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Kush Arora

May 12, 2010 by  

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Kush Arora

Kush Arora presents ‘Voodoo Sessions’, a journey that continues the legacy of his bass driven Indo-Caribbean catalog. This time a tribal approach of funky, double time dubstep and African grime is the order of the day as Kush explores new territories for the first release of this year. Kush Arora has been sculpting sound in San Francisco and beyond for the past decade, branding his own signature imprint on dancehall, dread bass, dubstep, and Indian music.

The title track “Humidifier” skirts around the house tempo tropical sound, fueled with angular drum and effects edits. It contributes Indian remix theme elements into a completely new territory for the funky sound and touches upon edges of dub.

“Empty Alleys” continues on the sample heavy theme with a 138 BPM soca-step banger fit for any dubstep or electro DJ, reminiscing on a New York sound drenched in Indian aesthetics.

The release also features a remix of “Nakhil” by Maga Bo, previously released on Dutty Artz featuring K-Libre from Tunisia, with Bay Area afro beat dub master Bakir adding his hands to the remix. A grime and meditational approach is taken to the vocal, contributing sped up African instrumentation with industrial darkness.

Tracklisting:
1. Humidifier
2. Empty Alleys
3. Maga Bo featuring K-Libre – Nakhil (Kush Arora and Bakir Remix)
4. Humidifier (Club Edit)

Over the past years Kush Arora has shared the stage with the likes of Thievery Corporation, The Bug, Flying Lotus, 2562, Digital Mystikz, Bassnectar, and countless others. His style has been sought after in the remix capacity by the likes of Balkan Beat Box, Zion I, and he recently finished a new project with MC Juakali called Dread Bass Soundsystem. His work with the Surya Dub crew earned them best club night awards in San Francisco, and he has been featured in Pitchfork Magazine, BBC, LA Weekly, URB, and XLR8R.

Maga Bo has been featured on countless releases from across the globe from Dutty Artz to Six Degrees Records, and avidly has contributed much to the daring side of cultural electronic music. “Nakhil” was originally released on his record “Archipelagos” on Six Degrees Records. Bakir runs the SF-based Dubs Alive imprint, and has shared releases alongside DZ, Jazzsteppa, and is currently is on tour playing trumpet with Jazzsteppa across the U.S.A.

www.kusharora.com
www.myspace.com/kusharoramusic






 

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