Akshai Sarin, DJ, producer, culture king and vagabond, lets you in on his favorite music.
Akshai released his first album at age 16, and has been wreaking havoc in the music industry ever since. A vagabond by nature, he takes off in search of inspiration to places as diverse as Egypt and Malaysia, and grows stranger with every journey.
One of the first Indians to collaborate with the likes of Yahel and Minstry of Sound, he is the founder of AXYZ Music International. He’s currently conceptualizing Red Bull’s Culture Program for India, and takes some time off to dig deep into his electronic collection for gems:
RJD2’s Deadringer marked a new era in Hip Hop; kitschy opening track The Horror would make your mom’s head bop. Was quality company on my LA-San Franscisco-Vegas road trip.
I felt instant affinity for their glitched-American roots/folksy music. The Lemon of Pink album is particularly awesome. Perfect for a dimly lit room, friends and the good stuff…
Scott Herren’s production is genius, but doesn’t being to compare with his incendiary two-drummer-turntablist-keyboard live performance (which I attended at Barden’s Boudoir in London). Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian features the quintessential “Prefuse 73 stutter effect” and time signature switch-ups. I’ll stop wasting my breath, please just go hear him!
Using “instruments” like spoons, broken guitars, shoes, Fourtet weaves a sonic tapestry that covers genres like Blues, House, Hip Hop and experimental electronica. Check out his remix of King of Convenience on Remixes as well as the albums Pause and Rounds.
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