Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Michael Brook

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Michael Brook

Remixed: Star Rise

Real World/Caroline

Nusrat’s beautiful and magical Qawwali singing sears and soars through beds of hipped, hopped, bassed, tripped, tranced, and boomed mixes in nine different renditions of selections from his Musst Musst and his collaborations on Night Song with Michael Brook (who produced this one). Ever groovy but never sleazy, Star Rise maintains an even pace, evading monotony at every turn with the grooves that demand your complete cooperation, then lightening up at just the perfect spots before diving into an india-ustrial (try saying it) chugfest or two.

I’m aware of most of Nusrat’s work since his appearance in Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD festival in 1982 but I’ll admit my ignorance here — I’m not very familiar with the artists doing the remixing here (but certainly will be soon). Hopefully fans of Joi, Asian Dub Foundation, State of Bengal, Earthtribe, Black Star Liner, and others will now take the opportunity to experience some unusual vocalizations from far away. Or perhaps even those familiar with neither will take the dare and try out both. Caroline Records, 104 W. 29th St., New York, NY 10001

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