Trad Indian licks get bass makeover
A producer who is making an impact on Glasgow’s small but flourishing underground bass music scene. For a relative newcomer Kami-O’s nuanced take on grime, dubstep and left-field dancefloor sounds mark him as a precocious talent, and his first full-length project ‘Biren’ is brimming with innovative, introspective soundscapes.
Inspired by, and dedicated to his late grandfather, ‘Biren’ is a beautiful, heartfelt record that takes the energy and tempo of grime and laces it with Indian instruments. ‘Jayanta’ is a striking opener, full of percussive textures, sonic vibrations and a big, attention-grabbing beat, while on ‘Yoddha’ the strings form a haunting shadow that flits over lurching bass and knotted drum patterns. “I wanted it to sound as authentic and natural as possible, so I tried to keep the samples and instrumentation primarily rooted in traditional Indian music, while still sticking to my usual 140 bpm templates.”
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“Exploring my Indian heritage through my music was something I’d thought about doing for a while,” he continues. “I haven’t had the chance to go to India and meet my family over there yet, so this was a way for me to feel closer to that side of myself. The link to my grandpa was what really solidified the concept for me. I was very close to him, and when he passed away in 2015 it hit me quite hard. This album was a good way for me to try to give him the tribute he deserved”.
‘Biren’ is out now via Bandcamp