie polaczenie, wiec na plejke wrzuce tytulowy kawalek, butterflaja i soni, a cala plyta laduje na polce plyt w sam raz na czilowy odsluch polaczony z innymi aktywnosciami, bo wokale hinsko hinduskie nie rozpraszaja, a dobrze wpasowuja sie do lamanych beatow

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Sun Aug 08 2021
4

Interesting sound, I enjoyed it.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Very interesting album. Debut album from the pioneer of "Asian Underground". I liked it quite a bit.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

-"Sutrix" do be getting groovy -The second half of "Decca" becomes really good but then it just stops after like 45 seconds and it makes me sad -"OK" kind of sounds like some anime nonsense but it gets more intense than a lot of other songs on the album so I'll let it slide -"Light" got the thumping bass and the flute-like instrument wailing -Lots of cool bits but also some slow bits but also overall solid

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

Beautiful music! Helps me to understand and appreciate electronic music. Sometimes resembles of turbo folk

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

It's pretty cool I'll be honest. Feels very 90's this almost nostalgic view of the future, while being very clearly from the past. I dig it. Electronic Bass and drum mixed with Indian folk maybe? It's fucking cool either way.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

Yes, love a bit of electronica with world music blended in. This pairs nicely with Nitin Sawhney's "Beyond Skin" which is also on the list. Fave track - "Butterfly" perhaps. I also enjoy the jabbering of the title track!

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

Hadn't heard this before. Completely brilliant.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Not sure why the mixed reception for this one. It's so good! Definitely a much different take on electronic music which I will always welcome as I feel it's a genre that gets bogged down by too much of the same sounding records. Give it a listen.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

4.25

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

d&b é bão d+

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

com ctz o super hans curte

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Oddly mesmerizing

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Imagine blending classical Indian music with electronica and ambient, finishing with a garnish of western classical and jazz, until you have a musical Arrack- the generic term for a variety of distilled spirits found throughout India and Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines, that are often unrelated, and can be made from different ingredients. And the effect of listening to Talvin Singh’s 'OK' is about as heady as I can imagine a tumbler of Arrack over ice would be. The opening track, clocking in at over eleven minutes (but passed too quickly), introduce the listener into Singh’s ambient world before then segueing into an electronica infused uptempo hybrid, only to then quiet down into a tempo-less traditional Indian drone set with two very talented flute players- Ryuichi Sakamoto and Rakesh Charurasia- when, out of the blue, a gloriously melancholic western orchestral score! And that was just the first song. Please don’t get the impression, though, that it was bombastic, or too busy. To the contrary, it was quite relaxing, infused with subtle meaning, and very often beautiful. Musically intriguing, with lots to explore. And while they weren’t featured often, Suchitra Pilai’s vocals soared when they were, aiming straight for the sun on ‘Eclipse,’ for example, and further propelled by the wonderful keyboard manufactured beats of Guy Sigsworth. Hats off to all on this wonderfully creative collaboration. It's been reported that Indian music can be off-putting to certain individuals, possibly due to the spiritual nature of what the artists are co-creating. Divine light is not immediately pleasurable when you’re accustomed to the dark. That, and not everyone necessarily recognizes their own dis-ease in the first place. If that’s where you’re at, do yourself a favor, and don’t bail on this too quickly. Give it time to root first before expecting flowers. Much like the free jazz of Ornette Coleman, don’t expect to walk away from 'OK' whistling an easily accessible tune. This is more like tattoo music, a gradual integration, intended for permanency. And if you are already hip to the sounds of this part of the globe, and open to, or at least curious about what the modern electronica lads are putting down, then you’ll immediately enjoy this LP, and it’s euphoric after effects. I sure did.

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Mon May 16 2022
4

Lit

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Mon May 16 2022
4

Yeah… de va hårt..!

