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Kush Arora

http://www.kusharora.com/

Bio

The title of Kush’s first full length album, released as a cassette in 1996 under the name Involution was titled ‘Too pissed to masturbate’. He has come a long way since those days, and we are very proud of him. At age 15 Kush was pleased to find out a UC Berkeley Psychoacoustics graduate student named Chris Stecker had heard ‘too pissed to masturbate’, loved it and wanted to release a new album by Involution. Chris had a label called Ovenguard records that also put on shows called Omnimedia. This is where Kush met artists like Wobbly, Big City Orchestra, Negativeland, and Blevin Blectum. At this time Kush and Robbie played several shows together and their relationship led to the release of ‘Chaka’, the final Involution CD (now out of print) on Record Label Records. Around this time, curiously Cevin Key released an electronic album under a pseudonym ‘Involution’ which contained a track titled ‘clairaudience’. Either this was a major coincidence or something fishy was going on. Ironically, in Kush’s youth Cevin Key and Doubting Thomas had a huge influence on his sound, later leading him to investigate Cevin’s musical influences of Dancehall and dub music. No law suit or anything ensued, just a simple agreement that they could still both use the name Involution. After a slew of noise experimental and ambient releases as Involution, and probably having something to do with Key’s decision to name his own project Involution, Kush went solo and changed the title of his project to Clairaudience.

Following the name change he released a cd with the great title ‘It’s my J**** you c***** f****t’ on a Spanish noise label, Tabula Rasa . in the same series as other noise artists such as Anal Cunt member Richard Ramirez and con-dom. Taking a short break music making Kush returned in 2004 with ‘Underwater Jihad’ a drastic departure from his previous works. Under Water Jihad is an instrumental bhangra/industrial/dub/dancehall hybrid with sound design borrowing from his earlier experimental works. Kush followed up on this release with Bhang Ragga and Brooklyn to SF, two self released cds featuring a large lineup of guest vocalists.

Most recently Kush has been using elements of uk funky, african music and industrial in his work, which can be heard on the Record Label Records releases ‘Dub Elements: Ocean’ a limited edition of 300 red/black marbled vinyl that reflects the more experimental and end of the dubstep tip, and his newest full length Cd ‘Boiling Over’

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RELEASES

Kush Arora – Underwater Jihad

  • 1. Underwater Jihad

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  • 2. Cobra Throat

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  • 3. Cobramorphed With SF

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  • 4. Enter The Cyberdancehall

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  • 5. Khalsa Remix Chumkila RIP

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  • 6. Jones St.

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  • 7. Put Eh Pon Dem (Feat. N4SA)

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  • 8. Jah T Riddim

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  • 9. Clairaudience Blast

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  • 10. Armageddon Slices

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  • 11. Chue’s Delight

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  • 12. Boiling Blood Meditation

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  • 13. Dhol Warrior

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  • 14. Jatt In Indonesia (Feat. Ruperto Marquez)

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The goal of this cd is to capture the most blood boiling elements of dancehall, bhangra, dub, and industrial/electro music and layer it with an insane soundscape dub mix. The instrumental precursor to the Bhang Ragga.


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Kush Arora – Dub Elements Ocean 12″

  • 1. Surf’s Up

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  • 2. Surya Dub

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  • 3. Boss Strutt Dub

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Kush Arora – Boiling Over

  • 1. Boiling Over

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  • 2. Alabaster Dub Remix

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  • 3. The Staircase

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  • 4. Dealbreaker

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  • 5.Constructing The Absence

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  • 6. We’re Upstairs

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  • 7. Sf Shuffle Riddim

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Kush Arora – Jihad Years Retrospective

  • 1. Tribulation (Original Mix) with Sukh

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  • 2. Bhangra Mash-Ups

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  • 3. Simmering Bastard with N4SA

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  • 4. Tribute to Selassie Riddim

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Kush gave me these songs a while back . Some of them date back to the industrial/dark sound Kush was cultivating in the 2000-2003 era and some are from his more recent bhagra influenced output. They really grew on me but for one reason or another did not make the cut for Bhang-Ragga or his followup LP From Brooklyn to SF.
I asked him if i could make them availible for free on the RLR webpage and he agreed.


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