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A few years ago I had heard about this elusive record of Indian techno music from 1982 by Bollywood soundtrack composer Charanjit Singh called Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat. It was way too hard to find so I gave up/forgot about it, but last year Dutch label Bombay Connection re-released it and holy rasgulla it was worth the wait. Singh translated classic Indian Ragas using then state of the art equipment; a Roland TB303 bass melody sequencer, TR808 drum computer and a Jupiter-8 keyboard. Otherwise known in Chicago a few years later as the quintessential Acid House setup. While Bollywood was no stranger to synths, and most certainly inspired by Moroder, this was some next level 130bpm techno shit. Independently invented in India. In 1982. Singh was so money and he didn’t event know it.

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