Archive for December, 2015

Kamlee – Sonia J Patel

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The State which provided India her present Prime Minister, Gujarat, now appears ready to provide a Prime Vocalist too in Sonia J Patel. Stepping from dancing to play back singing, Sonia appears to have left little of her multi-faceted talent untouched until the launch of her loving song called “Kamlee”. With lyrics and composition by Veeral Patel, it is the arrangements from another Veeral [Mistry solved here!] that is clearly in the mode of “women in rock” with this guitar-based track blending well with Sonia’s voice for big, mainstream rock which, like her present interest in boxing, appears to pack a punch!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

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Mori Chaina – Sanket Sane featuring Prajakta Shukre and the Violin Conviction

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Music director-cum-guitarist Sanket Sane combines Western classical with Indian classical, in a manner of saying, on this very ethnic, folk-based melody with lyrics provided by Akshay Shinde. In initiating an intriguing mixture of what initially appears as disparate sounds, the amalgamation of two different worlds – thanks to the Russian female duo known as the Violin Conviction for augmenting “Mori Chaina” with strings – is undertaken seamlessly by Sanket who, simultaneously, provides the perfect platform for vocalist Prajakta Shukre to showcase her talent and soothing voice on a track that is both melodious and charming. Certainly, “Mori Chaina” is worthy listening!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

Rang Rangiyan – Shirin Charania

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Yavatmal-born Shirin Charania is a late bloomer, if you can call her as such, considering that her bio speaks of her breaking out from “13 years of marriage and family life” to make singing into her career. In doing so, Shirin has taken a song that is replete with multiple-genres – ranging from rap to rock rhythms with bhangra as the underlying theme – that has resulted in “Rang Rangiyan”. Shirin sings with a precise, spoken phrasing that provides the lyrics just the right amount of playfulness that the song demands. ‘Rang Rangiyan’ may be a light weight song, but nothing changes the fact that it is pleasing to the ears and, if you want to step into – let’s say, a Christmas – party, it fits well onto the festive dance floor too.

 

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

 

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

Pyaar Insaan Se Karna Sikha Do – Kavita Seth

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Recorded some four years ago, Bareilly-born Kavita Seth has re-launched her tribute to the victims of the 26/11 [2008] terrorist attack in Mumbai, “Pyaar Insaan Se Karna Sikha Do”, as “the song is about bringing harmony to a conflict-torn world”. So true, if one also considers the November attacks that occurred in Paris this year. While Kavita is a consummate singer across genres, “Pyaar” – on which Kavita is the composer too [with lyrics provided by Sudarshan Goel] – almost plays back as a lullaby with keyboards being the dominant instrument. Nevertheless, the arrangements work well on this heartfelt ode which focuses on the key element that makes “Pyaar Insaan Se Karna Sikha Do” work so well which, by now, should be obvious to readers: Kavita’s vocals!

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

Chandrakauns – Studios Sound Garage Season II (featuring the Jains: Shreya, Shruti, and Shyam)

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The head of Studios Sound Garage, Sanjay K Pathak, who also acts as the resident producer/composer, continues to marvel at churning out delectable pieces of ethnic melodies, this time around opening “Chandrakauns” with a classical bandish prior to fusing the genres of ghazal with semi classical genre. Apparently, the song “talks about a story of two generations of a family where the daughters learn, from their father, a song that brims with emotion”, which is precisely what is implemented on this song as a call [from the father] and response [from the daughters, mainly in harmony]. Sanjay’s remarkable arrangements – especially the focus provided to flautist Mandar Tandel – and his team’s warm production provide ideal support to the uplifting vocals from sisters Shreya and Shruti on “Chandrakauns”. Brilliant stuff!

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/SSGSeason2

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.