W IS FOR WEST INDIA COMPANY

A marvellous piece of ethnic ambient, with remixes by Weatherall from his golden early period.

West India Company was a curious mix of diverse characters containing as it did Asha Bhosle (famous Indian singer), Neil Arthur (ex-Blancmange), Pandit Dinesh, Peter Culshaw, Stephen Luscombe (ex-Blancmange) and Vince Clarke (Erasure). Having already incorporated Indian music with Blancmange’s new wave pop, keyboardist Stephen Luscombe delved into it further with the West India Company. As with Blancmange, the West India Company combined keyboard-heavy club rhythms with Indian instrumentation. The biggest difference were the vocals of Indian superstar Bhosle, which transcended the West India Company from its Western origins. The West India Company introduced Bhosle to European and American audiences who weren’t familiar with her, receiving exposure on British and German television. In 1989, the West India Company released their debut LP Music From New Demons. It is from this LP that the track below was remixed by Weatherall.

West India Company – O Je Suis Seul (Bagwan Boogie Mix) by Andrew Weatherall  

West India Company – O Je Suis Seul (Orient Express Mix) Alex Paterson and Andrew Weatherall  

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~ by acidted on January 27, 2010.

3 Responses to “W IS FOR WEST INDIA COMPANY”

  1. […] at a time when the only widely known Indian musician was Ravi Shankar. Bhosle formed the group West India Company with Stephen Luscombe from Blancmange, Vince Clark and percussionist Pandit Dinesh, and the record […]

  2. […] at a time when the only widely known Indian musician was Ravi Shankar. Bhosle formed the group West India Company with Stephen Luscombe from Blancmange, Vince Clark and percussionist Pandit Dinesh, and the record […]

  3. […] at a time when the only widely known Indian musician was Ravi Shankar. Bhosle formed the group West India Company with Stephen Luscombe from Blancmange, Vince Clark and percussionist Pandit Dinesh, and the record […]

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