State of Bengal: Visual Audio

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Finally! A project and CD whose name and title says it all. AState of Bengal(city in India) and it’s double entendre folklore is what your mind is about to enter when you listen to Visual Audio. The CD begins with a sample of an Indian man announcing “Your attention please. India Airlines announces the“Flight of 1C 408”, passengers are requested to proceed to the aircraft.”

The procession is mandatory because your flight is about to commence and that is where the Visual Audio reference comes in. The visual is that of your pilot, DJ/Producer extraordinaireSam Zaman,who is generally considered one of the true purveyors of the British/Asian club scene. From atop the flight deck, Zaman loads up the audio by collecting and processing an amalgam of beat box rhythms, sitar loops and fat bottom bass. Sam then manages to lacquer the sound with a smattering of guitars, violins and percussion, which preempts one’s desire to be passive. This combination of visual and audio leads to immediate transportation into a State of Bengal. This heightened declaration of imagination will cause you to become totally immersed within a sonic barrage of Bengali and western dance explorations sure to make you don layers of multi colored sheaths of material and spin freely in circles.

And eternally spiral you will as this pleasurable visualization of audio continues from beginning to end. In numbers like“Elephant Ride,”the booming thumping bass makes you picture an elephant triumphantly plodding along. This visualization is accented by a funky soundscape leading one’s imagination to believe that you’re somewhere deep in the middle of the jungle steering this one-ton peanut grazer on a safari jaunt. Once you’ve reached the inner jungle, it’s time to slide down the trunk and be engulfed in a“Chittagong Chill”, which effortlessly slaps a trifle of dancehall into the vibe.

And while you’re chillin’, what else could you imagine, perhaps a beautiful woman singing to you? Zaman imagines this too. Even if you’re a hip DJ melding British club music and ancient Indian flavorings that doesn’t mean that you’re allowed to buck the current trends...hence the colorization of the music with a female vocal. Track three “Burn Your Toes” is the obligatory nod as it showcasesSuzana Ansar. The mix is invigorating as she steps up to the ethereal shrine and deposits an upper register dose of Qawali-like vocals.

So,visual audio IS a state of Bengal. Furthermore, there lays an inherent visual of what all audio on Six Degrees Records sounds like. If you are into an adventurous combination of both ancient and new world music mixed with the continuous energy of modern beats then strap your mind in and let the flight begin.

Track Listing: Flight 1C / Elephant Ride / Burn Your Toes (vocal version) / Chittagong Chill / Taki Naki / Red Earth (instrumental version)/ Hunters / EK Bullet / Rama Communication / Music Is

Personnel: Sam Zaman (DJ, producer, guitar, bass)/ Matt Mars (guitar, mandolin) / Suzana Ansar (vocals) / Adam Pretty (saxophone)

Style: Ambient


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