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.