Disco and house maestro JKriv lends his groovy techniques to a 28-year-old work by legendary Indian composer and film industry music director RD Burman — the result is a cosmic, bansuri-induced remix of ‘Birth of Shiva’.
Taken from the 1985 Bollywood film ‘Shiva Ka Insaaf’ (Shiva's Justice) which was touted as India’s first Hindi 3-D movie, ‘Birth of Shiva’ was the track used when the film’s protagonist, Shiva, is bestowed with his superhero status.
The original version is typical of a beatless, orchestral and vocal affair, typical of RD Burman’s lush, cinematic arrangements. JKriv pays great attention to the extraction of Burman’s celestial vibe and devotional vocal chants, adding a nifty bassline and lavish synth stabs.
Released on Naya Beat, the label that brought us the gem-filled 'Naya Beat Volume 1: South Asian Dance and Electronic Music 1983-1992' , and Hindi-fuelled synth disco from Pinky Ann Rihal — a collaboration Naya took on with Anokha’s Sweety Kapoor.
Founded by Poolside member Filip Nikolic (Turbotito) and DJ and record collector Raghav Mani (Ragz), Naya Beats is a label dedicated to unearthing lost and found gems from the South Asian musical diaspora. ‘Birth of Shiva’ just happens to be the first single from their forthcoming Bollywood compilation, ‘Awaaz: Original Soundtrack Recordings From The Archives Of CBS Gramophone & Tapes India 1982-1986’, which explores the electronic, disco and ambient OSTS of 80s Bollywood. It drops early this summer.
In addition to the forthcoming compilation that’s positioned as an ode to 80s Bollywood, the Naya Beat team have also been busy assembling a slew of remixes of Asha Puthli’s ‘Space Talk’, starting off with a remix from Dimitri from Paris which you can listen to and pre-order on Bandcamp.
'Birth of Shiva' (JKriv Remix) is out now. Have a listen below.
Arun Ramanathan is Mixmag Asia’s Director. Follow him on Instagram.