Various Artists: Bhangra Beatz
Most of Bhangra Beatz consists of metric beatseither electronically derived or played live on instruments like the double-headed dhol drummixed with uplifting vocals and interlaced instrumentals. An apt comparison from the world of electronica might be the Asian Dub Foundation, which similarly combines Western beats with the distinctive rhythms and harmonies of the East. However, Bhangra Beatz betrays much more obvious and direct ethnic influences. The broad collection of artists on this disc collectively represents the stars of the genre. For the most part, the disc consists of uplifting, positive, hummable tunes with Punjabi lyrics. Perhaps more appropriate for a dance or party situation than meditative listening, Bhangra Beatz offers a unique fusion of styles, including just enough improvisation to satisfy a curious jazz listener.
Track Listing: Lok Boliyan, Ludiane Nachdi Nu, Soundz from the Des, Lak De Hulareh, Meri Maa Boli Punjabi, Aaja Billo, Dhamiwala Da Dhol, Nachde Punjabi, Doli, Sahotas Boliyan, Putt Sardaran Da.
Personnel: Surjit Singh, Pete Ware, Anakhi, Jassi Premi, Kuljeet, Balbir Bittu, Dev Thrikewala, Atul Sharma, Jazzy B, Jaggi, Sukshinder Shinda, Mukhtiar S. Heer, Balwinder Safri, Baldev Mastana, Bhota Jagpal, DJ Sheikh, Sukshinder Shinda, K.B. & the Gang, Kebi, Soni Atwal, The Sahotas, Surjit Sahota, Bhinda Jatt, Jandu Litranwala.
Record Label: Naxos
Style: Fringes of Jazz