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Hello munkeys…

I’ve packed up my furry boots and hoodie from Goa and leapt off to an electrifying number of days in the sun. The dancing has begun in earnest with the recently concluded Universal Religion up in the mountains of Nepal, which I am saddened to say I had to cancel on. The reports out- a fabulous festival full of color, top class music and a kick the guts line-up of djs. More power to them for future editions!!

As I bounce along to the beats news you mad hooligans is, that one of the main stays of electronic dance music for years now, has announced his retirement from djing. Danny Tenaglia… is hanging up his head phones; the world of music entertainment will miss him no doubt.

And the music goes on so without further ado, Sunburn 2012 Mumbai was of epic proportions.

The first ever edition in Mumbai brought to us by Percept gave the mother of all party boosts and immediately created major topsy-turvy fun to everyone’s life in the very heart of our favorite concrete jungle. The city had an electric buzz and an unmistakable excitement that pervaded in the air for all to feel.

The elephantine Tulip Star at Juhu stood like a long forgotten relic to host the festival in its massive fold. The 3 days were super duper fun with the line-up sagging with the weight of some of the most popular djs of the world featured at the party.

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Gareth Emery, Mat Zo, Fergie, Skazi, GMS, Sultan & Ned Shepard, John Dahlback & some. The aforementioned names had a zillion peeps eating out of their hands…it was plain to see the mass brigade in full force taking to popular music as expected. The turn out of clubbers attending all 3 festival days were fabulous and an energy filled lot. To me all the main acts sounded the same to be very honest; the mixes were different. One  played a Psychedelic mix…the other a Housey one, who cares anymore.

What I cared about was the production quality of the event.

Top notch right from the lights, visuals, to the sleek looking stage areas. Sound was a bit dodgy…could be the venue space is such a way that could’ve been the reason so, it played spoil sport at some points with certain artists with certain sounds.

Fabulous visuals giant ‘Immersive’ did the honors of giving my eye balls some work-out. The nitro blasts were so much damn fun …the lights were blindingly happy go lucky. The confetti, balloons, disco police and special effects blinder- ‘Revibe’ all rolled in to one was one spectacular Sunburn.

On to the artists who made me thank god I am alive and dancing-

Arjun Vagale- Slurrpyy…I felt like I was in an aerobics class. Techno dripping Santa, if ever there was one.

Boombaba went EVP gone mad, Ankytrixx- played under his new project name ‘Firefly’, under which he will showcase Psychedelic & Progressive Trance was high octane energy & Janux all full of deep Psychedelic intensity performed indoors on Day 3- Thanks be to god for the invention of air con and the fact that all of them gave me much Psychedelic wonders to dance and run around to. Electrypnose was the one artist whose set was canned entirely due to issues at the venue, as usual cops came and stopped the party way before it’s scheduled time on the first festival evening calling it a rave. Hahaha…in British slang it really means boisterous dancing, didn’t know I had no right to.

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The icing on the cake though which I did dance very boisterously to was Sanjay Dutta’s Techno candies the size of asteroids through his Afterburn set at Royalty, Bandra…post the festivities at Tulip Star. Then came Aly & Fila and he barely played  some tracks, and was promptly told to end the evening at a gob-smackingly early time of 1 a.m. I cannot believe I work hard; I pay my taxes and someone else gets to decide when my party should end or what time I should go home. Regressive as ever a society I’ve ever seen.

As we stand Mumbai is going through a lock down of sorts, parties getting busted by cops in the name of a rave. Music lovers, artists/ producers and clubbers stand shocked at the immensity with which this art and entertainment is being targeted, the  less I want to talk about it.

This once great city is saturated with corruption and we are all in the middle of the bust. I for one am not hanging my dancing shoes up and my musical heart gets brighter ever more so. I am gonna blast those speakers and rave like a beast, let’s see who is going to stop me….

Adios munkeys and not leaving before I give you sparklers this gem from the Beast from the East, the mix was aired on Frisky Radio recently. It gives me much melodic  groovy love I can get lost in to..

