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Talvin Singh

Talvin Singh fused Bollywood with
urban grit
1999

Winner: Talvin Singh - OK
Sounds like: A Bollywood dance sequence taking place in a grimy London club.
Key track: OK - A futuristic collision of sitars, tabla and acid house basslines.

Subsequent career: Singh won recognition for breaking down the barriers between musical genres and reflecting urban, multicultural millennial Britain. His later albums built on that blueprint, but he's been eclipsed by artists like Nitin Sawhney.
Mercury barometer:
Low - Potential winners like Fatboy Slim and Travis were left off the shortlist.

Losers: Blur - 13, Stereophonics - Performance and Cocktails

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