Talvin Singh : Los Angeles El Rey Theater
There's some serious energy building in the room...
Answer: in the electronic tabla accompanying Singh. Though kicking things off with a very mellow, almost ambient piece isn't conducive to shakin' that ass, there's some serious energy building in the room. It isn't long before Talvin is beating the piss out of his drums. Booming, textured beats explode not far from drum'n'bass territory and willfully complicated patterns provide nuances often lost in the digital pulse. One technique of striking the drum almost mirrors a DJ's scratching, and if anything, creates a crazy, sample-worthy drone.
Following a path akin to his most recent work, 'Tala Matrix', a collaboration with guru Zakir Hussain, Singh marries the tabla and techno similar to how Ravi Shankar popularized the sitar with the rock crowd through his relationship with The Beatles. But those seeking 1200s have a great journey in front of them: find the secret after-party following Singh's short, hour-long set here, and hope the interconnectedness of all things includes you watching him finally break out the records.
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