Back in October, Dishoom opened their latest branch on Carnaby Street. The Indian restaurant brand has built a reputation over the years for their meticulous attention to detail - everything from menu design and the décor, to the background music played in the restaurants; at its very core, Dishoom is an experience of the senses.
When Shamil Thakrar, Dishoom's co-founder, began planning the Carnaby site earlier this year, he stumbled upon a surprising connection between London and Bombay. While a youth culture revolution was kicking off in the UK and America during the '60s, Bombay too was experiencing its own rocking scene. Young people were taking up whatever instruments they could get their hands on and recreating the iconic sounds of the British 'Beat' scene, adding their own Bombay twist in the process.
'Slip-Disc' is a compilation that Thakrar and Rob Wood (of Music Concierge) pulled together in order to "capture the flavour of Dishoom", as Wood describes it. The album features many of the musical gems they came across when digging into the musical history.
On Wednesday 2nd December, they launched the compilation with a live discussion, where BBC3 Late Junction's Max Reinhardt informally interviewed Thakrar and Wood. The format was warm and casual, where the three sat together and navigated through the process behind compiling the tracks; a few welcome detours were taken through some quirks of the vibrant history, as well as anecdotal recollections of people such as singer Asha Puthli - a living legend from this historical period. What really came across here was the desire to share this amazing culture and music and present it as a reflecting of the Dishoom concept - Thakrar and Woods's passion and enthusiasm for this mission was undeniable.
The session finished with a short Q&A, where both Wood and Thakrar hinted at the possibility of future live projects and compilations; rumours of a collaboration with the eminent Nitin Sawhney will remain to be seen. - Vince Morris.