Countless collections of Indian film music have been issued in recent years, but the new Bombay Connection series, put together by soundtrack-savvy collector/dealer Edo Bouman , is the most promising yet. Compiled with the Bollywood beat junkie in mind, Volume 1 , subtitled Funk From Bollywood Action Thrillers 1977-1984 , avoids previous comped classics to deliver the wildly thumpin' and bumpin' joints you need, lifted from the most sought-after LPs by R.D Burman , Kalyanji-Anandji , Laxmikant-Pyarelal and others. It also comes packaged with colour film stills and informed track-by-track annotation. Volume 2: Bombshell Baby Of Bombay is an equally snazzy selection documenting nightclub jazz, surf and rock 'n' roll between 1959 and 72, and includes Shankar-Jaikishan 's Gumnaam classic Jan Pahechan Ho recycled for the opening sequence of Ghost World. Get both. www.bombay-connection.com.
Diggers' grudge match
It's a vinyl junkie showdown of epic proportions as New York crate scroungers Kon & Amir - who put out the popular On Track series - face off against Japan's dusty-fingered DJ Muro on BBE 's two-disc Kings Of Diggin' set, which gives them both a chance to show off what's hidden in their private stashes. While the well-chilled selection presented by Kon & Amir focuses on slinky rare groove joints selected to go down smooth, Muro goes for jarring quantity at a frantic pace, cutting between 44 obscure breaks that'll have beatheadz foaming at the mouth. And for the serious diggers, there's a BBE promo-only single with East of the Underground 's wicked Popcorn Santana b/w the cop show funk-style Getting Down by the Sound of the City Experience .
They said Pink Floyd done reggae-style would never fly, but the Easy Star All-Stars proved otherwise with their inspired Dub Side Of The Moon disc. Now they're back at it again, only this time it's Thom Yorke 's tunes that get the bold beatdown on Radiodread (Easy Star). That's right - all your fave Radiohead jams are radically overhauled, and sometimes improved, in the reggaefication process. Check out Toots & the Maytals ' take on Let Down, Sugar Minott 's Exit Music (For A Film), the Meditations ' No Surprises and Horace Andy 's marvellous reading of Airbag for starters. Nice.