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DJ SpinCycle

GLOBAL Excursions in DUB Psichadelia and new sounds

Dj SpinCycle -Decades of crate-digging esoteric records from around the world meld with a love for global grooves and the club sounds of Detroit, Chicago, Berlin and beyond infusing his DJ sets with deep, dark, dubby techno, house, and funk. Always vinyl, always groovy!

Always vinyl, always groovy!



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, Msafiri 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.


  • PANAFRICA DJ Sets - Cutting-edge sounds on vinyl infused with rare oddities from the African diaspora. Expect afro funk, dub, psychedelic sanza, and throbbing afro-techno-house sounds.

  • Crate digging in the Music Library - A special project commissioned by the Odense Music Library in Denmark. An exploration into the vast folk and world music collection with sets created exclusively of the material found at the Library. Recontextualizing traditional sounds and historic recordings for the modern dance floor. A sonic art exploration that takes listeners on a journey into our past and into the future.

  • Live DJ Set with Barmer Boys -DJ SpinCycle fuses his love for deep bass and acid sounds with a passion for folk music in a path-breaking Rajasthani folk-fusion set. Featuring 4 artists on stage - searing sufi vocals, polyrhythmic percussion, folk rhythms, synthesizers, turntable and banging beats.

  • Specially curated sets - e.g. ‘Mit Bier ein Bugs” at the Madison Children’s Museum - an intersection of Kraftwerk and German techno with sounds of the environment - ambient, progressive electronic music -
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  • 2022-23 Projects/Tours: Audio podcast series - in collaboration with Odense Music Library, Resonator Festival and WORT 89.9FM - delivering in to the folk and world music collection with music and interviews exploring the nature of recorded music from disappearing instruments and cultures, to evolution of modern music

Amarrass Records - New Dehli (India)

New Delhi

MaDisoN wiscoNsin

MakiNg Music sustaiNable


Barmer Boys + DJ Spincycle

Padosan (Live at Stockholm Culture Festival - 2017)

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TOURING: March 2022

  • 9 March - Alice CPH - opening for Les Frères Smiths (DK)
  • 10 March - Turkis, Aarhus, opening for Les Frères Smiths (DK)
  • 18 March - Dexter, Odense, opening for Bremer/McCoy (DK)
  • 19 March - Musik Biblioteket, Odense, Artist talk and DJ set

  • 21 September to November 12 - AVAIABLE IN EUROPE


Punk in Africa special for the Pan Africa Radio Show on WORT 89.9FM Madison.- August 2020

Kalahari Surfers, B.C.U.C., Crumbs, The Meerkat Mob, The Shabeen and more.

Odense Music Library 'Digging for Vinyl Gold' - Nov 2021

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.

WOXOUT - January 2019

PLAYING TRACKS BY Lalo Schifrin, Nicolas Jaar, Pole, San Proper, Theo Parrish and more.

Afro House Mix December 2018

PLAYING TRACKS BY Cornershop, Tony Allen, Mark Ernestus, Kenny Dope, Mugwisa International Xylophone Group and more.

Kraftwerk mit Bug Song Mix

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.

Panafrica Radio Show on WortFM - November 2018

An eclectic mix of mostly new and unreleased Afro funk, tribal techno and future house music.

1AM Radio Special

Global grooves, live on WORT 89.9FM Madison, Wisconsin.. all vinyl set featuring an eclectic mix of funk, house, techno and soundscapes

Midnight Special

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


"Auto Pilot" (vinyl mini-mix) - DJ Spincycle

DJ Spincycle is Ankur Malhotra (Amarrass Records, Madison Music Review, AnEyeful.com)... a vinyl-only mini-mix. Enjoy!

Unexpected Journey - DJ Spincycle

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


Barmer Boys + DJ SPINCYCLE - Express (at Winnipeg Folk Festival 2015)

www.amarrass.com - A live rework of a track by KINK

Ranaji - Barmer Boys + DJSpincycle (Live at Winnipeg Folk Festival)

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 - Barmer Boys + DJ SPINCYCLE

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 - Barmer Boys + DJ SPINCYCLE

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 - Barmer Boys + DJ SPINCYCLE

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