This is an intriguing meeting of two virtuosos who have each set out to shake up the Asian music scene. The tabla percussionist, producer, composer and electronica exponent Talvin Singh won a Mercury prize more than a decade ago, and has worked with everyone from Madonna to Massive Attack, while Niladri Kumar is a classically trained sitar player who also invented the zitar, a mix of sitar and guitar. Together is a series of often free-wheeling instrumental pieces in which the duo explore common influences that range from rock to Indian classical styles, and the result is a stylish album that would make great film music.
The tracks range from "Play", a playful percussion piece that's just a minute and a half long, through to the lengthy "Threads", a mostly gentle sitar piece helped along by tabla and percussion.
Then there's "River", which sounds like an Indian rock anthem, featuring Kumar's zitar, a wash of electronica and more fine tabla playing.
There are further examples of Singh's exhilarating percussion work on the elegant title track, built around an almost Celtic melody, and there's a furious work-out on the finale, "Joy". R. DenselowOKHa!