Download- Sanjay Dutta gets Frisky with Submerge April 2012

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There’s a man behind India’s landscape of exciting dance; the artist is poised to create history as being one of the longest running musical innings the country has seen.

Still going strong, his imprint in the Electronic dance arena is unquestionable and consistency has been his calling card.

Meet the ‘Beast from the East’, as he is popularly known. I should imagine that he needs no introduction, whatsoever. From when I was kid in a tutu, Sanjay Dutta has made me dance the hardest with epic sets, like only he can.

Many would scowl and quiver, at the man’s attitude and Progressive sauciness in front and behind the console. That’s what Sanjay has always been, larger than life with a brave heart that not many possess.
Sanjay Dutta was the biggest inspiration and influence in my young mind back in the day, that has shaped me dare I say to the intelligent clubber & musical heart that I am today. If there is one Dj I want to shine my light on it’s undoubtedly him. To me he is the uncrowned king of errr let’s not quarrel here the iceberg tip of Trance (we call it Euro these days) & Progressive House.
According to me a good Dj is someone who plays stuff that I’ve never heard and whose mixes create something extraordinary out of illogical selections.
Sanjay Dutta embodies all of that add to that a crackling personality and we have a monster legend.
His residencies in hip night spots Someplace Else- Tantra at the Park Hotel, Incognito at the Taj in Kolkata are still talked about with much love and sweet nostalgia.
I’ve cried many a tear at the maniacal euphoria that this man could generate in all our hearts through the tunes he would unleash so effortlessly.
The joy of seeing the man play records of gold and with such swift craftiness is unmatched, still. He was also a man with the midas touch, I have seen him filling up empty halls in to packed like sardines sweat boxes. None of us can erase the hurricane nights of watching him put that shiny vinyl on, down to making a check list of whether we are carrying our sun glasses cause we knew we wouldn’t be going home before the sun rises.
The glory days are undiminished, the fires still burn. There isn’t a naughty nook he hasn’t graced.
Sanjay Dutta plays at every distinguished club, festival or event even till today. Compromise a word that does not fit in his musical brain.
People who know the music scene are aware of the magic he still creates. Fresh out of a fabulous outing at Sunburn Afterdark in Goa has me in thralls of joyousness.
Fast forward to this brand new digital age, his steely underground form and varied interloping music infusions is the why he is still in our subservient eyes one of the best around.
I pay ode to this fearless engine with impeccable timing & technique, he is the marathon runner behind the decks, who packs the hugest punch.
This post is a dedication to Classic Trance and those who love them tunes and lastly to the man who has made me dance more than two decades.
Dj Sanjay Dutta- Take a bow!!
Before I shimmy on to some electric nights; I have a gift from the beast himself. All of you are invited to share with me in the melodies and block rocking bass lines of a Classic Trance set, which he show-cased at Afterdark, Butter not so long ago. The night in question was a stomp the yard fest for all present.
Sanjay will be at Sunburn, Mumbai on the 8th of April, he has ushering honors for Aly & Fila at Afterburn of the mega dance event.
 Catch him if you can!
To all the listeners who tune in to the set, do keep in mind that there are glitches and slippery slopes 🙂
Equipment used- Technics 1210s & Pioneer 400 mixer.
Plus he jammed it up right in his home.
Taste the experience- Dancemunkey Classic Trance 2012
To keep abreast of his news, abuse, upcoming gigs interspersed with colorful language check his artist page on Facebook.
Twitter-djsanjaydutta

Lalala la Munkeys!! I am officially Sunburnt, danced out and not brain dead enough to wish each one of you seething dance souls a very Happy New Year.

