Today we will be going through a very interesting self titled album by "Gods Robots" who are an electronica duo with a very intriguing story.
Let's start with some introductions, cue Shridevi Keshavan and Janaka Atugoda. Janaka is a Producer/Electronica DJ and loves using infectious hooks in his music to reel in anyone listening. In the musical mix that is Gods Robots consider Janaka to be the fulcrum as he is the point of origination for this project. On the other hand you have Shridevi Keshavan, a very soulful vocalist who brings an element of melodic purity to the music which is very apparent through the album. Even though these two represent the main components of Gods Robots, special mention must be given to Suhail Yusuf khan and Aalam Khan who play the Sarangi and Sirod respectively on the album, very brilliantly if i may add.
Gods Robots is a project conceptualized to stimulate the senses, recorded material aside they thrive in a Live setting and love the personal element involved in interacting with their audience. Basically they love to make people dance and have a good time. This is something that is very big in their music.
Getting to their self titled album that was released in June 2013 there are certain elements that stand out for me. First of course is the wide range of moods and feel the music can cater to. You have tracks like Stay, Missing a beat, Burn it up, falling and Strange old days that carry a very distinct groove to them and are what i like to call body movers as they target a particular pace and feel that would make people move. On the flip side there are tracks like Shine, One by four, Stormy weather, All you have and Break the spell that have their own groove and surely will make you move too but in a different headspace, more sway than swag. Immersive music that one can chill to if i were to put it in a nutshell. Apart from these tracks you have two more tracks namely - Jamuna and Rain that are slightly different from the rest in terms of feel, they represent a more drum and bass/break beat sound hence adding pace to the mix as well. This brings me back to what i said about the music on this album having the ability to cater to a wide range of moods and feel.
Another element that stands out for me is of course the Indian Classical feel found across the album. It is a great example of Indian music collaborating with western concepts as you have classically trained instrumentalists Suhail Yusuf Khan (Sarangi) and Alam khan (Sarod) plying their trade amidst the focal elements of electronica found in this album. You will find the combination of these two instruments to be very … pleasing to keep it short. The Sarangi contributes long immersive melodies and the Sarod, being a plucked instrument adds short, bright notes that feel like playful sparks in the sound spectrum. You will also find two tracks "Stormy Weather" and "Strange Old Days" that feature a very talented flute player who goes by the name Mike Pipes.
Overall the album is very approachable with plenty of feel good elements and does do justice to the concept behind Gods Robots - "Music Beyond Borders". NOW. Go listen to it for yourself.
Dated: 18 November, 2015 | read more »