Saturday, March 28, 2015

Song of the day

"Disco Dildaar Mera", by M. Ashraf and Noor Jehan.

Having spent most of my adult life hoovering up musical genre after musical genre, I never cease to be amazed that there are entire musical ecosystems out there the existence of which has never even crossed my mind. (Cue the voice of John Cleese in Monty Python's "fresh fruit" sketch: "You fink you know it all.")

Case in point: Pakistani disco. Yes, that is (or was) a thing. And now it has been documented by the exemplar crate-diggers' label Finders Keepers, on an album called "Disco Dildar". To the untrained ear (and, who knows, maybe even the trained ear) it hews fairly closely to the sounds of Bollywood soundtracks. That is probably to be expected, as the music was used to soundtrack Lollywood movies. (Yes that is/was also a thing.) The synthesiser sounds are both jaw-droppingly amazing and extremely cheap. The energy levels are off the scale.

Disco as you and I know it is obviously the template (see e.g. the -- well, it's not a sample, but it is clearly a reference, at the 40-second mark) but you have probably never heard it done quite like this before. Put on your dancing shoes and par-tay.

Disco dildar mera by swatiking