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Midival Times
     

Midival Times

by MIDIval PunditZ
 
By now it's pretty clear that Midival Punditz see themselves as a Delhi extension to London's ethnic Asian Underground, and as an electronic band with roots in Indian cultural sound extensively explored for more than a decade by the likes of Karsh Kale, Talvin Singh, and

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By now it's pretty clear that Midival Punditz see themselves as a Delhi extension to London's ethnic Asian Underground, and as an electronic band with roots in Indian cultural sound extensively explored for more than a decade by the likes of Karsh Kale, Talvin Singh, and Nitin Sawhney. While their first studio album was a search for a personal sound, Midival Times is a declaration of the same. The first studio album touched upon Indian sound for insights, Midival Times is completely drenched with it. Beyond stamping Indian classical on this album, two other important things happened in the transition from their first studio album to this one. Firstly, they have become much more downtempo, proclaiming a desire to strictly align with the U.K. Asian Underground, and they've moved from dancefloor to your headphones, and even your bedroom, for eloquent, laid-back listening. "136" and "Enemy" are slight outliers here, still reminiscent of the midtempo drum'n'bass atmospherics of their first album. Secondly, there is extensive use of vocals in this album with hordes of Indian classical heavyweights sprinkled throughout, including Ustad Sultan Khan, Abida Parveen, Anoushka Shankar, and Kailash Kher, which makes one wonder whether this submissive devotion to Indian ethnic sound is the result of the presence of these greats, or a willful eclectic commitment to the sound. Either ways, Midival Times is a mature album with the duo exercising tremendous control over the composition and not falling for chaotic over-expression that the U.K. underground is often disparaged for.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2005
Label:
Six Degrees
UPC:
0657036110922
catalogNumber:
1109
Rank:
233513

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Performance Credits

MIDIval PunditZ   Primary Artist
Sultan Khan   Vocals,Sarangui
Ajay Prasanna   Flute
Anoushka Shankar   Sitar
Salim Merchant   Strings
Mukesh Sharma   Rabab
Ajay Naidu   Spoken Word
Murad Ali   Sarangui
Kailash Kher   Vocals
Richa Sharma   Vocals
Mohinder Pal   Vocals

Technical Credits

Sultan Khan   Composer
Anoushka Shankar   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Karsh Kale   Instrumentation
Tapan Raj   Composer,Producer
Gaurav Raina   Producer,Engineer
Laxmikant Pyarelal   Composer

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