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Press for Khiyo's debut album

“Top of the World” Album

Songlines, Oct 2015

Nominee for Best Group

Songlines Music Awards 2016

"The debut from this young, London-based band celebrates every facet of Bengali music – from folk tunes to mystical Baul poetry via film themes, protest songs and even Bangladesh's national anthem. But although it's essentially an album of covers, they're delivered with a refreshing originality and a dynamic rock-influenced energy. A Top of the World in [Songlines] #111." -

Songlines, May 2016

“… a band who veer extraordinarily from raw folk rock into delicious classical gloom, tender romanticism into 21st Century Baul tradition and several uncategorised points in between. … What's striking about Khiyo is the way each seemingly disparate element is played with the same conviction. They are as much a visceral rock band as they are intrepid interpreters of traditional Bengali songs.”

Tim Chipping, fRoots May 2015

“Musically this is an album that's not afraid to take chances and there's an unrestrained inventiveness and sense of adventure running through it that's mind-boggling in its execution, with flourishes of jazz, folk and rock shot through the traditional music that forms the backbone of this remarkable piece of work.”

Dave Haslam, R2 (Rock'n'Reel) Magazine. ****

“[A] Joyful celebration of everything Bengali. This promising debut … opens thrillingly with the electric-guitar-heavy 'Akashta Kanpchhilo Kyan' (Why Did the Sky Shudder?), a defiant Baul number that cites the call to prayer's inherent melody…. Khiyo's self-titled debut is a refreshing, original collection and is a fitting testament of Bengali identity.”

Amardeep Dhillon, Songlines, Oct 2015. ****

“A Bengali/British band from London with a really interesting sound. ”

Guy Garvey (Elbow)

“...imagine what would have happened if Pete Townshend had gone to India with the Beatles. Now invest in it. Get this CD.”

Arthur Shuey, worldmusiccentral.org

“A lovely fusion of sound”

Jafar Iqbal, remotegoat.com

“A very cool mix of London rhythms with traditional Bangladeshi songs and music. Here is one of those times where fusion really works!”

Blair Clark, WFIT FM

“Lucid and Evocative”

Sangeeta Datta, pulseconnects.com

“If the new generation continues in this way, for those of us who are trying to preserve our cultural heritage, it will count as a thing of joy.”

Eminent Tagore singer Mita Huq, Prothom Alo