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Design Fabric Announces 'The Urdu Exhibit'

Mumbai-based arts and design publication Design Fabric have just announced the launch of ‘The Urdu Exhibit’ set to take place on 26 September in Mumbai at G5A Foundation. Delving deep into the origins and history of the language, the exhibit will be profiling several artists. Each of them are painstakingly trying to keep the language relevant by ensuring it stays alive through the different representations of the word and how it’s a vehicle...
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21 September 2017

First Listen: ‘Dzong’ By The Mellow Turtle

The Mellow Turtle is an apt moniker for Rishabh Lohia who seems to use his production as a protective shell, emerging with lyrics to reinforce his ideas. His latest project, ‘Dzong’ is executive produced by Tre Ess, a fellow rapper/producer from Ranchi, Jharkhand and it's been released via Mumbai-based label, nrtya. On certain tracks in the album, Tre Ess raps in a melodic whisper; on others, he falls silent, allowing the production to speak...
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20 September 2017

British Council Launches Mix The City - Kolkata

British Council have just launched the 3rd Indian edition of Mix The City - an interactive music web-based app. In Mix The City, the audience assumes the position of a creator and builds a complete soundtrack complete with audio and video for a chosen city. All the sounds are based on recorded samples from 12 popular musicians who are locals to that city. The beauty of Mix The city is that users do not require any prior knowledge of music or rhythm...
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19 September 2017

Listen: 'KAJRA MOHABBAT WALA' By Coldcut x On-U Sound

Ninja tune label head Coldcut recently announced a 30th-anniversary tour. Alongside the announcement comes a new EP ‘Kajra’ - showcasing a rework of an old Bollywood tune - put together with On-U Sound label boss, Adrian Sherwood. The remix is given the full dub and reworks treatment in a 5-track EP. A reimagining of a Hindi-Urdu classic track ‘Kajra Mohabbat Wala’ recorded with Indian vocalist Hamsika Iyer, and the late and legendary Mumbai...
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19 September 2017

Listen: ‘everything, at the last minute’ By Asfandyar Khan

After a brief hiatus of silence from Pakistani producer Asfandyar Khan, he returns with a 6-track EP. Known primarily as TMPST, it's in fact been his ambient-soundscape moniker that’s constantly caught our attention. And with ‘everything, at the last minute', his latest EP, Khan shows us just how strong of a producer he has become. He has grown strength to strength as a musician, epitomised by his ability to bring up feelings of nostalgia, encapsulating...
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19 September 2017

A/T/O/S Are Coming To India On A 4-City Tour

DEEP MEDI Musik Signee’s A/T/O/S (A Taste of Struggle) will be making their way to India on a 4-city tour in October. Formed in 2012, the Belgian duo is comprised of Amos and Truenoys. Their quick rise on the back of sultry vocals, a bass-heavy sound and trip-hop beats caught the attention of dubstep DJ and pioneer Mala who quickly signed them to his respected imprint. Since their inception, the duo has created their own brand of bass music with...
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18 September 2017

Listen: ‘Lost On Earth’ By Gebruder Teichmann

From the makers of Karachi Files and Noland Records, the third album from brothers Andi and Hannes Teichmann ‘Lost on Earth’ is a highly collaborative effort. The last we heard from the Teichmann Brothers was when they released one of the strongest albums of 2016, the Karachi Files on their NOLAND imprint. ‘Lost On Earth’ is an evolution of their philosophy and a great reflection of NOLAND’s ambition to “articulate a transcultural underground...
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18 September 2017

REProduce Listening Showcase Heads To Ladakh

REProduce Artists are known for their offbeat, eccentric and precise approach. Renowned for their ‘Listening Rooms’ that take place in unconventional locations, REProduce recently made it a mission of theirs to focus on bringing electronic music to cities outside the ‘Big 3’ - Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi. Having broken into Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai, they have an upcoming one in Baroda. But the most exciting one is their recently announced...
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15 September 2017

Disco Puppet Features On A Zed Bias Track

Exit Records, one of the foremost labels in dance music, recently released a full-length album by artist Zed Bias. Zed Bias’ latest LP ‘Different Response’ also features a collaboration with Bangalore-based artist Disco Puppet. The Consolidate member released an album, ‘Princess This’, yesterday. This was following an album he made called ‘I’m Going Home’, made overnight, which was met with critical acclaim. Disco Puppet, aka Biswas,...
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15 September 2017

Listen: ‘Princess This’ By Disco Puppet

‘Princess This’, the latest album from Disco Puppet, aka Shoumik Biswas, is a follow up to 3 stellar releases, ‘Astronot, ‘Spring’ and most recently, the impeccable ‘I’m Going Home’. The Bangalore-based artist is peerless in the type of music he makes: growling warbled vocals laid over fuzzy, left-field electronica that is, at once, engaging and intriguing. Written during his recent tour of China, Disco Puppet’s latest piece of work...
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14 September 2017

