Now!

Bhagavan Das is a western Sadhu (mendicant or monastic) author and vocalist who is well known for introducing renowned spiritual leader Ram Dass to Indian culture and spirituality.

Bhagavan Das is a western Sadhu (mendicant or monastic) author and vocalist who is well known for introducing renowned spiritual leader Ram Dass to Indian culture and spirituality. He's a marvelous, versatile, singer, and on Now! he's collaborated with Beastie Boy Mike D. to create a thoroughly fascinating soundscape that incorporates Bhakti yoga chants, electronica, and breakbeats. The depth and spiritual resonance of Bhagavan Das' vocals is very moving, and when combined with Mike D.'s mix chops, the result is truly mesmerizing music. Add to this their sorties into gospel music ("Shiva Gospel") and blues ("Shiva Shambho"). Both songs produce a transcendent listening sensation; a startling, ultimately wondrous, East-meets-West vibe unique to this project. Now! is a world music album with all sorts of crossover potential. To that end, it would behoove retailers to also stock this disc in the electronic section, where fans of ambient and trance styles might discover something new to embrace. Distributed by Razor & Tie.—PVV