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Digging Through The Roots: Amarrass Records

Ashutosh Sharma and Ankur Malhotra started Amarrass Records out of exasperation. The label looked inward towards India’s vast, rural lands at a time when other artists and labels looked Westwards and flocked towards electronic music. Since its inception, the sounds coming out of Amarrass Records have been exciting, distinctive and embody the imprint’s broad taste. Their ability to harness timeless music from the depths of anonymity allows them...
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24 March 2017

5 Minutes With: Kumail

Mumbai-based Kumail Hamid has a distinctive sound, one of downtempo self-discovery. His carefree, almost lackadaisical approach to music could slot him alongside the cache of artists he looks to for inspiration. The 23-year-old producer and Knowmad Records signee is releasing his latest EP, ‘From You To Blue’, on Wednesday 22 March. Subtle influences of hip-hop, trip-hop resonate throughout but like one of his favourite musicians, King Krule,...
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21 March 2017

Wild City Singled Out: February 2017

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com or contact us privately on SoundCloud. 'riverbed' by Slowspin and NAWKSH Slowspin is releasing tracks at a rapid-fire pace and her latest, ‘riverbed’ features NAWKSH, one of my favourite producers in Pakistan. This ambient, experimental...
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02 March 2017

In Conversation With: Suman Sridhar

With her parents working as professional musicians, Suman Sridhar quickly found that the innate talent she possessed could propel her to dovetail passion into a full-time job. The multi-talented artist is also a vocalist and composer with a sound that bridges the worlds of jazz, blues, pop, Indian classical, cabaret, opera, Afro-Cuban and rap. Suman has been a consistent figure in the alternative arts scene in India; a star that has shone brightly...
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09 March 2017

In Conversation With: Mosiki On Emerging Pakistani Music

Mosiki is a Pakistani music blog that sprung up in October last year. Spotlighting emerging music from the country, it’s run by a Pakistani-born creative who was educated in the UK. Like some of the diaspora, he finds himself back in South Asia, specifically Lahore. When he first moved to the UK, a girl mistakenly called him Outdoor Raisin - a moniker that’s resonated with him and one he asked we use for this piece. Mosiki has quickly grown to...
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27 February 2017

Indian Music Industry: A Female Perspective

Let’s get it out of the way early: the music industry, like every other in our patriarchal society, is sexist. We all know that. It’s especially prevalent in India where, within certain segments of society our culture forces women to get married by a certain age, not stay out past a certain hour, take care of the house and family, and be suppressed by the weight of what is right and wrong in the eyes of the 'community'. In the UK, female producers...
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16 February 2017

Wild City Singled Out: January

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South-Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com or contact us privately on SoundCloud. dang by Ayush Bansal Not much is known about Aayush Bansal. The producer’s latest track 'Dang' is hard-hitting, yet lo-fi. With heavy synths reminiscent of 80s power-pop ballads laid beautifully...
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02 February 2017

1beat1week: In Conversation With Oceantied

Back in late November, Ketan Bahirat otherwise known as Oceantied, announced on Facebook that he was starting a mini-project titled 1beat1week. As the name suggests, the producer would create and upload one beat a week accompanied by a video. When asked about why he created it, Bahirat explained, “Because I feel like as an artist, I’m not always putting out content, but creating a lot of stuff that people usually don’t get to hear.” The mini-project...
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24 January 2017

Wild City Singled Out: November + December

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South-Asia in our new monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com or contact us privately on SoundCloud. ‘Big Surprise’ by Prateek Kuhad Featuring his signature soft vocals that are brimming with feels (goes without saying) ‘Big Surprise’ is a pretty little number about leaving home...
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12 January 2017

In Conversation With Dubstep Pioneer & Tectonic Head Honcho Pinch

Rob ‘Pinch’ Ellis’s reputation precedes him. He has a relentless approach to anything he sets his mind to. Whether it’s DJing, producing or running his now legendary imprint Tectonic – one of the boldest, most uncompromising labels in the world that despite mutations and variations, still remains uncompromisingly dubstep 11 years down the line. The label’s been pushing the likes of Loefah, RSD, Peverelist, Addison Groove and Illum Sphere...
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05 December 2016

