Electric Flowers (Flexitrax, 2008)
To get an idea of the sound of British trance outfit XKollective, think of a combination of South Asian fusionist Talvin Singh, electro psychedelic rockers Ozric Tentacles and TransGlobal Underground. XKollective can be adequately described as a global electronica dance band that combines electronics and bass with acoustic instruments such as Indian tabla, vocals and guitars.
The London based group describes its music on Electric Flowers as Breaktronica. “We mix breaks and beats with dubby bass, hypnotic tablas, heavy guitars, soulful vocals and spoken word…Our influences range from Breaks, Bashment, Hip Hop and Dub to Indian classical.”
XKollective’s Electric Flowers embraces spontaneity as well as the advantages of digital processes in its creation process, avoiding digital perfection at all costs. “The tracks were the end result of many chilled out afternoons and vibey evenings spent in Xfiles’ North London studio, looking for that ideal organic/ digital balance…In other words, the perfect excuse for hanging out, having a laugh, getting in the zone and pressing record.“
The current line up of the band includes:
Xfile – Production/Bass
Aref Durvesh – Tabla vocals
Dune – vocals/lyrical flow
Dreadlox Holmes – Guitars/vocals
Ian Powell – Drums
Alaska – vocals/lyrical flow
Nuwella – vocals/lyrical flow
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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.