Mumbai-based Sandunes offers up a short 4-track EP of quirky downtempo electronica that blends some Indian flavours into bright, lightly-stepping, glitchy, faintly hip-hoppy electronica.
“Does Bombay Dream Of NOLA” is a strong opener, centring around very short Bollywood-like vocal samples, completely reshaped into new patterns, with warm pad envelopes, Rhodes-like keys and tightly aligned, slightly jazzy percussive elements. “Gold Streets” also has a warm swagger to it, perfect strolling music. The quirky fade-then-return before the end is a particularly interesting touch.
“Nutterfly” is heavily reminiscent of Luke Vibert’s Wagon Christ monicker, with a lovely strutting groove that underpins some bleeps and spoken word snippets that exude a greater sense of fun than perhaps Sandunes actually intended, while final track “The Trust” does manage a more sombre atmosphere with long synth pads and a sombre melody playing well against another steady and toe-tapping lower section.
Clocking in around 13 minutes overall it’s a brief calling card, dipping into a very pleasant and poppy set of arrangements that sets high expectations for future releases. It also comes as an audio-visual package, with every track accompanied by animation.