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Excellent Sufi hip hop

November 22, 2020

There’s a lot of Sufi inspired music in the world but probably not a lot of Sufi hip hop. Jhalaak (meaning spark) is a most excellent collection of Indian and Pakistani-flavoured tunes that connects 13th century Sufi poetry with 21st century global bass grooves.

Chugge Khan, Salim Khan and Khete Khan are 19th generation Rajasthani musicians from the Manganiyar tradition who have teamed up with Canadian born Desi hip hop artist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Ruby Singh (male despite the ambiguous first name). Here they have worked with well known producer DJ Adham Shaikh to create a dancefloor friendly nine track album that seamlessly merges Qawwali and hip hop beats with confident, accomplished vocals and rap.

Totally recommended. Available from Bandcamp.

Beats From The East! Long awaited new podcast episode…

November 21, 2020

Here’s a new podcast episode. It’s been a while! We have some particularly amazing tunes this time, including a new unreleased tune of our own.

Tracks

1 Secret Archives of the Vatican – Ritual For Star Drive Engage
2 Blvck Waves – Pharoah
3 Blvck Waves – Ramses
4 VFM Style – Bakara
5 Jhalaak – Challa/The Beloved Wanderer
6 Aya Metwalli – Matkhafsh Menni
7 Kaya Project – Beware The Drunken Master (Suduaya Remix)
8 Ges-E and Shandy – Kufiq
9 Celt Islam – Vendetta

https://secretarchivesofthevatican.bandcamp.com/
https://1001nightrecord.bandcamp.com/album/arabic-erreur
https://jhalaak.bandcamp.com/album/jhalaak
https://ma3azef.bandcamp.com/track/matkhafsh-menni
https://sebtaylor.bandcamp.com/album/remixed-body-mind-soul-pt-1
https://nasharecords.bandcamp.com/track/kufiq
https://earthcityrecordz1.bandcamp.com/track/vendetta

Axiom of Defiance – new video

November 13, 2020

We’re keeping busy making videos for our back catalogue! Here’s one for Axiom of Defiance which was on our 2019 album release, Barsoom.

Here we’ve used a bunch of new clips from the collections provided by Rotor Videos who we use to do some of the processing on our videos. They work well with this tune, we think.

Little Flower – new video for very old tune

November 13, 2020

Little Flower was on our first CD album release, Reformation, in 1998. It’s always been a popular tune (if you can call anything we do popular…). As I recall, we found the drum groove sample on one of those CDs that came with a music magazine, added a synth pad sound and the rest is improvised lines played on an E-bow guitar. No real structure, just a jam that happened to work.

Recently, we’ve been exploring making videos, trying to raise our game and achieve a higher standard whilst still being restricted by our almost-zero budget. Here, we found some free-to-download-and-use clips from Pexels, did some initial editing ourselves using Filmora X, uploaded it to Rotor Videos for some more processing (transitions, effects) and then did some more post processing ourselves.

We found the video clips before thinking about our back catalogue to decide which track they’d work best with. We think this video suits Little Flower very well!

Eastern Legends Mix – on YouTube

November 7, 2020

We’ve seen quite a few artists adding long mixes of their own tracks to YouTube. We thought we’d experiment a little and see what response we get. Here’s a 25 minute mix from Thousand Yard Prayer.

Tracks:
00:00 The Glory of Ardashir
04:15 Sharaz-De
08:12 The Blind Scribes of Shushtar
12:40 Shedu
16:08 Afshin
19:13 A City Named Abunhiswar

All of these tracks and the albums they’re from can be found here: https://thousandyardprayer.bandcamp.com/

Before Beauty

November 7, 2020

Here’s a video for a track we released in 2009. Before Beauty was on Remembering Machine, an important album in our musical development. We think it still holds up today.

Lelonek & Talvin Singh Live @ Anokha 1997

November 1, 2020

The Asian Underground is where Secret Archives of the Vatican got a lot of our initial inspiration (and, indeed, support), despite us not being Asian! Here was a part of dance/electronica that we got. We only made it to Anokha once (a night at The End) but we went regularly to some other events in that scene.

Here is a small glimpse of the vitality of the culture. Most of the musicians, DJs and producers in the Asian Underground scene are still musically active.

New track from The Spy from Cairo

October 29, 2020

The Spy from Cairo always makes great tunes.

This is available from Bandcamp on a name-your-price basis which means you can download it free if you don’t want to pay or can’t. Please pay something if you can, though, because music has value.
He has a lot more music on there too – check it out!

New video: Isolation Elucidation Dub

October 28, 2020

We’re making videos for as many of our tunes as we can right now. It’s a challenge finding video footage that somehow fits our music but we’re having a lot of fun turning raw footage into something arty.

This tune came out in March 2020, during lockdown one.

New video: Dúnedain by Secret Archives of the Vatican

October 27, 2020


Sound
We’re having fun at the moment exploring sounds that are relatively new to us although actually old, instruments of the medieval and Viking periods, adding them to our middle-eastern flavoured sound palette to create new combinations.

Vision
We’re also expanding our video-making skills, attempting to produce good videos on a non-existent budget. Here’s what we made today.

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