Fully Human: Nitin Sawhney

Bathing in the Holy River

Bathing in the Holy River

I love this guy. As the Guardian said, it’s easier to note what Nitin Sawhney CANNOT do rather than what he can.  His music is for me the near perfect fusion of South Asia and contemporary western, distinctly and boldly calling on both sides of his heritage with an absolute focus on the aural experience and nothing else.


One of the most talented and recognized producers and songwriters within the British electronic and fusion music scene, Nitin Sawhney is also a respected actor, writer, and scriptwriter. Conceiving daring theme combinations of electronica-style beats with gleaming pieces of Asian inspirations driven within the trip-hop and jazzy styles, Sawhney delivers exclusive and overwhelming sound pieces, enlightened by his indubitable creative insight. Following an education in the Kent region of England, obscured by the militant presence of racist organizations, Sawhney finally turned himself to music, therefore aiming to overcome the ruling and disquieting racial boundaries. During the subsequent years, he went on studying law at Liverpool University before moving to London. It was there that alongside Sanjeev Bhaskar he created the Secret Asians, a radio show that eventually evolved into an award-winning TV series. Although he dedicated most of his time to the TV business, Sawhney never neglected his musical dream. He first joined James Taylor, with whom he played a series of dates across the U.K. alongside Taylor‘s quartet. Following the experiment, Sawhney decided on forming his own band, the Jazztones, by that time playing on concerts headlined by DJs like Gilles Peterson. After yet another collaboration, by then with Talvin Singh with whom he assembled the Tihai Trio, the British creator decided to make it on his own, releasing his debut album, Spirit Dance, on his own label in 1993. A few months after, he signed a contract with Outcaste Records, for which he released one of his most acclaimed recordings, Migration, in 1995. Following a year of incessant work, the album Displacing the Priest arrived record stores, again subliming his exceptional creative skills. During this period, Sawhney also continued to dedicate part of his time to writing soundtracks for acclaimed TV series and theater plays, or accomplishing remixing works for artists like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. At the same time, during the following months, Sawhney recorded his long-awaited fourth album, Beyond Skin, offered in late 1999. Coming after an extensive touring season across the U.K. and Europe alongside artists like Sting, Sawhney recorded what turned out to be his fifth studio record; Prophesy arrived in 2001, again achieving exalted reviews from the media. Sawhney remained busy for the rest of the 2000s, releasing works such as Human and Philtre as well as mix albums like In the Mind of Nitin Sawhney and Fabriclive.15. (AMG)


Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney

Whenever I listen to Nitin’s music I get a feeling of gliding or floating. Not aimlessly at all, but effortlessly and with a feeling of release and abandon. The sounds he produces by mixing electro beats, knockout voices, real-life sound samples, and an A.R. Rahmanesque masterly stylistic eclecticism is unlike anyone else’s.  And politics, while never overt, is always felt, like a light mist against your skin on an early morning ride on a riverboat.

Money back if you don’t love him too.


Track Listing:

01 The River

02 Eastern Eyes

03 Say Hello

04 Falling Angels

05 Falling

06 Heer

07 Fragile Wind

08 Promise

09 Chetan Jivan (Conscious Life)

10 Rainfall

11 Waiting (O Mistress Mine)

12 Raag

13 The Boatman



2 thoughts on “Fully Human: Nitin Sawhney

  1. this was amazing!! is there a way we can do requests? I’m a tamil american who’s looking for more tamil stuff—is there anyway you can post more? please don’t mistake this for a demand, I’m just a fan with a lot of respect. Thanks so much for what you do!

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