The String Cheese Incident (SCI) have long been the pioneers of jamtronica. Fusing the live, improvisational instrumentation of progressive bluegrass with electronic elements, the six-piece band are resident headliners to festivals like Electric Forest and Hulaween, draws a deeply loyal following year after year.
Now SCI have teamed up with experimental electronic trio Beats Antique to officially release their latest collaborative single, “Bhangra Saanj.” Although both bands have close ties, often slotted at the same festivals over the year, the new, all-instrumental song is a first-time joint studio effort between The String Cheese Incident and Beats Antique.
Percussionists Jason Hann and Michael Travis (of SCI) lay down “Bhangra Saanj’s” foundation with a forward-moving beat, which is layered over by twangy fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. Beats Antique brings in a number of world musical textures, taken from West African, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European oeuvres, giving a distinctly digestible flavor to the track. The result is a perfect marriage of styles by two burgeoning electronic fusion acts, both of whom are keen on implementing synthesized electronic elements with traditional instruments.
The two acts originally debuted the song live together at Suwannee Hulaween back in 2017. Watch the full track below, recorded from the SCI Sound Lab, and stream the track here.