Archive for November, 2017

Jam with Amika – Amika Shail

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With another Bollywood singer in sight, Amika Shail chooses to support her solo career with the launch of a five-song album called ‘Jam with Amika’. While the five songs are a nice mix of sugar-coated pop, such as “Jill & Jim”, to the synth-heavy, EDM-influenced “Come On The Floor”, or the mellow “Tere Naal” that has excessive usage of drum programming, but what takes the catchy and mellow cuts to immaculately crafted contemporary pop are the marvellous, keyboard-based “Mahiya”, my favourite, and the bubbly mid-tempo “Zindagi”, supported by the harmonies of composer/programmers Rupak Tiary and Souvik Kabie. Undoubtedly, with their support, Amika Shail is fortunate to launch ‘Jam with Amika’ as a well-crafted pop album.

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Devaa – Anwesshaa & Kaustav

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Devotional content receives yet another contemporary makeover with “Devaa”, courtesy the musical composition and lyrics from Anwesshaa, who also sings the track, along with Kaustav. For those not familiar with Anwesshaa yet, she is a recent entrant into the Bollywood and regional film sweepstakes through her participation in various reality shows, whereas fellow singer Kaustav has undergone training in Hindustani classical. The confluence of both talents works well for “Devaa”, thanks to the musical arrangements of Fateh Sulemani, who also plays the tabla and pakhawaj, along with ample support from musician Akhtar Ashan, who performs guitar, mandolin, and rabab on the track.

This aarti to Lord Ganesh is soothing, and skilfully balances those accustomed to conventional spiritual sounds with the contemporary.

 

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Hawa Badlo – Harshdeep Kaur & Javed Ali

 

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As a noble cause to spread awareness on the ever increasing, and ongoing problem of air pollution, especially in the metros of India, is an initiative spearheaded by the Gas Authority of India. The result is a song called “Hawa Badlo”, created by music director Bishakh Jyoti, and supported by the vocals of two New Delhi-based playback singers, Harshdeep Kaur and Javed Hussain, the latter changing his surname to Ali in honor of his guru, ghazal legend Ghulam Ali.

While there is no denying the strength of the lyrics of “Hawa Badlo” by Tanvir Ghazi and Protiqe Mojoomdar but, unfortunately, the musical content does not represent the same power of the environmental subject in terms of either the arrangements or instrumentation, where the drum programming is provided unnecessary prominence. Nevertheless, it is the support of singers Harshdeep Kaur and Javed Ali that essentially sees the song through to the level of its required musical and, more notably, environmental importance.

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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