Listen to DJ Nihal’s Top 10 ‘Eastern Bass’ tracks

Groundbreaking BBC Radio 1 DJ, promoter and TV Presenter Nihal gives us his Eastern Bass top 10.

1. Sukh Knight – ‘Gabba Wasp’

For the deeper darker sound of dubstep absorb this banger from British producer Sukh Knight, part of the True Tiger dubstep crew. The female Indian vocal provides an extra layer of ambience to the spine of the track that resonates with dubby bass and warbling riffs, and a snare that is as sharp as a samurai sword and twice as deadly.



2. Talal Qureshi – ‘Bumba’

A producer from Karachi in Pakistan spanning so many hybrid strains of electronica and bringing them together to create masterpieces of sound. This tracks lulls you into funky bliss and then punches your sternum into itself with a drop that should be illegal.



3. Rishi Rich feat Veronica – ‘Permission (Mere Dil Me)’

This is R&B for the serious bass freak. Minimal beats with a kick drum more pinpoint than Jonny Wilkinson’s left foot.




4. Klute – ‘Ashram’

From the boss of Commercial Suicide records this epic drum and bass track starts off like an Eastern prayer, sublime yet hinting at something altogether more powerful to come, and at one minute seventeen seconds it explodes and you fly into the sky.



5. Panjabi MC – ‘Jogi’

No Bhangra producer has taken Panjabi folk music as far as this Coventry based maestro. This particular track is not his most famous one, but it has probably the best drop of a beat of any Bhangra track ever made.



6. Bilal Saeed – ‘12 Saal (Ishq Remix feat Bubble & Frey)’

Bilal Saeed is a Pakistani soul man, Birmingham based producer Bubble took the original dark love song and gave it a hip hop bounce.



7. V.I.V.E.K – ‘Motherland (VIP Mix)’

Signed to the ultra cool DEEP MEDi label this is the other side of dubstep, soulful and contemplative. It’s claustrophobic and mesmerising. You have been warned.




8. Pinju – ‘Mad Indian’

A crushing hip hop beat laced with a chopped up male vocal that sounds like a Bollywood villain – this comes courtesy of a German producer called Pinju who is impossible to categorise. An amazing production.



9. Tigerstyle – ‘Kudi’

Glasgow’s production duo known as Tigerstyle produce Bhangra, Rap, Bollywood, and with the release of the Digi Bhang EP they venture into bass driven electronica, taking folk music into a futuristic bass heavy direction.  It’s as infectious as it is powerful.



10. East Stepper – ‘I Want My Beer…Now

Abhishek Jha aka East Stepper is from India and produces a diverse range of electronic beats and pieces.  This has Prodigy like power running through it. It’s pure audio adrenalin and perfect to test out your speakers with. If you don’t see a white flag coming from them then you have invested wisely.

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