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This is the title track from Adham Shaikh’s latest, Basswalla. Featuring five reworked versions of previously released tracks and five brand new songs, the album offers a clear vista into the evolution of a global bass pioneer. “Basswalla” start as a mysterious slow simmer and builds to an ecstatic boil of percussion, otherworldly winds, insistent electronics and — as always — deep, deep bass. We hope you enjoy this song. As always, thanks for listening, and if you like it please share it.
This is the song that galvanized the new direction in Indian bass music for me. A fusion of bass culture and devotional trance, this track sits squarely at the intersection of prayer and dancefloor. Giving myself the mission of creating a song using only Ableton (my normal approach is Logic with Ableton rewire slave), I set out to create a global sound using only found recordings in my hard drives and library. This song began with a sample pack from Kootenay-based group Kashoo. From there, a sample session given to me by David Starfire infused the bass idea with swing. Going back into the track for this collection, I re-warped the bass to reflect the high swing value of the new Indian percussion section, and added a live jam on my keyboard for the drum track (also quantized with the same high swing). After that, the rest fell into place in just a few days. The essence of Basswalla is the essence of me: living in service and dedication to craft, devoted to the process that is the fuel of creativity and daily practice.