27/08/2021Multi-Talented Israeli Producer Kutiman Serves Up Psychotropic, Tabla-Led Two-Tracker On Siyal Music

You may have heard the title track "Guruji" setting ears ablaze in our "Greedio X July '21" playlist on Spotify. If so, then you are well aware that the man himself, Kutiman, is back with another highly combustible two-tracker on Siyal Music . Adding to the mix is now the official B-side "Majan", taking a more "meditative" approach than its predecessor, yet equally resounding.

We last covered the prolific and infinitely versatile Israeli producer, aka Ophir Kutiel, early last year, when he released his potent Middle Eastern two-tracker "Saluf" and followed that up with an over eight minute long nightly jazzpedition on "Layla", which, needless to say, had us nodding our heads in deep agreement. Bringing us to his latest sonic feat, which serves up "a deadly combination of cold wave synths and hypnotic tablas" as Kutiman "draws from a deep well of aural reconstructions collected over lifelong musical [pilgrimages] around the world."

Kutiman goes hard on this one, boasting his mastery of the tabla as well as his ability to seamlessly combine a plethora of styles into coherent, "psychotropic" and cinematic compositions. Fun fact taken from the release notes: After having dreamt of learning to play the tabla as a teenager, he finally made it to Kolkata in 2017, where he "practiced twelve hours a day for two months under the tutelage of Pandit ('master') Tanmoy Bose, one of India's greatest tabla players."

We'll leave you to be the judge, but are overjoyed to share these two tracks with you today, both accompanied by killer companion visuals. Watch the heady animations for "Majan" below and "Guruji" here. For the full release, head straight to Bandcamp.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom