Unmeiyal Vesham – Sam Systematic Seelan

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Tamilian Senbege Seelan arrives from Malaysia to foist his brand of tight and punishing metal sounds to the unsuspecting Indian listeners in the guise of Sam Systematic Seelan. His solo material here, “Unmeiyal Vesham”, is a song that describes the struggle within a man’s faith and belief, but don’t let those sentiments fool you as the fast, abrasive, and technically demanding tune receives just the right amount of melodic might from Seelan’s vocals. The expected fast tempos and defiant, do-it-yourself attitude is all inbuilt into “Unmeiyal Vesham”, making Seelan’s sounds of speed metal evolve into probably the world’s first solo musical piece of Tamil thrash metal.

Listen and Download the song here: http://www.artistaloud.com/SamSystematicSeelan

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

I Ran – Twist To Break Seal

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This quintet of Mumbai-based musicians – Austin [guitar], Pratyush [guitar], Warren [drums], Aaron [bass], and Sagar [vocals] – who, as a band, go by the unlikely named Twist To Break Seal revive a two year old song on the strength of its usage on the soundtrack of TV programme ‘Chase The Monsoon 2’. No complaints though as this bunch of regular day-jobbers caught up in comparatively mundane activities ranging from advertising to computer programming, and from wallpaper trading to sound engineering, burst out of their corporate shell to indulge in the world of music.  And, on ‘I Ran’, Twist To Break Seal do it with élan: check the ’70s-style orchestral soul and funky psychedelia mixed with biting rock guitars. Looking forward to hearing their album!

 

Listen and Download the song here: http://www.artistaloud.com/twisttobreakseal

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Kehna Tha Tumse…Wahi! – Anurag Dixit

 

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Singer Anurag Dixit makes effective usage of his growing compositional skills on this mid-tempo rocker, “Kehna Tha Tumse…Wahi”, as this guitar-based selection relives memories of ’70s pop rock.  Anurag’s distinctive voice remains intact as he adds power chords to the lightly produced melody with effective usage of keyboards in tow. However, the usage of artificial applause within the track does get irritating – which otherwise works fine in a music video – but nothing takes away from the fact that “Kehna Tha Tumse…Wahi” is constructed, much like his other tunes, very carefully as, by now, Anurag knows his target audience and wants them to continue revelling in his brand of mainstream pop/rock.

Listen and Download the song here: http://www.artistaloud.com/AnuragDixit

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Noor-E-Illahi | Salim-Sulaiman featuring Abida Parveen

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Celebrating the spirit of Eid, Salim and Sulaiman Merchant are among India’s most respected composers, having scored more than 100 films and about 20 TV shows, and composed several albums incorporating multi-genres of music. On “Noor-E-Illahi”, the musical talents have managed to obtain the support of the legendary Abida Parveen, a Pakistani singer, and one of the foremost exponents of Sufi music (sufiana kalaam) with a career spanning over four decades. Her voice continues to have a highly distinctive timbre that perfectly fits the song’s warm, rich sounds that support the musical composition – with lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya – and its production by Salim Sulaiman. With the usage of several instruments, it is the appropriate usage of the oud by Tapas Roy, which further enhances the tightly focused song here, resulting in “Noor-E-Illahi” becoming a flawlessly crafted melodic masterpiece from the musical Merchants of India.

Listen and Download the song here: http://www.artistaloud.com/Salim-Sulaiman

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Unarvugal [Album] – Shakti Sivamani

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If a definition of a musical prodigy is required, treat Shakti Sivamani as one of the primary examples as this 15-year-old is a producer and a singer from Tamil Nadu who has learnt production for eight years, and has been performing live since seven. That Shakti is passionate about his work is obvious, as you weave yourself through this album named ‘Unarvugal’ [which means “feelings” in Tamil], featuring Shakti handling instruments/percussion, composing music, and penning lyrics too. The influences of dubstep and R&B are obvious too, as one of the notable tracks on his album are “Penniyam”, which contains lyrics penned by his mother, Manonmani Appu, featuring singers Vrusha and Vishwa.

Shakti’s versatility is also evident on “Un Paarvayil” and “Maaman Ponnu”, but the most poignant of them is “Kanavugazh”, dedicated to his father, Appu Sivamani, which has the following anecdote as its basis: Appu was a successful entrepreneur when Shakti was born but, unfortunately, the flourishing business took a dip resulting in the family becoming homeless, before Appu returned to riches. Many of the tracks on ‘Unarvugal’ deserve recognition beyond its Tamil-language basis, especially several songs that I could immediately connect with: the infectious “Ulagilae”, the melodic, guitar-based “Kai Korthu” that contains fine vocal harmonies, and the ballad of “Mazhai Thuzhi”. If some of the selections could be recorded in other languages, the future certainly appears to be bright enough for Shakti Sivamani to consider wearing shades!

Listen and Download the song here: http://www.artistaloud.com/ShaktiSivamani

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Aye Re Chandni – Ronkini Gupta Collective

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Leader of the pack, Ronkini Gupta, is a Sangeet Visharad from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Mumbai. The Collective that she fronts is an extension of her experimental and creative side where she blends her learning of Hindustani Classical with contemporary musical sounds. On this venture, Ronkini works with Arohi Mhatre and Anup Satam on vocals, Darpan Suthar on guitars, Nitish Ranadive on percussion, Suraaj Parab on bass, and  Adinath Patkar on piano. On “Aye Re Chandni”, the ladies showcase their respective vocal talents both independently and together on a composition from Ronkini that picks up pace as percussion and the sounds of guitar join this mid-tempo track. While their arrangements noticeably show a more developed instrumental edge, there is no denying the Collective’s sincerity in pursuing their world musical passion with a melody woven in Raag Bhimpalasi and intertwined with sargams sung in harmony.

Listen and Download the song here: http://www.artistaloud.com/ronkiniguptacollective

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Translucence [album] – Divya Krishnan

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With no essential information forthcoming regarding Divya Krishnan, this “mystery” singer is still undeniably the artiste of the week as the five diverse tracks on this album are all supported by fine musicianship, marvelous arrangements, and tight production. From the soft “Angel”, quiet idealness of “Utopia” [containing passages reminiscent of John Denver’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane”], the R&B querying “You Know”, the guitar carnival of “Stairway Blues”, to the concluding – and this reviewer’s favourite – harmony backed, folky “Warriors,” Divya and her musical crew bring worldliness to both lyrics and to melodies that lead them to the level of A-listers. For most part, if not all, ‘Translucence’ is certainly one album that is destined to take this pop artiste to the top of her game.

Listen and Download the song here: http://www.artistaloud.com/divyakrishnan

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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