Indian RopemanElephantsound

Label:Skint – brassic14cd
CD, Album
Style:Breakbeat, Dub, Trip Hop, Big Beat, Breaks, Hindustani, Indian Classical


1Chairman Of The Board3:11
3Stand Clear5:48
4Sunshine Of Your Love5:23
5Do Not Deviate From Your Present Course3:10
6Your Own Enemy6:56
766 Meters
FeaturingShahin Badar
8Dog In The Piano (Pub Rok Mix)5:41
9Mission To The Moog Pt.I3:35
10Dominant Tonic6:05
11Mission To The Moog Pt.II5:15

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Packaging: standard plastic jewel box case, clear tray, 6 page fold-out cover booklet.

Total time: 59:18

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 025425 551420
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5025425551420
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): DISCTRONICS S BRASSIC 14 CD 01
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 & 2): IFPI L501
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 8719
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 8730

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Elephantsound (2×LP, Album)SkintBRASSIC 14LPUK1999
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Elephantsound (CD, Album)SkintESCA 7489Japan1999
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Elephantsound (CD, Album)Skint, Skint, SkintSKI 494561 2, 494561 2, 4945612000Europe1999
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Elephantsound (2×LP, Album, White Label)SkintBRASSIC 14LPUK1999
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Elephantsound (Cassette, )Skint494651.4UK1999


  • mroddman's avatar
    Edited one year ago
    Sanjiv Sen (Indian Ropeman) managed to make an absolute banger of a debut, remaining to this day a pinnacle of big beat/trip hop and emboldening Skint as the indomitable tastemaker of the late 90s–putting aside the fact this album never got the recognition it deserved.

    Each track is a surprisingly fresh and exotic take on said genres, with phat, sunbathed grooves that never tire out as Sen is endlessly creative with every beat, teleporting you to his funked up vision of India track after track. The style is definitely most evocative of big beat, embodying what BigBeat25 describes below as a more mature and rich take on the genre as it never gets outright goofy like Sen's Skint peers were more inclined, but rather mystifies and hypnotizes with its grand atmospheres, flowing beats and flawlessly original executions through its non-stop thumping 59 minute run.

    To answer the question of where is he now, Sen today is supposedly one of the most in demand sound to picture composers–appropriate, given Elephantsound is a centerpiece of Sen's adept ability to bring you to another world as only he could. Elephantsound as its name suggests has an enormously original sound and will likely remain an unparalleled classic in that regard for as long as an elephant can remember (i.e. a very long time!)
    • BigBeat25's avatar
      Edited one year ago
      Of all the Skint releases I've listened to, "Elephant Sound" is my favorite one. Fatboy Slim is the symbol of this label, no doubt about this, but Indian Ropeman's sole LP is more mature and exotic.
      One thing guaranteed (as Charles Barkley would say) is that the album's name couldn't be more right : the beats are PHAT and the atmosphere feels like you're transported in the middle of India. You better not advise this type of music to a maharaja if he wants to control his elephant.

      The combination of sitars and big beats in "Indian Ropeman" and "Stand Clear" will never cease to amaze me. There are some in "Your Own Enemy", "66 Meters" and during the last 90 seconds of "Dog In The PIano" as well.
      I love the beat pattern of "Do Not Deviate From Your Present Course", it has this Propellerheads touch.
      The 9-minute long "66 Meters" features the beautiful voice of Shahin Badar who is the female singer of "Smack By B**** Up" from the big beat band from Braintree. The first part has a beat pattern almost identical to Lionrock's "Snapshot On Pollard Street", when the second half is more like a hip-hop instrumental.
      The mix of "Dog In The Piano" is the closest tune sounding like what you would expect in a Skint record, like Fatboy Slim or Midfield General.
      The CD finishes with the second part of "Mission To The Moog", which sounds quite different from the rest of the album as it slows the pace to a trip-hop piece of music. It really reminds me of Archive's "You All Look The Same To Me" which came out 3 years after "Elephant Sound".

      A unique masterpiece that has to be owned as soon as possible. It's that good.
      As the "Chairman Of The Board" says : listen, learn and enjoy.
      • ReeferMan's avatar
        There are a few mysteries associated with this album - how can a debut album be so good, why didn't it garner more commercial success, and when is the follow up going to be released (it's been 4 f**king years already)?

        Elephantsound is essentially a breakbeat/dub album of high quality. What sets it apart from the rest of the breakbeat morass is the mix of 60's psychedelic influences (Moog keyboards feature on a number of tracks) and the use of Indian musical instruments / samples, perticularly percussion.

        Furthermore, the track styles are quite varied - slow-tempo stoners (Mission To The Moog), vocal dance (66 Meters, Dog In The Piano) and outright madness (an acid breakbeat cover of Sunshine Of Your Love, originally by Cream).

        Whilst this may sound bizzarre, the end product is a bouncy, fun album which can easily withstand repeated listening thanks to the depth and quality of the music. Elephantsound easily bears comparison with class albums such as Instinct For Detection (Lionrock) and is highly recommended.



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