Janaka Selekta Selects His 5 Favorite Indian Albums

This is the first edition of a new Cultural Cannibals feature.  Each week we’ll ask a different artist to share their 5 favorite Indian albums.  We’ll be examining a variety of South Asian music genres: Bollywood, Asian Undergound, Bhangra, classical etc.  For our inaugural edition we’re honored to present a list from one of our favorite producers: Janaka Selekta.

Janaka Selekta is one of the most compelling figures to have emerged from the Asian Underground scene in recent years.  I spoke with the Sri Lankan born, San Francisco based DJ-producer, and asked him to share some of  his musical influences.  Check out the results below and absolutely check out Janaka’s brilliant new LP Pushing Air, available for purchase here.

Dont miss Janaka Selekta live at Bhangratheque in Chicago this Friday, July 30 at the Funky Buddha Lounge – more info here.  Hosted by DJ Jimmy Singh, Bhanratheque is the premiere Indian music event in the midwest!

Janaka Selekta’s Top 5:

1. Anokha, Sounds of the Asian Underground – 1997 Polygram

State of Bengal – Flight IC408 – Anokha

2. Nasha Experience Volumes 1-3 – 2010 nasha

Nasha Experience – Technology – Nasha Experience

3. Untouchable Outcaste Beats – 1997 Outcaste Records

Niraj Chag – The Firefly – Untouchable Outcaste Beats

4. Talvin Singh OK & Ha:  OK  – 1998 Island & Ha – 2001 Island

Talvin Singh – Butterfly – OK

Talvin Singh – Mustard Fields – Ha

5. Sukh Knight – E.P. – 2010 true tiger

Sukh Knight – Jewel Thief – EP

Recent work from Janaka Selekta:

Reborn by Janaka Selekta from the album “Pushing Air” by chaiWalla’s BOOMbox

GHANANA: AR RAHMAN (JANAKA SELEKTA DnB REMIX) by JANAKA SELEKTA

THE RIVER : OMNESIA (JANAKA SELEKTA & V:SHAL KANWAR REMIX) by JANAKA SELEKTA

GOOD NATION (Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Bootleg Mix) by JANAKA SELEKTA

– DJ Kyle Long

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