My musical tastes tend to run towards the eclectic. Basically, I like just about any kind of music that sounds like the people who made it actually cared about what they were doing. This mostly only excludes “pop” in all its evil forms.
Anyhow, once again Rhapsody is my friend, and I found this guy named Krishna Das. The have him listed under “Devotional”, since his lyrics center around Indian (Hindu) religious themes, but the music is pretty progressive. Picture Hare Krisnas doing Trip Hop. I’m diggin’ it as background music-to-code by.
The fun of subscribing to Rhapsody is that I get access to all kinds of amazing music on demand, but not stuff that I’d necessarily want to shell out for on CD. The fact that I can only listen to it when I’m at my (or any) PC isn’t a problem, since that’s where I mostly am anyway.
I really dig what is often referred to as “Asian Underground”. There are a whole bunch of South Asian DJs and musicians living in the UK who are combining traditional South Asian music forms with electronica/dance music. Very cool stuff. It’s an amazing fusion that really works well. Check out stuff like DJ Cheb i Sabbah, MIDIval PunditZ, and State of Bengal (one of my favorites).