Pappa’s Happy – Suresh Peters featuring Sunitha and Haricharan

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The man behind “Pappa’s Happy”, Suresh Peters, is a singer, composer, drummer, and a protégé of AR Rahman. With credentials like that, expectations are always high and Suresh Peters does not disappoint, but only by surprising listeners with a return to the disco sounds that one thought had died with the ’70s. Unleashing a dance-club rattling monster that proves that there is still life beyond that bygone era, the selection provides equal nods to fusion, funk, and, yes, disco. With a chorus that sings of “Pappa’s happy when the food is on the table”, and what appears to be a Tamil rap that suddenly enters the tracks and retreats just as quickly, defines the funk roots, adopted dance grooves, and smooth soul of the underlying fun sounds of “Pappa’s Happy”. And with the supporting cast complete with the pleasant vocals of Sunitha and of Haricharan, what a way to relive nostalgia! 

Punjab – Jasbir Jassi

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Punjab da munda Jasbir Jassi played the harmonium as a youngster, is a poet, and has been a classically trained musician, but none of that really matters as he moves into familiar bhangra territory with the state-of-mind inspiring “Punjab”.  Jasbir dips a toe, as it were, into the beginnings of cross-cultural metamorphosis by introducing electro-bhangra sounds, diving head first into monotonous walloping beats and a repetitive “hey” chorus, supported by the swirl of keyboards. Although “Punjab” provides an expected look at the bhangra style, its practitioners like Jasbir will not disappoint fans by providing them a better idea of what modern bhangra represents, and just how many communities and countries now connect with it. That said, “Punjab” is a track that is both listenable and danceable and, naturally for the bhangra fan, a lot of fun to boot.

Baat Baaton Mein – Anurag Dixit

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Singer-lyricist-composer Anurag Dixit makes effective use of his talent on this lilting, mid-tempo track, “Baat Baaton Mein”, as this acoustic-based poignant selection brings fond memories of soft rock back into vogue.  Tuneful evidence is abundant as Anurag’s distinctive voice takes the straight forward melody of the original into a tangent with a rare, melodic usage of a violin interlude before returning the song to its original intent. “Baat Baaton Mein” is delivered with a deceptively breezy tone by one of Indian young pop’s better voices supported by refreshing arrangements on maudlin music on which Anurag softly sings across the mellow words.

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Who Is The Idiot? – Blaaze and Paul J ft. Mrishti and Mrishal

Within the ever-evolving musical landscape, rapper/songwriter Blaaze has found a way to evolve himself, and attempted to stay at least one stop ahead of the game by cashing in [pardon the pun] on the brouhaha surrounding the impending nationwide elections. In conjunction with his brother, Paul J, Blaaze has introduced an innovative and witty track asking a query: “Who Is The Idiot?” Does the song answer it? Well, listen to it to find out as the composition, though light on musical content, has a call-and-response setting that has children singing the chorus over hip hop rhythms which feature the vocals of Mrishti and Mrishal Raman. Review by PARAG KAMANI

 

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Aisi Andaziya – Shankar Mahadevan ft. Pragya Patra and Rohit Sehgal

Vocalist Pragya Patra, featured on this pop ditty “Aisa Andaziya”, is a new talent who arrives with an impeccable track record [pun intended]; winning first prize at MOBISUR, the pan-India digital talent hunt that was judged by, among others, Shankar Mahadevan. In support, Pragya has got vocalist Rohit Sehgal, a Hindustani classical artiste and, combined, they provide pure pop to now people with their collaboration. Lacing soundscapes inspired by different genres with their soulful vocals, “Aisi Andaziya” contains synth-heavy hooks whose melody nods into the electro pop era from the ’80s to contemporary sounds, which is pretty close to an epitome of a feel-good track. Review by PARAG KAMANI

 

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Meri Zindagi Ik Paheli – Sameer Khullar ft. Gargie Verma

Composer, singer, songwriter, and producer Sameer Khullar is passionate about his music, and it shows on “Meri Zindagi Ik Paheli” which not only speaks about human philosophies that culminate when a person passes away, but also makes his musical influences transparently clear as he takes snatches of Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox’s rendition of The Lover Speaks’ “No More I Love You’s” into his composition. Lending a voice to the proceedings – in more ways than one – is singer Gargie Verma who does a marvellous job in the musical framework provided to her by offering an effective stage for Gargie’s husky voice, showcasing her as a chanteuse for the future. Review by PARAG KAMANI

 

