Otm Shank is a Bollywood-singner-turned-Hollywood-DJ who wishes to remain anonymous.
Now, it’s common knowledge that India has a long and storied history when it comes to dance music; there was the Goa trance scene that exploded in the 90s, and more recently there’s been several Indian-based EDM producers that are now servicing India’s burgeoning middle classes and their desire for electronic music and top name DJs.
What we’ve yet to come across, though, is someone touting a more refined, underground sound — until that is we came across Otm Shank (pronounced Autumn Shank) and his latest EP ‘Bounce’.
Taking a page out of the Dirty Bird playbook, Mr Shank has crafted two forward-thinking cuts of bass-driven house that manage to incorporate traditional Indian instruments in the form of pitch-shifting tabla drums on ‘Bounce’ and warping santoors on the more esoteric-sounding ‘Teentaal’.
Both tracks, and an Afro-infused remix from Roska, are already picking up support from host of big names including Shiba San, Joris Voorn, Marco Carola and Rudimental.
The artwork has been made by Saudi Arabian calligrapher Noha Raheem which further adds to the enticing fusion of east meets west.
Both tracks are out now via Pinkturban.