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Wild City #085: Big City Harmonics

Rohan Hastak started making music the traditional way – on a guitar, as part of a live band called ‘Kuru’ while he was based in Canada. But his musical identity now as Big City Harmonics is anything but traditional - inspired by pioneers of contemporary electronica such as Four Tet and Nightmares on Wax, the musician released his beat driven debut EP, called Foreword to hugely positive reviews last year. A bit like his own music which tends...
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28 October 2014

Wild City #084: Machli

Machli was formed in 2013 in a small colony called SFS in a satellite town outside of Bangalore by Aniruddh Menon, Musharraf Shaikh, Sandhya Visvanathan and Maitreya Mer, and we’ve been smitten by their sound since we stumbled upon them earlier this year. Despite only releasing a handful of singles on their SoundCloud page, the oddball bunch of art and design students caught our attention with their curiously experimental brand of music, unquestionably...
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15 October 2014

Wild City #083: GRAIN

One of India's longest running and most prolific stage names; Gaurav Raina - as one half of the Midival Punditz - is a familiar name for music lovers and peers alike. In a step in a new direction, his solo project 'GRAIN', showcases a musician within a musician. Sonic textures that are deeper, darker – even melancholic – zigzagging through genres with confidence. In our eyes, some of his most technically adept and exciting output thus far. ‘Grey...
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15 September 2014

Wild City #082: Arnav S

Dubai based Arnav S began learning classical music from the tender age of 3, setting a foundation for his future creativity in a wide range of musical styles. By 2004, he had composed and produced music for films, documentaries, fashion shows, video games, mobile apps, TV commercials and even corporate videos; showcasing a broad musical palette that included genres such as orchestral, blues, jazz, pop, and electronic. In 2013 he even went on to create...
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27 August 2014

Wild City #081: Alter State

It’s obvious to state that club music usually sounds best in a club, but for Delhi based Alter State - this stands especially true. Hearing tracks from any of the producer's featured in this mix, loud, in a dark room can sometimes make you feel incredibly insignificant. Fuelled by bass sounds that hit like electric shocks, modern day dubstep (trying to recreate the original take on dub inspired bass music) is quite literally at the most exciting...
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30 July 2014

Wild City #080: DJ MoCity

Born in Baghdad, raised in New Delhi, and now expanding further around the world spreading his message of cross-cultural understanding through the common denominator of music - Mohammed Abood a.k.a. DJ MoCity is a music entrepreneur that's been hustling his way around Asia and beyond for the past decade. With roots firmly based in hip-hop, he has entertained crowds and organised events all over the India whilst also being the creative force behind...
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10 July 2014

Wild City #079: Asvajit

Once the lead guitarist of Colombo based progressive jazz-rock band 'Powercut Circus', Asvajit has made a name for himself as one of the most respected and forward thinking electronic musicians to emerge out of post-war Sri Lanka. Apart from producing solid dancefloor bangers and whipping ravers into a frenzy, Asvajit is also a professional book designer, Ableton Live instructor and founder of Sri Lanka’s first independent underground record label,...
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16 June 2014

Wild City #078: Monsoonsiren

20 year old Bangalore based producer Nathan Menon’s collaboration with Tom Day resulted in what is possibly the single most beautiful track released in 2013. Picked by Border Movement and the #1 artist to watch out for in 2014 completely off the back of 'Love Is Rare, "Menon displayed tremendous vocal ability: a falsetto unironically comparable to Justin Vernon or Jai Paul." Apart from the EP he made with Tom Day, Menon’s output has almost been...
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13 May 2014

Wild City #077 - Blent

Aniket Vidyadhar a.k.a Blent is a Mumbai based music producer and game designer. Having only stepped into the production limelight in the last year, his debut collection of tracks; Dusk EP - released in September last year - was a warm and delicate listen made entirely out of sampled content: "I do this thing I like to call micro-sampling. I chop everything up and manipulate it using effects. So if I take one note, assign it to the sampler and screw...
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14 May 2014

Wild City #076: MadStarBase

MadStarBase is an international music crew with members representing USA, UK, Jamaica, and India. New Delhi based production and DJ duo Ase (Anant Ahuja) and dubSekhri (Neal Sekhri) are the Indian flag bearers, producing original cuts as well as a staggering array of bootlegs and remixes. The tag-team are also resident DJs at the House of bhane. and are known for spinning a selection of space age, future music infused with classic hip-hop, reggae...
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28 April 2014

