UK Artist of the Week: Soumik Datta

PHOTO: ETIENNE GILFILLAN | We’ve got something a little different for you to feast your ears on this week, so get ready. Soumik Datta is a sarod-playing maestro based in London who combines Indian classical melodies with vibrant, contemporary beats to create an innovative sound. His latest single “Tiger Tiger” is out now.

Continuing from his powerful EP “Jangal,” “Tiger Tiger” is the follow up single that we didn’t know we needed. Throughout the instrumental track, Soumik’s undeniably impressive sarod is entirely on point. Full on energy, Soumik’s transcendent playing soars over the rest of the equally impressive musicality, creating a sound that feels nostalgic at times with contemporary flavours dipping in and out.

“Tiger Tiger” is a response to man’s continual destruction of nature. This track imagines the roar of animals as they speed through the forest watching their homes on fire. Powerful stuff.

Soumik Datta is no stranger to the contemporary music world either, having previously collaborated with with Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bill Bailey, Talvin Singh, Akram Khan, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and City of London Sinfonia to name a few. That’s a dinner party we wouldn’t mind being invited to!

“Tiger Tiger” is in stores now.

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