"Brown Folks", Su Real's latest E.P. showcases a rapid evolution from his November 2014 full-length release, the concept album, "Trapistan". "Twerkistan", the full-length follow-up to that album, described by various Indian music critics as "raunchy, hedonistic" and "bawdy & robust", is slated for later this year and promises to be even moreso.
In the meantime, Su Real delivers a solid selection of desi bass anthems, mashing up traditional Indian music with modern styles of dance music like twerk, moombahton, midtempo and dancehall. The suspenseful build-ups and climactic clangs of opener "Indian Curse" yield to flavors of broader appeal - some might even say a commercial
edge, given recent trends in dance music. Tracks like "Brown People" and "Dum & Dumma" feature Su Real's on vocal duties for the first time while "Bajre de Soundbwoy" and "Dilli Shahar" are dancefloor-oriented remixes of north Indian oldies.
He says, "Brown Folks, as the concept for this E.P., is an homage to the subcontinental-origin musical pioneers that established themselves at a global level. Not just your Ustads like Ravi Shankar and Zakhir Hussein… From Apache Indian's "Make Way For The Indian" to
Cornershop's "Brimful of Asha" to Talvin Singh's "Sutrix" to Jai Paul's "Str8 Outta Mumbai" - these songs helped build my identity as a child of the Indian diaspora. Growing up abroad, never really fitting in anywhere, music defined my identity. Now, back at home, it continues to do so."