Following the recent explosion that was M.I.A.’s ‘Bad Girls,’ I’m going to make a prediction. Indian inspired sounds are coming to the electronic music world. Tribal, sexy, raw and gritty. ‘Bad Girls’ is still on the tip of everyone’s tongues, and on everyone’s twitter hungry fingertips. The track was recognised by the likes of Tyler the Creator, Rihanna, Kanye West, Ciara, Missy Elliot and others, tweeting to M.I.A. with words of praise. The video was directed by Romain Gavras, who was responsible for M.I.A.’s ‘Born Free’ video and Justice’s ‘Stress.’ Gavras has been around the block a few times. If you haven’t watched ‘Bad Girls’ yet (where have you been?) I recommend waiting until you have at least a half hour to watch it multiple times. It’s humanly impossible to just watch it once.

Traditionally, most Indian music is improvised, but even the composed music has the same sense of wild mystery to it, I think this is the quality that makes Indian inspired music so damn sexy. As well as having a certain feel to it, the majority of Indian music has a “drone” to it, made by a tambura. Tabla drums, that have that “boing” sound to them, also play a huge part in Indian music.

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London duo Basement Jaxx has explored the Eastern side in 'Hip Hip Hooray', off their 2009 album Zephyr. The whole album was a little more subdued than the hard-hitting viciously energetic music they usually pump out. ‘Hip Hip Hooray’ is a more intimate and dark track from the album, really showcasing their versatility and ability to tone it down.

Instead of only having a few tracks with the Middle Eastern flavor, Oakland band Beats Antique takes the distinct sounds of the East and intricately weaves them into deep and complex tracks. Their latest album Elektrafone (released last year) showcases interesting and unexpected combinations. ‘Siren Song’ features some seriously impressive violin laid carefully upon dupstep-esque bass, with a touch of piano. There’s a gun in there somewhere as well, just to keep you on your toes. Their live shows are just as complex and interesting, featuring front woman Zoe Jakes belly dancing, performers sporting masks, feathers, and all sorts of other enticing visuals.

I’d be seriously out of line if I didn’t pay a hefty mention to Thievery Corporation in this column. The band has spent years building up an impressive array of music, spewing their political opinions, and just making phenomenal music. Taking influences from all over the world, Thievery Corporation has been sure not to leave out Eastern style in their vast collection of audio magic. Among this is ‘Facing East,’ featuring powerful drums, and haunting vocals. ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ is another Indian inspired track that is also the title of a 1978 Indian film. This is another band that commends a ridiculous amount of respect. Every album has a specific mood, they all have similar aspects but explore different feelings.

All things lately have lead back to M.I.A., including this column. The Sri Lankan firecracker who has finally gained the respect she has always deserved has been honoring her Eastern roots since her career began years ago. ‘Jimmy’ from her 2007 album Kala is actually a cover of a Hindi song from a 1982 Bollywood movie. M.I.A. has always brought the spirit and high energy of the East to her work. ‘Story to be Told’ from her latest album Maya also touches at some Indian flavor. She also helped with 'O… Saya' on the 2008 movie Slumdog Millionaire, landing the track a nomination at the Academy Awards for Best Original Song.

It’s the rugged, no shame, aged feeling of Indian elements that makes it so enticing. It’s a sound that you know has been around for hundreds of years, cultivated and perfected so it conjures feelings of curiosity and little bit of rebelliousness. It’s addictive, and will no doubt go onto inspire future electronic music artists.