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Duniya

Loop Guru

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Album Review

Following the success of singles "Mrbet," "Paradigm Shuffle," and "Sus-san-tics," Loop Guru's beat maestro Jamuud and bassist/guitarist Salman Gita crafted this full-length debut of global-minded ambient techno for the North-South label. Dance music, by nature, has a precariously transient quality. As hard as Loop Guru tries on Duniya to achieve something eternal, spicing up fairly pedestrian rhythms with a potpourri of world music flavors is simply not enough. Replacing synthesizers that buzz, bleep, and jolt the dancefloor are the ethnic tones of sitars, kora, tabla, and gamelan instruments that drift in and out of the mix. Though this exotic array defines the album at its surface, closer attention reveals them to be calculated and inconsequential. This is dance music (techno, ambient, trance, take your pick) and should be judged as such. By those standards, Duniya falls short. The hip-hop breakbeats of "Jungle A" and "The Fine Line Between Passion and Fear" seem lazy and by design, while "Aphrodite's Shoe" dilutes the sound of Jamaican dub. With exotic samples in place, Loop Guru rides these rhythms as if on autopilot, occasionally teasing with a sonic payoff it fails the deliver. Eclipsing everything that precedes it with its staggering length, album closer "The Third Chamber (Pt. 4)" clocks in at over 20 minutes. There's very little activity amidst the song's tranquil waters as a sleepy pulse lulls the album to some indefinite conclusion. Like the music before it, it's the sound of a mystical, distant shore that never quite comes into focus.

Customer Reviews

Ignore the Album Review

Pay no attention to the ignorance of the Album Review. Just because an album falls into the genre of "Electronic", that doesn't automatically make it a "Dance Album". Like all of Loop Guru's music, this is a wonderful album to listen to if you just want to chill-out or, if you are someone who simply digs music with an Indian/Middle Eastern flair. And this is definitely one of their better efforts; maybe not as good as the excellent (and hard to find) "Amrita..." but still damn good. If you are interested in checking Loop Guru out, I would recommend this album over "Bathtime" as an introduction to the band's style. Enjoy!

Loop Guru - Duniya

The first minute I heard this I felt like dancing. Snappy, lively beat drives me forward!

Excellent trancy goodness

This is an excellent album. Awesomely trancy goodness. However, the true shining moment on this album is the 21 minute track #10; The Third Chamber (Pt. 4). Beautiful. Haunting. Relaxing. Mesmerizing. Worth every penny.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in London, England

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

A global fusion duo which deftly combined old-world music and sound with new-world attitude and technology, Loop Guru primarily comprised bassist/guitarist Salman Gita (born Sam Dodson) and programmer Jamuud (aka Dave Muddyman), both longtime staples of the London club scene. After meeting in 1980 at the introduction of future Trans-Global Underground member Alex Kasiek, the two men frequently found themselves performing on the same bill, discovering a mutual dissatisfaction with the restraints of...
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