Loop Guru

The British world beat/exotic dub outfit Loop Guru was at its most active in the 90's and was once described by Q Magazine as "occupying a corner of the dance world that is forever putting its head over some metaphorical bong and inhaling deeply of musically altered states".

artist:
Loop Guru

country of origin:
UK

style(s):
Exotic dub, ethno ambient, world beat

decades active:
90's - 00's

essential releases:

  • Duniya (1994, Waveform Records)

Reviewed by Mike G

The British world beat/exotic dub outfit Loop Guru was at its most active in the 90's and was once described by Q Magazine as "occupying a corner of the dance world that is forever putting its head over some metaphorical bong and inhaling deeply of musically altered states". No argument from me, but on their masterpiece Duniya (1994) the duo of Salman Gita and Jamuud don’t sound like they’ve passed out on the couch and left their machines on auto-pilot, either.

Duniya is vintage exotic dub in the style that U.S label Waveform Records does so well, and it's been quite an inspirational and influential record for producers making dub-based downtempo exotica on the psychedelic trance scene. Most of the tracks average five minutes in length and are an enticing melange of looped ethnic samples, bass-heavy dub grooves and sharp melodic hooks, all cleverly crafted in a Deep Forest kind of way. But the closing twenty-minute "Third Chamber (part 4)" is something else. Out of the opening swirl of synths and Arabic chants it soon settles into a languid, trance-inducing breakbeat over which spine-tingling female wails are played off against two spare, disarming melodies from bass guitar and Indonesian gamelan drums. Spiraling ever deeper into some unknown void, the total effect is utterly enthralling and for this track alone Duniya is worth the trip.

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