May the pumping bass lines, tinkling synths and catchy breakdowns carry us collectively forward in to the spanking new music horizon of 2012.
So getting down to the burning business at hand of Sunburn; arguably Asia’s biggest electronic dance music festival got underway and I was right there on the sands of Candolim to experience some of my most insanely emotive moments to close the year down. Whether the festival is the most fertile ground for cutting edge dance music are debatable, hats off though to Percept for pulling in a record number in the 3 days of its 5th year, at once impressive and unprecedented indeed.
With the festival’s day time programming and the cream of the dance music crop at the night time sessions of Afterdark; has music fiends flocking from all over the world like never before. From the 27th-29th December, it’s a place to network, catch new artists and old along-with a plethora of fringe parties springing up around the city during festival time, the fact that Goa is such a vivaciously vibrant city it’s no wonder that Sunburn has become an unmissable part of the dance calendar for many.

I hate to be granny miserable but there are a few points I need to rave and rant about- I love an experience of musical talent, mix it up with visual grandeur to the maddening throngs gathered for one cause which is Sunburn, but here goes the spiral heading downwards…. To be greeted with an assortment of insects as the theme goes, in ostentatious finery was by far an eye sore with unimaginative names attached to each arena. I don’t know whether I want to include Coollu the sweet owl looking over us who endeared. So seriously to the powers that be I along with many others missed the sleekness of the earlier years. The look and feel was electric back then.

Me monkey felt quite soggy jouled seeing these mammoth insectizoids in fancy dress…the festival felt more like a circus gone wonky…this was no Alice in Wonderland!!

I did have a giggle with all that walking between Plot A and B got me killer calf muscles..I heard like a zillion peeps complaining and groaning about it, for gawds sake I mean we are at a festival which requires one to get down right dirty and dancing, so if one has to walk to get to the guy whose flown  thousands of miles to entertain you, then damn walk to get there.
To move along, if there is a mother of all clobber points, then it is definitely looking towards the artist programming. The show flow left me cold. I was often scurrying to catch some of the more prolific acts who all seemed to be slotted all at once and at other times I had no choice at all.
Another sore point was the artist slots; with a bit of clever planning one can easily vanquish the argument of does a big room Dj with big room sounds change his style and pace to suit the slot the artist is at to create a bit of a journey through the day, or does one just come and burn it all up with the following act with a lesser pace dropping it down and no one really cares… Beats me hollow…
There were some artists who were outstandingly mediocre, plus the much awaited sets of two top quality djs Pete Tong and Nic Fanciulli nearly turned out duds. I am not sure if I want to beat myself for being indifferent to the Global Underground legend Nic Fanciulli’s set, it was border line could’ve touched good, Pete Tong got boring and was unlike what he can do which is usually exciting.
To get to the part where it was all worth it; cutting edge wonders were churned out by Helium Project with his warm underground sounds, a perfect opening for the Perfect Stranger beauteousness. Tocadisco and Junior Jack/ Kid Crème were funtastic.
The real storm turned out to be Spartaque though; he was beautifully young and energetic. As far as I am concerned the Cubezoid stage on Day 2 with Spartaque was an education and a defining set securing a place in the hearts of clubbers present. He gave us the most reckless workout with his driving bass filled Techno and not to forget his all smiles presence. I didn’t have the requisite courage to leave his arena to catch Laughing Buddha next door.
Moguai and X P Voodoo were next level super super electronic gods with attitude and musical sensibilities all in place. Sunburn got the timing right with these two artists.
Ankytrixx played like a brave soldier at the Psychedelic arena at a dodgy time, but the boy wonder with the Midas touch packed in a considerable crowd very quickly. As always he was progressively stomping. Clement was groovylicious during sundown, he did nearly split my cranium with the mother of a closing set at Afterdark, Butter- Sir, take a bow!! His set was razor sharp and devoid of any inhibitions, just like his rib tickling humor.
Ah! The long lost art of playing vinyls with the showmanship. My personal highlight of Sunburn 2011 godly aggravation reached an all new musical high with Sanjay Dutta playing Classic Trance at Afterdark, Butter. I revisited the super clubbing days of the late 90’s and early 2000 with a euphoric, melodic, bouncy and mind-numbing all put in to one large ball of blissed out hands in the air nostalgia of dance fun.  I feel complete after this goliath outing by us and the Beast from the East.
A special mention to Dan Booth, your visuals were sorely missed.
Sets by Axwell, Infected Mushroom, Skazi, Above & Beyond, Liquid Soul, Jerome Ismae, Gabriel and Dresden to name some packed up at their arenas as expected with sing along friendly sounds. The crowds so obviously packed up for the big labels like Defected & Toolroom Knights like never before.
Poor sound at my favorite Cubezoid stage was no fun at all, in fact its quite unacceptable, as Skazi struggled too at the Psychedelic stage. If you want to throw a good party, have kick the guts sound me thinks.
Oh well, Percept takes risks and gets away with being the omnipotent bastion of hosting mighty like Sunburn. My urge to get communal and heinously twisted hasn’t diminished with the Sunburn 2011 edition one bit. As a serious music lover, I am excited and optimistic as ever for the future the festival brings me.
With an irrational love for the beats, I move on to stretching my limbs to a pot-pourri of extra-ordinary talent further North as we get in to January action. Tell you all about the hopping sooner I get my brains back.
I leave you cheery heads with a mixed set, by an artist who is rising in meteoric fashion in the dance radar and his sets are munkiness personified, so here goes…
Download- Sunburn 2011 by Helium Project
Till then stay intensified munkies!

