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This Saturday Highlife brings you a one of performance of epic proportions, all the way from Bombay, India.
Charanjit Singh is the 76 year old man behind Ten Ragas to A Disco Beat, a record which is heralded as the first ever acid house record, predating Phuture’s Acid Track by five years, and even preceded Chip E’s Jack Trax by three.
Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat was originally made in 1982 when Charanjit was working as a soundtrack composer, with the intension of capitalising on the disco phenomenon with a combination of classical Indian Ragas set to a disco backing. When it was re-discovered back in 2010 it seemed too good to be true, with some convinced it was a hoax by Aphex Twin or Ceephax.
This month Charanjit is coming to Europe to perform his electronic ragas to a Western audience for the first time. He will perform the compositions from the landmark LP using the original gear he recorded the albums with: a Roland TB-303 bass synth, TR-808 drum machine, and a Jupiter-8 keyboard synth.
Highlife // Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat! is on Saturday 3 November at La Cheetah Club in Glasgow, 10pm-1am. Advance tickets are £7. Please note Charanjit Singh will be performing at 11pm so get down early to avoid disappointment.