Anyone familiar with the outernationalist sound will surely have heard of Pathaan; DJ, music aficionado and trans-global luminary, Globetronica 2 further builds on the success of this dance music hero as he further dissolves barriers - both musically and culturally - in a world where separation and pigeon-holing is fast becoming a practice of days gone by.
Across another two CD mix album, Pathaan re-imagines the utopian vision of a diverse night that celebrates music, represented and brought to life within a lovingly and thoughtfully crafted mix. ‘Globetronica’ saw Pathaan share his ideas in the form of Room 1 - Beats & D’n’Bass and Room 2 – Tech Breaks. This idea has been further realised on the second instalment of his sonic adventure: Room1 – fusion Lounge and Room 2 – Eclectic Dance. These two rooms not only offer a further reflection of the outernationalist sound, but also create an all-encompassing approach that will build on the Pathaan aesthetic in a way not seen before. Pathaan further entrenches the listener in a world of undiscovered music and sonic adventures and has done the hard work - digging, searching and creating - so you don’t have to.
By its very nature the release missions to create a vibe that is intercontinental in its approach, drawing from a worldwide pool of skilful producers and sounds from France, India, Austria, the Balkans and beyond, to truly encompass the global fusion that remains the driving force behind Pathaan’s love of assorted musical cultures and flavours. Pathaan aims to revamp his sound and reflect the ever-changing, global influence on modern musical cultures.
‘Room 1 – Fusion Lounge explores the ideas of musical synthesis and the nature of modern musical experience. True to its title, Room 1 dives straight in with a remix of Nitin Sawhney’s ‘Ek Jaan’ by respected Dubstep producer Cotti, setting the tone with one of modern music’s most adaptable and shape-shifting scenes. Further along Pathaan utilizes his modern Asian roots; gut wrenching bass and beats mix with traditional Indian instruments from Asian Underground Stalwart Shri, while Venetian !DelaDap offers a modern-gypsy folk sound skewed with dance aesthetics and an addictive bass and beats combo. It’s followed up by a wonderful remix of SMD’s ‘I got this Down’, cementing the rooms tendency to explore the very essence of modern, eastern-soaked music’s and how they have spread from continent to continent.
‘Room 2 – Eclectic Dance sees Pathaan dive in with a collection of highly loved and respected artists, weaving a vast soundscape of the most popular electronic producers in the world, stamped with his own eastern warmth, love for rhythm and melody and confident eclecticism. With his own interpretation of sonic marauders The Orb’s ‘Vuja De’, the Switch remix of Sant-e-gold’s burgeoning ‘L.E.S ARTISTES’, a globe-trotting Pathaan trek of the Stereo MC’s ‘Gringo’, Ashley Beedles ‘Afrkanz on Marz’ re-edit of Mujava’s outstanding ghetto-tech anthem ‘Township Funk’ and Klute’s Eastern inspired d’n’b licks in ‘Ashram’ all included, Pathaans skill of selecting and presenting a healthy mix of ‘outernational’ sounds and club rocking anthems is ever apparent on the more jugular-grabbing CD2, covering everything from baile funk to balkan-ska and beyond along the way.
Respected amongst his peers and listeners, Pathaan’s early-career saw him rapidly move from 250 capacity clubs to crowds of 15,000 people; evolving from early days at the legendary club Anokha alongside Talvin Singh, to being David Bowie’s ‘Earthling’ tour support DJ. Ever eclectic, he has amped up and projected his ‘Globetronica’ ethos from ‘Skol Beats’ speakers in Brazil, Samothraki in Greece and sound systems at the Jaipur Heritage Festival’ in India. His un-relinquishing thirst for new music has flung him around European festivals and the UK club circuit, allowing no time for breathers as he became a regular face in Ibiza. A producer, radio presenter, DJ, music critic / writer and label manager of Globetronica, Liquid Sound & Dragonfly Records, there’s no disputing the many strings to be found on Pathaan’s bow.