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BOMBAY BEATS: DANCE GROOVES FROM INDIA

By Judson Kilpatrick

Water Music

TANTRA LOUNGE VOLUME 2: MORE EXOTIC ELECTRONICA
Water Music

Bombay Beats offers up a funky blend of Indian bhangra, American hip-hop/R&B and Jamaican dancehall, an infectious crossover style that has been around for years but was recently popularized by the movie Bend It Like Beckham. Mykel Angel, who selected the tracks and contributed a few of his own, mixes in a host of underground artists with several cuts by the relatively well-known Black Star Liner. For more famous names, turn to DJ Nightshade's dreamy compilation Tantra Lounge 2. Along with the late, great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (heard in a remix, of course) are newer stars like TJ Rehmi, Natacha Atlas and Karsh Kale, true leaders in this type of Eastern/electronica fusion. The Washington, DC, duo Thievery Corporation contributes their laid-back "Indra," but the name that really jumps out is Donna De Lory, a longtime backup singer for Madonna who, after discovering yoga, made an album of Sanskrit chants over percolating grooves. Of the two collections, Tantra Lounge 2 is more skillfully mixed, but it's really just for chilling out. If you want something to dance to, opt for the harder-hitting tracks on Bombay Beats.