Archive for May, 2017

The Preacher | Faiz Khan

On his first full-length album, ‘The Preacher’, singer-songwriter Faiz Khan takes a risky step with his sensitive-guy-with-a-guitar sound, opting largely for a thoughtful collection of six songs that tug at heartstrings with polished pop sheen. Although a conscious decision, as the confidently self-aware Faiz says in his bio about writing from “personal journeys, hopes, dreams, fears, loves and heartbreak”, recruiting music producers Kabir Singh and Viraj Mohan on production, assist Faiz from delightfully moving away from mainstream with the usage of subtle and yet appropriate offering of keyboards/guitar without compromising on Faiz’s vocals and the sounds of his acoustic guitar. Indeed, at most points, Faiz’s confident singing creates a trademark of sorts, turning songs like the sing-along of “Wait It Out”, the fitting, distorted guitar in “Blue Shades”, the harmonies of the title-track, the funkiness of “All Night”, the electro-pop sounding “Back To Basics”, and keyboards doubling as strings/horns on “Replaceable”, turn the soul of ‘The Preacher’ into pop. ‘The Preacher’ is a brave bid for contemporary relevance in 2017, a wonderful initiative by the singer-songwriter in stepping outside any middle-of-the-road genre and making his effort more memorable and more exciting than the reams of output of indie content this year, for which Faiz Khan and his music directors need to be lauded.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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

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Zindagi | Debojit Dutta

 

A regular participant on music-based TV reality shows, making it into the ‘Top 5’ of ‘Saregamapa’ back in 2009, Debojit Dutta appears to show a little more restraint now as he pursues formal training in semi-classical vocals and in Rabindra Sangeet too. Whether the formal training will have him overcome a singing style that sounds like vocals with a lisp, there is no denying that Debojit does have a “unique voice”. While “Zindagi” is a melodic tune composed by Debojit himself with lyrics by Raajesh Johri, the music is produced by Sabuj-Ashish, who almost destroy it with the excessive and unnecessary programming usage of drum rolls, but salvaging this slow to mid-tempo track goes to the cameo guitar work from Raja Chowdhuri and, of course, Debojit Dutta’s showcasing of his vocal range.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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

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Muhajirnama | Tariq

Kolkata-born singer Tariq has been performing professionally since 2000, and has indulged in composing across multi-genres. However, on “Muhajirnama”, ‘new age’ appears to be the focus, creating an echoing, haunting feeling through layers of synth and supported by percussion, which should appeal to the limited fans of this genre. It would be understandable why music traditionalists and mainstream listeners would avoid this type of content in hives, but those not coming from any such music schools – essentially, those open-minded enough to indulge in sounds beyond convention – will find Tariq’s quality of work is certainly rewarding. “Muhajirnama” – with lyrics provided by renowned poet Munawwar Rana – is undoubtedly a stirring, quietly powerful anthem.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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

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Patake | Satti Satvinder featuring Bohemia and Haji Springer

From the land of Californian sunshine, Satti Satvinder resurfaces with “Patake”, providing a fresh musical identity and rap approach to Hindi hip-hop. Getting help from new-school musical producer Haji Springer, the sound on this track is lean, and the instrumentation restricted to keyboards and a drum-machine, but the rapping from artiste Roger David – better known as Bohemia, often regarded as the world’s first Punjabi rapper – provides helpful assistance in making “Patake” tougher and more fluid. The results of their collaborative work seemed to have worked well for Satti by defining a promising sound for himself that is something more than a hybrid of his influences that may sound repetitive but, in the same breath, is paradoxically also both rhythmic and melodic.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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

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Sha La La | Preety Bhalla featuring Ilana Segev

The most obvious collaboration which one can consider that brought Middle Eastern rhythms to a larger global audience was perhaps the success of musician Sting’s collaboration with Cheb Mami on “Desert Rose” in 2000. Inspired or otherwise, the legacy continues with a Mumbai-based singer who cuts across multiple languages, Preety Bhalla, initiating her own collaboration between two countries courtesy Israeli singer Ilana Segev on “Sha La La”. And, through this beat-driven, infectious track, provides an accessible introduction to world music by connecting one part of Asia to another. In balancing rhythms and addictive dance beats with Middle Eastern sounding instrumentation – courtesy music directors Desi Dreamers, with lyrics by Shaheen Iqbal – this song once again reiterates how singers have integrated different traditions into modern pop and, in turn, have made yet another effective musical statement for “Sha La La” land!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Jilted | Music UnLtd.

Formed in 2014 in Mumbai by Milin [also known as Milind Chitnavis], Music UnLtd. continues to surprise – indulging in reggae this time around while Milin and his band’s domain expertise remains rock and its variants, be it sung in English or in Hindi.  Nevertheless, “Jilted” is an inspired pop-reggae crossover track that marks one of the few times that Music UnLtd.’s vocals have been shared – with Prasad Salian providing the low, down-to-earth singing while Shilpa Surroch provides the perfect foil by moving to the other end of the scale with her sky high-pitched vocals. The song is supported by effective usage of keyboards over a numbingly obvious hook that will certainly not provide any Jamaican musicians – that have either passed or arrived in the present – sleepless nights but, then, that deviates from the point where “Jilted” – composed by Milin – is nothing short of good fun, providing compelling moments from his subtle guitar work. With “Jilted”, Music UnLtd., the band, certainly lives up to its name!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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

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