Minimal Mechanics at The Basement: 25 October 2013

_M I N I M A L_M E C H A N I C S_
_H A S H B A C K_H A S H I S H_
_Y I D A M_
_D E E P_B R O W N_
_F R I D A Y_2 5_O C T O B E R_

The Basement (Hotel Samilton) presents a night of cutting edge minimal techno by one of the top architects of the sound: Hashback Hashish, performing for the first time in Kolkata!

_H A S H B A C K_H A S H I S H_

The music of Ashish Sachan confronts you with a simplicity that is both earnest, but also misleading – if you drill down there are details that only a pair of headphones (and perhaps a taste of his adopted name) can reward you with. Firmly rooted in the minimalist tradition, his narrative offers something for electronic music fans across the spectrum – committed geeks who respect musical history on one end, and on the other, those who could care less about the past and just want to lose it on a dancefloor.

Since 2005, Ashish has been perfecting his craft, both as a producer, and a performer; eight years in, his musical vision can be heard from SXSW, to Delhi, and everywhere in between; working with producers as diverse as Da Fresh to fellow Delhi electronica alumnus Audio Pervert. His 2012 debut album ‘The Grinning, Naked Bunch’ is a must listen to if one wants to get a sense of what is going on in India right now, masterfully merging local motifs with relentless programming sophistication.

[R]aw, unrefined and spacious, and without all the modern ‘plug-in’ excesses found in current laptop-electronica (…) delivering high energy beats that would seem right at home in a krumping competition, coupled with distorted and complex basslines, repetitive semi-melodic synths, and topped with a heavy dose of high end filters. Think early Stanton Warriors meets a minimal Ritchie Hawtins.
NME India

Minimal music can sometimes fall into a boring category where everything sounds the same, a category which I’d exclusively listen to either live (when it’s loud and danceable) or otherwise not very much. On this record however, there’s a distinct variation between each track, turning it into an album that one can listen to over and over again.
Wild City

_Y I D A M_

Yidam is Varun’s projection of electronic ambient and chillout music. Manipulating and producing sounds since the mid-nineties, Varun’s habit of digging for eclectic music and playing for spaces resulted in focusing on downtempo electronica and performing at alternative stages and unconventional venues. Gigging in the States resulted in the formation of ChillUmafia DJ collective with Damon & Robyo in 2005. The subsequent years were spent managing a record label (DBR), experimenting with sound-healing & organising events in NYC and Chicago. After performing at Burning Man in 2008, Varun moved back to Kolkata to start a net-label (, an event company ( and set up a production studio. Since 2009 his DJ sets and tracks have been heard in India, Nepal, Poland, Switzerland, Germany and Portugal. A background in electronics has also resulted in the use of analog synths, digital controllers and interactive video as part of collaboration projects with jazz musicians and live electronic acts.

_D E E P_B R O W N_

Deep Brown is the artistic expression of Ankur Kedia emerging from the sonar by-lanes of Kolkata. His career started by holding residencies at local clubs, which helped him sharpen his skills and set the stage for his audio experiments. Playing at the best clubs & festivals all throughout the subcontinent under his former collaborative project – Undefined Dimension, he has collected the experience & dancefloor understanding young musicians seek. The new project – Deep Brown – a mix bag of different sounds & emotions, ranging from deep & funky grooves, laid back melodic progressions to dark & intense techno beats, A refreshing experiment for an individual who loves his dark hues. Deep Brown sets are a blend of audio flow, smooth mixes with liberal doses of live effects, on the fly remixes and soundscapes.

produced by:
D U S D OZ E N :: promoting the deeper shades of HOUSE & TECHNO in the 120 BPM spectrum