15 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canadian artist Koushik folds soft, supple '60s psych pop into a groovy mix of jazz and hip-hop on this smooth-flowing mix. Compiling tracks from three previous EPs, Be With is a series of delicately crafted vignettes. As quickly as he puts in layers of sleepy vocals ("Be With"), light psychedelic guitar ("Pretty Soon"), and blasts of brass ("Battle Rhymes for Battle Times"), he lets them slip out into the ether. Still, it all remains coolly grounded by skittering jazz drums and Madlib-inspired beats.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Canadian artist Koushik folds soft, supple '60s psych pop into a groovy mix of jazz and hip-hop on this smooth-flowing mix. Compiling tracks from three previous EPs, Be With is a series of delicately crafted vignettes. As quickly as he puts in layers of sleepy vocals ("Be With"), light psychedelic guitar ("Pretty Soon"), and blasts of brass ("Battle Rhymes for Battle Times"), he lets them slip out into the ether. Still, it all remains coolly grounded by skittering jazz drums and Madlib-inspired beats.

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About Koushik

Koushik Ghosh, a first-generation Canadian born to two genetic engineers and brother of Himadri Ghosh from the techno group Teste, goes by just his first name as a producer and singer on Peanut Butter Wolf's Stones Throw label. DJing since 14, Koushik grew up outside of Hamilton, Ontario, going to Indian classical singing lessons with his mother and listening to bands like My Bloody Valentine and Funkadelic, and later on, Madlib and Jay Dee. After completing his masters degrees in biostatistics and ethnomusicology from the University of Vermont, Koushik went on to release 2005's Be With (whose sound reflects the eclecticism in his musical tastes), which includes songs off his Be With, One in a Day, and Battle Times EPs. Previous to that he co-wrote and sang two songs on Manitoba (later re-named Caribou)'s 2003 Up in Flames record. Koushik's long awaited full-length debut, Out My Window came out in 2008 and not very coincidentally, had much in common with Caribou's 2007 Andorra. ~ Marisa Brown

  • ORIGIN
    Dundas, Ontario, Canada

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