A Guide To All The Art And Experiences At Magnetic Fields 2016

It might seem counterintuitive to say this, but a festival experience is never just about the music, nor is it meant to be. This is particularly true for festivals like Magnetic Fields – residential, destination events that run morning and night for days together. You’re immersed in an atmosphere that’s created for you, surrounded not just by sound by spectacles that engage all your senses. It’s an all-encompassing three-day experience of...
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07 December 2016

A Comprehensive Guide To The Music At Magnetic Fields 2016

And we’re almost there – just 10 days to go for our favourite weekend of the year! Magnetic Fields will be back for its 2016 edition with a whole bunch of activities, more art, food and of course, a more exhaustive international and homegrown lineup than ever before. Of course, music lies at the heart of the festival, but there’s so much happening it just made sense to put everything in one place. Apart from the performers at The Piano Man basement,...
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30 November 2016

Wild City Singled Out: October 2016

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South-Asia in our new monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com or contact us privately on SoundCloud. 'Tribes' by Oceantied Things are looking peachy for fresh RBMA grad Oceantied. He did his two weeks at the lauded institution just under two months ago and already he’s all set to play...
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23 November 2016

Ikonika On Hyperdub, Dubstep & Supporting Local Talent

In an interview with Alex Macpherson at Guardian in 2010, a little under two years after she released acclaimed debut 12", ‘Please/Simulacrum’ Ikonika protests her skewed depiction in the media, saying she hates being called ‘the first lady of dubstep’ - “Some little blog called me the MIA of dubstep… people have called me a Muslim producer because of my surname. I'm not even a Muslim. Would they call Skream a white, male, Christian producer?’ Aside...
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17 November 2016

Aneesha Kotwani On Collaboration, Community & WAVLNGTH

Aneesha Kotwani is the founder of WAVLNGTH – a booking/promoting/management agency that despite coming to fruition just under 9 months ago has been responsible for some of the best club experiences we’ve had this year. Based out of Mumbai, the collective has hosted thoughtfully curated shows featuring the likes of Nic Tasker (Whities) and Bradley Zero (Rhythm Section) along with a whole bunch of India’s finest, and Swiss selector and producer...
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07 November 2016

Wild City Singled Out: September 2016

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South-Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com or contact us privately on SoundCloud. ‘Words’ by Sparkle and Fade Masked non-vigilante Sparkle and Fade is back with another ambient reminder that things are going to be ok, ok? All of the producer's music has a calming quality...
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20 October 2016

Sandunes On 'Downstream', Industry Pressures & The Need For More Women In Music

Sanaya Ardeshir’s got the kind of rare self-awareness, reflexivity and casual (borderline oblivious) verity that makes interviewing her particularly enjoyable. As one of the few artists, and certainly one of the thimbleful of women producers who has successfully managed to navigate the independent music space; she managed to make a living without compromising on her own sound and image. Her training as a pianist led her subsequent electronic production...
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13 October 2016

Ben Walsh On ‘Remix Experiment’ & The Art Of Improvisation

New Delhi’s going to witness a very special performance this Saturday night with experimental percussionist Ben Walsh, who will be flying down all the way from Australia to present his improvisational solo show – ‘Remix Experiment’. Walsh is probably known best for his live drum n’ bass act The Bird, which has been running since the late 90s and sees him on percussion and partner Simon Durrington on keys. Their shows are intense experiences,...
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01 October 2016

The Serious Business Of Desi Bass: An Interview With Su Real

“As soon as you are trying to play your first paid gig, you're trying to make a career out of your music - meaning you are putting out a product for consumption.” Like any other industry, the business of music has certain topics of conversation that, as a journalist, are much smoother to approach than others. Family, influences and artistic opinions are of course, far easier to broach than what is arguably the greatest taboo topic of all – money,...
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22 September 2016

In Conversation With: RBMA Selectee Oceantied

Ketan Bahirat’s had a good year. He’s just back from a multi city European tour with KRUNK and is currently getting set to represent the country at the very prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal later in October with fellow Bangalore producer The Sine Painter. Bahirat lives and breathes music and the industry. He’s been responsible for some incredible work with post-rock outfit Until We Last, before initiating his solo project Oceantied...
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15 September 2016

