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Shruggy Ji

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Red Baraat’s Shruggy Ji fulfills the promise of the Brooklyn bhangra band’s incredible live shows. On record, the band’s merging of North Indian rhythms and New Orleans brass, go-go, and jazz, finds unexpected nuance – a testimony to the incredible individual artistry or the band’s 9 members and to the quality of the material. Led by dholi Sunny Jain, Red Baraat have created a finely tuned second album entirely unique in its vision and execution.

If in theory, Red Baraat reads like some kind of ethnomusicologist’s academic dream, let’s agree that in practice, it’s a peyote dream. This is apparent from the needle drop on Shruggy Ji (Sinj Records) the group’s second full-length studio record, released in January 2013. Red Baraat’s sound is infused with a soul and energy that bursts through the seams of its songs. “Halla Bol” is a power-to-the-people anthem sung in Hindi, literally translating to “raise your voice.” “Burning Instinct” plays like a Tarantino car chase. The title track sits as a perfect testament to the album and the band itself. Impossible to define by genre, it’s just an incredible party jam that moves your parts. The record was produced by Sunny Jain and follows the band’s 2010 debut Chaal Baby, and the digital only live document Bootleg Bhangra.

Live, these songs take on a new life. Night by night, the whip-smart, road-tested band challenges itself, dipping in and out of improvisation, teaching the audience dance moves, and visibly having a blast. Jain’s vision is on clear display – watch closely and you might see the bass horns change course at seemingly no more than the raised eyebrow of the bandleader. But there is no single front man on stage. Each player commands his own space with unique style and verve. Notice has come from high quarters, and the band has found itself in some incredible places.

Red Baraat’s Shruggy Ji fulfills the promise of the Brooklyn bhangra band’s incredible live shows. On record, the band’s merging of North Indian rhythms and New Orleans brass, go-go, and jazz, finds unexpected nuance – a testimony to the incredible individual artistry or the band’s 9 members and to the quality of the material. Led by dholi Sunny Jain, Red Baraat have created a finely tuned second album entirely unique in its vision and execution.