Bombay The Hard Way: Guns, Cars & Sitars

(Motel - ROOM3) LP $25.00

As if ripped from American or European spy flix, but with Eastern Indian twists like sitars and Indian-chord-influenced moog licks, Bombay The Hard Way features the music of Indian composers Anandji and Kalyanji, who composed and conducted music for 1960s Brownsploitation and '70s Bollywood films. Expect no classic modal stuff; instead, Indian-ized American grooves full of funk and jazz-based ideals, some bearing the unmistakeable hip-hop influences of producers Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and DJ Shadow, especially the emphasis on rough, thuggish beats laid out over sitar loops, flute solos and heavy string and moog accompaniment. From 1998. Gold vinyl.


Bombay 2: Electric Vindaloo

(Motel - ROOM4) LP $10.00

Same formula as Bombay The Hard Way -- Dan The Automator and DJ Shadow grafting beats and loops onto the original secret-agent-man soundtrack music of the Shah brothers, Kalyanji and Anandji -- but with a more spicy leap forward into the electro-'80s, when Bollywood soundtracks moved on from funk to drum-machine-driven, synthesizer-heavy sounds a la Miami Vice. With Ursula 1000, Kid Koala, Mix Master Mike, and Dynamite D bringing in a turntablist's cut-and-scratch aesthetic. From 2001.