Following his acclaimed debut album “A Sacred Bore” – a pointed critique of the oppressive Indian caste system which featured in Pitchfork, VICE, BBC Introducing, The Guardian, The Quietus, and Rolling Stone India – Scottish-Indian artist KAPIL SESHASAYEE shifts away from the industrial-indie sound of his first full-length towards a psychedelic R&B-meets-Indian-Classical crossover on second album “Laal”, whose lush palette of Prophet synths, Indian classical ornamentations and granular electronics he
references on new standalone single “Hill Station Reprise”.
Inspired by the practices of radio stations like KISS FM who would often release remixed versions of singles ahead of the original coupled with his recent BBC commission experiences and guest vocal on the latest Lushlife EP alongside Dalek & members of Dirty Projectors, Kapil reworks a track from his new LP ahead of its release for new standalone-single “Hill Station Reprise”, dueting with singular rapper Lil B whose other collaborations include Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat & Soulja Boy.
Building on the narrative thread of Kapil’s debut around the lingering manifestations of the caste system which permeates Indian communities through honour-killings and Hindu nationalism, Lil B is at his most urgent here, having connected with Kapil online over a shared contempt of casteism and how it opposes the positivity and equality of his renowned
“Even if it’s not the central theme of my next album, tackling casteism will always be fundamental to my responsibilities as a protest musician ” says Kapil, “…we may be seeing great strides being made in the fields of anti-racism through the tireless activism of movements like Black Lives Matter but social ills like South Asian anti-blackness persist into the present day and their origins are inextricably linked to caste ”.
Musically – Seshasayee resembles part-Ananda Shankar, part-Solange, corrupting the electronic-driven instrumentals of “Hill Station Reprise” with whispered backing vocals and his innovative guitar work, at-once evocative of Richard Dawson and Tinariwen.
Kapil pairs this exciting new collaboration with his first live dates in over a year and his first tour with prestigious live agency ITB – signing with them immediately after an impressive digital showcase with Scottish music conference Wide Days last year.
New single ‘Hill Station Reprise’ will be available from May 21st 2021, and the upcoming album Laal is set to be released in September 2021.
T O U R D A T E S
The Wardrobe, Leeds – May 21
The Bootleg Social, Blackpool – May 22
The Horn, St Albans – May 25
The Joiners, Southampton – May 26
Studio 9294, London – May 27
The Brickmakers, Norwich – May 28
The Moon, Cardiff – May 29 (Online Show)
All tickets available at Desifuturism.com/Live