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    Walk in for a ‘feel good’ evening as Prequels and Sequels hits the stage

    Ash Roy and Ashvin Mani Sharma’s latest album Prequels and Sequels has taken two years to come along, and the electronica outfit, who go by the name of Bit of Both, are confident of its appeal. The nine-track album has packed in electronica, downtempo, percussion elements, and “feel-good” songs. You can catch their new riffs in Bengaluru on Saturday, a day after its official launch.
    It also features collaborations with electronica artiste Gaurav Raina, techno producer Madhav Shorey, singer Anushka Manchanda and guitarist Bhrigu Sahni. But none of this was planned, says Roy, whose association with Sharma started 12 years ago. They were part of the now-dysfunctional Jalebee Cartel electronica band. The two also run Soupherb Records label, to promote techno and house musicians.
    “Though the band disbanded three years ago, we stuck together and wanted to make some nice live music. So we started working on a few tracks. One day, Manchanda visited us in Delhi, heard the track I had sung (Time), and wanted to sing it. Then we happened to take our songs to Raina’s studio for recording. He liked a track and decided to sing it. One night, Shorey pitched in for a track. Then guitar player Sahni came on board (for Indian Blues), as well as a Swedish vocalist. Everything just fell in place,” recollects Roy, 40.
    After this tour, they plan to release a compilation of songs, called Subcontinental 2, on their label. It will feature works of fresh talent brewing in the underground music circuit. “It will have 10 tracks or so. We even have a 14-year-old boy from Bengaluru who will release his song. There is so much talent around us. And you know, all crazy things are first tested in the underground scene, before they make their way to the mainstream circuit. We are happy that we are one of those channels to promote underground music,” says Sharma.
    January 23. Rs.1,000 (cover). At blueFROG, Church Street. 9 pm. Details: 69999549
    — BK

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