Todh Teri brings us eight EP in the series – but this time, there's a twist
This, as the more perceptive among you will have already worked out, is the eighth volume in the Deep In India series, which means we've reached the point where I'd normally be saying something like "you probably have a pretty good idea what to expect already". Only in this instance, you'd be wrong!
For anyone who's just joined us, Todh Teri is a somewhat secretive Indian artist-producer who specialises in reworking classic Bollywood and other traditional Indian music tracks, and serving them up to contemporary house and disco floors in re-edit form. But where that was obvious if you'd heard any of the previous seven EPs, with this one… not so much.
All of the tracks were, we're assured, created in the usual Deep In India style – that is, they're still technically re-edits. But on Vol 8, the original source material generally evidences itself only in the form of a short vocal bite here, a sitar lick or a tabla break there, and unless you're paying close attention, you might not even notice. As the hype sheet puts it: "This eighth edition presents a new perspective as it extends from conventional Bollybeats and moves towards underground disco and house beats with each track."
So what do you end up with? You end up with Sampadan 26 from Todh himself, which blends house, prog and nu-disco influences. You end up with Sampadan 27 by Kone Kone, a horn-toting slab of what you might call "post-house funk". You end up with Sampadan 28, another Teri solo production and a nice chunky, discofied house groove. And you end up with Sampadan 29, credited to Todh Teri & United Machines, a sumptuous, shimmering nu-disco jaunt.
Something of suprise, then, this EP. But all four tracks are very playable, so if you've dug previous volumes, this is worth checking for sure.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 11 December
Review Score: 8