Third studio album by Nitin Sawhney, originally released in 1996. Featuring a variety of musical styles, from jazz, classical, trip hop, drum & bass & traditional Asian influences. The results provide a compelling listening experience. If you are impressed by Sawhney's recent offering, "Beyond Skin", you will not be disappointed by this highly sophisticated and idiosyncratic album.
Exclusive release from the award winning & multi-talented musician, producer, composer & remixer is a two CD collection of re-workings of some of his most diverse & inspiring tracks. Featuring no less than nine previously unreleased mixes, 'All Mixed Up' contains collaborations with some of the best remixers around, including Joe Calusell, Ges-E (Nasha), 'Quantic, Freeform Five, Seiji, & MJ Cole. CD two is an exclusive half hour Nitin Sawehney mix CD featuring cuts from Fink, Ojos De Brujo, Bugz, Quantic, Landslide, Ges-E, & others.
Nitin Sawhney presents a 17 song career retrospective, re-arranged for his virtuoso nine piece band and recorded live at Metropolis Studios. Packed with career highlights, and featuring four new songs, 'OneZero' was recorded live in the studio on Saturday April 6th. The performance was simultaneously mastered and cut directly to both vinyl lacquers and tape as it occurred. The album also features 'I Ask You', a new collaboration with very special guest Joss Stone. A stunning collection of material showcasing the incredible talents of Nitin as composer, producer and leader of this remarkable ensemble. Features 'Nadia', 'Letting Go', 'Homelands' and 'Tides' from the classic 'Beyond Skin' album and four brand new tracks, including the single 'Accept Yourself' which will be serviced to radio. 'I Ask You' features Joss Stone.
2011 release, the ninth album from the Indian-British musician, producer and composer. Last Days Of Meaning is an eclectic and ambitious record. Conceived by Sawhney as a script before it became an album, and written and recorded in just five months, `Last Days Of Meaning' traces the character of Donald Meaning (played by John Hurt), an embittered old Dickensian man, fearful of immigrants, terrorists and the outside world. He sits in a room raging against childhood memories, society, himself and a small tape recorder sent to him by his ex-wife (the cassette-recorder contains the songs of the album).
Ultimately Sawhney Comes Back to his First Love – to Present the Workings of his Deepest Thoughts and Feelings in the Context of his Most Exciting Album to Date, "Philtre". "Philtre" is a Radical Departure and Movement on from his Previous Work. This is a Journey that Builds in Pace and Tempo, Progressively Revealing Some of the Most Awe-inspiring Vocal Performances and Instrumentation Imaginable. From the Dark, Moody, and Evocative Opening Tracks 'everything' and 'spark', Through the Rich Vocal Textures of 'mausam' and 'journey', to the Rhythmic and Emotionally Charged Sounds of 'ojos De Brujo' and R&B Vocalist Taio, Sawhney Expertly Navigates the Most Volatile Musical Territories to Create an Unprecedented Mixture of Sonic Brilliance. Inspired by the Energy that Comes from Countless Nights of Performing in Front of Vast and Varied Crowds around the World, 'philtre' Reaches Deep Into the Soul to Challenge, Inspire and Provoke.
The sixth album from the world fusion maestro. Forging ahead with his trademark collision of disparate styles including Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Indian Classical and Drum 'n' Bass, Human showcases a deeper sense of spirituality and peace than before and features vocals by previously unknown young singers, most of them discovered by Sawhney himself. Includes the single 'Falling'.
With Beyond Skin, Nitin Sawhney set a high bar for global fusion music. Now he's raised it with Prophesy, taking advantage of a larger budget to bring in Indian strings, a South African choir, a Chicago cabbie, soul singer Terry Callier, and Nelson Mandela, among many other things. But what could have been an awkward grab bag of sound comes together under Sawhney's sure hands and inspired songwriting. He makes the unusual work. On "Sunset," for instance, flamenco and rai meet Brazil, and the vocals of Cheb Mami and Nina Miranda work to glorious effect. Trilok Gurtu contributes some stunning kannakol (vocal percussion) to "Breathing Light," while Natacha Atlas beguiles with her singing on "Acquired Dreams." But this is more than a collection of great tunes–it's an album that ponders the way our world and civilization is developing, asking questions and challenging assumptions while still delivering some sumptuous grooves and melodies.
Nitin Sawhney's eighth studio album London Undersound released on 13 October 2008, by Cooking Vinyl. It includes collaborations with Paul McCartney, Natty, Imogen Heap, Reena Bhardwaj, Ojos de Brujo, Anoushka Shankar, Tina Grace, Faheem Mazhar, Aruba Red, and Roxanne Tataei.
Nitin Sawhney's Beyond Skin works on at least two levels. First, it's a plea against racism and war, relating, as Sawhney writes in the liner notes, that one's identity is defined only by oneself – that identity is "beyond skin." Second, the music is an extremely accomplished blend of classical, drum'n'bass, jazz, hip-hop, and Indian elements. The album's political statements are seen most clearly in the samples imbedded in the beginning and ending of most tracks. Dealing with nuclear testing and identity, the samples are effective in setting the tone for the songs. The music is quite lush, featuring among other instruments, tablas, pianos, and cellos to equally beautiful effect.