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Mon May 16 2022
4

3,5/5

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Zen meditation music like from a massage parlor

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Wed May 25 2022
4

ravie de faire sa connaissance

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Lourd en vrai

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Thu May 26 2022
4

So much better than I expected. An interesting album which combines a number of musical styles.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

Unusual but very enjoyable. It pulls off a genre fusion remarkably well

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

A really interesting album - it gets a bit weird at points, but will definitely listen again.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Really enjoyed this. The fusion of the table with drum and bass is really addictive

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

weird, interesting...

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

One of the pioneers of Asian fusion/underground, I love the combination of drum n bass beats with Tabla playing, almost feels like they were meant for each other. And then the incorporation of both western and eastern classical instruments and themes, this really is a world spanning album.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

Lovely soundscape. Happy surprise

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

I honestly don't know why I like this album so much, but I do. The last two songs are absolutely nutty though and honestly a bit creepy. Would I listen to it often? No. Am I happy I listened to it? YES!

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Let me start by saying I totally understand why this album was on the list. However, I wasn't always grooving with the songs. This is not a fault of the artist, but just the fact that I probably need more exposure. I really appreciate the fusion of genres here and wish I enjoyed it more. 3.5

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Very light & ethereal sounding. Easy to get high to.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Surprisingly relaxing and surprisingly doof at points. Sutrix was my highlight

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Tue May 25 2021
3

Just too many pan pipes :/

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

I would say this was a strong album with some interesting stuff, distinct punch to its sound. Would love to see another album after the sound has matured!

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Sat May 15 2021
3

I liked this. Different.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

What a unique blend. I don't think I've ever heard Indian Classical fused with electronic/breakbeat before. It is not a project I am going to return to a lot, but at the same time it is something I would be eager to hear more of.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

Felt like it took the whole album to get going and then it stopped.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Slow start but much of it was enjoyable. Not really my style. Probably won't listen again.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Some creativity but doesn't really hold up over time.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

An easy album to listen to in teh background. Very much of it's time

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Wed May 19 2021
3

3.2

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

Interesting! All kinds of influences and styles present behind groovy beats and fun instrumentals. I'll give this one another listen in a week or so and see how it settles.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Not really my cup of tea, ok as background noise, but didn't think much of it

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Soft ambient. Quite nice

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Esto qué es como para correrte pa dentro o como

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

K

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Sat Jul 24 2021
3

It was a little more than OK

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

OK is the debut studio album by English / Indian tabla player and record producer Talvin Singh, released on Island Records in 1998. It won him the Mercury Prize for 1999.[9] The record was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[10] It took nine months of travelling around and recording to complete the album. Singh recorded in London and on Okinawa Island to capture folk singers, as well as in India to collaborate with the Madras Philharmonic Orchestra. In the NME, reviewer Christian Ward noted that Singh was "trying to cover the globe with his music", as a voice intones "The world is sound", at the start of the album.[6] The record is rooted in India with odes to Asian underground scene, dub rhythms and jazz. There is also a contrast between "geisha choirs and cut-up beats", along with plaintive orchestral arrangements.[6] Reviewer noted that "convulsive rhythms compete with sensuous strings to create a deep, dark atmosphere", concluding with this positive sentence, "There are still more sonic territories to explore, but on this evidence, it seems that Talvin Singh will get there first."

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

"Complain (ah) Complain (oh)" (Traveller)

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Best Okinawa-inspired tabla record I’ve ever listened to!

