Bombay Dub Orchestra & Emiliana Torrini Release first new albums in five years.
It’s been a longtime waiting for new music by east-west-electronica mavens, Bombay Dub Orchestra. The team of Garry Hughes & Andrew T. MacKay created some of the definitive world fusion music of the new millennium with their self-titled debut and 3 Cities, both of which were Echoes CD of the Month picks. With electronics and Indian music as the core of their sound, they travel to further flung climes with Tales from the Grand Bazaar bringing in middle eastern elements from Turkey and living up to the “Dub” part of their name with appearances by Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare, rhythm icons of Jamaican reggae. Their seamless blending of orchestra, electronics, global instruments and modern grooves makes them true inhabitants of the 21st Century global village. We’ll hear music from them today.
We’ve also got new music from Emiliana Torrini, the Icelandic singer with the un-Icelandic name. Her father is Italian and Emiliana currently lives in Italy. Like Bombay Dub Orchestra, it’s been five years since her last album of new music although we’ve heard her quite a bit this year on Olivier Libaux’s Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age. After moving into abstracted terrain with Me and Arini in 2008, Torrini returns to melodic form with Tookah, a word that looks and sounds like hookah, but has nothing to do with that, I think.
John Diliberto (((echoes)))
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