Talvin Singh - OK - Review
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Talvin Singh - producer, DJ, arranger and tabla wizard - presents his 1st solo effort for Island. Talvin's compilation Anokha: Soundz of the Asian Underground reflects the diverse talents that appear at his London club; the release inspired much positive press, including a 3 1/2 star review in Rolling Stone. On OK, Singh fuses traditional Asian instrumentation with "bhangra beats," spearheading the techno/Asian fusion revolution dubbed "tabla-tronics." 1st single: "Traveller."

OK is one phrase that's universally known and understood, and on OK Talvin Singh tries for a similar global connection. A classically trained tabla player, he's performed with Björk and Massive Attack, holds his own club nights in London, and is the leading light of the burgeoning Asian Underground movement—in other words, a man of many parts. He brings them all together here - the Bollywood strings, the kannakol patterns of Indian music, and the skittering rhythms of drum & bass and jungle - to create something that is new and thoroughly vibrant. This is Britain at the millennium, drawing on its immigrants, full of Eastern promise, and ready to dive headlong into the future. An album of both intelligence and passion, it is more than OK; it's a complete marvel.

Chris Nickson
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