Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
Drawing from their Indian and Middle Eastern heritages, the UK dance/ambient outfit Loop Guru create quintessential exotic grooves with a fat wall-of-sound typical of Nation Records, full of evocative instrumentation and l... more »
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Drawing from their Indian and Middle Eastern heritages, the UK dance/ambient outfit Loop Guru create quintessential exotic grooves with a fat wall-of-sound typical of Nation Records, full of evocative instrumentation and layered over a bottom heavy rhythm section. Like their siblings, Transglobal Underground, they utilize their roots in an intelligent and non-superficial way, truly echoing the culture-bending populace of metropolitan clubland. Their heady, dub-influenced brew spans the sonic range from dervish intensity to long, raga-esque soundscapes deceptively simple in their complexity. The Casbah vocals of Sussan Deihim and Islamic samples are underpinned by the conscious, fat rhythms of Count Dubulah, Salman Gita, and crew weaving gamelan, Hindu, and Nubian elements into proto-funk and trip hop grooves. With a street level spirituality and global conciousness, "Duniya" creates aural tapestries that become a highly listenable urban safari, melding both time and cultures in a new and original expression of world citizenship. --Derek Rath
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(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just discovered this cd and am very pleased with its overall sound, direction, and, tastefulness. This is well thought out and flawlessly put together delivering music that one can really get into and listen to. Lots of different sounds and I wouldn't limit it to Indian/Middle Eastern influence, although it's obviously there. This music is world class and draws on many influences. One of the previous posters mentioned the Eno/Byrne influence of My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts. A very good observation as this is a cd without equal. Duniya draws a certain comparison with 'Bush of Ghosts', but that is really not their direction. They are definitely up there on my current list, but, a 5 star rating will come when I hear a more unique sound which I think they are fully capable of and I don't say that with any snobbishness, only with hope! They remind me a bit of Enigma, an influence that I hope they can shake off and chart new territory. Other than that, they are well on their way to having a very successful and creative future."
Great solid album
firstname.lastname@example.org | la | 07/22/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Even though I'm a big fan of Loop Guru I only gave this album 4 Stars. I think its an excellent album but compared to 'Amrita' and 'Loop bites dog' its my least favorite. I think its their most commercial album so far and therefore appealing to a wider audience than their others. Which is no mistake of course, but make sure you check out their other albums as well. They have some of that uniqueness and musical excellence that sets Loop Guru apart from other ethnical-elecronic bands!"
Trancendental but no Maharishi
Junglies | Morrisville, NC United States | 05/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Music like this is hard to review because the normal criteria do not apply.This album appeals to me for a whole variety of reasons. In it's structure it is reminiscent of Terry Riley with the repetitive structure and of course this type of structure is prevelant in the music of British club culture. It seems more of chill-out music rather than trance but I am not an expert in the minutie of the differences.Certainly it ranks with the ambient decadence of William Orbit's 'Strange Cargo III' in it's musical form and is extremely pleasant to listen to. Having said that as one listens closely this album betrays multiple levels of audio enjoyment, aural delight even.One of the most pleasing developments in popular music to come out of perfidious Albion in recent years has been the explosive cross fertilization of musical ideas, styles and content. This is certainly a musical melting pot and Loop Guru have done an incredible service bringing this music to a broader spectrum of listeners. They meld music fronm the Indian sub-continent with techno beats, blending electronika with modern classical.I would imagine that this has outstanding impact when played loud and my own experience with listening to this in a quiet, medative setting with incense and headphones was one of intense pleasure.Loop Guru have done an admirable job with this album which is really excellent. Not my favourite but that is another story for another time."