James Asher - Tigers of the Remix/Kali Thunder (1999)[New Age]
VA - Tigers of the Remix (by James Asher)
1999 | EAC Rip | Monkey Audio => 416Mb | MP3 256 kbps => 133Mb
Genre: New Age; Styles: Trance - Chillout
Trance: Spanning a Range of Styles from Trance to Chillout, a Distiguished Company of Remixers Including Swordfish, Solar Quest and Bi-polar. ~ amazon.com
Audio CD (July 10, 2001)
Original Release Date: July 10, 2001
Number of Discs: 1
Label: New Earth Records
Category: World Music
Catalogue #: NE2110-2
Label: New Earth Records
Year of Release: 2001
Track Name Time
01. Prayer Wheel - Bi-Polar (6:54)
02. Temple Gates - Kamel Nitrate (6:34)
03. Liquid Sky - Swordfish (6:12)
04. Assam - Kamel Nitrate (6:56)
05. Duskfire - The X-Zecutive (7:36)
06. Red Desert - Yellow Magnetic Star (5:25)
07. Natarj Express - D.J. Haiko (5:35)
08. Temple Gates - Pearl V. Summit (8:03)
09. The Astrologer's Seat - Solar Quest (10:50)
10. Temple Gates - Jon Crosse (5:21)
Assembled by James Asher, this stellar dance remix compilation showcases the work of some of the UK's top DJs and remixers. Drawing on material from Asher's original Tigers of the Raj in an alchemical tranformation from ancient Eastern sound to the cutting edge of trance, the soaring vocals and Indian themes are immediately accessible to anyone who enjoys good dance music.
Tigers of the Remix Following the success of his Aboriginal-African dance album, 'Feet in the Soil', James Asher was inspired by the sparkle and vibrancy of Rajasthan to create an album celebrating its power and mysterious appeal. In the year spent building this idea, James was able to track down twenty of the finest musicians Indian and Western, who would help craft the uniquely magical impression made by India. The resulting album was 'Tigers of the Raj', but James was keen to see how others could expand this vision through re-interpretation. He invited pioneers in the field of dance music to contribute their own remixes. The seventy minutes of this CD are a testament to the width and breadth of a growing and innovative musical area, fuelled by a rich cultural heritage, and bubbling with creative innovation. A romantic view of Rajasthan's splendour takes on new dimensions when explored with the imagination and expertise of these masters in world fusion. Infectious intricate grooves carry you through the mystique and magnetism of India in her finest guise.
Customer Review - "Swordfish (the juice behind Astralasia) reworks "Liquid Sky" with a lush orchestral opening before bounding into zippy beats; Chilean producer of Yellow Magnetic Star adds layered rhythms and atmospheric tones to "Red Desert," and Solar Quest strips "The Astrologer's Seat" down to a tabla-driven rumination. "Temple Gates" gets three different treatments: Kamel Nitrate gooses it with amplified sitar, cut-up vocals and bassy, bouncy electronics; Pearl V. Summit slows it to a mellow pace, and John Crosse powers it with heavy effects at a locomotive tempo. From heart-slowing chill-out to thrilling trance, Tigers of the Remix proves that ancient sounds can be brought up to date."
James Asher's great world fusion album, Tigers of the Raj, seems like a strange candidate for a remix album, since it already was a heady and infectious groove fest. But, hey, whatever works - and this does work most of the time. Asher invited a stellar crew of UK DJs and remixers to delve into the mysteries of his East Indian fusion recording and see what they could come up with. The results are mixtures of hip hop, drum and bass, dub, and other subgenres of house and dance music. It's all very solid and well-done, and if you're into this kind of thing (and I am, of course), Tigers of the Remix is worthwhile listening. Maybe it's not as adventurous as Talvin Singh or Joi, but don't blame the source material, that's for sure. Some of the remixes just seem to play it a little on the safe side.
Among the remixes I particularly like are Swordfish's take on "Liquid Sky" (a full-out techno blast of adrenaline), the trippy work of The X-Zecutive on "Duskfire" and D.J. Haiko's drum and bass spin on "Nataraj Express." Some of the cuts are less fun than others, so I can't say this is all first class. However, since the original material is so good already, it's not hard to recommend this to fans of club, dance and similar electronica venues. World music fans who have been searching for a "safe" dance/fusion album to try out would be well-served to consider Tigers of the Remix. Nothing here will scare away the novice and the afficionado will find plenty to smile about as well. Thumbs up. Written by Bill Binkelman, a.k.a. the Man who would be King. Reproduced with permission from the Wind & Wire web site.
