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Uday Shankar

Danse Gandharva: Raga Malkauns

Uday Shankar

Danse Gandharva: Raga Malkauns

Uday Shankar's (Ravi's brother) dance company recorded in 1937, featuring the young Ravi.

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Shawn David McMillen

Black Drink

Shawn David McMillen

Black Drink

Texan Psychedlia meets classical tradition on this amazing tribute to Raga-ist peter Walker.

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PAUL METZGER

orans

PAUL METZGER

orans

An incredibly measured, meditative study on a modified 21-string banjo.

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Vilayat Khan-Ali Akbar Khan

Rag Sindhu Bhairavi

Vilayat Khan-Ali Akbar Khan

Rag Sindhu Bhairavi

Khan (who released this in 1955), paved the way for the wider audience enjoyed by Shankar in later years.

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BEN REYNOLDS

Cracks Swoon Moon

BEN REYNOLDS

Cracks Swoon Moon

A spiritual Raga modified for a science fiction flecked journey into the unknown...

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JACK ROSE

Yaman Blues

JACK ROSE

Yaman Blues

Pelt's Jack Rose with an immersive 10 minute meditation.

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STEFFEN BASHO-JUNGHANS

a secret song

STEFFEN BASHO-JUNGHANS

a secret song

The familiar raga template, here executed with bell-like clarity and precision...

Shiva
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THUJA

02.

THUJA

02.

Taking influence from Americana as much as the Raga, a wonderful piece of aural alchemy from Thuja.

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DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA

Prema Chakor.

DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA

Prema Chakor.

Slide guitar re-invention from one of the most interesting players of recent years.

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SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE

They Fixed the Broken Mirror Today

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE

They Fixed the Broken Mirror Today

A psych-folk masterpiece from Ben Chasny's Six Organs...

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Ben Kunin

Ghost Story

Ben Kunin

Ghost Story

Ben Kunin studied sarod at the Ali Akbar Khan College, here displaying his spacious, meditative style.

156

TIRATH SINGH NIRMALA

Moor Edge Hush

TIRATH SINGH NIRMALA

Moor Edge Hush

A 12 minute splintered Raga from a one time member of revered Leeds band Hood.

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DANIEL A.I.U. HIGGS

Thy Chosen Bride

DANIEL A.I.U. HIGGS

Thy Chosen Bride

Jew's harp, banjo and toy piano recorded to rotten tape. Wonderful.

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SIR RICHARD BISHOP

smashana

SIR RICHARD BISHOP

smashana

Devotional music eschewing traditional acoustic guitar in favour of hazy psychedelic improvisation.

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks contemplating the Raga”

Indian classical music is framed by melodic templates that dictate the shape, colour and mood of each piece, a modal blueprint known as a Rāga. The influence on contemporary music has been evident through the last eighty years, with the likes of Ravi Shankar and Ali Akhbar Khan first bringing the sound to a bewildered American audience. The style of playing was eventually picked up by the likes of Sandy Bull, Robbie Basho, Steffen Basho-Junghans and, most famously, John Fahey, a group of musicians who would soon create their own Raga-indebted sound. Fahey's Takoma label in itself became a huge influence on a new generation of guitar players mesmerised by the meditative discipline of the Raga, with disciples like Richard Bishop, Harris Newman, James Blackshaw and Ben Chasny taking the templates into the 21st century. This selection offers a broad overview of the Raga, ranging from 1930's India through to contemporary and experimental variations from the new school.

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On 29 Oct 17:20 simon collier said:

“peter walker”

love it love it love it. Peter Walker is the great unsung hero of modern music. Now i have a bunch of new artists to obsess over. Jobs a goodun...spek!

On 02 Nov 00:12 Frank Paul said:

“Here's an idea for another one...”

Hi guys - I just love 14 tracks (the Super 8, Machinefabriek and Drone mixes my faves so far) and Boomkat. What you do in this age of commodity mediocrity is, pardon the cliche, a real godsend. Here's a suggestion for another mix: "Bali in Mind - 14 tracks inspired by Gamelan". You could throw in a whack of different stuff either including or hinting at the musical materials of Gamelan. Knowing you guys you'd probably come up with something really wild. Cheers, Frank.

On 04 Nov 17:23 Zac said:

“Best 14 tracks yet”

Lover of electronic and dance stuff. I reckon concentrate on the classical. Stuff like this passes me by on boomkat. Beautiful choons

On 06 Nov 14:24 nev said:

“Beautiful”

I almost passed this selection by, my prejudics to what a raga was I guess. So glad I stopped and checked beautiful.

In full agreement with the comment above too, as this is the stuff that doesn't get the exposure through Boomkat and the like.

On 12 Nov 19:16 Fark said:

“More beautiful music”

Top marks on yet another collection of beautiful sounds and still at less that 50pence each for the collection! Boomkat I love you. Here's another suggestion: I know and love Sebastien Tellier's Ritornelle and the Telefon Tel Aviv remix of Apparat's Arcadia but could you find me another 12 melodic electronica hits?

On 10 Dec 17:19 Mallory Dowd said:
http://14tracks.com

“I love this so much.”

Thank you for the beautiful music.