VMM 9/10 - Anil Chawla - Pondi (Original Mix) / Global Underground
In an era when house music is largely been dominated by continental names, it’s refreshing to see a British talent shine through and gain the global acclaim they so very deserve. Anil Chawla is exactly that – a homegrown star whose steady rise has been all about quietly consistent quality, not flavour-of-the-month hype.
There was no quick and easy break for Anil – just a steady stream of ear-catching, high-quality house music demos passed around London’s promoters, and a subsequent booking at the legendary Turnmills (R.I.P.) That booking led on to a residency at the acclaimed Together nights – where he had the both envious and unenvious task of warming up for electronic music royalty as diverse as The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Francois K, Trentemoller, Josh Wink, Green Velvet, Simian Mobile Disco, Mylo, Hot Chip, MSTRKRFT, and Cassius. He calls it his “apprenticeship” – and indeed it proved invaluable experience, these high-profile warm-up sets bolstering his ever-growing peak time appearances elsewhere. Check out this guy, hes gonna be very big! With guest mixes on John Digweed, and Tall Pauls Kiss FM shows, a series of heavy supported remixes and tracks, world tour from GU, supporting the likes of Sasha, James Lavelle, and Felix da Housecat, and other recent highlights at home including his ongoing appearances at the awesome South West Four festival, watch this space!
Tech house mainstay Anil Chawla comes to the venerated UK imprint armed with a hatful of deep, bumping tribal-infused elements to work your crowd into a frenzy. Starting us off with very deep sounds, building and building, introducing bit by bit the tribal and tech elements, ending up with something very special, solid, sharp tech-tribal at its best! This will be in my playlist for a long time! Amore Anil!
Review by PAUL NEWHOUSE
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