Gurukula LP “Blissed-out Minimal World Trap”
Featuring original samples recorded by Onah Indigo from Krishnamurti Schools and the rainforests of Kerala in Southern India.
Special electric sitar guest performance on Track 2, Response, by Benny Langfur.
When Onah went back through the samples from India six years after recording them she heard something unexpected: Trap. “What’s happening with trap has happened with a lot of club music styles, like dubstep,” she explains. “It was a very specific sound at first, very grimy and edgy, without a lot of vocals. Now it’s an underlying approach that’s being embraced by more of the electronic music scene. A lot of us musicians producing electronic stuff love some of the sounds trap have to offer, but don’t hear all the intense elements on every track.”
Onah did like the style’s lower BPM, with its double and triple-time potentials, its crescendos. She stripped the style down to what she connected to most, added lush choral samples, and salted the tracks with live percussion, tambura and electric sitar, thanks to Benny Langfur. (“Response”)
She also heard how, in her sleeker, gentler version, trap overlapped with another favorite sound: Jamaican dub. It was the perfect approach for adding accordion. “I have a lot of dub influence, especially producers like Augustus Pablo,” she notes. “Melodica and accordion are similar and have a similar sound. I’m doing those offbeat skanks that you might hear on one of Pablo’s dub tracks.” (“Mellow”)
The effect renders trap in a beautifully minimal, organic way, something akin to what Cologne’s producers did to the roar of techno, especially on tracks like “Tampani.” “I’ve worked with all sorts of sounds and ideas, but I never expected to create something this soothing. There’s something undeniably uplifting about the sound of children singing and chanting together. It was lovely to record such a large group of people singing. It ended up being one of the calmest albums I’ve created,” with the perfect grounding of dynamic beats.
released October 19, 2017
Written, performed, recorded and mixed by Onah Indigo in her home studio in Oakland, CA, USA. Mastered by John Greenham, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Oakland-based music producer and performance artist Onah Indigo aka noaccordion dedicates her platform to amplifying
extraordinary voices in the Bay Area and beyond. As a multi-instrumentalist, she defies the limitations of genre by introducing club beats to underground MC’s or freaky variations on mainstream key patterns to techno and drum ‘n’ bass....more