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Trippin' the life fantastic!

by Kissmet

Kissmet takes you on an exciting roller coaster ride from the East to the West and back again. It'll keep you guessing as to what's coming next but it's guarenteed to leave you brimming with positive energy and the feel good factor. Bhangra Rock Fusion!
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1. Jaan
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2. Whole lotta nachna
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3. Why Oi!
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4. Trippin' the life fantastic!
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5. Heer
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6. Dodge the rain
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7. Govinda
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8. Channa
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9. Don't stand in my way
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10. Rainbow's Gold
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11. I need your love
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Kissmet was conceived by Ron and Buzz Singh, two Sikh brothers born and bred in the UK. Though their family life was that of a traditional Indian family, their social life was one listening to prog rock, the sounds of the 80's pop and reggae.

When they became musicians, they found they could sing in English, Punjabi and Hindi equally as well, and they discovered that Bhangra and Rock fused together made the power of both forms go exponential! They knew they had something very special in their hands.

Favourites on the UK festival scene, performing at all the largest venues and events, Kissmet has captured their powerful and evocative live sound on this album, Trippin' the life fantastic!

Brimming with power, haunting vocals, hidden messages and cross cultural melodies, this album will have you singing at the top of your voice, dancing like no one's looking at you in the dark, and gasping for air. You've just got to join in to feel the full force.

Bhangra has been performed in fields of the Punjab for hundreds of years as a way to invigorate the people to bring in the harvest as quickly as possible. As such, it is designed to be highly positively charged, to get everyone involved and to be nonstop powerful. Fuse this with the power of western Rock music, with riffs and licks and chops and slides, and you have the equivalent of rampaging horses on a beach of gold. Don't be afraid, just hand on for your bare life and enjoy the ride. You're safe as it's all good but, it is one heck of a journey!

Trippin' the life fantastic is not a song title, it's a vision, a dream, a way of life, the Kissmet's way of life...


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Jill Turner

Songlines Revewi of Kissmet - Trippin' The Life Fantastic! (June 2010)
Songlines is the UK's largest World Music publication:

Trippin' the Life Fantastic!
Kissmet
Buzzin Records
56:14 minutes long

**** ( Four stars)

Possibly the perfect rock crossover album. All the vim and vigour of Bhangra music combined with prog rock stadium vocals creating a "Phil Collins meets Robert Plant in Bollywood" style - and that’s not all, this album contains a fair few twists and surprises that will energise and keep you on your toes.

‘Trippin’ the Life Fantastic’ is the first full album for British based Kissmet, lovingly produced and mixed in their own studios. The realisation of Singh brothers, Buzz and Ron, who grew up with their mother singing Elvis songs around the house and a childhood watching endless screenings of classic Indian films in their family owned cinema. As teenagers in the 80's, Genesis, The Police, The Stranglers to name a few, completed their musical education, one which would equip them for their future and fitted seamlessly with the rows and rows of bhangra tapes in the shops and their relative’s homes.

It’s thus a perfect marriage and a natural conclusion, to hear their thoroughly entertaining,
‘A Whole Lotta Nachna’, that famous Led Zep cut, with its guitar riff cranked up, a dhol backbeat and a fair bit of electric guitar slicing through the air to keep the audience wired and in the mosh pit. You get a real sense of their live stage presence, as the brothers skilfully mix in live recordings with studio takes, to create an energy which is carried into the next track ‘Why Oi!!!’ and indeed, right across the album.

Classic rock fans can’t fail to appreciate ‘Channa’ in which Cream’s Sunshine of Your Life is fused with Chan Kithe, the famous Punjabi song. Given the Kissmet once over, it has more screams and longer tongues than both Kali and American rockers Kiss and just when you thought the speaker stack may well collapse, recovery comes in the form of two love songs. ‘Rainbow’s Gold’ and ‘I Need Your Love’ with lyrics courtesy of Ron Singh, a man with so much love it hurts and underpinned by gentle tabla playing from the other brother, Max who also excels in the more psychedelic ambient track, ‘Dodge the Rain’. Put together like the perfect live set, you can almost smell the mud, incense and sweat of the festival crowds, where Kissmet have a forged an unrivalled live reputation.

Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man. Give me a child with roots in the Punjab, born and educated in Peterborough and I will show you Kissmet.

Jill Turner
Songlines