Bernet studied sarod (a lute-like string instrument) under Master Ali Akbar Khan in California before traveling to India to further soak in that country's culture and music. Likewise, Moitram studied sitar in Paris and India, while self-taught multi-instrumentalist Kapi delved into digital music beginning in the mid-1990s. The resulting amalgam is a catchy blend of exotic Eastern melodies layered densely over Western dance rhythms, featuring strains of goa trance but reaching past that form's parameters. Jazzy horns inform the sitar workout "Freeze," for instance, backed by drum 'n' bass beats, which also underpin the narcotic-trance sarod and sitar overline of "Tadnapak." Elsewhere, the spoken-word vocal of "Funny Tune" exhorts the listener via popping, funk-inspired bass and organ amid the hypnotic sitar swirl.
Mining a vein similar to labelmates Bangmarsh and Shri, though with a heavier emphasis on traditional Indian instrumentation, Nataraj XT proves there's a place for mystical tabla-techno.