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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.
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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.