Sunday, 1 November 2009

Review - Nitin Sawhney - London Undersound - Instrumentals and Remixes

Nitin Sawhney - London Undersound - Instrumentals and Remixes

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9 out of 10

Students of the art of the mix would do well to get hold of this collection from one of its masters. Essentially a double-album, with the first twelve tracks making a 'disc one' of instrumentals and the remaining nine acting as a kind-of remix 'bonus disc', complete with guest performances from the likes of Imogen Heap and Ojos de Brujo. Sawnhey himself says the original London Undersound album came about through his observation that London has become a more threatening place since the attack on the World Trade Centre in 2001. Not something that comes across in a set of instrumentals, really, but that's a miniscule niggle in the face of a work of craft and feeling. The Daily Hate-Mail says it's a candidate for next year's Mercury but it's so much better than that. World music, in its truest form.


1. Days of Fire
2. October Daze
3. Bring It Home
4. My Soul
5. Distant Dreams
6. Shadowland
7. Daybreak
8. Ek Jaan
9. Transmission
10. Last Train to Midnight
11. Firmament
12. Charu Keshi Rain
13. Bring It Home - Safe Blag Mix
14. Last Train to Midnight - Gloom World Mix
15. Distant Dreams - Witty Box Remix
16. Shadowland - Club Mix
17. Ek Jaan - Cotti Remix
18. Distant Dreams - Acoustic Version
19. October Daze - French Version
20. Ek Jaan - Bob Holroyd Deep Mix
21. Bring It Home - Radio Chill Mix

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