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Kalyanji, Anandji

Bombay the Hard Way: Guns, Cars & Sitars

Motel

In case you didn't know, the Indian film industry is huge. Really huge. Countless films have been produced in India, and a great many have been musicals. Thus, the Bombay movie companies have produced a tremendous amount of music, as the need for film scores never ends. In the 1970s, two legendary composers Kalyanji, Anandji participated in a fascinating hybrid of style and genre as Indian action movies began to reflect elements of American "Blaxploitation" flicks in both the visual and aural realms. Sitars and tablas clashed with slap bass and funk to provide the soundtrack for the new style of cinematic production. On Bombay the Hard Way , Dan "the Automator" Nakamura (of Dr. Octagon fame) has collected some choice cuts of Kalyanji, Anandji's work and remastered them. The funk still holds true -- even without the accompanying action flicks -- and shows the wonderful possibilities that can be hidden within the most unlikely of combinations. Bombay the Hard Way serves to highlight the beauty of "found" music and exemplify the potential contained within an otherwise unbelievable cultural mix.

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--Matthew Schaefer