Rapid trance it
The mystical mix of classical Indian vocalizing, swirling electronica and adrenalized drum ’n’ bass licks fomented the Asian Underground movement back in the mid-1990s in London clubs, with tabla player Talvin Singh leading the way. Madonna thumbed a ride on the New Delhi highway with her 1998 album Ray of Light, and Bollywood film music opened the indie-movie gem Ghost World last year. The Asian Massive Tour from Six Degrees Records, which features dj Cheb i Sabbah, Karsh Kale and MIDIval PunditZ, is a rare chance to engage in the exotic trance-dance of this urban raga rage. Karsh is a U.K.-born, N.Y.-raised tabla player and percussionist; MIDIval PunditZ are a pair of studio musicians and DJs from India, and dj Cheb i Sabbah is an Algerian who’s now based in San Francisco. The show is at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, at Harlow’s (2708 J St.). Cover’s $15.