Ultimate UK party crew Black Butter Records has got us all pumped up with news of Bristol-based My Nu Leng heading to Indian shores this coming weekend. One of the London-based label’s key acts, My Nu Leng is slated to visit the cities of Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai bringing us massive sound laced with grime, garage, dubstep, drum’n’bass and some sweet UK garage, all thanks to Oji and THUMP, VICE‘s music channel.
Even as the bass wizards catapult from pitch-shifted vocals to bass heavy rumbles, My Nu Leng always retain control of the vibe. It is this versatility – and an insane curiosity about what kind of set they’re going to be dropping at Antisocial in Delhi, The Warehouse in Bangalore and Sitara Studio in Mumbai (with Oji going back home to the venue where it all started with the phenomenal Skream & Benga in 2013) - that has us counting down the days till the weekend arrives.
After catching up with the duo to find out a little bit about their expectations and the relentless drive behind their music, we decided to take a look around and scout the scene for those who’re looking forward to the gig as much as we are. Speaking to a couple of the key people in the cultural space right now, we went scouting for bytes the old-fashioned way with one straight-up question - why is the My Nu Leng gig not to be missed?
Here’s what followed:
I. Nerm Chauhan is the founder of Shiva Soundsystem, an outfit instrumental to bringing Underground music to the mainstream attention via events, tours and radio shows across BBC Radio. He has recently been involved in the curation of the Arms House stage at Vh1 Supersonic 2014.
II. Tej Brar is an artist manager at Only Much Louder and manages artists like Nucleya, Sandunes, Anish Sood & Dualist inquiry.
III. Sanil Sudan is an artist agent at UnMute Agency.
Paloma Monnappa is an actor/model and one half of Bombay-based Algorhythm.
V. Maitreya Rajurkar is one half of Poona-based bass-heavy outfit Tripshot Crew and also produces music under his solo moniker Midland Sparks.
VI. Vidhi Gandhi is quite possibly one of the best musical exports from India, who isn’t actually a musician. After working at Blue Frog as programmer barely out of her teens, she headed over to London program for ‘Village Underground’, one of the most renowned venues in the world, known for constantly pushing the boundaries with their progressive music curation.
VII. Anish Sood is a DJ and producer, whose music is characterised by big room basslines and trademark bootlegs.
VIII. Ayush Arora is one of the core artist agents at UnMute Agency.
IX. Jatin Vidhyarti is a part of the old-school bass outfit Bhavishyavani Futursoundz crew, and performs under the moniker ‘Masta Justy’.
X. Jatin Puri aka Pippin is an electronica music producer influenced by the likes of Burial, Mount Kimbie and Chet Faker. His music falls easily into the ‘hard to categorise’ zone, with tinges of trip-hop, breakbeat, underground hip-hop, bass-heavy and pop.
XI. Joel Paes - 28-year-old Joel Paes runs Yodel by day and moonlights behind the decks at alternative music events across India as Swagamuffin. He has played at three consecutive NH7s as well as other major properties like BassCamp and Area79. He also started a trademarked weekly event in New Delhi called Trippy Tuesdays, which features drum n bass, dubstep and psychedelic events.
XII. Debjyoti Das is the co-founder of Drum and Bass India, the country’s first company dedicated solely to the genre.
Kumail Hamid is a Bombay-based DJ and music producer who performs under ‘Kumail’. He recently put out his debut EP ‘Shift’.
XIII. Leilah Zeenat is an artist programmer & manager at VH1