O.K. album cover

Talvin Singh

Island Records

A year after curating the magisterial Anokha: Soundz of the Asian Underground compilation, composer and tabla player Talvin Singh released his own take on the still-developing Asian Underground sound. OK finds him exploring in a variety of musical directions: “Traveller” is beat-free and almost ambient, with a bamboo bansuri occupying center stage; then “Butterfly” takes us in an upbeat, jungly direction. “Decca” is nearly industrial in mood, while the title track pulls in Japanese synth-pop maestro Ryuichi Sakamoto and incorporates unison choral vocals as well. Brilliant and stylistically unprecedented.

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