Dial M for Mantra (True Sounds, 2007)
World music veteran Jai Uttal was one of the American pioneers in fusing Indian music with world beat. In recent years he has been involved in albums that are less adventurous, which focus on the kirtan and new age market.
On Dial M for Mantra, remixer Rara Avis (of Shaman’s Dream) has taken pieces from some of Uttal‘s latest CDs and reworked them into edgy music, fascinating global electronica for the hip crowd. If you love global sounds combined with electronic beats and layers, you are going to enjoy this CD.
The project began when Jai Uttal and collaborator Ben Leinbach handed over their raw kirtan (devotion) chants to Rara Avis. When he began to break down Jai’s devotional classics in his Los Angeles studio, he "discovered a hidden side to the kirtan that was dripping with funk."
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.