DJ CHEB I SABBAH: Krishna Lila


The UK’s DJ Culture collides with Asian devotional bhajans on this enchanting outing from Algerian groovemaster DJ Cheb I Sabbah. KRISHNA LILA is the third in the artist’s ethno-techno trilogy of Asian fusion albums, partially known for their daring approach of combining Northern Hindustani and Southern Carnatic Indian classical traditions – something rarely done on the subcontinent. One particular highlight is the exotic “Tum Bin Shyam” which skews more Middle Eastern than Indian, yet presents an entrancing atmosphere-building hammered dulcimer sound powerful enough to cause one to break into trance dance. Another high point is “Govinda” with its swirl of sinuous sitar chords, punctuating violin wails and light tabla beats. Special guests include: Karsh Kale, Bill Laswell, Deepak Ram and K. Sridhar.

Leave a Comment