We love finding new music at The 405. It's pretty much the main thing that gets us out of bed in the morning (that and breakfast). However, sometimes it's a bit of a slog to trawl through the Internet's vast offerings – if only there was an easier way. That's where Last.fm comes in. They've got some brilliant, intuitive Hype Charts, allowing you to search by genre or region (or both) for the sounds making waves at any given moment. Here's some of the treasures we found from those charts. This week in our trend-hunt, we scrutinised ambient sounds in India.

Last.fm's Hype Charts are worth checking out. You can filter them by genre/location. Let us know what you find!

The Ambient Hype Chart in India

Karsh Kale

Born to Indian parents in West Bromwich, but swiftly hoisted into the throes of Brooklyn, Karsh Kale rapidly became fascinated with percussion, learning how to play the tabla at an early age, and developing an interest in broader genres such as rock, hip-hop and classical thanks to his father. He's been truckin' since '94, writing music for film and garnering recognition for his Asian-ambient fusion of chilled-out dance music and traditional Indian folk instrumentation. His track 'Milan' has seen flocks of listeners swarm in the past few months – it's no wonder: the cut soars above mountains and through canyons. It's airy, free and compellingly tranquil.


Germany's premier ambient musician, Schiller, is no stranger to fame. During his career he's built up a sizeable fanbase, scored multiple platinum records, been nominated for a Grammy and worked with a ragtag bunch of major names: Mike Oldfield, Colbie Caillet and Tarja Turunen to name a few. Christopher Von Deylen, the man behind Schiller, tends to blend powerful eurodance elements into his ambient wares – the result is something not too dissimilar to '90s/early-'00s trance-pop like DJ Sammy and Ian Van Dahl.

Lunatic Soul

Mariusz Duda, the mainman behind Polish prog. rockers Riverside, ventured out on a limb a few years back to return to basics. Containing no electric guitars whatsoever, Duda's output as Lunatic Soul (seemingly quite the misnomer) is refreshingly organic ambient rock. It bears similarites to Mogwai and Godspeed! You Black Emperor, with leviathan drum lunges and the chainsaw slog of pedalboard effects, but there's also a fey quality to be found. It's arguably post-rock, really, but what you can be sure of is a pastoral timbre intrinsically linked to the natural world. There's a corporeal rope to cling to in the sonic abyss Duda peddles.

Solar Fields

Magnus Birgersson, Swedish composer and graphic designer, is probably better known as Solar Fields, ambient warlock extraodinaire. He's gathered steam not just from releasing impeccable forward-thinking soundscapes, like 'Sol', but also from collaborating with art galleries and museums. Perhaps most famously, he's worked with Antonio Sognasoldi, who together created four pieces of music which when piped into the Trakabel (in Sandriven) simultaneously, would subtly change and evolve based on the location of the people in the gallery.

Carbon Based Lifeforms

Acid-ambient act Carbon Based Lifeforms, hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, are a produceral pair who enjoy the trancier things in life. Like Schiller, they implement downtempo hallmarks and calming synth pads to create an ocean of serenity that's like like bathing in a sensory deprivation chamber. 'Interloper', stuffed to the brim with sci-fi buzz and Gravity-esque digital raindrops, is a hulking slab of catalytic ambience – hypnotic like a pocketwatch, it's a gorgeous composition, perfectly tuned for moments of solitary pondering or having a delirious, lucid nap.