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Kush Arora
Category: Experimental / IDM
Album: Boiling Over
Stars: 3
Blurb: Kush Arora’s latest is an EP of exotic dance music.

 

Kush Arora is a daring dub and bhangra music producer from San Francisco who’s latest release, Boiling Over, is a seven song EP of instrumental experimental dance music. Arora initially began his musical exploits in the mid ‘90s, first using the moniker Involution and later presenting his work as Clairaudience. These early releases could be described vaguely as industrial, influenced heavily by cEvin Key’s projects, most notably Doubting Thomas.

By 2004, Kush Arora began using his own name for his releases, and his musical style took a more refined and expansive approach, while continuing to build upon the more progessive aspects he’d initiated years earlier. Boiling Over is a culmination of that effort and offers an assorted mix of beats, rhythms, flutes, horns, programming, and traditional Punjabi instruments. Like many of Arora’s releases, Boiling Over also features a number of guest musicians including Sub Swara and The Spit Brothers.

Typical of Arora’s blending of various styles, the disc’s title track begins with hypnotic tribal elements and seemlessly melds into colorful electronic drumbeats and synth lines. “Dealbreaker” is one of the most enjoyable tracks on the EP, beginning with staggered, clumsy drumbeats and various synth elements until it all magically comes together to craft the finest dance song on Boiling Over. Throughout the EP, the abstract yet energetic nature of the music can really absorb the listener, and overall would make an excellent film soundtrack. The crisp production and packaging of this disc is also top notch.

While each individual song is a reasonable length, Boiling Over might have benefitted from the inclusion of more material, provided the quality of the music was consistent with what’s already available on the disc. As it is, Boiling Over just feels too short. Also, as is often the case with instrumental music, it’s hard to find any common thread or theme on the EP. You feel you’re just listening to great tunes, but not a fully realized collection. Ultimately, the disc sounds great, but it is also just a jumbled compilation of tracks that don’t particularly transcend the total of it’s base ingredients.

 

Track list:

  1. Boiling Over
  2. Alabaster Dub Remix (Industrial Espionage Mix)
  3. The Staircase
  4. Dealbreaker
  5. Constructing the Absence
  6. We’re Upstairs
  7. SF Shuffle Riddim

 

Kush Arora Website http://kusharora.com
Kush Arora Myspace http://www.myspace.com/kusharoramusic
Kush Arora Facebook http://www.facebook.com/kusharoramusic
Kush Arora SoundCloud http://soundcloud.com/kusharora
Record Label Records Website http://www.recordlabelrecords.org

 

Purchase at:
Amazon MP3

 

2009-12-20

 

Brian Backlash (BrianBacklash)

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