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

Some parts sound incredible, other parts sound monotonous or slightly weird/annoying

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Thought I was going to get right into this but just kinda didn't. It's still good though.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Reminded me of my Indian friends in college.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

It's rather beautiful to start off with.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

Meditative. Extremely unique; can't say I've listened to Indian electronic music before. The vocals can get a little hit and miss, and the writing/lyrics on this can occasionally be pretentious. Still, didn't hate it. Favorite track: "OK"

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

Very much of its time, still quite fun though.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
3

Quite peculiar, but necessary experiment. Primarily, I got to know with the phenomenon of Asian Underground.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

This was pretty interesting. At first I was like nah, but then by the third song I was really into it. It was hit or miss after that, but overall pretty cool. 3 stars.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Interesting experimental world music.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

would give 3/5 Interesting mix,really unique rhythm

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

This sounds like the background music in every '90s upscale hotel.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Very different but I like it though.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

Interesting as a sound but nothing spectacular.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

Love indian classical instruments.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

About what I expected from the cover. You could look at this cover and know nothing else and know that it came out in 1998 and EXACTLY what it sounds like

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

OK

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Listened Before? N This was a fun album. I'd have to be in the right mood to listen to it again. It wasn't the worst thing I've heard, but not really my style. Edgy beats mixed with indian music. Shrug. Added to Library? N Songs added to Playlist: Light

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

Modern instrumental, mostly ambient world music. I kinda like this, even though it contains some filler material. All in all 3/5.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

This was incredibly unique, yet somehow not at all memorable. It wasn't awful, but I also have no desire to ever listen to it again.

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Thu May 05 2022
3

So late 90s it hurts. It's a fusion of Drum n Bass, classical Indian and various other bits and pieces from the time. Can imagine it was a coffee table classic back then, but now it struggled to hold my attention. Loved the first track - at 11 minutes it frequently changed direction and ended with some lovely sounding strings but the largely instrumental tracks failed to engage me as the album progressed. May revisit though, could see it being a grower.

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Fri May 06 2022
3

It was OK (I bet no-one's done that joke before, and can't wait to go to the global reviews page to confirm this) I was a bit spaced out from the old 'rona when I listened to it so some of the trippier bits freaked my nut out a little, but it is certainly a lovely plinkly plonky trippy album.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Well travelled world beats, with Indian and Japanese influences.

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Mon May 16 2022
3

Cool. I’m always for unique fusions of styles

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

OK.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

Very interesting vibe. Love the traditional Indian instruments and sounds, and the sort of techno/trance update is pretty cool. I think I’d prefer some more traditional stuff, but I also think there’s some Ravi Shankar on this list so I’ll look forward to that. This was good though! Very chill. Favorite tracks: Traveller, Butterfly, Light. Album art: Not a whole lot going on here, but I guess enough to indicate the two styles that are blended together. Very forgettable cover. 3.5/5

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

Really enjoyed this album. Very electronic with Asian influences. Feels like it was ahead of it's time, both sounding new age but also feeling stuck in the 90's.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
3

Another drum&bass album? I'm game! I enjoyed this one, but it's certainly not up there with Goldie and Roni Size. This has some lovely Indian sounds which I guess expanded the range of the 1990s electronic scene. The strings and vocals cohere well with the beats. But it ends up a little samey across the record, and it is definitely on the lounge/chillout end of the electronic spectrum. 3*

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

This was mega-hyped on it's release. I was underwhelmed when I got it. I may have been a drop too harsh on my initial review. There is too much ambient music for me and the tracks go on a bit too long. Elements are interesting, but the songs don't seem to gel.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

interesting

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Interesting, don't really love it tho

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Skemmtileg og áhugaverð tónlist, mun pottþétt hlusta á meira frá Talvin Singh.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Didn't hate it but it was a one and done.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Definitely a different sound then I’m used to but was into a couple tracks. Not my style, but not bad.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Ethereal sounding, lits of layers, almost too much at times but interesting

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Got a lot of work done today with this running in the background, managed to keep me interested with the mix of styles and upbeat rhythms. Some songs become repetitive and a tad cloying, but for the most part I was able to zone out and let the music wash over me.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Interesting and cool. Looking forward to another go around.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Listened to this a lot when it first came put, but now it disappoints me - too much of it is unfocused and meandering. The earlier compilation "Anokha – Soundz of the Asian Underground" that Talvin Singh put out does stand the test of time however.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Interesting without being amazjng

