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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Bombay 2: Electric Vindaloo

Scratchmasters mix spicy curry with American cheese in this kitschy-cool sequel.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


First there was 1999’s Bombay the Hard Way — instrumental and incidental music samples from Indian movies, remixed and revamped into cutting-edge electronica and dance tracks by Bay Area whiz kids Dan (The Automator) Nakamura and Josh (DJ Shadow) Davis.

Naturally, every big hit deserves a sequel, so we return to Bollywood with Electric Vindaloo, which picks up the plot where Bombay left off. This time the cast is beefed up — scratchmasters Kid Koala and MixMaster Mike, along with space-hop duo DJ Me/DJ You and others join in this quest for the perfect combination of spicy curry and American cheese. Like last time, Nakamura isn’t credited, but several tracks have his sample-heavy style and playful titles — T.J. Hookah, Sexy Mother Fakir and Chakra Khan being three of the best. My suggestion for Vol. 3? Poppadom’s Got a Brand New Bag.