Hello Lovelies,

We are on the threshold of a spanking New Year and what a cracker of all parties to end it with.

It has been my mission for many years now to search out that beastly fun, where one loses oneself to the music, melodies and a Dj who can make one dance like there’s no tomorrow. The genius in question did it for me as way back as 2006 at Smirnoff Experience and it took many of us 5 years to come a full circle. Little did I know that it would be him alone who can bust my every move and how. I found my perfect party with the mother of all Djs this year…meet the devilishly delicious Mr. John Digweed once again! Blue Frog blew the roof off with this double whammy of hosting the legend. It was unfortunate that the Blue Frog in Delhi was not ready in time to release the man there, but turns out we in Mumbai gained it all.

Firstly, it is very hard for any one of us who were there to really describe what the master played and how he so seamlessly put it all together with back to back nights of true clubbing bliss, but allow me to try.

All clubbers present were excited days in advance and went through sleepless nights of excitement to make it for the Bedrock god. Both nights turned out to be gems as it were.

Before I go on, I was a tad disappointed seeing the turn out for this event lower than expected, but that was hardly a determining factor of the musical freight train both nights turned out to be.

The electric feel at Blue Frog was unmistakable and the class of John Digweed performing like the goliath he is more than made up for the absence of many so called music lovers who are forever complaining about the lack of Djs with cutting edge intelligent sounds coming to India to perform, and when one does, a lot of them don’t show up for it. Not really complaining more space for making my monkey moves alright.

Me munkies were delirious at the fact that Diggers appeared two nights in a row, signature opening acts by the ‘Beast from the East’- Sanjay Dutta & console boy wonder-Ankytrixx both of whom more than did justice with their warm up sets full of gorgeous sexy bass lines , that set the tone for the mayhem and magic followed up by the biggie.

John put on a wily display the first night; at once atmospheric and thought provoking with I want to know where these break downs are going kind of foxiness in his tracks selection at which we responded like buds to warmth. He is not only futuristic but played out his set with such murderous calm that we succumbed in mushy bundles of pudding pie. At the end of the night we were unashamedly magnificent in our stomp. We screamed like banshees for more, but later at the exit he did tell me to hold on for Part 2.

The following night smasher, Digweed turned us in to curve balls with a set full of glorious music, abundantly driving us with dance allure. He came in to his own and so did we. Diggers second set isolated and spoilt us with warm grittiness, melodies that’d drop at the exact moment that you think you are going down the rabbit hole billowing out from the speakers. All in all, productions from the might of Nick Muir, Guy J, Henry Saiz, Christian Smith and Bedrock were in splendid showcase to name some. We munkies prepared for it, danced like somewhat possessed and with enthusiasm fit enough to drive Napoleon’s army faster during its retreat from Moscow back in the day.

