The Rain – Bombay Bairag

The essence of world music remains alive and kicking, thanks to the continuing efforts of indigenous talent Bombay Bairag, a collaboration of two singers – Ashish Ranjan Thakur and Harpreet Hassrat – who owe the name of the band to the spirit of Mumbai city where their music was created. While the typical Western elements are fused here with Indian instrumentation, the sound is much closer to the deep foundation roots of Bombay Bairag’s ethnicity, courtesy the members’ tutelage in Indian classical music. Their singing, and the prominent usage of flute, makes it obvious. Often, though not always, the aim of world music is to find ways to create unity and harmony between Western instrumentation and more earth- and nature-oriented cultures as can be found within India. In time, fusion has become a favorite way for adventurous contemporary musicians to broaden their sound with newly found rhythms, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with it and, even if you may have heard several similar collaborations in the past, this seasonal offering from Bombay Bairag remains refreshing.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Vichodeya – Aroon Bakshi

 

Passionate and vividly ecstatic, Sufi music is both philosophical and mystical as it tackles the themes of love and death with refreshing humanity. On “Vichodeya”, Ludhiana-born and raised film and television actor Aroon Bakshi provides his own slant to it, as he explores the traditional art form through modern instrumentation. Thanks to music arranger Raajesh Rathod, that is precisely what he does in making the song excel as the interlude of keyboards providing a lilting piano feel, and the changed tempo with the introduction of guitar just prior to the melody returning to the sounds of its commencement, really provide the support that the singer’s gruff voice requires to make this song – both composed and written by Aroon Bakshi – eminently listenable.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Club Stamp – D-Boy featuring Abstrxx

 

If your career has been a person behind musical scenes – from U.K. talents to our very urban desi now, Hard Kaur – there always exists an aspirational level to break out on your own. That is precisely what D-Boy has done by turning into a solo act but, often, with a little help from his friends. On “Club Stamp”, he has shared his platform with Toronto-based Abstrxx and, together, they foist their royal funkiness with “Club Stamp”, a hands up dance hit, fitting equally well into the genres of pop and R&B. Though barely three and a half minutes in playing time, “Club Stamp” is a blast of a product containing strong elements that, hopefully, will become D-Boy’s trademarks: smooth melodies, suave rhythms, and the programmed sounds of brassy horns. “Club Stamp” is certainly worth checking out, thanks also to the marvelous guitar and bass work from Nick Childs, and will be mostly accessible to those who grew up to the disco sounds from the ’70s.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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The Preacher | Faiz Khan

On his first full-length album, ‘The Preacher’, singer-songwriter Faiz Khan takes a risky step with his sensitive-guy-with-a-guitar sound, opting largely for a thoughtful collection of six songs that tug at heartstrings with polished pop sheen. Although a conscious decision, as the confidently self-aware Faiz says in his bio about writing from “personal journeys, hopes, dreams, fears, loves and heartbreak”, recruiting music producers Kabir Singh and Viraj Mohan on production, assist Faiz from delightfully moving away from mainstream with the usage of subtle and yet appropriate offering of keyboards/guitar without compromising on Faiz’s vocals and the sounds of his acoustic guitar. Indeed, at most points, Faiz’s confident singing creates a trademark of sorts, turning songs like the sing-along of “Wait It Out”, the fitting, distorted guitar in “Blue Shades”, the harmonies of the title-track, the funkiness of “All Night”, the electro-pop sounding “Back To Basics”, and keyboards doubling as strings/horns on “Replaceable”, turn the soul of ‘The Preacher’ into pop. ‘The Preacher’ is a brave bid for contemporary relevance in 2017, a wonderful initiative by the singer-songwriter in stepping outside any middle-of-the-road genre and making his effort more memorable and more exciting than the reams of output of indie content this year, for which Faiz Khan and his music directors need to be lauded.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Zindagi | Debojit Dutta

 

A regular participant on music-based TV reality shows, making it into the ‘Top 5’ of ‘Saregamapa’ back in 2009, Debojit Dutta appears to show a little more restraint now as he pursues formal training in semi-classical vocals and in Rabindra Sangeet too. Whether the formal training will have him overcome a singing style that sounds like vocals with a lisp, there is no denying that Debojit does have a “unique voice”. While “Zindagi” is a melodic tune composed by Debojit himself with lyrics by Raajesh Johri, the music is produced by Sabuj-Ashish, who almost destroy it with the excessive and unnecessary programming usage of drum rolls, but salvaging this slow to mid-tempo track goes to the cameo guitar work from Raja Chowdhuri and, of course, Debojit Dutta’s showcasing of his vocal range.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Muhajirnama | Tariq

Kolkata-born singer Tariq has been performing professionally since 2000, and has indulged in composing across multi-genres. However, on “Muhajirnama”, ‘new age’ appears to be the focus, creating an echoing, haunting feeling through layers of synth and supported by percussion, which should appeal to the limited fans of this genre. It would be understandable why music traditionalists and mainstream listeners would avoid this type of content in hives, but those not coming from any such music schools – essentially, those open-minded enough to indulge in sounds beyond convention – will find Tariq’s quality of work is certainly rewarding. “Muhajirnama” – with lyrics provided by renowned poet Munawwar Rana – is undoubtedly a stirring, quietly powerful anthem.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Patake | Satti Satvinder featuring Bohemia and Haji Springer

From the land of Californian sunshine, Satti Satvinder resurfaces with “Patake”, providing a fresh musical identity and rap approach to Hindi hip-hop. Getting help from new-school musical producer Haji Springer, the sound on this track is lean, and the instrumentation restricted to keyboards and a drum-machine, but the rapping from artiste Roger David – better known as Bohemia, often regarded as the world’s first Punjabi rapper – provides helpful assistance in making “Patake” tougher and more fluid. The results of their collaborative work seemed to have worked well for Satti by defining a promising sound for himself that is something more than a hybrid of his influences that may sound repetitive but, in the same breath, is paradoxically also both rhythmic and melodic.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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