Collage Album – Vijay Durbha

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Vijay Durbha may be a one-man band but, on his first digital ‘Collage Album’, he utilises a stellar cast of singers for support: Kalpana Patowary, Karsan Sagathiya, KS Chitra, OP Rathore, Mahalaxmi Iyer, and Mohit Chauhan.  He focuses on their respective vocal talents through the gamut of various genres on this album: pop [Janana], dance [Boondon Ki Baraat], mainly instrumental [Mood Of The Monsoon, Togetherness], folk [Mera Dildar], devotional [Saraswati Invocation], a combination of new age with spoken words [Patjhad Ka Sapna, which also appears as an instrumental], and even jazz [Haseen Shaam]. All this is supported by what is now becoming Vijay’s musical style: a full dynamic sound overflowing with the power and passion of his musical influence[s], mixing intense rhythms and virtual grand-scale orchestrations with a flair for varied melodies, and poignant lyricism, courtesy his mother, who goes by the pen name of Swahili, on eight of the nine tracks! Vijay’s production is augmented by electronic instrumentation combined with the sounds of flute, sitar, santoor, violin, and what appears to be the ghattam, adding additional texture to Vijay’s compositions. This is a surprisingly pleasant album that retains an appropriate collage of warm feelings.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/vijaydurbha

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Aamchi Mumbai – Folk Masti

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From Mumbai arrives a trio of musicians – Vipul Panchal [vocals, guitar, lyrics], Sachin Guldagde [keyboards], and Roshan Aade [percussion] – who go by the name of Folk Masti. The name of the band goes well with their sound that wonderfully wavers its beat and, with it, effectively broadens and quickly enlivens the song by abandoning the conventions of genre-rivalling ballads for a richly textured pop sound. While the lyrics speak about respecting hometown Mumbai and adapting to its [quick?] pace of life, special mention is required for the lively keyboard accompaniment that arrives and disappears to near perfection. “Aamchi Mumbai” is sprightly and appealing, much like the city itself!

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/folkmasti

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Out Of Control – Oz

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The Mumbai-born former Omkar Chikhalkar, who calls himself Oz, has now resurfaced as a solo artiste with a fresh musical identity and rap approach on “Out Of Control”. Getting help from hip hop new school producer Yantam and debuting a video on YouTube, Oz’s sound is lean, his rapping tough and fluid, and his subject matter – in a manner of saying – speaks for itself. The results seem to have worked well for this young rapper, who has sung, written the lyrics, and composed the music for “Out Of Control”, which is backed by the effective usage of keyboards, resulting in the musician becoming a kind of rap-synth wizard of Oz.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/OZOutOfControl

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

 

Vaada Karo – Prajoth D’Sa featuring Adil Nadaf

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Prajoth D’Sa is an Udipi-born, Bangalore-based musician who lives a dual life shuffling between a profession [as a software engineer] and passion [music]. Although “Vaada Karo” has no distinctive style, it matters little on this song that is perfectly attuned to the essentials of pop sounds.  However, “Vaada Karo” still finds occasional flashes of ingenuity like the introduction of violin and the usage of flute that prove that Prajoth is a far more interesting musician when venturing outside a middle of the road comfort zone. Nevertheless, nothing changes the fact that “Vaada Karo” is a surprisingly enjoyable slice of organic pop.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/prajothdsafeatadilnadaf

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Love To Hate You – Grey Area

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Grey Area is a band based in Mumbai, consisting of Elton (bass), Sanchit (drums), Floyd (vocals, lead guitar), and Nestor (rhythm guitar). Apparently, the quartet’s music is inspired by first-hand experiences and, on “Love To Hate You”, Grey Area provide a hook-filled, smoothly strung simple rock song containing effective rhythm and lead guitar parts. Together, they provide energy to the song’s inherent grace and power of a constant shift between mid to quick tempos, offering up a hearty dose of the group’s obvious taste and, with it, injecting the indie movement with a shot of much-needed rock grit.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/greyarea

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Prison Cell – Subhrojyoti

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From Pune arrives singer-songwriter Subhrojyoti, who tackles reggae this time around on “Prison Cell”. While Subhrojyoti’s vocals often stretch beyond his bandwidth, exposing obvious limitations, even the smooth sounds, which are certainly rock-oriented, often appear too polished and slick. Paradoxically, Subhrojyoti’s rock-inflected reggae still remains bouncy and cheerful, resulting in parts of “Prison Cell” that might just remind listeners of a Jah-flavoured version attempt at vintage Santana, replete with multiple lyrical guitar breaks. But, then again, it is precisely these pan-cultural elements that set “Prison Cell” apart and provide a truly intriguing twist on reggae.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/subhrojyoti

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Ab Toh Jaag – Deepa Nair Rasiya

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London-born singer-songwriter Deepa Nair Rasiya may have commenced her musical voyage with Carnatic traditions, but she has not ignored the North Indian side too and, with the blending of two music worlds [Western and Indian], results in the vocalist/composer conquering the world with this amazing track, “Ab Toh Jaag”, based on a poem written by legendary 17th century poet Bulleh Shah, who practised the Sufi tradition of Punjabi poetry.  The song radiates the confidence from master craftsman in sound engineering and production KJ Singh, who also doubles up in playing drums and bass. “Ab Toh Jaag” is a brilliantly constructed Sufi confection with top-flight support from Sanjoy Das [guitars], Partha Paul [keyboards], and Manas Kumar [violin]. Deepa’s turns on phrasing, along with her tight compositional skills, create a fresh sound and perspective all of her own, resulting in a classic platter buoyed by several moments of sheer brilliance.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/deepanairrasiya

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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