BOMBAY BLACK (1999/2002)

By Audio Pervert - 6/11/2011

Prologue : Lets Go Back to 1999.  Bombay Black was a collective of musicians and bands formed in 1999 in Bombay (not known as Mumbai yet). Musical hedonism and collective motivation would borrow from electronica, rock, fusion, even metal and rap and jazz to 'baptize' this collective. Literally crystallized out of an accidental gathering of Bombay's best underground talent circa 1999. Never formalized in any way imaginable now, The Bombay Black crew created a genuine ruckus in the indie music circles of India circa 2000. Their music created a domino effect which was to be felt more than a decade on in India. Produced by Lindsay D, Samrat B, Paresh K & Randolf C, these two albums remain to date as the most ecletic and electronic adventures created to represent an Indian subculture. That of Bombay, during 1998 - 2002. Volume 1 and 2 showcased a gamut of DIY producers and composers such as Anand Subaya, Abhijeet Nalani, Dhruv Ghanekar, T2, Tyrone and Floyd Fernandez, Vishal Dadlani, Kurt and Karl Peters, Jaydeep Thirumalai on various songs and in various production combos. Inspired and plotted in primary home studios ( dotted along the suburbia of Bombay) : The recording sessions were stoked with acid-jazz, drum&bass, trip hop, post-rock and pure experimental forms, as one can be hear on the two albums : The undefined idea of Bombay Black was directed to create unique yet hybrid forms of music. "We don't know how all the sounds and genres always eventually blend in. We practically had no clue how it was going to be" states Paresh Kamath who had traversed 10 odd years of heavy metal, jazz, fusion and even desi-pop till the explosion of Bombay Black, literally aided and abetted in his backyard. SamratB and Randolf Corriea being pivotal to push the edgy electronic sounds and feelings into a pot-boiler of genres. " We were slammed by incoming music like Drum & Bass, Jungle, Dub, Techno and there was not telling what what would be the next wave. Those years 1998 - 2002 were simply mad " As recalled by SamratB, now Audio Pervert circa 2010 : The collective, comprising of nine members travelled to United States to perform at the Inland Invasion Festival in California, in August 2001. Post the tour, and further home grown collaborations and much deliberation, Bombay Black #2 was released in 2002. A much awaited and much critically viewed follow up to Volume 1 - brighter and somewhat commercial, the album featured new musicians, reflecting shades of jazz, pop and RnB alongside the experimental and crossover tunes. Bombay Black was a brilliant wave that eventually crashed around 2003, as the core propagators drifted away.

The involved 'junta' of musicians and producers gradually trailed out into their respective careers, ambitions and instruments - while some made it to the track and sound of Bollywood, some carved out definitive indie careers as some ventured into sessions, sound engineering and films. Into the new millennia, the music of Bombay Black had acquired an undeniable retro-sonic charm. The re-call value of the music and the collective remained strong, especially in Bombay, Delhi & Pune. The re-issue of the 2 compilations comes to life after a decade long under-buzz in circles of indie music in India.

Listen and share the sounds of the erstwhile Bombay Underground // Bombay Black as a statement via recorded music from 1999/2002.

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