India has fast tracked into music scene thanks to the internet. And boy the results are brilliant. Brilliant song and band. Love Tanvi’s sultry vocals with minimal sounds.. Haunting and beautiful. (Best part is the sound of bangles/paayal crinkling in the background rhythm.)

Sulk Station perfectly blends trip-hop & dub step. Unlike any other Indian band! 

Consolidate #10 - FRNDS AND FMLY mixtape

This one’s a consolidate showcase of sorts featuring a lot of new material from the consolidate family - basically a sneak peek into what 2015 holds for us.

You will get to hear a new Machli song taken from their debut EP, which should be out in a couple of weeks. The mix also features a couple of really cool tunes from Sandhya’s (Machli) solo project Pardafash. Like everything else from the Machli camp… her music is difficult to categorise, intriguing at times, highly original and brilliant. 

Another release that i am really looking forward to this year is Ocentied’s (Ketan Bahirat’s solo project) footwork leaning debut EP. I have heard a bunch of his tunes during his live sets and i think he might just be India’s answer to the global 160 BPM movement. 

Also in the mix are a bunch of really cool tunes from Blent, Worm’s Cottage, Disco Puppet, Aniruddh and Iyer. i have thrown in some new material from Sulk and _RHL also.

i missed out on a bunch of artists this time around - but there will be a friends and fams mixtape part 2 soon. 

Listen off.


Machli - lavender marriage

Worm’s cottage - fog

Pardafash - here

Blent x Daisho - scowl

Sulk station - suppressed

Anirudhh s menon - swollen tongue

Worm’s cottage - chicken

Aniruddh s menon - celestial mahout(disco puppet mix)

Pardafash - hold me close

Sridhar/thayil - bring me rain(_RHL remix)

Mark kloud & Iyer - constant conflict

Oceantied - high

artwork by aniruddh 

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Coffee and Conversations with Sulk Station


Sulk Station is a Bangalore based trip-hop duo comprising of Tanvi Rao and Rahul Giri. Their debut album ’Till You Appear’ has got rave reviews from audiences all over. And we at Musicfellas in particular are huge fans.

We met them on a cool saturday evening in Bangalore at a local coffee shop. What followed was 2 hours of conversations about music, existentialism, movies and of course Sulk Station. Eventually it became less of an interview and more of discussions on how we three see the world around us. Here it goes:


Please share a little about your journey to becoming a musician.

Tanvi: I’ve been in Bangalore for the last 15 years. I used to sing in my school choir. I also tried learning the piano and hindustani music but didn’t really happen. Then when I was in college I began taking music a bit more seriously. I was involved with 2 choirs, many acapella teams, bands, what not. My choir teacher was awesome. I learnt keys from him for a bit.

Rahul and I met in college, but it wasn’t until after we graduated that we started working together.

Rahul: She was all over the college music scene, from choirs to dream theater cover bands.

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Sulk Station - “Take Me Home”

Downtempo electronic beauty straight out of Bangalore. Gorgeous female vocals. I just downloaded their album for $4. Worth it.

piya II for Tehelka presents The Music Project

The Music Project: SULK STATION

Feeling like I’m finding so many desi men singer/songwriters/producers but want to hightlight desi women/femme people as well. 

Here is Tanvi Rao who is also part of Sulk Station who are posted about before. 

She has only a few songs here but check out more of her work with Sulk Station here:

PS Also, her surname is Rao which is also a family name of mine ;-) 

Contentment [Sulk Station]

Mocking chorus plays in the background. Do you dare?, the voices of a woman call out as she bends her waist like a broken biscuit.

The room is dark. Curtains shut against the bright yellow outside. Like a lazy summer her voice drawls out in the cool of the dark afternoon. A created reality. A mountain of smoke and silk rises gray, muffling the mockery. Another enters and shouts to be redeemed. Then fades and static rain. Encircling her mountain and evaporating it.

The mocking woman is back. But sad now. Cautious. Full of warnings.

A song echoes against the rain. Rain which falls clear against asphalt. Tin roofs. The bed is soaked and bouncy. Fluffed up from the dampness. Empty metal photo frames dance and smash.

Rain rain more rain. A rain from the beginnning of the universe. Rain of static electricity. Rain of alacrity. Wind whooshes turning the pages of an ancient book. Beginning a new story. 

The scene dissolves. 

It is an empty road bathed in yellow light. Yellow light from the streetlamps. Quiet rain grows louder. Someone hits the road in the distance. It is moving now. On a motorbike. And now four of them. Throttling, threatening. Encircling like rapists. Mechanical monsters. The road becomes a whirlpool. A black hole. Sucking everything in as her voice tries to escape. Like a Siren luring innocent shipmen to wreck.

And then nothing. Except the fading memory of a maelstorm. Punctuated by the stray sound of an occasional throttle. Which then flees into the minute cracks in front of it, to another dimension. Rain is gone, leaving behind the hint of static in the air that tastes like salt on the tongue. White noise, they call it.


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Monthly Top 5 Albums - May 2012

Sulk Station - Till You Appear (2012)
Patrick Watson - Adventures In Your Own Backyard (2012)
Yann Tiersen - Skyline (2011)
Beirut - The Rip Tide (2011)
Advaita - The Silent Sea (2012)
bonus: S. Carey - Hoyas EP (2012)

i must have listened to hundreds of songs during the final rundown to my exams but if i were to retain full albums, these are the ones that stuck in May. this includes the compulsive buying of The Rip Tide vinyl and hours getting accustomed to the new indie scene in India with Sulk Station and Advaita.

Sulk Station’s Contentment is an interesting song that is almost like ambient trip hop. I hear trip hop elements but it’s much more minimalistic and down tempo. Sulk Station are based out of India and they are surfing the new wave of electronic indie acts on the internet. I’m a big fan of The Knife and read this quote by them “This is a stratospheric record,also unlike anything produced in this country” about Sulk Station and had to check them out. It’s quiet the record indeed and I’m so glad that I looked into them. You can hear that they’re influenced by trip hop legends such as Portishead and the like but you can also hear their Indian roots strongly on some songs like their latest release called Aur Nahi