Delhi 2 Dublin


Mixing music styles is a tricky business. Do it well, and you can inspire entire new genres, i.e. Celtic punk (thank you, Pogues), ska-punk (nice one, Specials), and rap-metal (we forgive you, Rage Against the Machine). Do it badly, and you can sound like an unholy train wreck. Do it badly with world music, and…well, usually the results wind up sounding like something that plays in the background while you shop for dream-catchers and bath salts.

To their credit, no one would ever mistake Delhi 2 Dublin for New Age gift shop background music. That being said, we still can’t decide if they’re actually good or not. Let’s put it this way: They get an “A” for effort, and an “A+” for originality. It would be wacky enough if they just fused traditional Celtic music with Bhangra, a style of folk music from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. But no! These crazy kids—who are from Vancouver, of all places—decided to throw a little hip-hop, rock, reggae, dub and electronica into the mix, too. The results sound sort of the “Lord of the Dance” soundtrack as performed by Asian Dub Foundation and remixed by Fatboy Slim. Did that last sentence make any sense to you at all? Then we may have just found you your new favorite band!

Believe it or not, Delhi 2 Dublin actually isn’t the first band to do this sort of Celtic-flavored, pan-global hodge-podge. Afro Celt Sound System, among others, having been doing something similiar since at least the mid-’90s. But Dehli 2 Dublin earns a spot on our Weird List because there’s something about the way they approach their music that’s equal parts dorky and awesome. The video below, for example, is just crying out for an SNL Digital Short, don’t you think? And we mean that in a good way. They’re like the T-Pain of world music fusion.

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Posted on February 26, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Jennifer Towert

    Your review made me wonder two things: 1. Have you ever been to Vancouver and 2. Have you seen D2D live? If you are from Vancouver (and probably Toronto) this mix of world music makes perfect sense in our multicultural city, and their live performances are fantastic. You wouldn’t question it or think it was weird at all if you attended.

    • Or…Perhaps the entire city of Vancouver is kinda weird. The Wet Spots are from there, too. Also a decidedly odd group.

      And no, Jake and I have never been to Vancouver…but I’m pretty sure even if we had been, we’d still think Dehli 2 Dublin were pretty weird.

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