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New York, Cape Town, Last
Month TIME magazine wrote
That Anokha was about mix-
Ing cultures and crossing
Lines.Talvin Singh,s near-
Legendary club night was,
TIME said, “ the Place to be on
Monday nights”. Exciting,
Pioneering, it was a showcase
For the “sounds of the Asian
Anokha signed off this week
At the high point of its fame.
The club was so popular they
Turned away 200 clubbers a
Week. Unsurprisingly. Anok-
Ha: the Final was no differ-
Ent. As ever, you never knew
What to expect. The upstairs
Bar had floaty moder Asian
Mind-music by Nelson Dila-
tion and Muslim Gauze; the
downstairs acts spanned
everything from ace black
rapper Cleveland Watkis to
German-born LELONEK,s
Krautrock/Indian speed

Anokha grew fun by being
eclectic.It was never a single-
theme place, never simply
drum and bass.Instead it was
cut-and-paste, with live perfor-
mance, reppers, singers, in-
strumentation. Monday
nights motored on jungle
breakbeats, broken up with
tablas, santours, Bollywood
soundtrack loops and sarangi
chords. Anokha introduced a
new sound to a mixed audi-
ence. One minute the 18-40
crowd bounced to a hard-
thrashing drum and bass , the
next, out soared Lata
Mangeshkar melodies or Hin-
di girlie-girl vocals.
Anokha is the Urdu for
&unique”,and it did it,s best to
be so from the start, 16 months
ago.There were North Indian
classical sitar performances.
The American electro star
African Bambataa did a live
Set, while Singh would slap
The skins of his amplified
Tablas alongside an unknown
17-year-old Hindi singer
named Amar, who went on to
sign a $3 million contract with
Warner Bros.

The star turn of the finale
was Singh himself. Anokhas
focus and fountainhead, his
breakbeat tabla playing was
masterful, possed, even
mesmerising. Little wonder
the Indian classically trained
27-year-old has collaborated
with Sun Ra, Björk, Massive
Attack and Cheb Khaled.

Match of the Day
Anokha h been such a consistently high-
Scoring fixture on the Blue Note,s play-list
that it,s hard to believe they won't
be kickingoff on Monday nights for a
while.It,s their end-of-year finale this week
and they, resigning off with a high-powered
mixture of skills and styles, featuring a
midfield of EQUAL-I, The Milky Bar Kid and
Osmani Soundz on the decks dowstairs, Dj,s Mukul,
Nelson Dilation and Muslim Gauze alterating
between classic defence and attack in
the bar and second half-appearances by
Cleveland Watkiss (DJing and singing over the beats)
and Marque Gilmore on drums. Ace German
striker LELONEK delivers a live set
Squarepusher is up to some surprise
tricks and Talvin Singh is there too, natch. Who
knows, he may sign off with a hat-trick of a live set?
Dave Swindells
Weltmusik-Fach vergammelt, sondern die
Dance-Abteilung der englischen Mega-
Stores veredelt.Die Compilation versam-
Melt zwölf von Singhs Lieblings-Dubplates.
Zumeist von seinem Label Omni.Eindeutig
&#sonderbar“; Von Singhs indischem Post-
Jungle Pop „Jann“ über LELONEKS düsteres
; State of Bengals Sitar-schwan-
geres “Flight IC 408” bis zu A.R.Rahmans
indischer Filmmusik „Mumbai Theme Tune“.
Die CD zur Clubposse:
Drum&Bass so traumhaft wie ein Glitzer-
Steinchen auf der Stirn.
Knowleding that we had a job to do however, we prised ourselves away and made it over to the spiritualised anbience of the Anokha stage where

FRIEDEL LELONEK (the only non-Asian part of the crew) was serving up a polished set involving some gorgeous drum & bass (and some slower) beats all laced with the requisite Indian flavour.It wasn’t until later that we discovered it was his first ever Dj set. Respect due! Staying with the d&b tempo, the Metalheadz tent offered us the sounds of Randall and Fabio interwoven with the vocals of the original, Cleveland Watkiss melting over the Top like butter on a hot toast.

Feed Yor Head-Accelerating The Alpha Rhythms
Planet Dog
Kick back, and let Michael Dog trans-
plant you into the world of the chill out
room.” Welcome to the dawn”, a soothing
voice offers on Evolvers opening track,
&#Journey”, as floating pianos massage the
mind.As the ethnic chants of Prisms Rain,
sprinkle out ot the stereo, relive those 4am
club moments when it,s time to escape the
madness of the dancefloor, and drift off into
your own little world, returning to reality
refreshed and recharged, eager to party
once more. For the third instalment,
Michael Dog has mixes together tracks
From nine new artists,not that you,d notice
As the overall standard is worthy of old
Timers. The result is a voyage that those
Familiar to the earlier compilations will relish
- a bit of ambient dub, mellow funk, jazz
with a touch of trip hop thrown in for good
measure. FATHERS OF WATT contribute
the most innovative track - their “FUNKY STEW”
is full of old skool flavours, samples from early
house music daze sprinkled on top of a
saxophone dominated backing.Very tasty indeed!

8/10 BL
„Ist not a question of setting out to make it sound Asian“, says German born Friedel Lelonek, the only non Asian in the Anokha Crew.

”There,s a whole world beat out there”.

Indeed, some of the music on the new compilation Soundz of the Asian Underground doesn,t sound Asian at all. Then again, considering how vast and varied a continent Asia is, how do you define Asian when it comes to music or any other art form?

4 of 5 Stars
Talvin Singhs Hintermann im Vordergrund, 3. März 2003

Rezensentin/Rezensent: Mathias Tietke aus Berlin, Old Europe (Top 500 Rezensent)

Bereits auf >Anokha - Soundz of the Asian Underground< war Friedel Lelonek mit einem Titel vertreten, sonst aber eher die graue Eminenz von Talvin Singh und Co. Während dieser sich nun den Wurzeln zuwendet und ein komplettes Album mit meditativer Klassik herausbringt (>Vîra<, von der Instrumentierung her auf Tabla & Bansuri [ind. Bambusflöte, hervorragend gespielt von Rakesh Chaurasia] beschränkt), legt Lelonek, der studierte Percussionist und gelernte Tontechniker (sorry, es muss natürlich >Sound Engineer< heißen!), ein eigenes Album auf, das an das >Anokha<-Album anknüpft. Es vereint Drum & Bass, Electronical Ambient, Indian Vibes, Downbeat-Dub und noch einiges mehr. Für Clubs und auf Partys genau die richtige Mischung; auf der CD wirkt es mitunter allzu verfasert, zu viel an Mixmix und Multikulti-Einerlei-Samples.

Am stärksten sind die >reflections< wenn sich Lelonek auf verflochtene Rhythmen konzentriert (6-Flowtip), sich auf indische Gesangslinien beschränkt (5-Lemon Tea & 11-Western View) und den Titeln Zeit gibt, sich zu entwickeln, wie bei Veli Malarae (7), dem Highlight des Albums schlechthin. Immerhin kommen so insgesamt sieben gut hörbare Kreationen zusammen und das macht mehr als die Hälfte aus.