Tracks 1, 2 and 7 recorded at Blue Studios, Munbai;
Tracks 3 and 10 recorded at Jasmin Cafe' 1 (track 10 completed at Tubbas, inspired from T.G.U.);
Tracks 4 and 8 recorded at Wired, Reading;
Tracks 5 and 6 recorded at Wired and KC Studios, Reading;
Track 9 recorded at Jasmin Cafe' 1 / Intimate Studios, London, mixed at Tubbas;
Track 11 recorded at Studio 69, B'ham;
Track 12 recorded at Intimate Studios, London, rehearsed and produced at Red Church Studios, London.
Dhols in track 12 played by:
The Dhol Drummers:
Big Bad Billy, Don Raja Dips, Da Bros, Jas D & Bobby (Flobby), The Heston Boys, Manjit V, Parm P, Sach, Yash, Gurjit, Indie, Aman, Jaggu (Turi Boldi), Vijay, Parm S, Vinnaj P, Sukhvir (Square), Majinder, Dharam, Minda BenSingh, Vinny, Dippa, PJ, Amrit B, Parm B, Taj & Bunty S, Pax, Sukhi & The Garlz, Kirit B, Dhundi, Harveer, Gurvir, Satveer, Jassa DCS, Jay P The Mistry;
The Lady Drummers: Kiran, Resham & Param
Lead by The Master Drummer Himself: Johnny Kalsi.
Mastered at Fred Red Church Studios, Hackney, London and Narada Productions, Inc..
The dhol is a large hand-held drum that's deep, ringing tone is a key component of bhangra, a traditional Punjabi folk music that has itself grown and mutated into one of the key elements of London's Asian underground dance music scene. You hear the dhol thundering and rippling beneath singles by such eminent Asian underground artists as Talvin Singh, Joi, and the Asian Dub Foundation, and also in the music of the Afro Celt Sound System, whose drummer moonlights as a master teacher of the dhol and runs a school called the Dhol Foundation. Recording here for the first time under that moniker, Johnny Kalsi delivers a fascinating and funky program of modern dance music that draws heavily on bhangra and other Indian influences while at the same time keeping the ambience pleasant and dreamy. Occasionally things get just a little bit too pleasant and a little too dreamy, and the music teeters dangerously on the edge of soporific new age-ism. But that happens rarely, and just when you think you're going to fall asleep - during the first two and a half minutes of "Iridian," for example - Kalsi snaps you back to attention with a funky breakbeat or a bracing splash of frantic drum'n'bass. If you're an Asian Dub Foundation fan, you might find Big Drum: Small World a bit on the tame side; but if you love Afro Celt Sound System and Joi, this album will stay in your CD player for days.
All Music Guide