Indian film music invariably manages to grab you by the dangly ones and doesn't let go. This week's special episode of chOOn!! based on the astonishing sounds of South India's Kolly and Tollywood cinema is no exception.
Strutting Discoid-funk and gorgeous desi-synthpop are not genres you would expect from India. Yet, in the late 70's and throughout the 80's electronic beats and synths were eagerly embraced by the film industries of South India along with jump suits, big thighed beauties and killer shades.
Composing genius Ilaiyaraaja used minimal beats and lush synthetic arrangements to craft an outragepously ornate and addictive electronic pop sound. They didn't call him the 'Maestro' for nothing - his experimental mind influenced others like K. Chakravarthy & composing duo Raj-Koti who were notable for integrating south Indian classical music with hard electro-funk in Telugu cinema.
Listen up y'all - this was one of the greatest and strangest moments in pop music history. These advanced harmonics make the songs a feast for the ears and rocket fuel for yer feet - grab yer glow sticks, put on some hot pants and chOOn!! in!08:00 - 10:00