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Prefs: Traveler, Butterfly, Sutrix, OK, Light Moins pref: Mombasstic

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Indian sounding, drum and bass, trip-hop. It won the 1999 Mercury Music Prize. Woke up from a post-Sunday-long-jog-snooze right at the end. So it clearly didn't do much for me.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

The album title has pretty much done the review for me.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

After hollowing out my eyeballs and dipping my face into a bucket of frogs, I can see myself falling deeper and deeper in love with this cowardly record. It will fuel my passion for the next 16 hours. In this time I will complete a complex jigsaw of an elderly man bent over with his sagging, withered ass pointing towards us as he sucks on a large lollipop and takes a photo of his enormous dick. Yes, today will be just fine.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

1999 mercury music prize. what a strange bunch of albums that is. but on closer inspection of 1999 and the best selling albums we're greeted with an absolute mess of a time. we've got the year of trance and nu metal. manufactured pop is still huge mainstream with backstreet boys selling 40m albums. Eminem resurrecting dr dre. europop is big with vengaboys and eiffel 65. film soundtracks are selling like made (notting hill 2.4m). the indie offering is the wet singer songwriter thing that was the push back to britpop led by travis. we've got moby, will smith, macy gray, lou bega, sisqo. this year was fucking mental. i implore you to go here and have a look for yourselves as to what the fuck was going on; https://bestsellingalbums.org/year/1999 so back to the beginning with the mercury music prize list, it now makes a bit more sense. in hindsight it probably should have been won by the chemical brothers surrender but none of the others have really stood the test of time, faithless 8PM, stereophonics - performance and cocktails, manics - this is my truth, blur-13 all fairly un-innovative. so after all that waffle, it's alright. nice production, good sounds but the pace of it kind of stumbles along rather than flows.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Ambiant electronica with an experimental feel. I liked it.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Really interesting dance music. A lot different from the stuff that's out today.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

notes - indian/british tabla player and producer - collaborated with musicians from around the world, blending traditional indian music, japanese flute music, and idm/drum n bass elements - The string & flute arrangement at the end of the first song is beautiful! - This album has a very 90s sound palette, the long reverb and delay, wet sounding ps1 synth patches, chopped glitchy drums - Like a musical time machine, could imagine listening to this on a walkman while rollerskating fav - sutrix - made me feel like the protagonist in a cyberpunk movie least fav - eclipse - least effective use of the glitch sounds, kinda gave the vibe that he was just trying to cram a vunch in 3/5 interesting vibe and cool way to hear what was going on in electronic music at the time

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

Cool background music, if more than a bit strange

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

Average.

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Wed May 05 2021
2

Ehkä sienien kanssa voisi olla nerokasta ja lumoavaa menoa. Nyt jätti genreen suuremmin vihkiytymättömälle lähinnä kiusallisen kokemuksen.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
2

It starts better than it finishes. I like the atmospheric electronic world music as it ebbs and flows, but by the time we get to O.K., they've let Yoko Ono loose on this album and the squeeling and high energy makes it interesting but not entertaining.

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Mon May 31 2021
2

Having links to Indian music is pretty cool. I like it, but don’t love it... not quite an album for this list

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Sun May 09 2021
2

4

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

Not the kind of music I like. Too repetitive and spacey.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

Ik houd van drum 'n bass maar dat Aziatische gezang en die steeds terugkomende sitar trek ik minder.

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Tue May 18 2021
2

No thanks. Didn't listen to much

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Sat May 15 2021
2

It was ok, not really my thing but I can appreciate the thought gone into the arrangements 2*

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Wed May 26 2021
2

As the title states; the album is OK🤷🏻‍♂️

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Mon May 10 2021
2

че-то вощще полумузыка какая-то. ну наверн можно зачиллить под этот абстракт как-то, но слушать на серьёзке желания никакого 3/10

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

Talvin Singh's OK is a very creative and atmospheric effort, full of uncoventional jazzy and dubby sounds, though it's a bit too weird for me. I am not particular fond of Indian culture or of music that has more focus on instrumentals than vocals, so I am not a big fan. 2/5.

