||Boiling Over||Kush Arora||4:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Alabaster Dub (Industrial Espionage Mix)||Kush Arora||5:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Staircase (Placebo Brothers Preview) [with Lucas Patzek]||Kush Arora||5:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dealbreaker (with J. Rogers & Rozanski)||Kush Arora||5:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Constructing the Absence (with Sub Swara)||Kush Arora||5:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||We're Upstairs (with Maneesh The Twister & The Split Brother)||Kush Arora||6:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||SF Shuffle Riddim||Kush Arora||3:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
I don't entirely agree with this album having a "thrown together" quality; but it is important to note that this album is made up almost entirely of collaborations. In that sense, it is almost a compilation rather than a concept album of sorts. However, I recognize a conceptual and stylistic strain running through the album nonetheless. Kush is more attentive to careful sound design and sound engineering technique than a ton of people out there, this should not be doubted. And though I absolutely identify with a fan longing for an artist's previous work and being somewhat dissatisfied with a new direction in the artist's sound, it is an inevibility, and indeed a requirement, of relevant artists to push their sound forward. Everytime an artist puts a new album out, it should progress into new musical regions. Hashing out the same sounds, structures, and styles may be satisfying to avid fans, but from the perspective of true musical discourse, it is utterly stale and lazy. Feel free to bring up Bob Dylan, et cetera, et cetera. But I believe this fundamental principle is valid. Progress!
Once again Kush Arora comes with an intense, introspective, and fearless collection of songs, breaking down any senses of genre and re-constructing desi identities for the next century. Skipping dancehall beats, leads that draw brand new lines between UK grime and Punjabi melodies, epic sound design and never-ending pressure... Kush continues to push things forward!
Faves are "Boiling Over" and his "Industrial Espionage" remix of Sub Swara's "Alabaster Dub," which creates an amazing sense of paranoia. Lovely, emotional music through and through.
What happened to Kush Ashora
I'm a fan of Kush Ashora's older work. I have not been too impressed, actually very unimpressed, with the latest efforts. I get the feeling the effort is just not there. This album is very forgettable. There's not a memorable track throughout.