Archive for April, 2014

Pappa’s Happy – Suresh Peters featuring Sunitha and Haricharan

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The man behind “Pappa’s Happy”, Suresh Peters, is a singer, composer, drummer, and a protégé of AR Rahman. With credentials like that, expectations are always high and Suresh Peters does not disappoint, but only by surprising listeners with a return to the disco sounds that one thought had died with the ’70s. Unleashing a dance-club rattling monster that proves that there is still life beyond that bygone era, the selection provides equal nods to fusion, funk, and, yes, disco. With a chorus that sings of “Pappa’s happy when the food is on the table”, and what appears to be a Tamil rap that suddenly enters the tracks and retreats just as quickly, defines the funk roots, adopted dance grooves, and smooth soul of the underlying fun sounds of “Pappa’s Happy”. And with the supporting cast complete with the pleasant vocals of Sunitha and of Haricharan, what a way to relive nostalgia!

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

 – Review by PARAG KAMANI

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Punjab – Jasbir Jassi

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Punjab da munda Jasbir Jassi played the harmonium as a youngster, is a poet, and has been a classically trained musician, but none of that really matters as he moves into familiar bhangra territory with the state-of-mind inspiring “Punjab”.  Jasbir dips a toe, as it were, into the beginnings of cross-cultural metamorphosis by introducing electro-bhangra sounds, diving head first into monotonous walloping beats and a repetitive “hey” chorus, supported by the swirl of keyboards. Although “Punjab” provides an expected look at the bhangra style, its practitioners like Jasbir will not disappoint fans by providing them a better idea of what modern bhangra represents, and just how many communities and countries now connect with it. That said, “Punjab” is a track that is both listenable and danceable and, naturally for the bhangra fan, a lot of fun to boot.

Listen & Download this track here:http://www.artistaloud.com/JasbirJassi

 – Review by PARAG KAMANI

Baat Baaton Mein – Anurag Dixit

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Singer-lyricist-composer Anurag Dixit makes effective use of his talent on this lilting, mid-tempo track, “Baat Baaton Mein”, as this acoustic-based poignant selection brings fond memories of soft rock back into vogue.  Tuneful evidence is abundant as Anurag’s distinctive voice takes the straight forward melody of the original into a tangent with a rare, melodic usage of a violin interlude before returning the song to its original intent. “Baat Baaton Mein” is delivered with a deceptively breezy tone by one of Indian young pop’s better voices supported by refreshing arrangements on maudlin music on which Anurag softly sings across the mellow words.

Listen & Download this song here:http://www.artistaloud.com/AnuragDixit

 – Review by PARAG KAMANI

Exclusive song reviews of the week – by PARAG KAMANI

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Who Is The Idiot? – Blaaze and Paul J ft. Mrishti and Mrishal

Within the ever-evolving musical landscape, rapper/songwriter Blaaze has found a way to evolve himself, and attempted to stay at least one stop ahead of the game by cashing in [pardon the pun] on the brouhaha surrounding the impending nationwide elections. In conjunction with his brother, Paul J, Blaaze has introduced an innovative and witty track asking a query: “Who Is The Idiot?” Does the song answer it? Well, listen to it to find out as the composition, though light on musical content, has a call-and-response setting that has children singing the chorus over hip hop rhythms which feature the vocals of Mrishti and Mrishal Raman. Review by PARAG KAMANI

 

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Aisi Andaziya – Shankar Mahadevan ft. Pragya Patra and Rohit Sehgal

Vocalist Pragya Patra, featured on this pop ditty “Aisa Andaziya”, is a new talent who arrives with an impeccable track record [pun intended]; winning first prize at MOBISUR, the pan-India digital talent hunt that was judged by, among others, Shankar Mahadevan. In support, Pragya has got vocalist Rohit Sehgal, a Hindustani classical artiste and, combined, they provide pure pop to now people with their collaboration. Lacing soundscapes inspired by different genres with their soulful vocals, “Aisi Andaziya” contains synth-heavy hooks whose melody nods into the electro pop era from the ’80s to contemporary sounds, which is pretty close to an epitome of a feel-good track. Review by PARAG KAMANI

 

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Meri Zindagi Ik Paheli – Sameer Khullar ft. Gargie Verma

Composer, singer, songwriter, and producer Sameer Khullar is passionate about his music, and it shows on “Meri Zindagi Ik Paheli” which not only speaks about human philosophies that culminate when a person passes away, but also makes his musical influences transparently clear as he takes snatches of Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox’s rendition of The Lover Speaks’ “No More I Love You’s” into his composition. Lending a voice to the proceedings – in more ways than one – is singer Gargie Verma who does a marvellous job in the musical framework provided to her by offering an effective stage for Gargie’s husky voice, showcasing her as a chanteuse for the future. Review by PARAG KAMANI

 

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