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DJ SpinCycle

Deep, dark, dubby techno, house, and funk

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!



DJ SPINCYCLE, ​ is label co-founder, music producer, recording engineer and radio jockey Ankur Malhotra. An avid musicologist, he explores, engages, and connects with musical traditions from around the world. 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! Featuring two turntables and a mixer, delicious wax and layers of sound - music to make you dance.

BACKGROUND: Ankur's first forays behind the decks began in the early 2000's, also when he adopted the moniker 'DJ SpinCycle' for his popular New Year's Eve parties. DJ SpinCycle has since performed at various clubs, street parties and festivals around the US Midwest, Europe and in India including Madison Children's Museum 'Adult Swim' parties, DJ residencies including Techno Tuesdays@The Frequency, La Fete de Marquette 2011, Rib Fest in Madison; and at various venues in New Delhi, India. He has been a regular DJ on the weekly radio shows Friday 8 o'clock Buzz and Pan Africa Radio Show on WORT89.9FM community radio station in Madison, and guest DJ on the free-form late night show The Music Shop and Global Revolutions (also on WORT).

PROJECTS: 'Barmer Boys + DJ SpinCycle' features a live collaboration with the folk-roots trio Barmer Boys, and fuses folk percussion instruments such as the morchang (Jewsharp), bhapang (plucked single string drum), dholak (double headed hand drum) and vocals with turntables, digital effects and filters to create "organic techno" - a contemporary, cutting-edge dance-floor sound. They have performed at Stockholm Culture Festival (2017), Gothenburg Festival (2017), Winnipeg Folk Festival (2015), Harbourfront Centre/Toronto (2015), and at various clubs and festivals in India. ​

  • Co-founder of Musique Electronique and Willy Street Beats in Madison, n Madison, community-oriented street electronic music festivals established in 2011 that have featured a stellar cast or artists including Charanjit Singh (Live), Derrick Carter (x2), Mark Farina (x2), Kid Koala (x2), Francois K., Kevin Saunderson, Stacey Pullen, Claude Young, Mitu, Mike Huckaby, Chrissy, Sassmouth, Derek Plaslaiko, Golden Donna, Luke Solomon, Paul Johnson, Poirier with MC Zulu, Dustin Zahn, Carlos Souffront, Eli/Soul Clap, and many more. The 9th edition of Musique Electronique takes place 12-13 July 2019 at McPike Park in Madison.
  • DJ at WORT 89.9FM Madison (wortfm.org) on the weekly Friday Buzz and infrequently on the Pan Africa Radio Show and The Music Shop

Amarrass Records - New Dehli (India)

New Delhi

MaDisoN wiscoNsin

MakiNg Music sustaiNable


Barmer Boys + DJ Spincycle

Padosan (Live at Stockholm Culture Festival - 2017)

More videos

TOURING: March 2019



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.

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