Four Tet, Jayda G, Machinedrum & More To Play At Magnetic Fields 2017

After consecutive years of delivering one of the most important dates on the electronic music calendar - Magnetic Fields Festival has just announced the first phase of its line up for 2017. The South Stage, renamed the Bira 91 South Stage, will host heavyweight DJ and producer Four Tet, alongside a live A/V show from Berlin-based producer Machinedrum and Brainfeeder-signee Teebs. The Ska Vengers - who just completed a three-month tour of the UK festival...
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13 September 2017

Call For Applications: Synthfarm

Synthfarm is India’s only summit for modular synthesis and electronic music production. Set 45 km outside of Kolkata in serene tropical surroundings within a spacious green farm, the residency is a 3-day long series of workshops to demystify synthesis, unlock music production, understand the studio and share electronic music knowledge. Every year, dozens of artists from all over the country congregate here to learn, collaborate and showcase emerging...
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08 September 2017

Details Announced For ‘Women In Contemporary Indian Art’ Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

The reach of Wikipedia is ubiquitous throughout the world. It’s an everyday staple permeating most of society - what most people aren’t aware of, though is that, according to a study conducted in 2011, only 9% of the editors at Wikipedia are women and the percentage for India is even lower, just 3%. Along with Khoj International Artists Association, Feminism in India are throwing a Wikipedia Edita-a-thon focussing on ‘Women in Contemporary Indian...
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08 September 2017

Watch: ‘Roaches’ By Run Pussy Run

Run Pussy Run, the Pune and Mumbai-based band, have released their debut video and single ‘Roaches’. The single, available for free here, is the first of an upcoming EP. The video itself is a zany, unpredictable and layered piece led by Pune-based LMB productions. Packed with enough visuals for each second to dissected at length, the project was led by director and animator Anurag Ramgopal. With a name like ‘Roaches’, you can imagine creepy,...
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08 September 2017

Apply For The Australian Council’s Arts Leaders Program

The Arts Leaders Program by the Australian Arts Council is for those either in the middle of their career or established arts professionals. Artists from India are encouraged to apply for the program which takes place over a 12-month period,including 3 trips to Australia to attend 5-day residential workshops. The Future Leaders Program is another opportunity for those in the arts. For those that are in the first 10 years of their career, this program...
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06 September 2017

Listen: ‘Paradise/Closets’ By Oceantied

Ketan Bahirat’s rise as Oceantied continues with his latest release, a 2-track EP ‘Paradise/Closets’. Released via Mumbai-based label Knowmad Records, the EP features tight, cohesive production from the former Until We Last guitarist. ‘Paradise’ has impressive vocals from Alexandria over stuttered, sparse drums. Floating, ethereal synths wash over you as cymbals, bells and triangles clink their way subtly beneath her voice. The frantic end...
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06 September 2017

First Listen: 'Hell Of A Lie' By Burudu

An intriguing duo whose music has captivated listeners since its inception, Burudu's latest single continues their exploration within electronic music production. The band got off to an impressive start at the tail-end of last year opening festivities at Magnetic Fields on the South Stage which was followed up with an incredible mix for Wild City. Their single, 'Hell Of A Lie' is our latest first listen. An anthemic opening reminiscent of a cinematic...
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05 September 2017

Boxout.fm Announce September Line-Up For #BoxoutWednesdays

Boxout.fm’s weekly residency at Summer House Cafe in New Delhi has grown from strength to strength since its launch in April. The weekly Wednesday night residency has given audiences a home for their mid-week urge to dance and explore the vast electronic music spectrum. With the basic aim of showcasing sounds and styles that champion underground culture, the weekly residency has now linked up with Budweiser in an effort to further push the sounds...
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05 September 2017

Creative Barter: Get Free Tickets For Magnetic Fields

Magnetic Fields Festival 2017 at Alsisar Mahal in Rajasthan is just three months away. Since its first year in 2013, Magnetic Fields has been offering a unique opportunity for creative and artistically inclined people who want to be more intimately involved with the festival in the form of a creative barter. The idea is as simple as they come - the festival will give you free tickets if you can offer an interactive experience for other festival-goers...
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01 September 2017

Auster WIP To Launch In India With Jarreau Vandal And Didi Han

Auster WIP is throwing a secret warehouse party on 9 September in New Delhi. Featuring soulections Jarreau Vandal and rising Korean DJ Didi Han alongside local talent Zokhuma and MadStarBase, Auster WIP will feature multi-sensory, immersive installations inspired by space, nature and Delhi designed by Delhi-based visual artist Tarini Sethi. Auster WIP’s party in New Delhi will mirror what they have already successfully executed across the Atlantic:...
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01 September 2017

