"Philtre" is another great album from Nitin Sawhney,
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Nitin Sawhney has always been one of those very interesting artists who is always looking to experiment with new styles of music, sounds and instruments. On "Philtre", his 7th studio album, he experiments with the darker side of Trip-Hop and R&B whilst still retaining the Indian influences and manages to create yet again another superb album.
"Everything" is a magical slice of Trip-Hop with dark beats, arrangements and intriguing vocals making it an instant highlight. "Spark" lends itself to Trip-Hop once again but is much more atmospheric and laid back. "Dead Man" blends Hip-Hop beats with Blues inspired arrangements, elements of Rap and Indian vocals to create a very original sounding song. "Mausam" is a much more uplifting song with sweet Indian vocals and arrangements, a gentle rhythm and a overall stronger Pop vibe and is the second highlight on this album. "Journey" is a mesmerising Jazz influenced R&B flavoured track with Jungle beats that kick in towards the middle of the song. There is indeed a lot of diversity on "Philtre" - "Void" is a short track with breathy vocal harmonies and flute improvisations, "Koyal" blends heavy R&B/Hip-Hop beats with Indian singing and sounds whilst the two following tracks "Noches En Vela (Part 1 & Part 2)" focus on Spanish vocal arrangements and Flamenco style guitar playing. All of these tracks are great in their own way, but my favorite creation on here is the following track "Throw" which is a very beautiful R&B track with an infectious chorus. "Flipside" is a Funk inspired catchy song, "Footprints" is another effective upbeat Spanish inspired song and "The Search" another rhythmic Indian creation with heavy Jungle beats. The final short track "Sanctuary" is a calm instrumental ending the album on a peaceful zen note.
Nitin Sawhney is a very clever songwriter as he is able to blend a variety of different styles whilst still managing to create an album that works well as a whole - each track sits perfectly next to another and the moods of "Philtre" create a river of sound and give the listener a lot of choice. "Philtre" is one of Nitin Sawhney's finest releases to date.