In the U.K.'s Asian Underground circles, Ananda Shankar's 30-something-year-old "Streets of Calcutta" is the ultimate old-school jam, revered as a subcontinental "Rapper's Delight." Because Shankar's prescient mix of Indian instruments and aesthetics with Western funk and rock anticipated much of the current DJ-fueled British Asian subculture, it was only a matter of time before an enterprising producer secured Shankar's sitar talents for a new recording. That time very nearly ran out -- Shankar passed away suddenly in March of '99, shortly after the recording and tour that would yield this exciting intergenerational enounter. With the production know-how of Sam Zaman, a.k.a. State of Bengal, Shankar's retro-funky sitar runs are enhanced by veenaflutes, go-go guitars, chattering tablas, and junglist programming. One of the best finds on Talvin Singh's ANOKHA compilation, Zaman neatly walks the line between homage and send-up, invoking the groovy '60s beats of vintage Indian film music and the deeper electronic textures that give this wild set credence on today's dance floors. Two live tracks, "Jungle Symphony" and "Streets of Calcutta," bring out the muscular punch, while the remaining instrumentals vary from chop-socky action soundtracks to dubwise chillouts. Somewhere, Ananda Shankar is smiling.