Yidam

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About Tropickle Topickle is a radio show hosted by Yidam from Kolkata showcasing organic electronic music from across the tropics. The music featured on the show is gathered and produced from the interfusion of electronic and local folk rhythms and melodies, inspired by cultural diversity and sounds that bind them all together. http://tropickle.com/ History of Tropickle I've been DJing under the name Yidam since the early 2000s when I discovered a lot of great downtempo / ambient music being created within the psychedelic trance community. The sounds resonated both with me and with the concept behind Yidam which signifies a mental visualization of sound to propagate states of peacefulness and meditation. At the time what I was doing was in the realms of music therapy and sound healing as a lot of people who stumbled upon the chillout stages at festivals were looking to get away from the hectic, repetitive, high tempo music of the trance floors. What I offered them was a safe space to recover but also used the opportunity to introduce them to varying styles of rhythms and music from different cultural backgrounds. By the mid to late 2000s a lot of producers from this scene had either retired or moved onto creating more club and dance oriented music. I'd also drifted away from the trance music culture as India didn't have any representation of chillout music at its festivals. I'd still been keeping my finger on the pulse of this sound that I was after which is when I discovered some very interesting music coming out of Argentina. The sound was mostly being released by collective from a Buenos Aires club called Zizek. ZZK Records at the time released what later came to be known as Digital Cumbia. A lot of it was dancefloor oriented Reggaeton influenced music which really didn't resonate with me but there was a producer called Chancha Via Circuito who was making some incredibly shamanic downtempo music. I started to become really curious about this and read about how a lot of producers from Argentina, Peru, Columbia and other Latin American countries were recording and sampling music they'd dug up from their parents and grandparent record collections to rework into this amazing cultural export of fresh sound. It wasn't fusion but a homage to a culture preserved within a cocoon of electronic music. I'd obsessively spend the next few years trying to get my hands on as much music coming out of this scene and it really paid off since I'd discovered it at the cusp of an explosion. By 2015 there were hundreds of producers making this type of music and all my sets I played as Yidam were filled with sounds from South America. By 2016 I'd started to experiment by combining Cumbia rhythms with folk music from Bengal trying to form a connection between our continents in the same way that movies like Latcho Drom did. I still wasn't getting booked to play this kind of music in India so when Boxout came around I saw an opportunity to create a show around all this music I'd collected and produced. So after a 10 year hiatus of publishing mixes I returned to the internet radio scene thanks to Boxout. The rest is history.

Q&A

  • What I’m Usually Up To:
    Playing with my kids, building synths, making music for my other projects and bands, writing code for robotic and video art installations, reading books, swimming.
  • My Favourite Food:
    Tibetan / Nepali / Bhutanese
  • On My Bucket List:
    Travelling to South America and experiencing the electronic music scene there first hand.
  • My Deserted Island Disc:
    Abakus ‎– That Much Closer To The Sun

Mixes by Yidam

Tropickle 022 - Yidam

Tropickle 022

Yidam
Tropickle 020 - Yidam

Tropickle 020

Yidam
Tropickle 018 - Yidam

Tropickle 018

Yidam
Tropickle 019 - Yidam

Tropickle 019

Yidam
Tropickle 016 - Yidam

Tropickle 016

Yidam
Tropickle 017 - Yidam

Tropickle 017

Yidam
Tropickle 015 - Yidam

Tropickle 015

Yidam
Tropickle 014 - Yidam

Tropickle 014

Yidam
Tropickle 013 - Yidam

Tropickle 013

Yidam
Tropickle 012 - Yidam

Tropickle 012

Yidam
Chai and Chill 034 - Yidam

Chai And Chill 034

Yidam
Tropickle 011 - Yidam

Tropickle 011

Yidam
BW073.3 x Absolut - Yidam

Boxout Wednesdays 073.3

Yidam
Guest Mix 226 - Yidam

Guest Mix 226

Yidam
Tropickle 010 - Yidam

Tropickle 010

Yidam
Tropickle 009 - Yidam

Tropickle 009

Yidam
Tropickle 008 - Yidam

Tropickle 008

Yidam
Tropickle 007 - Yidam

Tropickle 007

Yidam
Tropickle 006 - Yidam

Tropickle 006

Yidam
Tropickle 005 - Yidam

Tropickle 005

Yidam
Tropickle 004 - Yidam

Tropickle 004

Yidam
Tropickle 003 - Yidam

Tropickle 003

Yidam
Tropickle 002 - Yidam

Tropickle 002

Yidam
Tropickle 001 - Yidam

Tropickle 001

Yidam