Groovy, ambient, world fusion dance remixes. Drummer-turned-keyboardist James Asher's masterly percussive project of Indian raga grooves by over 20 musicians and vocalists, including Sandeep Raval, Glen Velez, and Al Gromer Khan. Tigers of the remix delivers diversity in "groovy ambient dance remixes" by noted Anglo-Asian/world-fusion DJs.
Pound your chest on a mountain top. This is the only James Asher, or James Asher remix CD I have ever heard, and it's one of those CD's that the first time you hear it, you demand who the hell it is. What it lacks in the 2nd half of the CD, it makes up in the first half. It puts you ready to dance, imagine, revel in yourself, pound your chest on a mountain top, go mad...which is a good thing. All sorts of beats are mixed, funk, the sound of running water(it's not new age though, new age would give it a horrible name). There are remixes by different DJ's from all over the world, but there is still a unity to the CD, thanks to James Asher's original work. Anon Italy 5/5
Kali Thunder is the US release of 'Tigers of the Remix'. Apart from the cover art the album is identical to the original UK release.
Following the success of his Aboriginal-African dance album, 'Feet in the Soil', James Asher was inspired by the sparkle and vibrancy of Rajasthan to create an album celebrating its power and mysterious appeal. In the year spent building this idea, James was able to track down twenty of the finest musicians Indian and Western, who would help craft the uniquely magical impression made by India. The resulting album was 'Tigers of the Raj', but James was keen to see how others could expand this vision through re-interpretation. He invited pioneers in the field of dance music to contribute their own remixes. The seventy minutes of this CD are a testament to the width and breadth of a growing and innovative musical area, fuelled by a rich cultural heritage, and bubbling with creative innovation. A romantic view of Rajasthan's splendour takes on new dimensions when explored with the imagination and expertise of these masters in world fusion. Infectious intricate grooves carry you through the mystique and magnetism of India in her finest guise.
Customer Review - "Fantastic album. Relaxing, energising and uplifting ~ Good work."
More Reviews :
...a steady, throbbing dance beat and an appealing marriage of euphoric, resplendent Rajasthani vocals and techno technique...accessible to anyone who enjoys good dance music. David C. Roper, The New Times
Like compilation albums, remix projects are chancy affairs. Some work beautifully, others are a hodgepodge of cuts that don't fit together. Luckily, Kali Thunder, which is cuts remixed from James Asher's Tigers of the Raj record, falls into the former category. To be fair, the Indian theme offers plenty of scope, but the DJs who work it also show plenty of invention, none more so than Solar Quest, whose epic take on "The Astrologer's Seat" is both ruminative and friendly, exploring the possibilities, both melodic and rhythmic, of the music. Elsewhere, Swordfish do storming things to "Liquid Sky," and X-Zecutive transform "Duskfire" into a piece of magic that takes off for the bpm stratosphere partway through. The most interesting cut up has to belong top D.J. Haiko, who perform interesting feats on "Nataraj Express," with some marvelous scratching. The most popular track is definitely "Temple Gates," which appears in three different versions, the most interesting from Pearl V. Summit, taken at a stately 74 bpm with the percussion and voice making a dream of music. Is it dance music? At times, yes; at others it's meditative and exploring. But it's certainly interesting that the idea of the remix, once the province of the dancefloor, has become a part of the vocabulary of every musical genre. Chris Nickson, All Music Guide
Credits : Original recording recorded and produced by James Asher at Starfield Studios - London. Mixed by Grahame Gerrard and James Asher at Starfield Studios and Capture UK. All compositions by James Asher, except Red Desert and Nataraj Express co-compossed by James Asher and Craig Pruess. Original tracks from Tigers of the Raj published by Soundless Sound Musikverlag. Starfield 1999 [SF 1001]. James Asher: Keyboards, Percussion and Soundscape. Sandeep Raval: Tablas, Dholak, Tassa, Djembe. Johnny Kalsi: Dhol. Sumeet Chopra: Tablas, Douffli, Tassa, Keyboards. Kiran Pal Singh: Santoor. Kiran Thakrar: Keyboards. Glen Velez: Frame Drum, Reik, Percussion. Billy Wilmington: Drums, Darabuk, Ankle-Bells. Tom Eldridge: Djembe. Chhaya Vachharajani: Vocals (Tracks 6,7&9). Swati Natekar: Vocals (Track 3). Pandit Vishwa Prakash: Vocals (Track 8). Dinesh K Mahavir: Vocals (Track 4). Mohan Parmar: Manjira. Al Gromer Khan: Sitar (Track 10). Surinder Kamath: Flute. Volker Grün: Guitar. Craig Pruess: Sitar, Swaramandala, Tambura, Keyboards. Surjit Singh: Sarangi. Peter Lockett: Djun-Djuns, Chapa, Kanjira, Cymbals. Miles Bould: Congas, Timbales.