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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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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys, with a butt that won't quit.


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