Ranjha Ranjha [from ‘Sufi Acoustica’]/Band Of Bandagi featuring Moninder Agrohiya

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One has to acknowledge the initiative of leading singer-composer Tochi Raina in forming a group of his trusted musicians by the name of Band Of Bandagi. In launching an album of six tracks under the brand of ‘Sufi Acoustica’, Tochiji has also provided support to new singers to showcase their talent. For instance, on “Ranjha Ranjha”, a richly textured, catchy folk tune at its melodic best, composed by Tochiji with Neeru, Band Of Bandagi has focused on a student by the name of Moninder Agrohiya, who shows tremendous maturity in his singing, which he does so with confidence. The lyrics of legendary poet Baba Bulleh Shah are provided justice with the support of the guitar talent of Chintoo Singh Wasir, further enhancing the uptempo tune. Marvelously executive produced by the team at Thinkerz, who have effectively supported the composition, design, and arrangements of Tochi Raina.

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Banger – Nasty Ninja

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Mumbai’s Finest co-founder, rapper Sumeet Suvarna continues his solo career as Nasty Ninja on “Banger”. In sticking to the trademark sounds of virtually no instrumentation, this time around courtesy music director Crazy Vibe, Nasty Ninja receives vocal support from his Beast Mode Crew, consisting of YOUNG FLYSICK, WILD CHILD, LOKKA MUSIC, FLEXX, PANTHER, and NOVA. The usage of Hinglish appears to support the hip-hop trend on “Banger” of minimalistic music and repetitive beats.

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani
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Fireflood – Fireflood

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Fireflood is a Bangalore-based gospel band formed in May 2014 by vocalist Jeven John and lead guitarist Willy Karlukhi. The sounds of their self-titled album, ‘Fireflood’, consisting of 12 tracks, is straight-forward rock predominantly influenced by the ‘90s. While each of the band’s seven musicians shows their competence on their respective instruments, it is eventually the fine vocals of Jeven John and his co-singer, Kekhrie Ringa, which make the compositions notable. While there are no detours from Fireflood’s focus, among the highlights are the funky “Rain”, and the rollicking shuffle of “Letting Go”. An impressive effort!

 

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Whine Up – Nasty Ninja

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‘Whine Up’ is a five-track album from desi hipster Sumeet Suvarna, also known as Nasty Ninja, and a co-founder of ‘Mumbai’s Finest’ in 2006, who has since embarked on a solo career. On running through genres like Boom Bap, Trap, and Dancehall, among others, Nasty Ninja’s versatile style combines Hindi and English rap. The unconventional, non-musical model where there is minimalistic instrumentation with the focus being on rapping and drum programming is best showcased on “Falling For You”, which loops into the lyrics of “woo hoo”, which makes me wonder if this really is the future of Indian hip-hop.

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Every Lil’ Girl Of Mine – Underground Authority

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Kolkata-based ‘Underground Authority’ was formed in early 2010 with the merger of two bands, Banned and Skydive. “Every Lil’ Girl Of Mine” is a composition inspired musically and lyrically by the song “What did you learn in school today?” by folk singer-songwriter Tom Paxton that appeared on his 1964 album, ‘Ramblin’ Boy’, which spoke about the American school system misinforming children on the events of history. Similarly, “Every Lil’ Girl Of Mine” takes on the step of protesting against the government’s idle promises on the safety and security of women in our country. Supported by Underground Authority’s rock sounds, “Every Lil’ Girl Of Mine’ is certainly a song that requires widespread support.

 

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Sun Toh Zara – Hiroo Thadani

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It’s never too late to pursue your passion seems to be the underlying theme for “Sun Toh Zara”, an inoffensive, mid-tempo tune from industrialist Hiroo Thadani. In reaching an age when people would, by convention, consider retirement, Hirooji appears to reflect on it just as the beginning of a musical career that commenced for him with a debut album in 2013. The music on “Sun Toh Zara” and its lyrics are provided by Arbind Jha who seems to keep the composition simple for Hiroo Thadani to showcase his energy and, in turn, assist Hirooji into becoming a true inspiration for those who truly believe that age is just a number. Way to go, Hirooji!

 

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Urr Jaoon – Strings

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In saving the best content for the last arrives a song from a band that is single-handedly responsible for the resurgence of Coke Studio, Strings. “Urr Jaoon” is the second song from their album named ‘30’ and opens with a soft, lilting piano and expectedly moves into guitar mellowness featuring lyricist-singer Bilal Maqsood’s mellifluous vocals combined with the quintessential Strings pop-rock sound. There is no denying that the lyrics of “Urr Jaoon” is personal and emotional for String as it sheds light on issues that plague societies, a message that could not be conveyed better than through their musical excellence.

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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