NEW ALBUM “BHAKTI JUGGERNAUT” OUT NOW!!!!!
We are so excited to present our album to the world and so much went into making this album. It’s a 10 track journey filled with beauty, depth and lots of bass! The album was produced by David Starfire and FreQ Nasty and features Chaytanya, SriKala, MC Yogi, Donna De Lory, J Brave, Arjun Baba, Lili Haydn, Rik Sharaj, Ysanne Spevack, DVine 1 and Claire Thompson. We had an wonderful interview talking more about the album with “Yoga chat with the accidental yogist” and you can hear the podcast HERE.
‘Dub Kirtan All Stars’ began as an one off performance curated by David Starfire and FreQ Nasty (Darin McFadyen) in a Buddhist temple in Los Angeles. After being asked by his Buddhist Yoga teacher to create a performance fusing sacred chants and modern club music FreQ went to his good friend David Starfire who was already known for blending South Asian instruments with Bass music. This sparked a musical journey that led them to collaborate with a host of talented, passionate and conscious artists to create an album that weaves the stirring chants of the ancient Yoga tradition with the modern Dub and Bass Music that their name implies. ‘Bhakti Juggernaut’ is underpinned by a broad palette of Bass oriented Electronic music production and captivating vocal chants which are sweetly complemented by live instrumentation and conscious Hip Hop lyrics. The record was created to inspire both fans of Kirtan and Yoga culture as well as those looking for music with a strong heart and a positive message in an age of lowest common denominator mall culture and music stars who seem to want to sleep on their power to transform the world for the better.
The name ‘Bhakti Juggernaut’ refers to the ‘Ratha Yatra’ chariot festival in India where huge chariots carrying carvings of the deity Jaggernath would roll out into the streets reputedly crushing devotees beneath their wheels. In the same way the music is devised to inspire devotion (‘bhakti’ in sanskrit) to the higher principles represented by the chants and mantras, but also has the weight and sonic force of modern Electronic music which crushes on a night club sound system where it’s designed to be heard.
An ambitious concept, Dub Kirtan All Stars’ attempt to tear down the boundaries between 21st Century music and an ancient spiritual path has borne sweet fruit. It’s a unique and powerful record that adds to the net sum of good in the world, a dynamic and potent soundtrack for all spiritual gangsters and their revolution of the heart.