World Artists Highlight: Hotel & Prince Matton, Gilska, Zanjeer and More

Anurag Tagat
Sep 13, 2022

(Clockwise from prime left) Hotel x Prince Matton, Abhilasha Sinha and Rutaba, Ethyr, Beast Nest and Gilska. Photos: Courtesy of the artist, Mike Daddona (Beast Nest)

Hotel x Prince Matton – “René Laloux” 

Sydney DJ-producers and lengthy-time company Hotel aka Andrew Tudehope and Prince Matton aka Matthew Digges dig actual into a swirling, nostalgic synth-pop sound with their tune “René Laloux.” Intended as an ode to the French filmmaker and animator of the identical title, the track is pushed by an indefatigable synth sample and lyrics informed from the level of view of Silbad, a persona from the sci-fi animation film Masters of Time (1982) by Laloux. “Silbad is a limited little bit of a contrivance cowboy who’s full of data and twin personalities that approach to the skin all the design by the movie,” the artists add in an announcement referring to the tune.  

Gilska – “Up Till 5”  

London-born, Sri Lankan-beginning attach artist Gilska and her gang burnt membership dance ground with “Up Till 5,” excellent to slowly salvage that there are highs as well to lows to be encountered. To reflect the house track-meets-pop stride on the track, the track video taps into the neon-lit vitality of a night out. Gilska says in an announcement referring to the tune, “It’s nearly like being stuck in a loophole of ending up in the membership night after night now not luminous why. Having a puny habit to partying to get that dopamine lumber to if truth be told feel something, but slowly realizing night after night it’s now not working. How the lights, the drinks, and even the track sucks you in and you largely quit up feeling that identical numbness after a non eternal high but you protect on dancing anyway.” 

Zanjeer – Parcham Buland Ast EP  

Esteem a brutal force of nature, punk band Zanjeer from Bremen, Germany, slam together eight minutes of screeching, unbridled takedowns on their debut EP Parcham Buland Ast. From unprecedented statements like “Taliban Murdabad” and “Nakhair” to straight-up acerbic social commentary on “Ijtimayi Bemaari,” the band’s vocalist Dozakhi sings in Urdu, Punjabi and Farsi. Zanjeer – who came together in 2020 and contains artists from Pakistan, Colombia, England and Germany – are executed by guitarist Zuri, bassist Mommers and drummer Steve.  

Beast Nest – “Kim, Of us are Dying” 

Oakland-bred Indo-American uncommon artist Sharmi Basu’s electronic track project Beast Nest released their album Sicko in January this year and it’s led by the apparently cathartic track video for the tune “Kim, Of us are Dying.” As Beast Nest leads us down hypnotic synth passages, in the video directed by Sepand Mashiahof (with cinematography by Ricky Marler), we survey the artist snatch on a process the same to a healer, guiding folks who seem out of types onto a clearer direction, all throughout the confines of their condominium.  

Ethyr – “Safar” 

Contemporary Jersey-primarily based producer Divij Raj Singh aka Ethyr makes his debut on South Asian mark Indo Warehouse with a potent electronic-fusion tune called “Safar.” Constructing upon Punjabi dhol and tabla rhythms and samples from a Hindi tune, the beats surge forward and launch up into an infectious dancefloor-ready banger sound in the span of six minutes. The producer says referring to the track, “My snatch on the lyrical snarl from the vocal sample featured in this track [is that] this existence is a straggle, and a magical dream — both of which present which implies to our abilities right here despite now not luminous what tomorrow to come also can elevate.”  

Sreeja Chakra – “Ami Jaani” 

Kolkata/Dubai-bred, Denver-primarily based artist Sreeja Chakrabarty aka Sreeja Chakra’s novel single “Ami Jaani” taps into neo-soul, R&B and sparse guitar contrivance to talk about referring to the imagine solace and peace. Sreeja switches seamlessly between Bengali and English verses in her raw, echoey vocals. The artist describes the tune as a “homage to the decades of struggles and hardships, abilities after generations of South Asian descent and namely Bengali/Bangla communities have confronted.” She provides, “This tune is created to proceed conversations about mental successfully being and awareness for the trauma that constantly goes unprecedented.”  

Rutaba feet Abhilasha Sinha – “Nazar/Surma” 

Coinciding with South Asian Heritage Month in August (and 75 years of Independence of Pakistan and India), artists Rutaba and Abhilasha Sinha team up for a dreamy yet socially conscious message about identity, adulthood and childhood. Produced by Jack Shute, Dubai-primarily based Rutaba Yaqub and Contemporary York-primarily based Sinha tell in Urdu and Hindi to their youthful selves, gaining level of view. Rutaba says referring to the tune on Instagram, “I started working on this track closing year all the design by Covid and this collaboration has approach to existence remotely. It’s crazy how we have now shared such identical childhoods coming from two countries apart and it’s a pleasure to fragment it with you this South Asian Heritage Month and both our countries’ 75th anniversaries.” 

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