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After years of invading our ear and eye space with progressive house sets and whacky visual presentations,Delhi-based B.L.O.T is finally ready with its debut album

Written by Suanshu Khurana | Published: July 27, 2012 3:43 am

After years of invading our ear and eye space with progressive house sets and whacky visual presentations,Delhi-based B.L.O.T is finally ready with its debut album

It was in the year 2007 that three Delhi-based 20-somethings,who called themselves B.L.O.T (Basic Love of Things),gave Delhi an interesting aural and visual experience. Deejays Gaurav Malakar,Akshar Pillai and visual artist and designer Avinash Kumar got tired of the music that was being played at the clubs and invaded the city’s music space with progressive house and techno music along with whacky visual presentations. They grabbed the eyeballs and created atypical club experiences by incorporating interesting photographs and footage on screen with interesting sounds to enter the slightly unknown domain of audio-ensembles. “There were very few acts with fewer gigs and concentrated audiences. It was an interesting time,” says Malakar.

After a couple of singles and a host of gigs India and abroad,the audio-visual collective is one member slimmer (Pillai not a part of it any more),and is finally out with its debut album. “It has taken us a while to put out this album. We’ve released a couple of singles but we’ve only just developed the skills and the discipline to put out a large consolidated body of work,” says Malakar about the album which is titled Snafu. He began working on the album almost four months ago,but says that “along the way the album reshaped itself into something entirely different.”

With minimal techno act,the album is well beyond the confines of the standard sounds of the collective. “There are all sorts of sounds in the album: big,driving bass,trip-hop flavours and vocal-led tunes,” says Malakar about the album that was recorded in Malakar and Kumar’s studio in Hauz Khas and will release in August.

The album opens with the title track and puts out the sound with a menacing edge,the one that dominates in the B.L.O.T’s DJ sets,Malakar says that he has retained some of the funk flavour. This is followed by Tatamae ,the echoing atmospherics of which track ring and chime. Malakar and Kumar have collaborated with Suryakant Sawhney of Peter Cat Recording Co on this track. “Suryakant’s tweaked vocals float airily over a resonant melody,bouncing gently between classic Balearic tropes,while emotive pads and heavy synth give it a firm,contemporary footing,” says Malakar. Spacedust is a straight-up big-room techno track while 9283 is built on a loop of flickering percussion and begins with a slew of halting,digitally-processed beats. As the track progresses,the the hollow spaces,coupled with squelchy horn,crackle and hiss,lend it the swagger of an R & B track.

The tour for the self-funded album is slated for the end of August up until mid-September.

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