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Nitin Sawhney prepares to unveil his Human side

Preview: Jack Foley

THIS Summer sees the highly anticipated release of Mercury Music Prize nominee Nitin Sawhney’s second studio album, Human.

Sawhney is undoubtedly one of the world's most sought after musical talents, having carved his own cultural niche as a songwriter, composer, producer, and DJ.

Human is a truly sublime record, featuring a host of mind-blowing vocal performances fused with exceptional songwriting and jaw-dropping production.

The album is set to take the listener through a journey of life, beginning with the honey-dipped R&B number The River (featuring Blur vocalist Alani), through to the fiery Brazilian beats of Eastern Eyes (featuring The Streets’ Kevin Mark Trail and Natacha Atlas).

Martin Luther King’s State of Union Address takes the listener from birth to childhood, with Tina Grace’s vulnerable and ever-poignant vocals on the anthemic Say Hello, closely followed by Jacob Golden and Reena Bhardwaj on the dreamy Falling Angels.

Track five, Falling, features Aqualung's Matt Hales and Reena marks the arrival of innocent hope and determination, leading into classic Sawhney territory with Heer, a trip-hop inspired track featuring the truly awesome lead vocal talents of British-born Reena Bhardwaj.

Other highlights are said to include Taio (who has previously worked with British R&B maestro, Wookie) lending his passionate vocals to the soulful Rainfall, which leads listeners into adulthood with the surprisingly appropriate Shakespeare-inspired Waiting (O Mistress Mine).

Human winds up to present day with the talents of Ronu’s pure Indian classical flute over a house production, and fades out with Jayanta Bose’s haunting vocals on final track, The Boatman.

Nitin Sawhney continues to break new ground with each release and this album promises to be no exception.

With a cast of vocalists and instrumentalists that only Sawhney can deliver, Human looks set to become a landmark event in the 2003 British music calendar.

The album is out on July 14, on V2 records.

Keep checking back to these pages for more news on Nitin Sawhney, including an exclusive IndieLondon interview with the artist, recorded earlier this Summer.

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