Wild City #075: When Pandas Attack

Gold Panda, My Panda Shall Fly, Alien Panda Jury and now When Pandas Attack. What the fascination is with putting the word Panda in you band or DJ name, I can't exactly comment on. What I have observed however, is that it seems to be prevalent in acts truly pushing boundaries within their respective genre. The newest and youngest member of the 'Panda' society is When Pandas Attack - Delhi based musician and graphic designer Ankur Chauhan - someone...
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07 April 2014

Wild City #074: Reji

It's Mixtaped! week here at Wild Cit and we're helping the head honcho celebrate. Tomorrow night, it would have been a year since the little 'micro party' started by Reji in one of Bandra's smallest clubs - turns one. Not only has this weekly been programmed with great fluidity, it's hosted some rather surprising never-before-seen scenesters from various pockets of Mumbai. An inspiration for our new weekly; Conference. Since stepping into the world...
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01 April 2014

Wild City #073: Vipul

"In a movement that may surprise some, a fresh new wave of DJs and producers are bursting forth from the burgeoning house music scene in India and making an international impact" says this young man's bio. A part of the steadily growing UnMute army, Vipul is a Delhi based DJ and producer that once upon a time was heavily influenced by DJs and artists such as Darin Epsilon, Sasha, John Digweed, Robert Babicz, Chris Micall, Audiofly and Tim Davison. His...
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26 March 2014

Wild City #072: Hamza

New Delhi based Hamza has attained a reputation as a pioneer of the house music scene in India and one of the most innovative and exciting producers nationwide. Pushing a diverse and international sound, he's influenced by his strong musical background as well as growing up in India and traveling the world, living in cities such as Paris, Boston and New York. Hamza combines deep, tribal, and funky sounds with strong world music influences. This is...
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12 March 2014

Wild City 071: Jamblu

Jamblu is the solo project of Peter Cat Recording Co. multi-instrumentalist Kartik Pillai. An extremely talented indivdual who's been dabbling with experimental electronic music since 2007. Late last year he dropped his debut LP 'Depth Training'. A 9-track album that brought together influences from artists such as Telefon Telaviv, Cymatic Frequencies, DJ Krush, Meditative Music, Infections and Birds whilst simultaneously creating one of the most...
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03 March 2014

Wild City 070: Thee J Johanz

Thee J Johanz is a producer, DJ and sound engineer from Holland, who has been a part of the electronic music scene, right from its early acid house days. A keen music lover, he still to this day is pushing boundaries. And one thing he's especially keen on, is the innovative electronic funk and disco sounds which were created in India in the 70s and 80s. Those who've been following the re-birth of acid house godfather Charanjit Singh will also know...
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19 February 2014

Wild City #069: DJ Anna

DJ Anna is one of Brazil’s finest musical exports, now recognised as one of the most exciting female tech-house/techno DJs and producers of our era. With a career spanning over 15 years, DJ Anna’s presence and ability behind the decks is truly infectious, "igniting the dancefloor and creating energy that captivates everywhere she plays". Since moving to Europe in 2008 she's taken to the road and played in territories such as Spain, Portugal, Hungary,...
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27 January 2014

Wild City #068: East Stepper

Abhishek Jha a.k.a East Stepper is a New Delhi based music producer and multi-instrumentalist who's over his lengthy career dabbled with a diverse and varied platter of sounds, always with a quintessential Asian palette. Featured on regular BBC playlists compiled by the likes of DJ Nihal (BBC Radio 1 UK), Bobby Friction (BBC Asian Network) and many other radio stations around the world, he's slowly become recognised as an influencer and purveyor of...
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14 January 2014

Wild City #067: Top Billin

It was in the year 2006 that Top Billin Soundsystem first made themselves a household name in Helsinki with bootleg remixes, mixtapes and an ever-consistent monthly clubnight. That was just the beginning. The duo's first ever 12” EP, then ended up becoming the number one selling item at Turntablelab, favoured by club DJ’s and party music lovers around the world. Fast forward to 2013 and that classic EP has been followed by more top selling releases...
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18 November 2013

Wild City #066: M.Mat

Driven by a relentless passion for electronic music from across the musical spectrum, Mathieu Josso a.k.a M.Mat, has, of recent, become an inimitable stronghold for the Indian house and techno scene. Leading the underground Mumbai based collective Bhavishyavani Future Soundz, he has over the years headed events across the country with artists such as Laurent Garnier, Mathew Jonson, Chloe, dOP, DJ Koze, Dixon and Cobblestone Jazz - continuously touring...
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04 November 2013

