After interviewing Nitin Sawhney two years ago it was fairly clear this was someone with a massively active mind, opinions about everything and an imagination fit to create some of the most inspiring music on the underground scene today.
So the release of In the Mind of Nitin Sawhney was surely something worth getting hold of. And it proves itself on a brief glance over the tracklist.
We find Sawheny in filmic mode with Hermann’s theme to Hitchcock’s Psycho out to the sort of old-skool soul his last album Philtre delved into with D’Angelo’s ‘Brown Sugar’ and some territory as electronic experimentalist he has trod over and again in Massive Attack’s ‘Teardrops’. Paco de Lucia’s short flamenco guitar piece hints at the influences on Sawhney’s own playing and some decent updated soul in the form of 4Hero’s remix of Nuyorican Soul’s ‘I Am The Blackgold of The Sun’ shows he’s still where it’s at now.
There are pretty well known tracks including a Dylan, Air and Massive Attack as well as remixes of Sawhney’s tunes and a couple of tracks from former collaborators Fink and Ojos de Brujo. I was surprised there weren’t some more out there tracks but the ones included probably stand him better in the long run than proving he’s at the cutting edge of what’s happening right now.
There are some classics on here, no duds and a few decent hints as to where this giant of progressive music gets inspiration.
In The Mind of Nitin Sawhney is released by new label District 6 (descended from Ether Records for those of you in the know) on 24 April.
Nitin Sawhney’s site