Archive for October, 2016

Paradise – Sam Systematic Seelan

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Tamilian Senbege Seelan, who arrives from Malaysia, promotes a social cause on “Paradise” and, in turn, showcases his diverse talent in moving from tight and punishing metal sounds to the soft with equal spirit. On “Paradise”, Seelan provides his own ode to the homeless, querying: “What we do when see homeless in the streets? What [do] we think of them? How can we relate to them?” Seelan’s knack for also spilling his guts in heart-breaking fashion certainly achieves a new high on “Paradise”, one of the most affecting ballads from the musician, who has composed the music and written its lyrics. The hooks and the heartbreak come together brilliantly on “Paradise” and reiterate Sam Systematic Seelan’s immense talent.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Tu Jo Mila – Sangeeta Khanna

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Born to a musical family consisting of a father who was a music composer and a mother being a poet/lyricist, it was inevitable that Sangeeta Khanna would follow her parents’ passion. In pursuing formal music lessons from the Bhatkhande School Of Music, alongside her academics, Sangeeta’s studio debut occurred aged 12. Cut to the present and Sangeeta’s resume has expanded and how, covering Bollywood, ghazals, semi-classical, pop, Western, and fusion, with her latest effort being “Tu Jo Mila”, which contains slick sounds of cheery R&B on a mid-tempo ballad designed with a contemporary audience in mind, thanks to the musical composition from Sunjoy Bose, with lyrics penned by Vikas Chauhan. The track becomes enjoyable on repeated listenings, but nothing changes the fact that, although Sangeeta’s vocals may have scored in the East, the track had just the right amount of western feel it needed.

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Find Sangeeta’s tracks on Wynk, Vodafone Music, Idea Music Hub

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Durge Maata – Hema Sardesai

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Following her last project, “Bappa Morya”, Mumbai-born, Goan-based Hema Sardesai indulges in more devotional content with “Durge Maata”. Even though the playback singer whose exceptional vocals on AR Rahman’s “Awaara Bhavaren”, from 1997’s ‘Sapnay’, catapulted her into Bollywood stardom, versatility remains her forte as she now adds more devotional content to the ever increasing list of genres that she excels in: Indipop, Indian classical, Western pop, folk, and fusion. With an intent of providing spirituality to youth through music, Hema continues her journey of utilising electronica to support devotional material, as on “Durge Maata” this time around, which has been also been written and produced by her. Devotional goes dancing again!

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Also available on :
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iTunes : http://apple.co/2dMrjsO

Find it on Wynk, Vodafone Music, Idea Music Hub

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Coke Studio Season 9 Episode 7

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The ninth season of Pakistani music television series Coke Studio commenced airing in Pakistan on August 13, 2016, and concluded on September 24, 2016, and contained 7 episodes. Episode 7 featured six tracks, including “Sab Jag Soye” [Shuja Haider/Quratulain Balouch], “Tu Kuja Man Kuja” [Shiraz Uppal/Rafaqat Ali Khan], “Nimma” [Shani Arshad], “O Re” [Noori], “Dil Kamla” [Faakhir/Natasha Khan], and “Rang” [Amjad Sabri/Rahat Fateh Ali Khan].

While the season’s final and seventh episode was apparently the most awaited episode in Coke Studio history, probably because of singer Amjad Sabri’s final performance prior to his demise in June, a little over a month before series premiered. Amjad performed a qawwali, “Rang”, with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the same song that was sung by Sabri’s father, Ghulam Farid Sabri, and Rahat’s uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, some 42 years ago! No doubt, a brilliant track but, for me, the standout is the accordion-opening “O Re”, composed and performed by Noori, which effortlessly crosses from a bossa nova beat to direct pop track, and brims with nostalgia but, more importantly, is a tune that is uptempo, pleasant, refreshing, and addictive, featuring remarkable guitar playing by Ali Noor. A fine ending to another excellent season, as fans now eagerly look forward to what Season 10 brings…

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

3 – Sifar

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From a project initiated by songwriter/producer Amit Yadav, Sifar is a band that commenced musical operations in 2008, going live from 2010 onward with a line-up consisting of Anshul Bansal [Amit’s partner in musical crime], Deepak Singh, and Yapang Lemtur, along with Nikhil Auluck, who becomes part of the band while performing live. In honing their craft of metal, Sifar reached a crescendo of sorts with “Roko Na Mujhe”, which got the band nominated in the “Best Rock Song” category at the annual ArtistAloud Awards.

On ‘3’, simplification and streamlining are the keywords for their sound. While the assessment makes sense from a musical standpoint, it also presents an opportunity to commercialize their music, and Sifar accomplishes both goals. The best songs are more melodic and immediate, from the opening of the crushing, manic grooves of “Kambakht” to the closing, crisp, remix production by Naren on “Dil Ki Sada”, which adds accessibility to ’3’ and to Sifar’s marvellous metallic sounds. Seeing Sifar live is certainly on my bucket list!

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Bhujne Na Humne Diya [A Musical Tribute To Pancham Da] – Mushtaq Naik

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One of the more talented music directors of the Indian film industry was undeniably Rahul Dev Burman [“RD”], who passed away in 1994, although he was liberal in taking pieces or entire songs from the West that he believed suited well with the films for which he was providing musical direction. Nicknamed ‘Pancham’, RD was the only son of the composer Sachin Dev Burman and, from the 1960s to the 1990s, RD composed musical scores for an incredible 331 films. He served as an influence to the next generation of Indian music directors and, as this album shows [‘Bujhne Na Humne Diya’], his songs continue to remain popular; this time around with Mushtaq Naik, a businessman.

His tribute consists of 12 songs from the glorious musical past of Pancham and, as admitted by him, Mushtaq has no formal training in music and hence, to cover this limitation, Mushtaq has packed his album with a number of singers in support: Sneha Pant, Shweta Pandit, Shraddha Pandit, and Amit Sawant. The instrumentation is low keyed, with the stress on keyboards in, perhaps, an effort to make the sounds contemporary. It remains indeed a difficult task to have people consume an album when the “originals” are freely available – in more ways than one – in the digital space, but there is no denying that Mushtaq Naik’s effort is noble.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.