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Mon May 10 2021
2

`utter madness

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Thu May 20 2021
2

Everything sort of blends together. This is pretty avant garde with electronica and experimental music, which I don't particularly enjoy, but I understand the concept behind it.

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Thu May 20 2021
2

idk dude what even

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Mon May 24 2021
2

"Bella l'hindi, bella l'elettronica, bello il tabla! Bello, bello, bello tutto! Bravo, grazie! Adesso te ne poi pure annà!" Semi-cit. Io e Talvin non abbiamo legato. Non c'è stata alchimia. Al primo ascolto mi son detto: "E mo che voto gli do?" Ho provato un secondo ascolto per capirlo meglio, ma ho lasciato perdere. Voto: 2 perché non mi ha fatto schifo/vomitare

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Wed Jul 28 2021
2

27th July 2021 Listened throughout the day on my phone while working before going on a huge bike ride round Richmond Park with Sam. Interesting listen, reminded me of when I was a kid and my mum bought this on cd.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
2

Ok, never heard of this before. Looking at the cover I'm gonna say scungy 90s UK techno - my guess is by the name, UK but son of Indian migrants. Potential Indian sounds. Baseline 3/5 but liable to drop. I also get the feeling this is gonna be an hour-long jobbie, not sure why but even without loading it yet I just get vibes of outstaying its welcome (like all scungy 90s UK electronica). HA! exactly one hour according to Spotify. Fuckin nailed it. Ok you might as well call me Nostradamus: UK but Indian background, scungy 90s UK techno. Has a bit of an Indian flavour along with the scungy beats. It sounds like the soundtrack to a snowboarding game on the ps1 lol. Honestly, I kinda like the exotic bits but as expected it just goes far too long. Even by halfway I was bored and completely lost interest. Would have gotten higher if it had the sense to be a bit shorter. 2/5.

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Sun Sep 26 2021
2

OK by Talvin Singh (1998) It only takes one listen to India tabla playing to recognize its potential for fusion with techno/pop, and OK by Talvin Singh almost shows how it can be done. But first, a correction: The world is not sound, contrary to the theme-establishing lyrics on this album (in the opening track, “Traveller”). The singer (Singh?) sings “The world is sound. . . Leave the troubles behind”. This is a clumsy ode to the musician’s conceit. Of course “the world” is much more and much other than “sound”. The opening eleven-minute track insufficiently introduces what is clearly important about the album. By relying on the saucy background provided by the Madras Philharmonic Orchestra, it points the listener in the wrong direction. The album really takes off with the second track “Butterfly” and picks up speed with track three, “Sutrix”, adding vocalizations, techno flourishes, and standard western trap drum accompaniment, with a modified backbeat. The female choir on “Soni” has some serious pitch problems (although the spoken poetic conclusion of this track is interesting). And the rather manic and obscene Kama Sutra-‘inspired’ “Decca” fails musically on the erotic level. But the highlight of the record is “Light”, which capably provides the flavor of the project—heavy on tabla and flute. I recommend listening to this track first and then starting at the beginning if it meets your taste. Hearing the album twenty three years after its release, one gets a sense that it could have been better if it had incorporated influences of hip hop. It seems to be pulling in that direction, but it doesn’t even really leave the station. It sounds more like a suitable soundtrack to a Bollywood sci-fi epic, if there even is such a thing. The album is suitably titled. It’s OK (barely). 2/5

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

not for me

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Wed Oct 27 2021
2

Mediocre. Nothing amazing, most probably good at the time but hasn't aged well.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

Ok, describes it well. 2/5

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

Fine I guess. Nothing interesting about it though. Good background music.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
2

