Krishna Lila

COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: Six Degrees
PERFORMER: DJ Cheb i Sabbah
CATALOGUE NO: SIX 1066 CD

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The box of Krishna Lila looks very traditional, though the main picture is camped-up, and much of the contents are traditional – shared between south and north Indian sources – with very light production reserved for the beginning and end of the first few tracks.

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Then there is a switch to almost total studio sounds for one item, before a couple of pieces attempt a more confident synthesis of old and new. Generally, the contemporary elements are treated as an overlay rather than integrated into the playing, which goes its own enjoyable way on a variety of solo instruments from santoor to sarod.