Bombay Connection

FIRE STAR

Tamil electro-funk and synth-pop 1984-1989

by South-Indian composer Ilaiyaraaja

Finally out on CD, coming soon on LP:
FIRE STAR with Tamil Electro Funk en Synth Pop sounds by South-Indian composer Ilaiyaraaja.

Compiled by edo Bouman & Julien Dechery. Liner notes by Ravi Balakrishnan, Audio restauration Colin Young at Seewhyaudio, mastering Darius van Helfteren.

Previous Releases:

SYNTHESIZINGTEN RAGAS TO A DISCO BEAT

by Charanjit Singh (India, 1982)

So it turns out, the record was no rumour. Only a few hundred copies of the LP were ever pressed, and only a handful seem to have survived. Moreover, the LP outdoes all expectations. Performed on the synths that would later define Acid House, the Roland TB-303 and TR-808, the album sounds light years ahead of its time with its repetitive beats and hypnotic electronic melodies. Its maker, Bollywood session musician Charanjit Singh, set out to translate ancient Indian classical Ragas to the modern synthesizer and in doing so seems to have invented House music along the way. The 10 tracks make a consistent listen from A to Z. Its restrained minimalism and lack of cheesiness makes it incredibly contemporary, sounding animated, fluid and unabashedly alive.

SOUND SAMPLES

Raga Bhairav

Raga Madhuvanti

Raga Bairagi

Raga Malkauns

Raga Megh Malhar

TRACKLISTING:

Side 1:
Raga Bhairav
Raga Lalit
Raga Bhupali

Side 2:
Raga Megh Malhar
Raga Yaman
Raga Kalavati

Side 3:
Raga Madhuvanti
Raga Todi

Side 4:
Raga Malkauns
Raga Bairagi

TOTAL PLAY TIME: 50 min.

Previous Releases:

BC-001: CD & 2-LP*

Funk from Bollywood Action Thrillers 1977-1984

Featuring 13 tracks of the best BOLLYWOOD FUNK, recorded between 1977 and 1984. After the example of Hollywood many Indian action films of the 70s and 80s were scored with great funky tunes and frantic chase funk. Bollywood being Bollywood the funk was given a strong Indian twist. The result: super funky, stunningly original funk grooves that will set any dance floor on fire. Featuring among others the steaming sexy funk of BOMBAY 405 miles and ultra rare funk gems from the Hindi safari film HABARI and the violent hippie flick SALAAM MEMSAAB.

TRACK LISTING

BC-002, CD & 2-LP

BOMBSHELL BABY OF BOMBAY

Nightclub Jazz, Surf and rock & roll from Bollywood films 1959-1972

BC-301, Bombay Connection BC 301LP

THE BOMBAY CONNECTION REWORKED & REMIXED

Remixes & Covers by a.o. BUDOS BAND, KRAAK & SMAAK, KYPSKI & BENNY SINGS.

On this LP seven REMIX ARTISTS and one NYC FUNK BAND give their spin on tracks of the BOMBAY CONNECTION compilation series. A fresh take on these 60s & 70s Bollywood cuts, from deep funk to hard driving dance.