Under the Raga’s Influence
New albums that take inspiration from Hindustani classical music
AROOJ AFTAB Vulture Prince
One of 2021’s best albums, Aftab’s Vulture Prince is based almost entirely on ragas and old ghazals. Though she won a Grammy in the Best Global Performance category, her nomination for the Best New Artist award has become a high watermark for musicians working with Hindustani classical and folk music.
ARUSHI JAIN Under the Lilac Sky
Initially composed for a sunset performance at the Magnetic Fields festival in Rajasthan, Under the Lilac Sky, a six-track suite, reinterprets four evening ragas—Des, Khamaj, Kafi and Durga—for modular synthesis, elegantly weaving together ancient tradition and new-age experimentation.
JAUBI Nafs at Peace
Lahore quartet Jaubi team up with UK multi-instrumentalist Ed “Tenderlonious” Cawthorne and Polish composer Marek “Latarnik” Pędziwiatr to create this exquisite collection of instrumental pieces that bring ragas into conversation with spiritual jazz, funk and hip-hop.