Synthesizing – Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat

Possibly inventing House music before anyone else did, Charanjit Singh, an Indian studio musician, released this LP, Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat, in 1982. Hoping to translate traditional Raga music to modern sounds, the album’s use of repetitive beats, synth sounds, and futuristic melodies hit a perfect combination that make it sound so incredibly ahead of its time.  Charanjit Singh’s work barely sold when it came out, though, and only a few copies of his music have survived the years. Despite this, Bombay Connection, a record label dedicated to finding old electronic Indian jams from the eighties, recently found the album and remastered it. Sounding even better than it did before, Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat can finally carve out its legacy as the pioneering work it was.

You can purchase the album from Bombay Connection’s site here or stream the entire album on Spotify here.