Not for me. Kind of an "Enya" style electronica. Might be nice stuff to play in the background when I'm working or something.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
2

I really didn’t feel this one. I will note that appreciate the attempt to do electronic music with an international influence, particularly with the use of Indian music. I also think the flute work of Sakamoto and Chaurasia was very nice, as well as Suchitra Pillai’s vocals. But overall, the album ends up being a bit of a hodgepodge mess. A little goes a long way when you do fusion in music, and Singh struggles to have a cohesive sound here. Additionally, the frenetic pace of some of these songs makes them a rather unpleasant listen, like I felt agitated and impatient for the album to just be over. Fave Songs: OK, Disser/Point.Mento.B, Sutrix

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

Meh. I want music to listen to. Dance music does nothing for me at all, it's just pointless if you don't dance.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
2

Can't help but notice it's just common Indian compositions (and not very profound) on common EDM stuff (and not very exceptional structure). It got a lot better for the final few tracks. Still there's a great recipe here, so it gets some credit assuming it led that principle a bit. (I think the Prodigy may have played with this a bit earlier, tho.) It was explored more, and better, by Tabla Beat Science's "Tala Matrix" so check that out if you liked this.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
2

While Indian influences proved to be a fresh take on electronic music, the album is too long and the new idea also gets old fast

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Fri Mar 11 2022
2

Not very interested in instrumental music

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Fri Mar 18 2022
2

Très monotone. Le mélange de son est intéressant, mais ça sonne très fade overall

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

It's grand and cinematic, but for most listeners it's nothing more than a fusion of late 90s electronica with classical Indian music. Too long, no standout tracks, dated in the sense that it sounds too much like similar music of its time, relying on the Indian music gimmick as an identity. But it's atmospheric and cohesive (kinda), with nothing sounding bad. There are some rough cuts, like "Decca" to "Eclipse" where I'm not sure what to feel, but again nothing that bothers me too much.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

When the yoga teacher puts on cooldown music that isn’t as peaceful as they think.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
2

No es que me moleste la música del mundo, pero mezclada con lounge se vuelve pesada. Encima la cantadera en hindi y Vikram el Vampiro… no, no me gusta. Hay un pequeño momento que me pudo gustar porque se asemeja a Yoshida Brothers, pero se va rápido y vuelve al lounge.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
2

This mix of indian classical music with electronica has its moments and interesting collaborations (like Ryuichi Sakamoto on the flute), but its also very dated and kind of all over the place. Some dub rhythms and jazz moments are worth the listening and the beats are not bad at all, but it lacks cohesion.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Not much here of interest to me. Certainly unique, just not very compelling. 2.5 🌟

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Fri Apr 29 2022
2

Kinda a strange vibe to this. I liked it but not sure if I would listen to it again.

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Thu May 19 2022
2

"OK' is just that, OK. I didn't get anything from this one. I've heard it before and it didn't get any better this time around. 2/5.

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Fri May 20 2022
2

Not familiar with the artist, so I had no idea what I'd be listening to. After a listen, I still don't know what I was listening to. So much going on, some good, some...not so easy to listen to. An interesting mix, but not enough to hold my interest throughout the whole album, but overall, could be worse, I suppose.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
2

Interesting listen

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Mon Jun 20 2022
2

70s classic rock still rings true.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
2

If a stinking trustifarian's "What I did on my gap year" could be summed up in music form - this is it. The album title is your answer to them before you turn your back and walk away. Best Tracks: Butterfly; OK; Light

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Wed Jul 06 2022
2

I don't care for this. Not sure what it is. World Music, Electronica? Not for me

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Thu Jul 07 2022
2

Not 100% my jam, but I appreciate it!

