Two Hearts (Big Mind, 2010)
British musician and producer Paul Riordan spent about a year researching classic Bollywood recordings by one of the legends of Indian film music, Lata Mangeshkar. Indian record company Saregama gave him access to its vaults and Riordan selected some of Mangeshkar’s finest vocal work from the 1940s. The result is a totally fascinating album titled Two Hearts, which brings together the best of global electronica and the alluring vocals of Lata Mangeshkar. India’s best known playback singer finds new life accompanied by dreamy synthesizers, ambient-dance beats and a collage of South Asian instrumentation.
Paul Riordan left London and opened a studio in the outskirts of Reading, where he composes and records music for library music publishers, who in turn get it used on various Television and Radio productions. Riordan has also done remixes for The Ministry of Sound/Euphoria dance compilations. “I am a ‘Hands on Producer’, playing most of the musical parts myself, and using the mixing desk and studio equipment to achieve the sounds that I hear in my head.” Riordan also works part-time for the Pink Floyd organization.
Two Hearts is a mesmerizing chill out reconstruction of the timeless music of Lata Mangeshkar.
Available from: bigmindmusic.com/twohearts.html
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.