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Nanda

Constant Change

(Multi Music; US: 8 Jan 2009; UK: 16 Feb 2009)

Not every band can be The Beatles, and not every deejay can be Sasha. But, if North American awareness of electronic music evolved past the top three albums in the charts, Nanda would easily be on the level of Blitzen Trapper or Fleet Foxes to Tipper’s Coldplay. Dave Tipper is at the top of his game these days, boasting noticeably more intricate production, original sounds, and placement the PopMatters best of Electronic(a) 2008. However, the massive bass and choice sampling of Santa Cruz’s Nicholas Grabenstein cannot be simply disregarded.


Nanda’s fingers are in almost as many aural pies. Between the inspirational Yoda loops and guttural lower frequencies borrowed from dubstep and grime, Constant Change hits all the right buttons for immediate and lasting digital groove satisfaction. “Caveman” alone incorporates Buddhist throat singing, synthetic conga drumming, slide whistle, and a computer mauled “yup” into its upbeat breaks head-nodding session. Make no mistake, Nicholas is in the upper class of modern electro breaks.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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