#phi039 | Heralded as one of the pioneers of the Asian Massive movement, Sharaab has been pushing the boundaries of electronic music for over a decade. From his critically acclaimed solo work on Infusion (2003) & Evolution (2007) to his tenure with Atlanta synth-pop mavens, The Fabric, Sharaab has seamlessly integrated vintage synthesizers and electronics, dark-edged industrial beats, lush ambient chords, and Eastern instrumentation to create a signature sound which he calls Ethnoclash.
On Asura, Sharaab focuses his talents on fusing traditional Indian music and modern dubstep. From the opening reedy chords and subdued wobbly bass drops of “Exodust,” to the catchy Bollywood hooks over hard-edged bass lines of “Illah,” Asura paints a hyperrealist portrait of an otherwise unlikely landscape. “Tryst of Fate” is hard and in your face -- yet has beautifully integrated chants and atmospherics, while “Vivekonandrum” introduces glitchy experimentations and chopped female vocals. “Citilites” brings the listener back with its controlled wobbles and synthesizers and really ties the room together.
In addition to the eight original tracks, Asura is closed out by five remixes from Nophi’s all-star cast of Atlanta-based electronic musicians; citizenGreen, Tay0, Reklein, R_Garcia, and Sonny Hancock. With uncommonly warm music for the winter months, Sharaab has delivered a timeless masterpiece in a largely disintegrating genre. Asura brings new ideas to light while maintaining a cool composure and sacrifices nothing in doing so.