15 Songs, 27 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Be With is psychedelic soft-rock filtered through a hip-hop consciousness. Its hazy atmospherics might drift aimlessly if they weren’t grounded by a cast of groovy drum tracks and melodies. Koushik envelopes a number of disparate elements in his layered soundscapes, but his songs succeed because they feel entirely organic. The delicate vocals, swinging jazz drums, and textured keys and guitars all bend and sway in unison, as if all Koushik had to do was gently blow together the ingredients of his favorite records. The fragmented hip-hop of Madlib and J Dilla can be detected under the layers of sound, as can the cryptic jazz sensibility of Sun Ra, but Be With occupies its own cozy space. Even as it defies categorization, Be With is pleasant to the ears in a way that similarly minded productions aren’t. New Age music for the hip-hop producer? In any case, Be With should appeal to anyone with an ear for warm and spacious sound design, from the Association to My Bloody Valentine; Stereolab to Pete Rock.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Be With is psychedelic soft-rock filtered through a hip-hop consciousness. Its hazy atmospherics might drift aimlessly if they weren’t grounded by a cast of groovy drum tracks and melodies. Koushik envelopes a number of disparate elements in his layered soundscapes, but his songs succeed because they feel entirely organic. The delicate vocals, swinging jazz drums, and textured keys and guitars all bend and sway in unison, as if all Koushik had to do was gently blow together the ingredients of his favorite records. The fragmented hip-hop of Madlib and J Dilla can be detected under the layers of sound, as can the cryptic jazz sensibility of Sun Ra, but Be With occupies its own cozy space. Even as it defies categorization, Be With is pleasant to the ears in a way that similarly minded productions aren’t. New Age music for the hip-hop producer? In any case, Be With should appeal to anyone with an ear for warm and spacious sound design, from the Association to My Bloody Valentine; Stereolab to Pete Rock.

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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

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