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The Playlist Special: Jivraj Singh

The Kolkata-based drummer’s top tracks include obscure jazz courtesy Uri Caine, a prime Radiohead single and an Eminem anthem

Rolling Stone India
Rolling Stone India Apr 01, 2016
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Jivraj Singh. Photo courtesy of Red Bull Music Academy.

Jivraj Singh. Photo courtesy of Red Bull Music Academy.

Kolkata drummer Jivraj Singh aka Jiver picks a curious mix of favorite artists ”“ from the dreamy Donald Fagen to the bass bomb that is Jon Hopkins.

1. “Produk 29” Aphex Twin, 2014 

I like to go for random drives at night and this song is often an integral part of my soundtrack. I love the slinky balance of the parts.


2. “I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)” Donald Fagen, 1982 

I used to love falling asleep to this song as a child. I still do. Dreamy stuff.


3. “The Real Slim Shady” Eminem, 2000 

The Marshall Mathers LP was the first tape I bought with my own money. This was my gateway to the world of rap. I still think it’s fiendishly clever and what a hook!


4. “Open Eye Signal” Jon Hopkins, 2013

One word: bass.


5. “Reptile” Nine Inch Nails, 1994

This song introduced me to the musician I find most inspiring. Experiencing it live was like a punch in the stomach, in a good way.


6. “Problem Areas” Oneohtrix Point Never, 2013 

I really enjoy the contrast of the heady and the humorous in all of Daniel Lopatin’s music.


7. “Paranoid Android” Radiohead, 1997

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I think OK Computer was the first album where I was taken with the overall concept and had a sense that the whole was a magical and mysterious result of the sum of the parts [including the artwork].


8. “Nymphomania” Uri Caine, 2002 

This [Bedrock 3] may have been the album that planted the seed in me to consider taking up music seriously. When I started playing drums, this was my jam. My dad’s, too.


9. “Havona” Weather Report, 1977 

This song is a world unto itself; so beautiful and imaginative that the playing seems to disappear.


10. “Mortal Man” Kendrick Lamar, 2015 

This isn’t necessarily my favorite song on To Pimp A Butterfly but the first time I heard it I felt like I was going to cry.

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