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05.11.2020, Words by Felicity Martin

Dummy Mix 603 | anu

"I hope this mix feels like a warm hug for anyone who can’t be with their family this Diwali"

“No anu no party,” as the DJ’s Twitter handle goes. London-based Anu Ambasna just completed a residency on BBC Asian Network and currently holds one on NTS, where she’ll spin everything from post punk to new wave, left-field house and techno. This genre-less policy finds her making exciting blends like that of Bollywood singers and hip-hop cuts. As well as being a selector,  anu is a talented illustrator (she just designed a T-shirt for Keep Hush and recently drew the cover for FAUZIA’s ‘Fragments’ EP) – an all-round creative in every sense of the word.

We were thrilled to call on her for a mix (although it clearly brought up an emotional moment for her). “This mix has been created around my excitement for Diwali on November 14th and to finally have a moment of celebratory respite with my family,” she says. “I’ve been listening to a lot of South Asian music and have started binge watching Bollywood films for the first time, to help settle my urge to travel to India again. This mix goes through Bollywood, Kollywood, hip-hop and psych, with of course a Hosono track thrown in. I hope this mix feels like a warm hug for anyone who can’t be with their family this Diwali.”

Chitra – Ninnukori
Babla & Kanchan – Duniya Hai Ek Jhamela
Shama Khale & Sanjeevani Khale – Ajooba Mhantaat Phanas
Salma & Sabina – Toba Toba
Kanchan – Nanny Wine
Asian Dub Foundation – Strong Culture
Haroumi Hosono & Tadanori Yokoo – Hum Ghar Sajan
A.R. Rahman – Kehna Hi Kya
Alka Yagnik & Hariharan – Bahon Ke Darmiyan
Nitin Sawhney – Nadia
Usha Uthup & Bappi Lahiri – Tu Mujhe Jaan Se Bhi Pyara Hai
Nazia Hassan – Koi Nahin
Ananda Shankar – Raghupati

Listen to the mix on Soundcloud.

Photo: Josh Renaut

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