'Bombay Calling,' the sophomore album from Norwegian singer Samsaya, isn't just a genre-busting set of songs drawing from pop, dance, hip-hop, funk and soul. It's a long-distance call to the singer's heritage, one that augments modern pop with traditional Indian sounds that will fill any club in Miami or Los Angeles, but won't sound like the same clichéd Top 40 songs you've heard for years.
On 'Bombay Calling' you hear the up-tempo funk of "Stereotype" and bubbly synths of "Superhero" clash against the grinding, industrial pop of "Good With The Bad" and R&B synths-meets-Indian percussion of the title track. Produced by multi-platinum selling Roc Nation producer, Fred Ball, the album fits alongside your favorite Rihanna, M.I.A. and Amy Winehouse records, but with a twist.
"I like to make music that comes from an emotional place, and sometimes that may not sound pretty - and I don't think it necessarily should," says Samsaya. "It's okay for it to sound a little ugly. The music is about pureness."
This extends to Bombay Calling's lyrics, which draw on the singer's experiences from growing up in Norway but not looking stereotypically Norwegian. "A lot of people are run by fear and I try to infuse so much love that you don't have to fear," the singer explains. "Music is an architect with the power to build bridges. It meets you at the dance floor but it still makes you think and connects your heart."