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CD Review: Bombay Dub Orchestra

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Artist: Bombay Dub Orchestra
Album: Remixed EP
Release Date: 9/22/2006
Label: Six Degrees Records

The Bombay Dub Orchestra is spinning a live set at the opening gala of the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Their self-titled album came out just less than a year ago but for those not quite ready to take such a big bite of electronified Bollywood and cinematic central asian soundscapes, a small remix project may present you with a more digestible amount.

Available off of iTunes, the remix of five of their tunes presents an interesting take that might be closer to what one would hear them produce at their live gig on Tuesday night. Thievery Corporation's familiar pacing and drum sounds start off the remix project with 'Feel' - a sedate stroll through a humid landscape. 'Beauty & the East' is remixed by the well known Banco de Gaia and is very much mellowed and dub'd out. What follows is the Spider remix of 'To the Shore' which is more uptempo but almost comedically harkens back to trance sounds of 1994 - the nostalgia overwhelmed me.

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The final two tracks, 'Mumtaz' and 'To the Shore', remixed by DJ Drez Jahta and Pathaan respectively, are given very ethnic rhythm stylings and are more than just effective chill-out music. My guess is that Bombay Dub Orchestra is going to be more up-tempo than the tunes in this mix since it will be a live show but checking out these tracks is a cheap and direct way to familiarize oneself with what should be some great music at that event.