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Review : India Gets Physical Vol. 01

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Just got the CD of the new India Get Physical Compilation. Loved the Artwork! Even though I have a track included in the compilation, I was still curious to hear what the other producers had done. On the one hand, as Todh Teri was curating the project, I knew that his ears would definitely not allow for any substandard tracks. However, on the other hand, I was also a little curious as I had not heard of all the producers involved in the project. Before playing the CD I decided to leave my preconceived notions behind me and allow the music to speak for itself!
As soon as the first track came on, Soulspace immediately dropped my guard! I am a big fan of his music anyway. He is one of the best India has to offer and his taste, in my opinion, is top notch! Pawas Collab was really impressive. I love Acid influences and to top that off the texture on the vocal of Arooj Aftab that Pawas was able to create, was really unique. I ended up listening to the whole album and my listening experience was really smooth; without any bumps. All tracks were at least an 8/10 for me. There was a consistency in quality and the concept of being influenced by Indian sounds did come through, but in a subtle manner without being forced. Troja and Small Town Guy tracks were also ones that stuck in my head. I was also really happy to discover Kone Kone’s sound. The way he was using those samples was an Indication of a real seasoned producer! Overall
I am proud to have the right label represent a handful of artists from India who deserves international attention. This is a great time for the music scene from the Sub Continent and this release is a historical moment that should be celebrated by the electronic music community in India!

Press release
2019 sees Get Physical turn its always pan-global focus towards the shining stars of the emerging Indian dance music scene with a fantastic new 12 track compilation album featuring some of the country’s key contemporary talents.
This brilliant selection is compiled by Todh Teri, who is behind the acclaimed Deep In India release series and is at the heart of the revival of Indian cinematic sounds, where Bollywood music is reworked for the modern dance floor. When asked about India Gets Physical, he says,” The artists and music I’ve put together for this project are predominantly electronic, but with just a pinch of India. Clearly steering away from all probable cliches, all of these tracks sound very international but with just a hint of an Indian tone, scale or sound. It is our lil’ nod to the motherland.”
The exploration begins with Soulspace from Bangalore, respected DJ & producer who has been supported by Laurent Garnier in the past. After his warm deep house comes Indian born German house stalwart Pawas with gentle acid undulations and Bangalore artist Unnayanaa who collaborates with singer Erika Lernot for a sashaying and deep groove with enchanting vocals bringing the exotic vibes.
Further fine collabs find DJ and promoter Small Town Guy linking with singer and multi-instrumentalist Adil Smaeli to great effect on ‘Oasis’, then Delhi’s Hamza—who runs India’s first house label, Wind Horse Records—ups the tempo with the soulful and intoxicating pads and tablesz of ‘Morchang’. There are then trance inducing cuts from Calcutta star Troja, electro-disco jams from longtime duo Sharaabi and prolific producer Arnold From Mumbai serves up a superbly warm and sunny house. Kone Kone’s track is one that will be released on a special vinyl single and he is a producer with an international reputation, then compiler Todh Teri shows off his big room space disco skills before Red Bull Music Academy alumnus Murthovic and North-South India collab Malfnktion and MadStarbase close things out with pumping melodic techno and a unique take on trap and bass respectively.
This is a colorful, charismatic and compelling ride through the sounds of the emerging Indian underground and one that is fascinating from start to finish. The album will be supported by a national tour with DJ and live sets from the featured artists.

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