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Hadji & Lmo - Indian Style
Billed as the "Indian Chemical Brothers," Montreal-based Hadji & LMO's private psychedelic reel consists of hundreds of hours of Bollywood flicks acting as the source for samples to be grafted on top of chemical beats under the influence of Tom 'n Ed. When it works -- "Mumbai" is a claustrophobic hip-hop panic attack, while "Somewhere in India" hammers out a breaks maelstrom with John Berry-style horn punches -- we're lost in the k-hole and life is sweet. When it doesn't -- "Le Gayi" is eight minutes of the same vocal loop that actually fades out and reappears for 30 more unnecessary seconds -- it's music that triggers no response. Though the pair don't deliver a grand vision beyond the block-rockin' beats, the beats do indeed rock blocks, and with more time spent in the studio and less on the couch, the world could be theirs. -- RYAN WATSON (eyeweekly.com)

I've enjoyed watching the way the players in the Indian breakbeat movement--Singh, Sawney, State of Bengal etc.-- differentiate themselves from one another. The one common factor I've found, though, is a leaning toward serious Indian classical music. This is at the expense of all the fun possibilities found in the soundtracks of Bollywood, the energetic and colourful Indian film industry. Until this six-track debut from locals Hadji and Lmo, the only precedent was the Automator's Bombay the Hard Way, and that focused on the disco-chic funksploitation of the '70s films. Hadji & Lmo drop a very au courant Bollywood big beat treat, busting out snappy breaks and basslines that hug the road like a V8 Interceptor. From the rambunctious opener "Somewhere in India" through the ominous "Mumbai" and the uplifting "Mere Dil," Indian Style is one meritorious masala. 9/10 (Rupert Bottenberg)

The Hindi film/bhangra remix thing is certainly not a new phenomenon, but Indian Style is one of the few discs to come with it on a straight-up breakbeat tip - and in Canada, too. No tacky cross-fades between Puffy Coombs and Bollywood's latest on this one. The Montreal duo of Hadji & LMO are mining for drum & bass, big beats, hardcore hip-hop and anything else that's just simply rough to go with spliffed-out dubs of Hindi samples. Tracks like "Somewhere In India" (featuring the hooks from the current wedding anthem, "Pyar Haman Pyar") and "Le Gayi," from Dil To Pagal Hai, are neither as sentimental nor melodically rich as the originals, but their mixes are totally buzzing with pressure-dropping energy. That said, "Pardesi Pardesi" is a rare case where their beats makes the song's sugary lines much more tasteful than the original. And the echo-dub treatments on Guide's "Mere Dil" stretch the vocals so far out, it may as well be recognised as the duo's own composition than as a remix. It isn't fair to compare the weight of these floor-destroying tracks with the work of more accomplished artists like Talvin Singh and Nitin Sawney, but there's no doubt that at least for now, Hadji & LMO stand as a strong Canadian counterpart to the early dance floor jams of Joi and Badmarsh. (Wikkid)
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Hadji & Lmo - Somewhere In India - 6:32  1.50 Buy this Song !
Hadji & Lmo - Indian Style - 5:50  1.50 Buy this Song !
Hadji & Lmo - Le Gayi - 8:52  1.50 Buy this Song !
Hadji & Lmo - Pardesi - 6:10  1.50 Buy this Song !
Hadji & Lmo - Mumbai - 7:09  1.50 Buy this Song !
Hadji & Lmo - Mere Dil - 11:42  1.50 Buy this Song !
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