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One half of pioneering Indian electronic music duo Midival Punditz, Tapan Raj has been in the news recently for another first of sorts with the launch of Snap Lion, an enterprise that develops apps for musicians and artists. Tapan took the time out from his busy festival season ahead and all that app addiction to give you and everyone at Hennessy Artistry a selection of tunes to sample.


Radiohead – The National Anthem (Live @ Reading Festival 2009)


I love the original song and this live version has a surreal vibe to it…the band is in top form.



The Shoes – Time to Dance


This song on its own is fine, but when you put in context of this video, a whole new take emerges – director Daniel Wolfe featured Jake Gyllenhaal as a disturbed killing machine who chases his victims up fire escapes, into back alleys, and through strip clubs before violently slaying them – a fantastic flip on what the track means.



M.I.A – Bad Girls


It’s a huge pop hit and these tunes usually don’t make it into my lists, but there is something very addictive about this one by M.I.A.



The Chemical Brothers – Elektrobank


Amongst my favorite Chemical Brother’s tracks, I’ve been playing it since 1998, perhaps. The video, directed by filmmaker Spike Jonze and starring a young Sofia Coppola is dope too.



Apollo 440 – Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Dub


I love how these Liverpudlians have taken this kick ass rock riff and turned it upside down and used it so awesomely in this dance tune. ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Dub’ was amongst the first tracks that got me hooked on to drum & bass.



Jay-Z – 99 Problems


Jay-Z and Rick Rubin (the producer of this album) are a lethal combination, and Rubin makes an appearance in the video as well.



Alexander – Truth


The lead singer of indie folk American group, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros as well as Ima Robot, made his solo debut with this superb track, which is accompanied by an equally fine video. It’s great songwriting.



Apparat  – Song of Los


Berlin-based musician and label owner Sascha Ring’s lush electronic music soundscapes take a melancholic turn in Song of Los and the video, which tells the story from a female robot’s point-of-view, is fabulous as well. Think of it as a companion piece to Bjork’s All if full of Love.



Dead Prez (Numbernin6′s Pervert’ Refix) – Hip Hop


This is one of the most iconic hip-hop tracks ever made and Numbernin6’s remix is kick ass. He was kind enough to send me a minus one of the tune and I performed it live with Humble the Poet at the NH7 Weekender in Pune last year.



The Prodigy – Take me to the hospital (Live @ Rock am Ring 2009)


You can hear this tune in a club and that’s one thing, but to see a live arena go mental, that’s another story all together. This video shows the power of the song in all its might.


  • Prad-z

    great playlist