Amarrass Records label co-founder, music producer, recording engineer and radio jockey Ankur Malhotra aka DJ SpinCycle is an avid musicologist who explores, engages, and connects with musical traditions from around the world. Over two decades of crate-digging esoteric sounds on vinyl from around the world, DJ SpinCycle presents recontextualized field recordings, obscure sounds and patterns, reimagined and reinterpreted for the dance floor. Featuring two turntables, a mixer and a crate load of wax, creating layers of dubby, clubby, psychedelic sounds!
A long-time DJ/radio host on WORT 89.9FM, his versatility in styles and across genres is evidenced in the many shows he hosts/DJ’s including the Pan Africa Radio Show, Friday Buzz, and other world music, dub and freeform radio shows. Based out of Madison, Wisconsin where he has been DJ’ing for the past 15 years, and with residencies at local clubs, festivals and launch parties. He has performed in the US, Europe and in India and opened for artists such as Huun Huur Tu, BCUC, Mzafiri Zawose, Les Freres Smith, Charanjit Singh, and produced thematic sets for the Madison Children’s Museum and Odense Music Library. Special projects also include explorations with fusing turntable rhythms and bass with live contemporary folk from India with Barmer Boys.
Padosan (Live at Stockholm Culture Festival - 2017)
Kalahari Surfers, B.C.U.C., Crumbs, The Meerkat Mob, The Shabeen and more.
Vinyl finds in the Odense Music Library in Denmark! A set made exclusively with records found in the music library. Performed/recorded live at Frølageret at Resonator 2021 in Odense Denmark, 7 Nov 2021.
PLAYING TRACKS BY Lalo Schifrin, Nicolas Jaar, Pole, San Proper, Theo Parrish and more.
PLAYING TRACKS BY Cornershop, Tony Allen, Mark Ernestus, Kenny Dope, Mugwisa International Xylophone Group and more.
Madison's Ankur Malhotra, aka DJ Spincycle, has shared with us part of a DJ set he performed on August 28, 2015 at the Madison Children's Museum. The night featured craft beers paired with edible insects, so Malhotra's vinyl-based set combined dub, techno and a bit of Kraftwerk with an assortment of insect noises.
An eclectic mix of mostly new and unreleased Afro funk, tribal techno and future house music.
Global grooves, live on WORT 89.9FM Madison, Wisconsin.. all vinyl set featuring an eclectic mix of funk, house, techno and soundscapes
Vinyl psychedelic edition, midnight radio on WORT 89.9FM Madison Wisconsin on 06 January 2018
Excerpt from DJ SpinCycle's two hour plus set from Dobhan, Madison on May 29, 2014. Funk and disco from the 60's, 70's through the 90's
DJ Spincycle is Ankur Malhotra (Amarrass Records, Madison Music Review, AnEyeful.com)... a vinyl-only mini-mix. Enjoy!
UNEXPECTED JOURNEY - - DJ SPINCYCLE (Ankur Malhotra) vinyl mix: Darkey's Wail (Riley Puckett) from IMAGINATION ANTHEM vol 6. on Tompkins Square Records v/s Lama Temple (Rod Modell) Promo single, Millions of Moments v/s field recording of Goa Express by DJ SPINCYCLE // audio/video: ankur malhotra
www.amarrass.com - A live rework of a track by KINK
Big Blue @ Night, July 11, 2015. Amarrass Records - Barmer Boys are: Rais Khan (percussion), Manga Khan (vocals, harmonium), Tarif Khan (dholak). DJ Spincycle is Ankur Malhotra (turntable, drum machine, filters)
Padosan Le Gayi Re (Roomal) - a folk meets techno experiment with Barmer Boys (Manga 'Mangey' Khan - vocals, harmonium; Rais Khan - khartaal; Magada Khan - dholak) and DJ Spincycle (Ankur Malhotra - turntables, mixer, Digital effects/sampler)
Allah Hoo (allah who?) - BARMER BOYS + DJ SPINCYCLE. Barmer Boys are Mangey Khan (vocals, harmonium), Rais Khan (morchang, bhapang, khartal, beatboxing), and Magada Khan (dholak); DJ SPINCYCLE is Ankur Malhotra (turntables, mixer, sampler/effects)
Recorded live at Amarrass Nights @ Lodi, March 15, 2014 in New Delhi, India.
Kurja (bird) - Barmer Boys and DJ Spincycle at the terrace sessions with Amarrass Records, March 2014. www.amarrass.com Kurja is the name for a migratory bird (crane) found in the region. Barmer Boys are Manga 'Mangey' Khan