The Bollywood Blues Ballads of Aki Kumar

Chris Daly does a quick take on the India-born bluesman's newest single.
By    January 22, 2019

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Chris Daly is chomping at the bit to see Padman.

When I woke up this morning, I had no idea I was suffering from a lack of Bollywood funk and blues.  Sure, we all know we’d be better off with more spontaneous dance routines and elephants in our lives, but little did I know that San-Jose-by-way-of-India’s Aki Kumar had the goods for what was ailing me.
With fuzzed out guitars and a healthy dose of vintage Stax-era soul, the former software engineer turned bluesman merges homeland sensibilities with Delta funk on his latest single, “Dum Maaro Dum” (incidentally, just released as a limited edition 45″ on Needle to the Groove).  While Kumar is making a name for himself in the world of the blues, “DMD” sounds like it could have been birthed at Westbound Records as easily as it could have come from Alligator Records.  The Mothership does not discriminate among the funky.

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