– Mumbai-based producer drops new EP
– ‘Spare Some Time’ out now on !K7
Mumbai-based producer Sandunes releases her new EP, ‘Spare Some Time’ via !K7. It is available to buy and stream on all major platforms here.
Sandunes’s sound draws a nuanced sketch of her colourful existence within India’s burgeoning creative scene of arts club, evolving dance music cultures and swapping tapes, a reality that is at odds with the one-dimensional typified Western view of India and Indian womanhood.
With inspirations that range from the experimental folk electronic music of Sudan Archives to jazz traditionalists like Dave Brubeck, Sandunes uses her sound as a means of rewriting false narratives and provoking new perceptions, explaining that “I feel like it’s very important for me to be prudent, but also celebratory about feminine freedom, as a working, performing, producing, musician from India”.
Having previously collaborated with the likes of Anchorsong, Richard Spaven and other talented artists in Mumbai’s electronic music community, Sandunes’s penchant for collaboration is evident in ‘Spare Some Time’.
The EP which includes four featured artists, was written and produced in 2019 predominantly from Sandunes’s home studio in Bombay. As a work it is a testament to the strength in vulnerability and according to the artist it’s an EP about ‘making room in our lives for love. For self love, and softness, but mainly making room to fall in love by pulling down our walls’.
This vulnerability is channelled into opening track ‘Love It Less’ featuring her friend and producer Josh aka JBabe, it’s a soulful, contemplative number which lies somewhere between hypnotic pop and rnb and was born out of an intimatejam session between the two producers. The tempo is slowed down with the following track ‘Burn Every Bridge’ the pained yet cathartic break up numberwhich features the trusted vocals of Landslands who was present on previous EP ‘11:11’. Chirping birds and dulcet tones lift us into the next offering ‘Fifty Percent ft Ramya Pothuri’, a song very close to Sandunes’ heart and one which, in keeping with the EP ethos, displays a more vulnerable and evocative rendition of the artist. The EP comes to an aptly ethereal end with Sandunes and her longtime friend IAMI and their song ‘Simple Thing’, a story about generous love and its capacity to heal.
‘Spare Some Time’ channels a profound version of a Sandunes, who has brought down her walls and given us insight into her inner contemplations, fears and hopes, encouraging us to rid ourselves of our own boundaries and free ourselves of the constraints of reserve. The EP reinforces the idea that no man is an island and that ‘in being an island – we fall short, lacking courage to expose ourselves to uncertainty. We’re deprived in our isolation of the tremendous benefit that togetherness and connection brings.’
‘Spare Some Time’ will be released on May 22nd via !K7.
Pre-order and streaming links can be found at https://K7.lnk.to/SpareSomeTime
‘Spare Some Time’ track list:
1. Love It (ft. Jbabe)
2. Burn Every Bridge (ft. Landslands)
3. Fifty Percent (ft. Ramya Pothuri)
4. Simple Thing (ft. IAMI)