Archive for December, 2016

The Liquor Machine [full album] – Sher Shantanu

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U.P. based Shantanu Ahalawat must have already been on a high changing his persona to Sher Shantanu while pursuing a career in music, but the 17-year-old has just taken a step higher by launching an entire album of heavy electronically-synthesised Hindi hip-hop songs called ‘The Liquor Machine’. In taking a peg or four – as in “bartender, make that double, a double” – from Honey Singh, Sher – in conjunction with musical partner Sumit Kohli – has recorded a quartet of spirited, theme-based songs: “Daaru Anthem”, “The Liquor Machine”, “Baba Ji Ki Party”, and “Daru Pita Raha” – that leave absolutely nothing to imagination, even though the artiste professes, “I have never consumed alcohol”. Nevertheless, following the release of this album, Sher Shantanu should consider a further name change to, perhaps, Liquor Sing!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Stream & Download ‘The Liquor Machine’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – Talent First App.

Also Available on:
Hungama Music : http://bit.ly/2hVlED2

Buy it on iTunes : http://apple.co/2gpcJu6

Hear it on Wynk Music, Vodafone Music, Idea Music Hub

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Maraz | Tariq

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Kolkata born, bred, and raised singer Tariq has developed a bonding with music since 11 and has been performing live since the past 16 years or so. On “Maraz”, he indulges in a romantic ballad on this keyboard-based track. Although Tariq’s bio speaks about his having indulged in various genres, on “Maraz”, he shows a penchant for melodic songs through his music, production and, of course, his rich, unique voice, with lyrics provided by renowned poet Munawwar Rana. It is very evident that Tariq is not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve and, in fact, he appears as one of the few modern budding Hindi pop hopes to fully embrace affecting balladry and nuanced singing.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Stream & Download ‘Maraz’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – Talent First App.

Also Available on:
Hungama Music : http://bit.ly/2fOB4bb

Buy it on iTunes : http://apple.co/2fxGZSF

Hear it on Wynk Music, Vodafone Music, Idea Music Hub

Mann Kunto Maula – Funk Samachar

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A fusion collaborative of Divyang Arora [drums] and Ronak Pandit [guitars], along with Jojo a.k.a. Harsh Dave on vocals, results in Funk Samachar. On “Mann Kunto Maula”, the trio is accompanied by Mayank Kapadiya [bass] and Nayan Kapadiya [keyboards], supported by a musician that moves the selection above the ordinary, Vanraj Shastri on sarangi, an instrument that opens the track and weaves itself in between. There really is only a tinge of funk, if any, but the reality of “Mann Kunto Maula” is its repetitive lyrics across a mid-tempo music accompaniment that moves along at a steady pace without much innovation which, no doubt, makes the original composition pleasant enough, but what could have made it interesting would have been by providing individual members an opportunity of showcasing their respective talents.

Stream & Download ‘Mann Kunto Maula’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – The App.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Also Available on:
Hungama Music : http://bit.ly/2dEKLsT

Buy it on iTunes : http://apple.co/2hDHSsP

Hear it on Wynk, Vodafone Music, Idea Music Hub

Behind My Sunglasses – Amanda Sodhi

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In regal midtempo ballad style, “Behind My Sunglasses”, projects a feeling of recovery from conquest in the wake of a bad relationship [“The day that we said our goodbyes and you dropped me home one last time/I felt like a death grow in me, no escaping our fate”], courtesy of Washington DC born singer Amanda Sodhi, who is also a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, director, lyricist, journalist, and advertising/PR/marketing professional. Amanda knows precisely what she wants on “Behind My Sunglasses”, and appears in total control at all times, both lyrically and musically, amid percussion and synthesizers, supported by vocals that seem impassioned.

Stream & Download ‘Behind My Sunglasses’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – The App.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Also Available on:
Hungama Music : http://bit.ly/2gOcGKE

Hear it on Wynk, Vodafone Music, Idea Music Hub

Ishopanishad (Album Review) – Mahendra Arya

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Born in Rajasthan, Mahendra Arya has apparently never undergone formal training in music and, as his bio says, has “a natural flair” for composing music. Of the two music albums released by him, ‘Ishopanishad’ is one, which is based on the translation of Sanskrit mantras from the Upanishads, a collection of texts that contain philosophical concepts of Hinduism, some of which are also shared in Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. While Mahendra writes lyrics in Hindi and then creates tunes which, on ‘Ishopanishad’, is co-composed with Anil Dole, on the singing front, Mahendra supports Paritosh Saha. The 17 songs here are presented here with minimal instrumentation [mostly keyboards and tabla] and the arrangements are similarly light weight. While the beats throughout the album do tend to get monotonous, “This is music for soul” announces Mahendra Arya, as he utilises ‘Ishopanishad’ to support his devotional beliefs.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Stream & Download ‘Ishopanishad’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – The App.

Also Available on:
Hungama Music : http://bit.ly/2g2sMAl

Buy it on iTunes : http://apple.co/2goAINy

Hear it on Wynk, Vodafone Music, Idea Music Hub