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."
Buy Dial M for Mantra.