Stoned: fresh insomniac house from New Delhi. Hashback Hashish is the emphatically pro-ganja moniker of Ashish Sachan, who’s been churning out thoughtful dance-floor bangers since 2005. Stoned is his second full-length, getting its release after deep-hazed, sleepless nights, and intercontinental time zone drifts between appearances at SXSW and IndiEarth Xchange last year. Sure enough, the release starts off slow within that zone between dusk and dawn, where the occasional rude scrape of an analog synth along the eardrum reminds that you’re still conscious in the dreamscape of canned piano licks and stock four-on-the-floor subs. Highlights include the album’s centerpiece “Burn,” a murky low-end slowburner done with Serbian producer Minitronik, and “Comfort,” a disassembled arp-funk jam co-produced by fellow Delhi sonic sculptor Audio Pervert of Teddy Boy Kill.
Stoned dropped online at the end of 2013, and gets a worldwide release January 31. Keep an eye on Hashback’s label REProduce for updates and more far-out sounds from the Subcontinent.