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Aabar Dekhaa Hobey – Rimita

From the city of Kolkata arrives vocalist, composer, and voice trainer Rimita Mukherjee whose journey as a vocalist embarked in 1995 after having received training from various musicians through the years, and having worked with the likes of Kalyanji [of Kalyanji-Anandji fame] and Rajesh Roshan. But her indulgence in Bollywood is side stepped for “Aabar Dekhaa Hobey”, an ethnic-based song backed by soothing arrangements – especially the pleasant usage of flute – which supports Rimita’s fine voice. The Bengali song demonstrates that the primary strength of Rimita remains her polished harmonies cushioned in soft pop settings. Rimita’s unique vocals are certainly the showpiece in providing life to the song. Reviewed exclusively for Artist Aloud by PARAG KAMANI

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Home – John Flynn

From the land of the Big Apple or close to it any way, New Jersey based John Flynn has been a seasoned musician, but having launched a solo album only last year. On “Home”, Flynn has found a happy medium away from the aggression of the late ’70s punk to the more danceable, upbeat rhythms of ska of that era and, if you stretch your musical imagination further, the song is also charged with a philosophical sentiment that states that to find your real home, bypass materialism, and achieve it through peace, happiness, and love. It is also left to Flynn to provide a little Caribbean sun to his song with brass sweetening the sounds that sweep across it. Essentially, “Home” is where Flynn’s heart is. Reviewed exclusively for Artist Aloud by PARAG KAMANI

 

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Soberbia – Tiananmen

From Guatemala arrives the three-piece Tiananmen who have been operating as a band since 1992. Since their debut in 1994 to last year’s “Emisor”, Tiananmen’s sound heralds a serious approach to the hey days of the New Wave movement, combining the best of new age sounds with electro-pop from the ’80s. With synths blazing [courtesy Juan Carlos Rojas, who is also responsible for the song’s Spanish vocals], combined with effective guitar [Luis Fernando Rojas] and bass undertones [Sergio Salares]. While each instrument is highlighted on “Soberbia”, it is indeed a pleasure to hear the sounds of Tiananmen in this decade and era.Reviewed exclusively for Artist Aloud by PARAG KAMANI

 

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Sangeeta Vyas

Yaadon Ke Samandar – Sangeeta Vyas

From a city known for uncovering talent across multifarious creative fields arrives Lucknow born and bred Sangeeta Vyas, a singer who has undergone formal training in Hindustani classical vocals. It shows on “Yaadon Ke Samandar”, a song that has an obvious feel – and beat – of a slow starting train that picks up speed to a uniform tempo as it chugs along until its inevitable end. Nevertheless, the weakness of the song does not hamper the uniqueness in Sangeeta’s voice as it completely overshadows the instrumentation which is, at best, low key. There may not be anything new or even remotely revolutionary in the sound that has all been heard before to attract new music disciples, but Sangeeta’s voice changes all that. Hopefully, she can only get better with an appropriate selection of tracks that support her gifted singing talent. Review by PARAG KAMANI

HO JO FRO

Betsy & Me – Ho Jo Fro

The unlikely named Ho Jo Fro is a five-member band from U.S., formed in 1992, but who appear to be stuck in a time warp from the punk and new wave eras of the late ’70s with a song named “Betsy & Me” that is reminiscent of sounds emanating from the Cars to the Stranglers. While you have to admire Ho Jo Fro for being one of the few bands to do the unthinkable, merging both styles, one cannot help but wonder if there are still listeners of this generation who listen to content like this, which I thought had been rendered obsolete several decades ago. Review by PARAG KAMANI

Carmen Chiasson

You Make Me Dizzy – Carmenne Chiasson

What’s with this trip into nostalgia? Canadian singer Carmenne Chiasson appears to be tripping on it too as “You Make Me Dizzy” would not seem out of place if it had been released in the ’60s era of the surf sounds in terms of its melody and vocals. While the song may not have a major musical vision of the legends from that era, Jan & Dean or the Beach Boys, nevertheless Carmenne does a neat job of layering the sound with harmonies, whereas lyrically and vocally, Carmenne is succinct and clear. There is no doubt about the intentional sense of nostalgia pervading throughout the song, in both its melody and arrangements. Added to it is the feel good factor of the past, which adds to an artiste who is obviously enjoying what she has done, which certainly makes “You Make Me Dizzy” fun listening.Review by PARAG KAMANI

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We came , we brought the artists & their music painted the town in Music !! Aamchi Mumbai rocked at the WORLI FESTIVAL. No problem If you couldn’t be there, we bring you the festival in frames !! photo courtesy – @Suyash Mohan , @Akbar Siddiqui (@Fotofunk)

Lesle_003 Lesle_005 Shibani_001 Shibani_003 Suneeta_002 Kavita_006 Kavita_005 Chandresh_005 Chandresh_001 Shibani_001We came , we brought the artists & their music painted the town in Music !! Aamchi Mumbai rocked at the WORLI FESTIVAL. No problem If you couldn’t be there, we bring you the festival in frames !! photo courtesy - @Suyash Mohan , @Akbar Siddiqui (@Fotofunk)

WORLI FESTIVAL 2014

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