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Mon Aug 01 2022
2

Indian fusion jazz - OK, as the title says, for minimally intrusive background music. Perhaps a little to fast rhythmically for this though. Pleasant enough, but not something I would go looking for more of.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
2

This is like going to a video exhibit in a museum. It starts quite interesting, but then it quickly turns into a mindfuck and you leave full of confusion about what you witnessed.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

meh

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Thu Sep 08 2022
2

It’s super unique and is probably one of the album’s that most deserves to be in the generator/book but do I like it? No And here’s why (note i’am not going to talk about all tracks just the ones that really popped out as odd). First off traveller goes against one of my preferences which is that i’am not really a fan of having any very long songs open an album (especially an album that’s quite long and has a decent amount of tracks). Butterfly is a mess of a track that I again wouldn’t have put in this position on the album but I liked the Radiohead like drumming here. Mombastic is wired especially with the approach to the vocals. Decca was only short but him saying “NA-STY” gave me a little chuckle. The album is full of pointless instrumentals that are just there really to waste the listeners time. Actually the whole second half is a waste of the listeners time to be 100% honest with you. Also a bit of an off note but in my time away from the generator I tend to try go through all the mercury prize albums so hearing this is a nice edition and seeing that I would give a good few mercury prize albums a 5 ( primal scream, suede, Portishead, pulp, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic monkeys, elbow) and even ones that aren’t 5’s like the xx or badly drawn boy I still had some enjoyment for. But this album it’s just not fun like all of those mentioned above like the albums good but un-enjoyable I would give it a 1 but the only time I give 1’s is if I would actually remove it from the book so I guess its a 2. A Very Very VERY Low 2 Out Of Five

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Sun Sep 18 2022
2

I was definitely not high enough to listen to this album and even worse I was drunk on Husker game day which is like the worst mindset for listening to music like this. It was pretty calming I suppose but I just could not get into it and have no interest in ever listening to this again

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

Indian electronica.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

Background music for the fluorescent jellyfish exhibit at the aquarium in a Stanley Kubrick meets Ravi Shankar kind of way? In the end, I can say that I listened to it. And if this is a way to reach total consciousness, I got that going for me. Which is nice.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

The concept is very cool, but that's about it. I'm glad it's on the list, and don't actively dislike it, but the failed potential here is really disappointing. Takes a long time to get going, and yet never feels like it gets to the final destination. Butterfly is sick, cool 90s beats with classical Indian melodies- v good

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Mon Oct 24 2022
2

OK

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Thu Oct 27 2022
2

I struggled with how to rate this one. There's some stuff here that I clearly don't understand and isn't for me. That doesn't mean it's bad, but I'd be lying if I said I enjoyed it. Best track: Sutrix

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Thu Oct 27 2022
2

Pretty trippy fusion of electronica beats and traditional indian instruments. I liked it. I can imagine standing in a basement club in london covered in neon with everyone around me spaced out to something talking about the 'vibes'. however - it started to get pretty disjointed at points.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

A melding of styles that didn't work for me. Even as a background it didn't disturb.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
2

super weird, not my favorite

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Wed May 05 2021
1

Välillä heräs fiilis, et onkohan tässä sitä jotain, mut jos 95-prossasesti muuten vitutti kuunnella, nii ei yhtä tähtee enempää ansaitse. Ja kesti muuten kolme päivää kuunnella kokonaan...

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Tue Jul 06 2021
1

Nope

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Tue Jul 06 2021
1

pfff, voor mij niet te doen. Na het eerste nummer kwamen zelfs de kinderen klagen. Snel uitgezet, klaar!

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Mon May 24 2021
1

Associare strumenti indiani a ritmiche e sonorità elettroniche l'ho sempre trovato infelice e questo disco non mi ha smentito. Copertina e sound sono da cesto dell'autogrill.

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Tue May 11 2021
1

Couldn't get into it at all, not really into electronic.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
1

No thank you.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
1

Awful computer noise.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
1

Weird noises. Not for me.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
1

The story behind the album creation is awesome, but this is so weird. Way too experimental to actually sit and enjoy.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
1

No. Unlistenable noises.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
1

Sorry

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