Madhuram Malayalam – Sherrin Varghese

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With the-made-to-order A Band Of Boys becoming part of Indian musical history, member Sherrin Varghese continues to pursue a well-founded vocation through his solo career, this time around launching a regional language single, “Madhuram Malayalam”, which contains several musical interludes that provide it a Celtic feel. However, for the record, the sounds are certainly far away from world music as the synth-sounds and syncopated beats tilt fairly towards the sound of this generation – EDM – with its ever changing tempos, thanks to the minimalistic arrangements from Geo Paul. With lyricist GS Pradeep discussing “a love story about Kerala”, there is, however, no ethnic influence in “Madhuram Malayalam”, but that should not matter to listeners who, by now, are accustomed to Sherrin’s distinctive electronica leanings that he has made into his own.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Aa Vee Ja – Tripet Garielle

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Reminiscent of the ‘80s Indi-pop sounds [as against the ‘10s indie-pop sounds], “Aa Vee Ja” is the second single from UK-based Asian singer Tripet Garielle’s debut album, ‘Woh Pal’. The song revolves around light mid-tempo pop with just a hint of the right hip frills that should keep listeners dancing, overlaid with keyboards as the base, courtesy of music director-cum-producer Atif Ali. It would have been wonderful listening to Tripet’s “original” voice on this track too, which certainly shows talent, as against the synthesised vocals that often pervade “Aa Vee Ja”. Nevertheless, Tripet Garielle certainly deserves all the accolades that she should receive, singing in a “language that she cannot speak”.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Fairy From The Tales – Ninad Bhat

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The men behind “Fairy From The Tales” – Mayur Dongre and Rajat Godde and vocalist Ninad Bhat – have indulged in Hinglish speaking, melodic-influenced light pop on the cleverly titled “Fairy From The Tales” [courtesy lyrics by Vishwajeet Ranade]. The acoustic catchy tune, sometimes with influences of a flamenco to rock, “depicts the feeling of a boy madly in love with a beautiful girl”. Reminiscent of the Eurovision sounds from the ‘70s, this is bubblegum pop and its lyricism at its best, creating a perfectly catchy brew of musical infectiousness. Much credit to the fun manner in which Ninad has sung the song, which makes you want to sing along with him!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Mumbai/Dust On My Window – Zedde

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In 2008, singer 2Blue and guitarist Claver, musicians recognized for their work in bands Vayu and Rust Angels, respectively, branched out to form Zedde along with Akashdeep [bass] and Trevor [drums]. A year later, their first single, “Mumbai”, won the prestigious ‘Anthem Of The Year’ title at Asian music awards AVIMA and, deservedly so, as the track provides justice to 2Blue’s immense vocal range, especially in the softer passages of the rock song. It also provides an emotional thread to Mumbai-ites when 2Blue writes/sings: “She gives you wings so you can fly”. Meanwhile, “Dust On My Window” is a song that came into existence some two years later, an outright rocker that would not be amiss from the ’80s AoR bandwagon. Nevertheless, nothing changes the fact that, if and when the history of Mumbai rock is written, the band can be assured that it will cover names of all artistes ranging from A to – of course – Zedde!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.http://www.artistaloud.com/Zedde

Jaanu Na Main – Piyush Gupta featuring Vineet Singh

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Hailing from U.P., Piyush Gupta is a music director who has composed the music, written the lyrics, and produced this catchy song called “Jaanu Na Main”. The mid-tempo keyboard based track is definitely engaging and, while the sound remains essentially pop, it would not be out of place on the dance floor too, often drifting into multiple melodious dimensions by keeping worldly worries on a back burner by speaking of, after all, “the language of love defined through eyes”. “Jaanu Na Main” features fine vocals from Vineet Singh, resulting in the song being both cheery and blissful, and further succeeds with the simplicity of its arrangements.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Manasi Scott – High featuring Mr. Doss

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For the past year or so, Mr. Doss has been making a significant mark in the global drum and bass music scene and, he released his first EP, “High”, and this, of course, is the title track featuring  vocals from actress, singer, songwriter Manasi Scott. Her appearance on “High” – which she has also composed – brings direction to this EDM ditty as soon as you begin to pump up the volume in earnest as the jangly keyboards are both thrilling and streamlined. “High” is an unexpected and satisfying [dub]step forward, it deserves full credit for an amalgamation of reckless fun, frivolous thrills, and danceable sounds.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Broken World – Salim Sulaiman featuring Vishal Dadlani

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“Broken World” is the English rendition of Salim Sulaiman’s “Khalipan” which, like its predecessor, is “dedicated to children across the world”. With the composers having recruited singer, record producer, composer, and performer Vishal Dadlani to be associated with the project was certainly a coup of sorts with Vishal’s powerful voice – still intact from the heydays of Pentagram – taking the song to another level. Much credit to Vishal for the strength of his topical lyrics too, which speaks of humanity falling apart, “freedom” being a spoken word, and “love” having become unknown, which aptly supports the composition and production of the Merchant brothers that touch on their obvious rock influences with guitarist Nyzel D’Lima as part of the supporting cast. Indeed, “Broken World” is a most significant song in today’s world as it begs people to provide an answer to the question that is real: What will this world be without children?

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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