- Date / Time: 08/21/2015 : PM
- Location: Bonobo
- Address: Bonobo, Bandra,Mumbai,Maharashtra,India
“Brown Folks”, Su Real’s latest E.P. showcases a rapid evolution from his November 2014 full-length release, the concept album, “Trapistan”. “Twerkistan”, the full-length follow-up to that album, described by various Indian music critics as “raunchy, hedonistic” and “bawdy & robust”, is slated for later this year and promises to be even moreso.
In the meantime, Su Real delivers a solid selection of desi bass anthems, mashing up traditional Indian music with modern styles of dance music like twerk, moombahton, midtempo and dancehall. The suspenseful build-ups and climactic clangs of opener “Indian Curse” yield to flavors of broader appeal – some might even say a commercial
edge, given recent trends in dance music. Tracks like “Brown People” and “Dum & Dumma” feature Su Real’s on vocal duties for the first time while “Bajre de Soundbwoy” and “Dilli Shahar” are dancefloor-oriented remixes of north Indian oldies.
He says, “Brown Folks, as the concept for this E.P., is an homage to the subcontinental-origin musical pioneers that established themselves at a global level. Not just your Ustads like Ravi Shankar and Zakhir Hussein
From Apache Indian’s “Make Way For The Indian” to
Cornershop’s “Brimful of Asha” to Talvin Singh’s “Sutrix” to Jai Paul’s “Str8 Outta Mumbai” – these songs helped build my identity as a child of the Indian diaspora. Growing up abroad, never really fitting in anywhere, music defined my identity. Now, back at home, it continues to do so.”
The “Brown Folks” artwork is designed by Pulak Bhatnagar
Su Real is changing the face of bass music in India, one drop at a time. Possessing a rare talent to both appease the crowd with contemporary club hits as well as get them moving to underground sounds, Su Real harnesses a wealth of experience to deliver dance parties that are both physical and mental workouts.
Returning to India in 2008 after a decade as a musician, DJ, radio host and PR specialist in New York and Montreal, Su Real has been working tirelessly to push the limits of Indias dance music and nightlife scene. Su Real first gained notoriety in 2010 by founding Disco 31, the weekly dance party at T.L.R. that lit up Delhis Hauz Khas Village long before it became the destination of choice party kids from all over India. By 2013, Rolling Stone India declared Su Real is the legendary secret ingredient to some of Delhis recent favorite underground sets/parties/combinations thereof.
Never slave to any genre, Su Reals DJ sets surprise with seamless slides from modern club hits to yesterdays classics. As a producer, Su Real stays on top of latest nano-genres in global bass (Trap, Moombahton, Kuduro, 3Bal, etc.), blending them into the entire history of recorded dance music from EDM to hip-hop, dancehall, house, disco, soul, funk, and R&B. These international sounds are often finished off with a touch of desi masala like folk instrumentation and retro Bollywood vocals. Su Reals inclusive approach to music ensures his status as a champion of the underground who can also whip a main-stage crowd into absolute panty-dropping hysteria.
Su Reals debut EP, The Grind, was released in September 2013 to critical acclaim in India. The lead track, Grinding, was selected to appear on Dualism Records inaugural label compilation. Soon after, Su Real was nominated for a VH1 Sound Nation award in the Best Hip Hop Act category. His latest, his first full-length album, Trapistan, released in November 2014 has already received critical acclaim from trend-setting international music website Generation Bass. Meanwhie, NH7.in has called it “raunchy, hedonistic trap music that does to dance floors what The Hulk does to tanks.” Never one to rest on his laurels, Su Real is currently on a production bender, dropping a new tune – usually from a new genre – every two weeks through his facebook, YouTube,and Soundcloud pages.
Over the course of a varied musical career, Su Real has performed live at clubs and festivals around the world and all over India. He has shared the stage with artists as varied as Win Butler (Arcade Fire), Nick Diamonds (Islands), Heems (Das Racist), Noisia, Flux Pavilion, Peaches, Michal Menert, Wale Oyejide, Julius Sylvest, Doc Daneeka, Out Hud, Alo Wala, Humble the Poet, Nucleya, Dualist Inquiry, The Ska Vengers, and Reggae Rajahs, and many more. Recently, Su Real has been a key fixture at NH7 Weekender festivals, having brought his trademark fire to stages in Bangalore, Pune, and Delhi over the past four years. In the December 2014 season he debuts at the illustrious Sunburn Festival, Goa.
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He followed up his debut EP with bootleg remixes of Cash Cash’s ‘Take Me Home’ which saw him receive widespread attention from international music blogs such as Nada Brahma and Daily Dose of Bass. In 2015, his track ‘Mukti’ was signed to and released by High Chai Recordings – the US-based global bass music label. He’s currently working on a follow up EP to ‘Vizdumb’.