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Asana OHM Shanti
Bill Laswell
Asana OHM Shanti
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Gospel
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For being one of the edgier musicians out there, bassist and producer Bill Laswell has had a long time relationship with things new age, drawing upon spiritual as much as musical traditions from across the world, including...  more »


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All Artists: Bill Laswell
Title: Asana OHM Shanti
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Meta
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 2/21/2006
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Gospel
Styles: Electronica, Reggae, Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 658137002024, 065813700202

For being one of the edgier musicians out there, bassist and producer Bill Laswell has had a long time relationship with things new age, drawing upon spiritual as much as musical traditions from across the world, including India, Africa, and Bali. Albums in his Divination and Sacred Systems series all speak to alternate belief systems and are rife with religious imagery. Despite that, he's avoided the new age scarlet letter and maintained a reputation as an avant-garde provocateur. You can hear why on Asana's Ohm Shanti, Vol. 4. Although a title like that gets him placed in the front bin of the new age section, the music is prototypical Laswell, full of relentless grooves and dub bass lines that throb like a brothel in heat. Indian singers, including Kiran Ahluwalia, Ustad Sultan Khan, Fulguni Shah, and Asha Puthli, intone hymns to Shiva on expansive tracks you won't hear in a Hindu temple. Karsh Kale joins Laswell on most of the album, syncing up his tabla drums with Laswell's menacing grooves. There's a bit of Laswell's slapdash approach here and tracks like the title piece tend to go on too long. But texturally expansive atmospheres with ululating melodies ricocheting across the insistent grooves like kamikaze fighters make Ohm Shanti a compelling journey. That is, until the last track, a rendition of the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," which is uncharacteristically straight and cheesy for Laswell and longtime associate Robert Musso, who plays guitar. Excepting that, Ohm Shanti propels you on an Indian dance floor of the imagination. --John Diliberto

CD Reviews

Great...But Buyer Beware...
Kenneth M. Goodman | Cleveland, Ohio United States | 06/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The music on this CD is spectacular...just the sort of bass-driven genius one expects from Mr. Laswell. BUT, if you're like me, and prefer this sort of music to be vocal-free, then you are in for a rude surprise. While the outer packaging gives no clue, there is not one track on the CD that is vocal-free. If you don't mind vocals (or in fact like them) then by all means consider this a 5 star review. But if you don't want vocals with your Bill Laswell music, you may find the vocals on this CD to be extremely annoying. So buyer beware."
Maybee the best of the sceries
yajdubuddah | cheboygan,michigan usa | 03/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"the 4th instalment in the meta collection, again compilled by bill laswell. but unlike all the rest the entire album is written my laswell, karsh kale, ustad sultan khan, & eastern singers. this is more like a full album than a bunch of collected songs by various artists. the first 2 are more cheb i sabbah style, more traditional with laswell dub bass. 3 is a new version of asha from asana 3 but very original. mukti #4 is a completelly new song with a more tabla beat science feel to it with karsh playing acoustic drums & ustad playing the sarangi, best song from laswell in a while. #5 is an all traditional song from another album only 1:23. #6 is another upbeat heavelly eastern indian influinced dub song. balama #7 is heavily electronic influinced, just like eraldo bernocchi & mick harris were on this, straight outa veve. as does the pattern relaese #8 but more oscillations style melding into a version of here comes the sun (vocaless) by the beatles written by harrison, utalizing more eastern sounds & robert musso joining on guitar to play the lead lines, very simmilar to original no dub remix here.
so this is the perfect reason to sit back relaz & enjoy some very soothing sounds for the soul. what ever your relaxation be, yoga, meditation, herbal, drink, martial arts, this will set you free."
Beat driven eastern style bliss trance
Cody S. Drasser | Massachusetts | 01/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This album is a perfect base to lead or practice yoga by, which is the main reason I purchased it. The addition of vocals to these songs does not in any way detract from the beauty of the music contained on this album.
The uplifting vocals and bass heavy/beat driven songs are the perfect compliment to a moving and engaged practice.
Also,the addition of strange and mezmerizing electronic sounds that are layered ontop and underneath each track makes it stand out amongst the typical yoga/meditation albums being sold today.
This music has a distinct edge to it that I welcome with an open heart into my practice, and it is at times so catchy and moving that I have a hard time imagining any student in a class not feeling moved to open their bodies, minds and hearts to these sounds.
The reason for the 4 star review is the inclusion of "Here comes the sun" instrumental Beatles song at the end. I think it fits and then sometimes I don't. Good song, but maybe they should have rethought the inclusion of this. No matter though, I still dig the song.
Plus, it kicks in the car as your driving! Can also be played at home just for the sheer pleasure of it. Play it loud!"