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Delhi based DJ / producer Kohra has released his much awaited debut album ’akhõ’ on his imprint “Qilla Records”. The conceptual album had been in the works for more than two years. 

Kohra aka Madhav Shorey delivers an album which will take you through a sonic journey of melodic breakbeat driven tracks that run at a mid – tempo, attracting a broad spectrum of audience. This mesmerizing album is inspired by a 17th century Gujarati mystic poet of the same name. akhõ’ has already garnered support from artists around the world including the legendary John Digweed, who played five tracks from the album in his Bunker radio show last month.

The album takes off with “Jiya” featuring classical trained multi-instrumentalist harp player Nirupama showcases ’akhõ in a meditative form with ambient furnished harps and atmospheric electronic tones. While the musicality and atmospherics remain a constant, the tempo steadily increases throughout the album which makes for a mind bending listening experience.  

From warming pads through to refined drum kicks, the sweeping synths at the end of ‘Akarshan’ and dreamy vibes of ‘Avakaza, the album is sublime. Kohra takes everything up a notch with heavy kicks & growling bass stylings of ‘Antaryamin’ and ‘Dhyankendra’ which is coupled with melancholic vocals padding an acid sound design mixed with hard hitting D&B kicks of Ananta Tarapatha. From start to finish Kohra has managed to produce an album that hits you right in the gut without losing momentum and lands as it takes off, with an immersive, ambient cut in the form of a reprise of version ‘Akarshan’.

Madhav Shorey has consistently been one of the finest producers in India in the techno and house space over the last decade. He has always seeked to create spatial, mystical and ethereal dance music experiences. He has shared stages with some of world’s renowned artists Like Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, Patrice Baumel, Axel Boman, Josh Wink and Joseph Capriati to name a few. In 2019 he scored a Beatport Leftfield House & Techno chart number 1 with his ‘Acid Kidz’ EP.

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