John Digweed is magnificent and leaves an imprint like no other. I am a victim of his blistering aural assault and I do recall that I had my paws waving at the UK based producer the whole time, but he would have none of it. Sigh!! I was as good as if I owned a dinosaur, by then.

John Digweed not only rocks the scene with taking Bedrock to places few people dream of, his sets are extra-ordinary and to have a mind of an extra-terrestrial, beats it all hollow. He is unforgettable and so were the nights at Blue Frog, it will be etched in all our memories forever!!

I am lock, stock and barrel off to the beaches of Candolim to check out some feisty names in electronic dance music. See you on the sands of Sunburn.

Have a cheery one, until then dance heads!!

Leaving everyone a track that curates my brain from the Diggers back yard no matter how many times I listen to it…

Check it here- Beautiful Strange

Hello bunnies….I have had a most exciting weekend.

Great music is releasing back once again and my heart is beating faster at the prospect of hearing productions that makes one want to leap. 2010 is turning out to be a dancers paradise must say. Of course not to forget the only decider of the djs worth comes from when you show how much you like the artist, with your feet.
Allow me to introduce southern sensation Shiva Moon!
My feet were moon walking to space and I didn’t want to come down. Shiva is no stranger to, playing massive sets and this one had the requisite kick you in the face vibe, of which I’d only heard about, now experienced.
Boy, did he make us dance like no ones watching. Dirty, filthy Tech House roared out of the speakers, un-forgivingly and went on to Acid Main room Techno, from the baby faced marauder.
Helium Project did the opening honors and somewhere in the middle too. He is the rising sun in the dance horizon.
Trippy, melancholy vocals of Trentemoller’s dark classic ‘Moan’ warmed the proceedings and then came the blitzkrieg of Techno sweltering wonders making us work that booty, in a all hell breaks loose way. Some top class productions by biggies James Zabiela, D-Nox, Dmitri, Erphun, Spartaque were webbed together in a mammoth uplifting underground carnage to which we all surrendered without a squeak.
Somewhere in between my ears perked up to this funny tidbit that Helium had to contend with, an enthusiastic clubber came right up to the dj in question and said to him ‘Hey you, can we have some Guetta like dance numbers’ hehehe for the uninitiated let me tell you…. Blasphemy! It’s like telling 50 Cents crew to spin out Flight 643 by demi-god Tiesto, while we were all in electronic lava like heaven. I don’t understand how one can go and request a dj for a song it’s so last century, if I like a track so damn much I would reserve that for my home audio system, don’t you think..Bizarre really, party etiquettes to be learnt folks.
Nearing closing time; we had to contend with Shiva Moon’s re-appearance in the
console with myriad commanding cuts all the way to the end. Zenzi Mills Room 2 with its cozy dance space hosted the two djs in a front to back format and it was lovely to destroy the floor while Helium Project & Shiva Moon gave each other a run for their money laced in Funktion One sound and us mumbling dancemunkeys, feet shoveling slaves.
A special mention for Aliya- my dancing goddess, Dash in Bangkok who has been my partner in crime on many dance jaunts, the beast from the east- who showed me the way to party, Karan Jaiswal- tough guy in Australia, Sejal- who I can’t do without, Alpana- I truly love this dance bunny, Ankit- monster boy in the mountains, Low-Key- my Santa Claus from Pune & Sam in Chennai- hmmrphh munkey girl….you guys were sorely missed during the club erupt.

Almost Perfecto!!

As usual, in the goody bag section I’ve put a download link of Technoid heaven from Helium Project, watch this space for an exclusive mix by Shiva Moon, that’ll be up as soon as he is good enough to send it to me.. 🙂

Helium Project Guestmix on satoradio.com