Wild City Singled Out: August

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South-Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com or contact us privately on SoundCloud. ‘LUV CNDY PRTY’ by Talal Qureshi Pakistani producer Talal Qureshi’s career has taken a massive upward curve this year since he began travelling and performing all over the world for Diplo’s...
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02 September 2016

Review: Dekmantel 2016

I almost didn’t make it to Dekmantel this year. I’d gone the two previous years, and they’d been golden - the festival consistently puts together one of the world’s best electronic music lineups in a sun-dappled forest outside Amsterdam. To my eyes (and ears), it can do very little wrong. But that also means it surely can’t keep on getting better, especially when there’s not a whole lot to improve on. What’s it going to do? Take my two...
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31 August 2016

Getting It Right: An Interview With Bradley Zero

‘Be a very open individual - no pretention…no paranoia – no anything.’ Boiler Room’s Thris Tian and Nic Tasker along with British DJ, label owner (and all round institution) Gilles Peterson gush about Bradley Zero in a fascinating little documentary style interview by Stamp The Wax, that gives us a little peek into the life of the Peckham DJ and Rhythm Section show-runner. For the uninitiated - Bradley Zero is a Peckham (a district in South-East...
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19 August 2016

Wild City Singled Out: July 2016

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South-Asia in our monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com or contact us privately on SoundCloud. ‘Kya Farak Padega’ by Peter Cat Recording Co. PCRC are coming out with new tunes from their back catalogue in Transmissions, and ‘Kya Farak Padega’ was one of the three new tracks to...
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11 August 2016

Bridging The Gap: An Interview With Sarathy Korwar

Sarathy Korwar isn’t a name I knew of before May this year. The young London based Indian musician sort of appeared out of the blue with news of a debut LP releasing through Ninja Tune. Alongside this there were details of him being granted an award with The Steve Reid Foundation, a charitable trust established by Brownswood / Gilles Peterson with the dual objective of helping musicians in crisis and also supporting emerging talent. Through this...
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29 July 2016

Wild City Singled Out: June 2016

‘Storm In A Teacup’ by Sparkle and Fade w/ Fuzzy Logic Mumbai’s Sparkle and Fade has two tracks out so far and his latest has been co-produced with Fuzzy Logic (who’s very busy these days with the release of a new EP and crowdfunding campaign). There’s a sort of vast airiness about ‘Storm In A Teacup’, which, when combined with intricately layered, gradually building melodies and chimes makes for a post-rock inspired piece of electronica...
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15 July 2016

Sonar 2016: Review

We'd finally made it. The first time that Barcelona’s Sonar Festival had taken priority over Glastonbury just a week later in the UK. To say we were excited would be an understatement. Split across 2 main venues; Sonar By Day and Sonar By Night, it has for many years offered the world’s most diverse and daring programme alongside an incredibly informative and interactive schedule of business and outreach activities. This year’s parallel conference...
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09 July 2016

In Conversation With: Curtain Blue

Out of the many names in alternative Indian electronic music, Abhishek Bhatia’s stands out as one of the more prolific, consistent and original of the lot. Apart from his work with alternative rock project, The Circus, Bhatia’s solo electronic project Curtain Blue has seen a fair amount of attention in the last couple of years it’s been running, but 2013 was a real turning point. It was at the first edition of Magnetic Fields Festival in Rajasthan...
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05 July 2016

Wild City Singled Out: May 2016

Wild City handpicks the most interesting one-off singles released by artists in South-Asia in our new monthly feature - Singled Out. If you’d like us to listen to your music, send the relevant info to music@thewildcity.com or contact us privately on SoundCloud. ‘Mariage’ by Nightlust We have no idea who bedroom producer Nighlust is, or where he or she is from, but new track ‘Mariage’ caught our attention after one of our favourite music...
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17 June 2016

Nucleya: The Making Of India’s Biggest Brand In Electronic Music

It’s not much of a stretch to say that most Indian electronic music exists either at ‘EDM’ events and festivals like Supersonic and Sunburn, or on the flipside, in the sort of hipster-niche vacuum of your Bandras and Hauz Khas Villages. It’s the difference between mainstream and alternative, so-cool urban city culture and small towns and (this point is especially important in India’s case) the difference between class. It’s in India that...
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09 June 2016

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