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You’ve heard Sahej Bakshi’s new EP. Now listen to the artists that shaped his sound

By Sonam Savlani  July 21st, 2019

Delhi-based electronic artist Sahej Bakshi aka Dualist Inquiry released a new EP, Natural Disasters, earlier this month. (Dare we say it, we love it a shade more than his last, Doppelganger.) You can download it for free here, if you haven’t already. The EP marks a return to his sound; part-Mario-like, part-glitchy and altogether happy. It even features him on vocals for the first time. The songs aren’t easy to shake off either. That chopped up hook on ‘Come On’ really did it for us.

Here, he tells us about the five artists that influenced him in the course of making Natural Disasters.

“It’s quite interesting; I’ve had so many people tell me that my music has a Scandinavian sound to it. The first time I heard Röyksopp, I instantly fell in love with their music. When I visited Norway for the first time last year, I totally understood why their music sounds the way it does. Scandinavia is beautiful, isolated and so peaceful, it just breeds such music.” 

“20syl is one of the producers of the French DJ group C2C. His tunes are so ridiculously fresh, and he does it over and over again. I’m so glad I discovered his music while I was working on this EP.” 

Gui Boratto
“I’m always incorporating new influences into my sound, but sometimes I need to go back to the basics. Gui Boratto’s music is sort of like an old-school manual to me, always so smooth, and nails just the right mood.” 

“You need to just hear a song or two by this guy to feel the force of his production the way I did. He creates the strongest melodic structures backed by the most straightforward beat, but the end result is as fresh as it is familiar.” 

“Soulwax is one of my all-time favourite bands, and I consider their stage act to be the most direct influence on my band [Dualist Inquiry Band]. I keep going back to these guys to bring myself to a musical centre sometimes.  

Photograph: Sachin Soni  

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