India has always shown some great promise when it came to Electronic music in a dance context. From the time of the Asian Underground in the 90’s when a clutch of artists from India joined in and experimented with the exciting sounds emanating from the immigrant populations who had settled in the UK through to the noughties when artists like Midival Punditz and Bandish Projekt were showcasing a respectable and underground Electronic scene in India. Right through to the last 10 years when acts like Bandish Projekt, Nucleya and Sound Avtar and some others consolidated their positions as India’s Electronic forerunners. It saddens me however, to see that over the past 3 years India has started to emulate their Bollywood model of copying Hollywood and are now following the same dumb EDM formula of the USA. It really saddens me!
However, there is still some really good stuff still coming out of India like this intelligent concept and release by DJ Su Real, possibly India’s first Trap album!. So this really gives me some hope for the future!
Some nuggets in this, even though as many of you know I’m hardly Trap’s biggest fanatic.
Here’s what he says:
“Trapistan” is a state of mind. Ostensibly, yes, the aim was to make India’s first album of Trap music but over the 4 months spent ruminating over the concept, much emerged that wasn’t sound. In the U.S. they refer to the “trap house” as the seedy location where criminals engage in nefarious illegal activities. The meaning of the name is somewhat obvious – the lifestyle is tempting, full of the many pleasures of life and heaps of bravado, but in the end, it’s a trap. It consumes you, not the other way around and you can’t just get up and walk out.
So I’ve come to believe that most brown people around the world are Trapistani’s, even though Trapistani’s come in all colors, shapes & sizes. We’re still largely “trapped” in belief systems, value systems, institutional systems that are outdated and serve to maintain the status quo. We pray to different Gods yet we all suffer the same fate. From Jersey City to Jalandhar, Dubai to Dharavi, we’re trapped by a trail of history, culture, genetics and environment that is greater than all of us. For whatever it’s worth, Trapistan is my attempt to break out.”
Stream and download 2 exclusive tracks for now but cop the whole download on www.trapistan.com which will go live on 11.11.14.
Artist: SU REAL
Release Date: 11/11/2014
– Free Download via Trapistan.com , Soundcloud & Bandcamp
– CD with 2 bonus tracks, available only at live events
– USB with 2 bonus tracks, DJ mix archive, music videos – available only at live events
3. East Indian
6. Crime Capital
9. Cosmic Yoga
12. Satyam (*Bonus*)
13. Mechashiva (*Bonus*)
These recordings are licensed via Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license.
The following samples were used in the production of this recording:
Public Enemy & Anthrax – “Bring The Noise”
Mohawks – “The Champ”
Bounty Killa – “East Indian”
DJ Vadim ft. Moshun Man – “Terrorist”
M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”
Soulja Boy – “Swagger On”
Kendrick Lamar – “M.A.A.D. City”
Q-Tip – “Work It Out”
Asha Bhosle – “Piya Tu Ab To Aaja”
Yogi Ramesh Pandey – “Cosmic Yoga”
Sun Ra – “Space is the Place”
Osho – “From Death to Deathlessness”
Lata Mangeshkar – “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”
Raghu Dixit Project – “Parasiva”