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In celebration of the Holi Festival of Colours, this week’s Sound Sunday is dedicated to Indian music. As always, all music included in this edition can be downloaded for free.

Holi, the two day Indian Festival of Colors, celebrates the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. The festival happens around the first equinox of the year, typically in March. This year’s festival starts on March 17th and thus coincides with St. Patrick’s Day.

Festive Singles

Genre: cinematic, rock, soundscape

Genre: dance, dubstep, fusion

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Genre: downtempo, jazz, dub

Genre: funk, jazz, world music

Indian Folk

Genre: pop, world music

This is possibly the most traditional album in this edition of Sound Sunday. At least it’s what Westerners expect Indian music to sound like.

Bollywood Modern

Genre: pop, world music

Jash is a loving wife and nurturing mother who has always identified closely with music and singing. Joining with close friend and legendary sitar player Hidayat Hussein Khan, they created her first forray into recorded music with her album entitled Jiya. Hidayat and New Jersey-based music company BlockStars Production Studios helped Jash craft an updated take on legendary songs.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: beats, hip hop

This 25 track album is all based on Indian / Bollywood samples from vinyls The Guadaloop bought back in 2007. Back then, after being inspired by his good friend Plusga, Guada(Loop) went to the nearest record store and got all the Indian records he could find. Soon Guada linked up with a big vinyl dealer and brought dozens of Indian \ African records to the studio.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: experimental, downtempo, ethnic, beats, funk, hip hop, trip hop

Dr. Quandary describes his music as sample heavy sounds from the cosmic desert. The Boston-based beatmaker is open for collaborations.

Indianized Club Music

Genre: electronic, bass, dubstep, glitch

Anthropology geek and bass addict turned glitch hop producer, WALA’s eclectic musical style is a reflection of her past experiences around the world, infusing Indian percussion and heavy bass, with glitched out middle-eastern sounds thrown into the mix. She has shared the stage with artists like Freq Nasty, ill.Gates, Marty Party, NastyNasty, and Minnesota.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: ambient, electronic, experimental, house, techno

Lifafa is the moniker of New Delhi-based musician and front man of the band Peter Cat Recording Co. Suryakant Sawhney.

International Bollywood Interpretations

Genre: experimental, electronic, breakcore

Mutantswing is a Swedish free collective record label for novel and mutated music. While the sample chaos is appealing, Midnight disco’s compositions require some incubation before one can appreciate them. This album is a creative tornado.

Genre: soul, funk, beat

The Bombay Royale are an original funk band, inspired by vintage Bollywood. They are based in Melbourne, Australia. This record was recorded live at the WOMADelaide festival in 2012.

Instrumental Beats

Genre: instrumental, bets, hip hop

Final Question

How will you celebrate the festival of colors and love? What other occasions do you collect music for? Let us know in the comments in the comments! For requests or suggestions get in touch with me @TinaSieber on Twitter or email tina at this domain.

  1. Robert K
    March 17, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Hey Tina, I don't know if this is intentional or not, but where Jash should be under "Bollywood Modern", you (I think accidentally) listed Autorickshaw again, as they were listed earlier in the article...

    Nonetheless, as usual, thanks for brilliant picks (I've been listening to this page for 2 hours now, so that should show how much I'm enjoying your selection).

    Also, thank you to all the artists featured here for making such wonderful music!

    • Tina S
      March 18, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you for catching that, Robert! Fixed now.

  2. Rajaa C
    March 17, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Happy Holi to all my friends across the world, what be their nationality, color, culture or religion. Let good always prevail over evil. :D Thank you Tina for catering o our sentiments. :D Happy Holi once again.

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