Kami-O Bridges The Gap Between His Indian Heritage And UK Sound System Culture On “Crossing”

A regular fixture on Internet Public Radio — and radio in general — Glasgow producer and selector Kami-O is becoming increasingly renowned for his takes on grime, dubstep and beyond, particularly when he makes connections between those sounds and the music from South and East Asia. And that’s exactly what he’s done on his new album, Biren.

Ahead of the official release on April 23, he’s today lifting the lid on one of its key tracks, “Crossing”. Built around a hurtling drum pattern and a growing feeling of tension, Kami effortlessly threads together the seemingly disparate worlds of UK sound system culture — the influence of grime and dubstep in particular — and the South Asian sounds of his heritage.

His productions and his DJ sets are always very personal to him in that sense, but there’s an extra layer to it here. The album was named after his late grandfather, to whom he also dedicates the project, and his mother even designed the artwork for him. Poignant and energising in equal measure, this one’s special.

Tune in below and look out for the album when it drops April 23.

Words: James Keith
Photography: Martha Stefani-Bose

Posted on March 29, 2021