Wild City #065: L'Imperatrice

Today marks the beginning of L’Imperatrice’s 7 city tour around India. The 5 strong French electronica outfit kick start their Indian journey tonight in New Delhi followed by gigs in Bangalore, Trivandrum, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai and Ponichery. We’ve been looking forward to this gig for a while now, it’s not often that you get to see a full live funk/disco set in India: “a frenetic and funky guitarist, an amazingly grooving bassist, a DJ and...
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16 October 2013

Wild City #064: Pippin

“Pippin is a virtual music producer in an animated world.” Inspired by artists such as Mount Kimbie, Flume and Burial, Pippin pushes a blend of 2-step, post-dubstep and even a bit of indie. His debut EP ‘1010’ is expected to release in October 2013 followed shortly by a live show at Bacardi NH7 Weekender, in Bangalore. Perfect timing then. Having created music for a number of years under several other aliases (some, already featured in the...
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07 October 2013

Wild City 063: Donn Bhat + Passenger Revelator

Donn Bhat is a music composer, producer, songwriter and guitar player based out of Mumbai. In the past he's written, produced and played for the bands 'Friday The13th' and 'Orange Street' both of which won the Great Indian Rock (GIR) competition in 2003 and 2005 respectively. Eventually, after an extensive tour of Europe with Orange Street, Donn produced his first solo album 'One Way Circle' in 2006 from his bedroom studio in New Delhi. The album...
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17 September 2013

Wild City 062: FuzzCulture

FuzzCulture is a 2-piece electronic music outfit from New Delhi, made up of Arsh Sharma (The Circus) and Srijan Mahajan (Parikrama, Half Step Down and Cyanide). Evolving from a project that spent over a year and a half in the studio, it has now developed into an accomplished and brutal live act, that provides a fusion of metal, techno and even hip-hop - armed with just 2 figures on stage, determined to prove themselves and their new sound. Last week,...
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02 September 2013

Wild City 061: Kush Arora

We've been holding on to this one for a while, yet to be honest, we're kind of glad that we have. With a month off in the summer, we're happy to spring back to life with a mix from the supremely talented Kush Arora in the shape of Wild City #061. A San Francisco based producer, DJ and purveyor of cultural bass music, Arora has extensive music knowledge. Right through from metal, punk, goth, bhangra and industrial to what he's now more known for; tropical...
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19 August 2013

Wild City 060: D_Poet

Gautam Sinha a.k.a D_Poet is an "electronic producer and DJ currently based inside your speakers." When we asked him what he'd call his music, he didn't quite know how to respond (whilst mentioning that he doesn’t think it needs to be called anything). He still used the "inadequate phrase", 'chill bass'. Here's the deal. We first came across this producer after arriving upon his stunning remix of one of Sulk Station's standout tracks from their...
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25 June 2013

Wild City 059: Castles In The Sky

"Castles In The Sky is a two piece electronic pie with some guitar fillings and a thin synth crust with effect toppings." Made up of Pune based college kids Shubham Mehra and Angad Bharaj, they're an electronic duo we have high hopes for in the future. Yet to find their "sound", they continue to experiment with both electronic and guitar elements, and aren't doing too badly at it either. Their debut EP, 'Fugu Fish' was released via BandCamp at the...
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11 June 2013

Wild City 058: Paralights

"Paralights is visceral music." Over 3 years of his existence as an engineer and producer in the Indian alternative scene, Ayan De merges emotive grooves with textural grit and glitch – cold and clinical instrumentation shivering with emotional fervour and timbre alike. Whether you like your beats mild, raw, or loud, chances are there's something for you in the music of Paralights. De has a clear possession and wide-ranging vision to balance minimal...
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27 May 2013

Wild City 057: Nucleya

Nucleya entered the scene as half of Bandish Projekt, along with friend and long-time collaborator Mayur Narvekar, while still in eleventh standard. “There wasn’t a huge audience,” he says. “I was in Ahmedabad. I’m talking, mid-nineties, late nineties. So at that time, we were just making music and giving it out to our friends (...) We could go into a store and buy CDs, and the only CDs we could buy was some trance stuff, and because of...
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09 May 2013

Wild City 056: Phon.o

Over the last few weeks, we've frantically tried to find new venues for the imminent Phon.o dates heading our way this weekend. Frankly, we've been so caught up, we almost forget about this exclusive mix on hand. And now that's we've found new venues, we just need to let slip at how bloody good these two shows are going to be. In a-first-of-its-kind in India, we're co-hosting the tour with 50 Weapons, a prolific and pioneering Berlin based label run...
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24 April 2013

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