Cosmic is the record Shammi Pithia has always wanted to make. Taking all of his experience as a composer, producer and performer, Shammi has created a breathtakingly graceful yet energising album full of beauty, intricacy and emotion.
After fourteen months of composition and studio work, collaborations with Sonna Rele, Sabiyha, Jatanil Banerjee and Ambika Jois, and recordings of an array of instruments including Bansuri (bamboo flute) and a nine-piece string ensemble, Shammi has produced an LP worthy of his prominence as a trailblazer in contemporary world music.
Produced and mixed by Shammi, and mastered at Metropolis by Andy ‘Hippy’ Baldwin, Cosmic is a celebration of life from the Big Bang to the present. It takes the listener on a journey through space time, delivering a rich sound soaked in feeling, passion and excitement, all intertwined in a gritty and heavy sonic.
Shammi Pithia’s Cosmic artwork
To be released on 21 July 2014 as a digital-only release (a CD release of the album is to come later in the year), Cosmic will be distributed by Believe Digital and will be available on iTunes, Amazon and all other leading digital download stores.
Building on his reputation for creating powerful and resonant music, and with notable praise from leading musicians including Nitin Sawhney and legendary Indian classical flautist Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shammi has crafted an album of delightful elegance.
Shammi Pithia is building a solid name for himself in the world of world-electronica as a creative composer and producer walking in the shadows of great artists such as Nitin Sawhney and Talvin Singh, who have both praised Shammi and his music.
Over the past five years, Shammi has enjoyed support from both UK and international media, growing him a truly global fanbase. For his work Shammi has been recognised by the BBC on a number of occasions; the first single to be taken from Cosmic has already been added to BBC Asian Network’s playlist. Shammi has also received a string of outstanding reviews from leading magazines and websites including Songlines and MTV Desi. World Music Central reviewed Audio Descriptive as “…an extraordinary debut album of South Asian hybrids by one of the rising stars of British global electronica”.
Enjoying the busiest time in his career so far, Shammi has worked on several projects including a remix for Nitin Sawhney that was released on his album The Last Days of Meaning. On top of studio work Shammi has been performing constantly with notable performances at Glastonbury Festival, a headline show at The Purcell Room at London’s Southbank Center and a headline show at the The Symbiosis of Sound curated by Talvin Singh at Kings Place.
With a much-noted talent for his arrangement and ability to lead Shammi was called upon last year to be musical director for one of the main events at London Southbank Centre’s Alchemy Festival for Bollywood stars Ash King and Harshdeep Kaur. Selling out a thousand seats and writing for and leading a band of eighteen musicians Shammi has established himself as a musician with many skills to offer.
Shammi’s second LP Cosmic is set to further establish his status as a leader in his field. This is Comic – “Creation Of Something Meaningful Inside Chaos”.