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Samrai - Work & Roti [Tape]

Sangha Industries

  • £15.75

Format: Tape 
Catalogue No.: SANGHALP001
Release Date: 18 Dec 2023
Genre: Deep House

A1. Work & Roti w/ SCAPA, Vindya
A2. Yellow Crocus
A3. Help Me w/ Shanique Marie
A4. Fresh w/ Gavsborg, LINTD, Joey B
A5. Create Your Own Bless w/ Fox
A6. Oil Money w/ LINTD & Raheel Khan
A7. Dirty Dirty w/ Thai Chi Rosè
A8. Samrai - Breathe w/ Chesqua & Deepikaa
B9. Bhangbow
B10. Tabla Freeform (Original Demo Mix) w/ Raheel Khan
B11. SAMRAI, LINTD & SCAPA - Live in Leeds at Howard Assembly Room, 8th September 2023

Producer, DJ, Facilitator & Publisher (Balraj) Samrai (of Swing Ting/SEEN Magazine) steps out for their first full length release "Work & Roti" along with a host of talented collaborators on new label Sangha Industries.

The album title came from a phone conversation with Samrai's mum who features on the opener reflecting on first generation Punjabis heading to the UK only going to work and eating roti, not getting a chance to travel until their senior years. In addition the project explores the complexity of migrant experiences - healing, self-love/care, reciprocity and connections to the earth. A theme throughout is the inclusion of South Asian percussion and rhythms such as Tabla, Dholak, Kanjira, Dhol and Mridangam overtly at times as well as covertly which grounds the record.

Samrai is joined by host of talented collaborators across the 8 tracks - SCAPA, Vindya, Vikaash Sankadecha, Pops Roberts, Shanique Marie, LINTD, Gavsborg, Joey B, Fox, Raheel Khan, Thai Chi Rosè, Chesqua and Deepikaa Sreenivasan who all enrich the project with vocals, additional production and instrumentation. Although at times dealing with difficult subjects (Help Me, Oil Money, Dirty Dirty) there's a sense of joy, playfulness (Fresh) and release across the set (Yellow Crocus, Create Your Own Bless) culminating in closer (Breathe) when you feel the sunlight pushing through despite the clouds above…

Info on Merch:

Limited edition C59 lemon yellow cassette tapes, includes two bonus tracks, hidden beats and an exclusive live recording from Leeds. J-cards designed by Taxi Cab Industries.


Organic cotton Tea Towel screen printed by Small Press, alongside Lemon Cassette tape which features bonus tracks, beats and an exclusive live recording from Leeds. Only 20 tea towels available.

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