Catalogue Number: CASTE 5CD
Release Date: 21/02/98
To listen to Dancing Drums is to imagine the bazaars and markets of Bombay being seismically unsettled by the drums and the bass of sample freaks and ambidextrous turntabla-ists. It is an album that provides any number of routes to an infinite amount of journeys and has been described as an epic of explosive percussion and crafty melody lines\\\" (Q).
Badmarsh\\\'s method of subverting breakbeats shares much in common with his countryman Naseem Hamed\\\'s form of facial embellishment. Breakbeats are coaxed, pulped, rearranged and deranged. An underground drum\\\'n\\\'bass DJ and pirate radio head honcho, he has all the street credentials needed to bring the rawness and the foresight which keeps Dancing Drums a thousand steps ahead of the pack.
Containing their reworking of the Dave Pike Set\\\'s Mathar, which brings the Sixties sitar ethic to the big beat fin de siecle panic, Shri and Badmarsh\\\'s first collaborative effort for Outcaste Records bridges decades, genres and cultures. As new forms become old norms and progressive beatmastery overshadows the soul of songwriting, Shri and Badmarsh have achieved the constantly craved yet rarely attained accolade of creating an album that is intense without the pretense, and funky without the superficiality.
Catalogue Number: CASTE 7CD
Release Date: 28/05/01
By drawing upon the exuberant, polyrhythmic legacies of dancehall reggae, Latin, funk, hip-hop, and African rhythms, DJ Badmarsh and Shri have created a varied soundscape of emotional beauty and funky percussive action.
From the menacing buzz and relentless B-line of \\\"Swarm,\\\" to the driving layers of percussion and sweeping synths of \\\"Tribal,\\\" the album delivers aggressive beats in sophisticated style. But it\\\'s not all footsore beats; \\\'Signs\\\' also has its chilled, sensuous side. The duo play to full, euphoric effect, blissed out on Bombay sunrise strings and flute-driven sultry soul tracks or the angelic vocal delivery of \\\"Sajanaa.\\\"
DJ Badmarsh and Shri\\\'s live experience is now like a wicked four way collision between Hackney-style breakbeats, Jamaican ragga, percussive funk, and classical Indian sounds twisted into something entirely new. Live, UK Apache- who guests on the album- has become integral to the DJ Badmarsh + Shri show, vocalizing the intensity of the rhythms with his rapid fire ragga-chat, but also able to sing in the sweetest croon on dancehall gem \\\"Signs\\\".