The initial Asian Travels compilation caused a stir when it was released in 2000, and this second installment is every bit as alluring.
The initial Asian Travels compilation caused a stir when it was released in 2000, and this second installment is every bit as alluring. Indian and Pakistani music is the primary influence at work here, yet the contributors come from all over the map. Dance tracks are an item, and in this vein, note Karsh Kale's "Distance" (Banco de Gaia remix), Makyo's "Devadasi" (Mantra mix), and Banco de Gaia's "How Much Reality Can You Take?" (Radio mix). For something in more of an ambient/trance groove, cue up Bob Holroyd's "Adrift in Kerala" or Kale's "Deepest Blue" (KK's Deepest Brooklyn mix). The final track, "Tum Bin Shyam," by DJ Cheb i Sabbah, is an elegant meditation on carnatic devotional music. Asian Travels 2 makes the synthesis of modern electronica, dance, and traditional South Asian forms sound wholly organic.—PVV