Monday 26 August 2019

8ulentina & Foozool - Crazy Kiya Re

I’m sure that at some point I’ll post more about Oakland-based party/label Club Chai and their founders, 8ulentina & Foozool (who have some very noteworthy recent releases). Recently, however, they put together a remix of one of the most iconic songs from Bollywood blockbuster Dhoom 2 for London DJ Manara’s Ultimate Spice Mix charity compilation for Restless Beings, an international human rights organization. 

As a person of Indian origin who spent innumerable hours watching Dhoom VHS’s in his grandmother’s house, I can’t help but lose my mind when I hear a remix of “Crazy Kiya Re” that’s filled with the stuttering kicks and rolling breaks of contemporary electronic music. It’s a simple remix that keeps the spirit of the original alive, but gives it a place on today’s dancefloors. I’m looking forward to seeing how diasporic artists will continue to not only negotiate their relationship to traditional forms of music, but also other popular non-Western arenas like Bollywood. 

Contributed by K. M.


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