Bombay the Hard Way: Guns, Cars & Sitars
Kung fu with your curry? Or hard-boiled detectives vindaloo? This riotous reappropriation of '70s film music from India delivers the goods with a one-two punch. India's vast film industry, the engine of subcontinental pop culture from music to fashion, went through a funky period post-1960s. The sweeping romantic tableaux of '50s films gave way to the era of the Masala film and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, of hard-edged, action-packed buddy flicks. And the era's music directors, while perserving the de rigueur folk songs and cabaret numbers, dove headlong into wah-wah guitars, funky bass lines, car crashes, gunshots, and general brownsploitative mayhem. BOMBAY THE HARD WAY collects the hippest soundbites from those bell-bottomed days and turns them over to hip-hop producers Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and DJ Shadow. But the sweeping productions of Kalyanji and Anandji Shah hardly need the retrofitting; the Shah brothers, masters of the genre, have enough spice to power tracks like "Ganges a Go-Go," "Fists of Curry," and "The Good, the Bad and the Chutney." How's that for subtitles?
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- Motel Records
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