(This piece originally appeared on The Bangin Beats in May 2019)
A true veteran of the game and one of India’s most respected producers, Bandish Projekt has hit full throttle with the release of his second collaborative project with Mumbai’s ace hip-hop outfit Swadesi. Three years after the unveiling of their debut effort with ‘Katal Kalaa‘, their newest EP, ‘Khulle Naagde‘ seems like a fiery, bolder, and extravagant multi-lingual showcase of their exceptional talent.
With the onset of ‘Antariksh‘ which flags off the proceedings, Mayur Narvekar offers up a gnarly production work as MC Mawali runs a riot on this opener with deadly precision. Next comes the unmissable ‘Gol Gol‘ which slams into action from the get-go as the superlative record brings together MC Mawali, Maharya, Tod Fod and 100 RBH for a mighty display of power. Having already witnessed their collaborative strength and fluency, tag-team efforts of the highest order hit shores with ‘Jhand‘ and ‘Kathore Satya‘ as 100 RBH and MC Tod Fod deliver strong solo punches on their respective cuts.
Backed by Bandish Projekt’s ground-shaking sound design which thrives off deep growls and massive shots of bass, ‘Khaari Baat‘ rains lyrical fire upon listeners as the blistering collaboration pulverizes everything in its way. And finally, with ‘Raukto De‘, the EP comes to a momentous close as Swadesi and Bandish Projekt shine a light on their constantly evolving sound and sensibility which continues to head in the right direction.