First Listen: ‘Buenos Aires’ (feat.Ramiro Jota)’ By MALFNKTION

MALFNKTION a.k.a Aditya Alamuru is known for his unique and distinctive style of production. Since his arrival on the scene, nearly 3 years ago, he has slowly and quietly carved a path for himself - producing a rare blend of electronica, hip-hop and traditional Indian sounds. This rings true on his latest single ‘Buenos Aires’ which features Argentinian producer Ramiro Jota. A bouncy, energetic piece of work, ‘Buenos Aires’ is stuttered-triplet-everything....
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29 August 2017

Design Fabric WIP Sessions #02

With the launch of Design Fabric in February has come a whole host of events. One of these is WIP Sessions - a space where artists and designers talk about their unfinished, current and upcoming projects, largely to a young and aspiring audience. The first edition of this took place recently with details for the second edition having just been announced. Design studio Animal along with visual artist and illustrator Sajid Wajid Shaikh will speak at...
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28 August 2017

Mumdance Returns To India For A 3-City Tour

After playing at Magnetic Fields Festival in 2015, UK based grime producer and DJ Mumdance will be returning to India for a 3-city tour. Part of our Various Artists series, Mumdance will be playing in Mumbai on 21 September before going to Delhi and Bangalore on 22 and 23 September, respectively. One of the worlds most inventive DJs and producers, Mumdance always draws from a variety of ideas but manages to put his own spin on them. A producer, DJ...
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28 August 2017

Boxout.fm Has Three Nominations In Mixcloud’s Online Radio Awards

Mixcloud’s annual Online Radio Awards is back for 2017. The nominee’s for this year have been announced with Delhi-based, boxout.fm snagging 3 nominations across 3 categories. India’s ever evolving community online music radio station, boxout.fm has been nominated for Radio Station (Rising Star) as well as having 2 of their shows - Motellacast by DJ MoCity and World Ocean by AGENT - nominated for the categories of hip-hop/RnB/afrobeats and world...
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28 August 2017

Listen: ‘ZIGGURAT’ By Toymob

Ashhar Farooqui’s alter ego Toymob is known to defy genres with his production. ‘ZIGGURAT’ - a 5-track EP from the artist - elevates this opinion even higher. Frantic, original beats layered over choppy industrial and metallic notes, Toymob manages to swerve listeners expectations of where each track is going. ‘Shoebite’ has haunting, whispered vocals sitting on top of eerie synths that create a rhythmic onslaught before wrapping up in a...
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25 August 2017

Aardman Animations’ & British Council Are Inviting Individuals To Participate In Saptan Stories

Currently in its 4th week, Saptan Stories is a one-of-a-kind initiative launched by the British Council. Led by Oscar winners and pioneering UK studio, Aardman Animations, it’s an online storytelling project to unite seven celebrated artists with the public. The aim of Saptan Stories is to crowdsource and generate a unique story formed of 7 sentences. Aardman Animations wrote the first sentence and then opened the floor for anyone around the world...
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24 August 2017

First Listen: 'Stuff On Our Mind' By Aditi Ramesh

Rising star Aditi Ramesh has just released her highly-anticipated single, 'Stuff On Our Minds', which features on her upcoming EP 'Autocorrect' - due out for release next week. A vocalist, songwriter and producer, Aditi Ramesh first caught our attention through nrtya's weekly selections. Signed to the Mumbai-based label, Aditi has gone on to showcase her Herculean voice at a number of live shows where her performances have been lauded. Ramesh herself...
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24 August 2017

Different Trains 1947 Featuring Actress Announces More Indian Collaborators

As part of the 2017 UK and India year of culture, an alliance of innovative organisations and titans of the arts from both the United Kingdom and India have come together to commission an artistic work: ‘Different Trains 1947’. With the initial announcement came a wave of fanfare and now new names have been added to the event alongside confirmed venues and dates. Percussionist Jivraj Singh and Hindustani vocalist Priya Purushothaman have been...
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23 August 2017

Listen: Lowlit Records’ ‘Better Late Volume 2’

Lowlit Records are back with a brand new release: ‘Better Late Volume 2’. After releasing two compilations - ‘Better Late Volume 1’ and ‘MASH’ - their latest project dropped yesterday. A year in the making, the 7-track compilation features an old-guard of genre-defying artists like Monophonik, Frame/Frame, Schlick and FILM. ‘Better Late Volume 2’ also introduces listeners to the work of Block-2, Muteverb and Solr - OX7GEN’s collaboration...
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23 August 2017

Covelong Point Festival 2017 Takes Place This Weekend

For those looking to escape the heat and humidity that comes with August, Covelong Point Festival near Chennai is the perfect answer. Pristine beaches, a shimmering blue sea and some of the finest surf in the country can all be enjoyed between 25-27 August 2017 at the Covelong Point Social Surf School in Kovalam village near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. India’s first surfing village and a hub of surf culture in South India, the festival also has a diverse...
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22 August 2017

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