The Playlist Special: Sandunes
The Mumbai-based music producer throws in everything from prime Incubus to double bassist Charles Mingus’ jazz hits as her top tunes
Mumbai-based Sanaya ArdeshirÂ aka Sandunes mightÂ be making news for her laidbackÂ electronica and interestingÂ collaborations withÂ peers, but her playlist givesÂ away her pianist roots and jazzÂ leanings. She’s got everythingÂ from the rhythmic GrooveÂ Collective to Blood, Sweat andÂ Tears and even The Meters on it.
“Better Git it in Your Soul”Â Charles Mingus, 1959
For me, this track was just suchÂ a pure studio moment of trueÂ expression. This whole albumÂ got me listening to the rest ofÂ the band and not just the pianoÂ player ”“ which was a new phaseÂ for me in the way that I wasÂ listening to music at the time.Â My favorite part of the song isÂ this Gospel vocal far away fromÂ the mic and panned to the farÂ right – “Oh yes Lord, I know!” – IÂ think that idea was just so aheadÂ of its time.
“Spinning Wheel” Blood,Â Sweat and Tears, 1969
The intelligence and creativityÂ with which the song was writtenÂ really appealed to me as a kid.Â The lightness and humor reallyÂ comes through in every aspectÂ of the track – especially with theÂ way the song ends.
“Universal Traveler” Air,Â 2004
Lots of the music I wasÂ listening to while I was inÂ college began to take my focusÂ away from parts of songs thatÂ were being played and more toÂ the spaces/ambience they wereÂ existing within. This trackÂ took me one step closer toÂ developing an interest inÂ producing music.
“Everything is Changing”Â Groove Collective, 1999
On some levels, soulful danceÂ music was always something thatÂ struck a chord with me and thisÂ track even made it to a few ofÂ my more recent sets. I’ve alwaysÂ loved the idea of using superÂ soulful elements for loop basedÂ dance music.
“Cissy Strut” The Meters,Â 1969
I had a long phase withÂ American funk [a phase I thinkÂ everyone ought to have!]Â The Meters really set theÂ parameters [no pun intended]Â for the kind of funk I was intoÂ and for an understanding of reallyÂ laid-back grooves that wereÂ still tight.
“Aqueous Transmission”Â Incubus, 2001
Loved the world of sound and theÂ approach with this tune. TheÂ lyrics were something that spokeÂ to me, too. It was anÂ unexpected end to their albumÂ Morning View but quickly becameÂ a favorite.
“To Build a Home” CinematicÂ Orchestra, 2007
This might still be one of my allÂ time favorite songs. Its ability toÂ create movement if notÂ momentum in an emotionalÂ capacity is tremendous. I’mÂ fairly certain I’ve been moved toÂ tears by this one moreÂ than once.
“Treehome94Â½” Elaquent,Â 2014
This tune is really special to meÂ on many levels ”“ I love this guy’sÂ work, and his musicÂ shifted my focus from fouron-Â the floor approaches back toÂ hip-hop, which really feel likeÂ home.