Saturday, 31 August 2013

Interview with Delhi 2 Dublin in Bristol

Delhi 2 Dublin are a band from Vancouver Canada who mix Celtic music with the sounds of India. They are known for getting everyone dancing during their live shows and even they crowd surfed at a gig in a canoe! I caught up with them when they played at the Trinity Arts Centre in Bristol.   

Why Delhi 2 Dublin, Why not Cork 2 Calcutta or Limerick to Lucknow?
Tarun: It started off as Bombay to Belfast. But we looked at the poster with the presenter of the show and the organiser who was funding the first Delhi 2 Dublin show and saw “Bomb” and “Belfast” put together in big writing. We decided that it was probably a bad idea as at the time the situation was a bit sensitive.

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
Indian Irish electronic reggae dub music… It's all rock and roll!

Your music doesn’t fit neatly into one genre. What are the advantages of being genreless?
You are able to do a lot more without anyone questioning it so we play folk festivals, electronic festivals, Indian melas and corporate events.
T: Kids’ birthday parties! That would be fun!
S: It’s so wide, you can't do that with every single band. We can represent cultural events like Canada day. We did Canada day when William and Kate were there. We get to do that stuff whereas certain bands don’t fit that or certain electronic bands don’t get that opportunity, so that's the best part.
Ravi: We met Will and Kate!
T:Will was totally into it! He was like, what’s up homies!
S: We called him Bill.
T: Billy Dawg! 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Delhi 2 Dublin Make The UK Dance

Delhi 2 Dublin, the Celtic bhangra dance band from Canada, is currently on a UK tour. Seeing them perform live has been on my to do list for years and last weekend I was lucky enough to go to two of their gigs in Bristol and Devizes.

Compared to other artists I have seen live, there were a few things that D2D do differently. Fun audience participation, cute choreographed routines and an unmatched ability to get everyone moving, no matter what their age or ethnicity. It was amazing to see people who had never even heard of Delhi 2 Dublin surrender to the music and dance with the inhibition of a drunken uncle at a wedding.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Bobby B, Chamkat Khatra & Desi Boome - Boli

Bobby B, a producer based in Denmark, has released a new single. Boli features Chamkat Khatra and Parisian rapper Desi Boome. 

The song has a summery feel with a nice brass sample. Boli is catchy with a house vibe that is more suited to the shores of Ibiza than Scandinavia. The lyrics are traditional Punjabi and very similar to those in Jeeti's Electro Nach. The track is well put together with strong vocals from both Desi Boome and Chamkat Khatra.

Without doubt, Boli is the best Danish - French collaboration of the year!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Krissy & Lady Kash - This Is Love (Desi Remix)

Krissy and Lady Kash, a singer songwriter and a rapper from Singapore, have made a cover version of's This Is Love.

The duo's Desi remix incorporates Tamil lyrics. Thanks to the language change and the lack of male vocalists the track has a different feel to the original. It's more relaxed and romantic. There is a simple video accompanying the song with shots on a beach and a night scene featuring sparklers. 

If you like this interpretation of This Is Love, you can download it from Lady Kash's website.