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Bombay Dub Orchestra the remarkable debut album from the U.K.-based duo of Garry Hughes (Bj”rk, Sly & Robbie) and Andrew T. Mackay (VAST, Annie Leibovitz). Bombay Dub Orchestra is music that will stroke the senses and enamor the soul, with its uniquely brilliant crossover of orchestral arrangements, modern, lush beats and synthesizers and a heavy slant to the music of India. Six Degrees. 2006.

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The Bombay Dub Orchestra delivers on the promise of its name. Here, London studio insiders Andrew T. MacKay and Garry Hughes have devised a dream-like new project where Lee Scratch Perry seemingly spent his time in India doing Bollywood film soundtracks instead of psychedelic Jamaican dub jams. With a world of experience between the two primaries (Bjork, ABC, Sly & Robbie, Vast), the duo's skillful integration of these seemingly divergent sources is seamless. A full orchestra, live soloist, and a rich production aesthetic are tastefully complemented by sexy trip-hop programming that recalls Zero 7 and other top-flight groups. The two-disc set includes a 12-song disc and an eight-song set of remixes on a second disc. The remixes are longer with slightly different assemblages of pieces, but aren't much weirder, just different. Highlights among the often pun-filled titles include the cinematic "Dust" and "The Berber Of Seville" as well as the atmospheric "Rare Earth: The Forest Of Thieves Mix." ­-- Tad Hendrickson

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listen  7. Feel 6:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dust 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Remembrance 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  5. Dust: The Pigment Of Your Imagination Mix 7:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Compassion: The Continental Drift Mix 6:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Berber Of Seville Orchestral Version: Father Mackay's Celestial Vision 5:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Remembrance: Fires Remix 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • ASIN: B000E1NX8Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Neil Wilkes on March 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
My first thoughts on listening to this album were "It's a combination of Zero 7 and Enigma with an eastern flavour", but it's more than that - much more, in fact.

Right from the opener, "Compassion", the album grabs the attention and just won't let go.

the hypnotic drums & bass lines are complemented perfectly by the 28 piece indian string section - and it is so well recorded it takes the breath away. The musicianship is of such a standard that these orchestral players would be at home in any orchestra in the world, and the fusion between traditional Indian instruments and Western Electronica has to be heard to fully grasp just how well it all hangs together.

It's an impossible task picking out personal favourites, as this depends entirely on what your mood is at the time, and with each playing you hear things that were missed the time before. This is not due to the mix being cluttered though - far from it. And it's definitely not because it is too busy, because what you get here is basicallly that rare beast in these times - A well crafted record that demands to be played again and again and again.

There are no real high points - it's all of the same high standard and this too is a welcome rarity when the average album contains 4 or 5 singles and filler. Not one dud on offer here. They are all of an equal standard & quality.

Whilst we are talking about the quality, another surprise is the complete lack of overcompression in the endless quest for "hotter" discs - and this really made my day.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hans Stoeve on March 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
More orchestra than dub, the tracks on this double release would not be out of place on a Buddha Bar compilation. Lightweight and easy listening, there is a 'trippy' feel to the sound at times. It has that summer feel- everything's OK-life is good mood about it. It's all very pleasant in feel and carefully crafted. Indian sounds merge with ambient sounds merge with orchestral arrangements. The pieces amble along, tinkering piano lines, washes of synthesisers, strings, sitars, bansuri flutes, Indian voices, occasional dub treatments. Don't expect a King Tubby treatment though.

There have been others who have gone down these musical roads. I think of Nitin Sawhney and 1 Giant Leap though the roads they travel are more political and have more of an edge to them. Also Bill Laswell's Lost In The Translation ambient excursions spring to mind when I listen to this disc, especially some of the remixes on disc two.

Bombay Dub Orchestra are two English musicians, Garry Hughes and Andrew T. Mackay. Garry Hughes has had time playing with Bjork and Sly & Robbie, whereas Andrew T. Mackay has scored works for people such as Annie Leibovitz, LA Rockers VAST and ABC (the 80's group, not the TV network) Garry Hughes has also played keyboards and produced for groups like Pink Floyd and Art of Noise according to notes found on the net.

Six Degrees have been releasing interesting titles for some time now, cutting edge electronica merging with Indian rhythms.The danger with this release is that some people will write it off as good dinner party music, which would be a shame. It has a lot to offer depending on your state of mind at time of listening. This album will appeal to a lot of listeners. I like it immensely though I still want some sort of an 'edge' to my music when I am listening.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Snyder VINE VOICE on March 22, 2006
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"Bombay Dub Orchestra" had me hooked on the name alone. The music on the double disc does not really qualify as "dub". It does not even qualify in the general "electronica" label.

It is surprisingly beautiful with the use of the string section. The limited vocals are beautiful too. The beats are not that overpowering; they are blended in nicely.

Overall, this is a huge sonic landscape. The layers of music are great. The second disc sounds different enough from the first that it is almost like getting two discs of new material.

The music is very soothing, bordering on Enya/Enigma New Age. It seems like it'd be easy to put this on and calm down to, or fall asleep to.

This is why I give it 3 stars. It wasn't really "dub" enough, not head-nod-able, not electronica/chillout enough for me. It is a beautiful album if you're into slower, world, New Age, cool music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey P. Tucker on January 3, 2007
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I am no music reviewer so I won't give a long description but this is a great album that carries excellent musicianship, composition and I found it to create excellent mood. A definite recommendation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. T. Greene on January 26, 2010
Format: Audio CD
this is a reissue with a new cover of "17 dub shots" apparently with one track added and another with a different title than before--maybe a substitution. its a solid fundamental collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
not dub music, that's for sure ... but having said this, I really, really love this album. it never intruded on my thoughts as it played in the background so it took a while to grow on me but once it did, I was hooked and actually recommend it to my friends. Disk 2 is very nice - I enjoyed the re-interpretations of 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Dust.'

get this if you want some ethnic chill ... don't if you are looking for real dub music.
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