Bhakti Juggernaut by Dub Kirtan All Stars
Dub Kirtan All Stars is a collaboration between David Starfire (world music DJ and one of my musical heroes), DJ/breakbeat producer FreQ Nasty, and a team of talented artists (Chaytanya, Srikala, MC Yogi, Donna De Lory, J Brave, Arjun Baba, Lili Haydn, Rik Sharaj, Ysanne Spevack, DVine 1, and Claire Thompson). In Bhakti Juggernaut, they successfully interweave ancient Yoga devotional chants with modern Dub/Electronic Music and a message of positive transformation.
The fusion of yoga with electronic music has been evolving for years and as a fan and producer of electronic music, I’ve found myself sonically fatigued by a lot of what I’m hearing. Yet in Bhakti Juggernaut, Starfire and FreQ Nasty deliver.
One of the first tracks that grabbed me is the re-imagining of “Om Namah Shivaya.” The backdrop of hard-hitting beats and growly bass is an authentic marriage of both worlds allowing the triumph and celebration in the chant to shine with this fresh sonic point of view. The tasteful production throughout allows different elements in the music to breathe. For example, the track “Hey Vinayaka” is almost devoid of beats with minimalist electronic production, letting the chant serve as the star performance.
I loved the live instruments and conscious hip hop rappers. Srikala on “Kunja Bihari” has great lyrics and presence. MC Yogi also makes an appearance in the dub-driven “Supreme Magnetic.” Bhakti Juggernaut is a true gem.
McKenna Rowe is the founder of Chakra 5 Yoga and Wellness, a yoga teacher, and DJ. www.chakra5.la