This one has been blowing my mind for years, ever since I thought that elephant on the cover was giving me the finger. Except I can't find my original copy, so apologies on the poor bitrate.
Bill Laswell goes to town with Zakir Hussain, Trilok Gurtu and Karsh Kale under the moniker Tabla Beat Science, and what results is an ensemble capable of tasteful electronic tinkering and sampling, heavy beats, and some of the finest Indian percussion you've ever heard.
I'm an (admittedly very amateur) tabla player, and what I love best about this album is that it honors the original recordings so much. Remixing this kind of stuff can be touchy, gimmicky, lame... but this is solid, the samples only underlining what was already great in the first place. Pay special attention to the only un-electronified track Alla, in which Hussain pays special tribute to his father and guru, the late Alla Rakha.