With the release of Krishna Lila, DJ Cheb i Sabbah has completed the ambitious trilogy that began with 1999's Shri Durga and 2000's remix project MahaMaya.

With the release of Krishna Lila, DJ Cheb i Sabbah has completed the ambitious trilogy that began with 1999's Shri Durga and 2000's remix project MahaMaya. The first five songs on Krishna Lila draw upon the classical music of northern India—Hindustani—while the last four tracks reference the Carnatic music of southern India. The album consists of five bhajans (devotional songs) and instrumentals, and Sabbah works with a superb group of musicians, including Bill Laswell, Baby Sreeram (vocals), K. Sridhar (sarod), and Deepak Ram (bansuri flute). Sabbah, a devotee of India classical styles and a DJ in the San Francisco club scene in the 1980s, is the embodiment of East meets West. Krishna Lila, however, relies mainly on the beauty of Indian classical forms. Sabbah's effort here is mixology in the service of tradition, and his result is arresting.—PVV