Artists like Faiyaz Khan, Hirabai Barodekar, Dattreya Vishnu Paluskar, and Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, expertly presented by Ian Nagoski.
Ten austere, spiritual ragas by the Hindustani master-singer. Lamonte Young: ‘‘Jamuna ke tir’ in Raga Bhairavi stands as one of the great masterpieces of music.’
A 1978, private-press outpouring of nuts Indian psych funk. Rock, Latin and Arabic styles take turns with the drugs amidst Hindu chanting, Moog, screaming, Indian percussion, flutes, and electric guitars.
Hysterical horror-film themes, with India’s finest composers — Bappi Lahiri, R.D Burman, Sonik Omi, Sapan Jogmohan, Laxmikant Pyarelal — revelling in the remit.
Compiled by Jonny Trunk and Joel Martin from Quiet Village. From some fine jazz and dug-out Burman, to bananas versions of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and These Boots Are Made For Walking.
The most comprehensive collection of steel guitar pop instrumental music from India: film hits from 1962-1986; and all the masters of the steel guitar sound from the period are represented. Vinyl at last.
The King of Kollywood’s magpie, experimental, stripped-electro soundtracks to all-action, eighties Tamil boilers, with characteristically lavish Bombay Connection styling out. Boss.
With Ustad Fateh Ali Khan singing; Ustad Shaukat Hussain, tabla; Ustad Nazim Ali Khan, sarangi; Deepika Thathaal, voice; Manu Katche, drums.
One of the greatest Indian classical vocalists of all time, from the bottom rung of the caste system. Exquisite ragas from 1947-1953.
Elegant, serene, new-wave, profoundly tuneful playing, with accompaniment from Abhijit Banerjee’s tabla and Sudipta Remy’s tampura.
On surbahar, a rare kind of bass sitar, playing the serene and sombre Marwa, raga of dusk.
Raw Lollywood soundtracks — legends like the Ashraf-Akhtar team, and Noor Jehan: ‘fuzzy, scuzzy, twang-happy, spaced-out and funked up Urdu-grooves’, with melodic harmoniums and finger-numbing percussion.
Re-presenting two albums, from 1969 and 1970: with drone and percussion, ravishing, masterful, existentially searching flute improvisations, lit up at intervals with trails of melodic, knees-up folk.