Banger – Nasty Ninja

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Mumbai’s Finest co-founder, rapper Sumeet Suvarna continues his solo career as Nasty Ninja on “Banger”. In sticking to the trademark sounds of virtually no instrumentation, this time around courtesy music director Crazy Vibe, Nasty Ninja receives vocal support from his Beast Mode Crew, consisting of YOUNG FLYSICK, WILD CHILD, LOKKA MUSIC, FLEXX, PANTHER, and NOVA. The usage of Hinglish appears to support the hip-hop trend on “Banger” of minimalistic music and repetitive beats.

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani
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Fireflood – Fireflood

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Fireflood is a Bangalore-based gospel band formed in May 2014 by vocalist Jeven John and lead guitarist Willy Karlukhi. The sounds of their self-titled album, ‘Fireflood’, consisting of 12 tracks, is straight-forward rock predominantly influenced by the ‘90s. While each of the band’s seven musicians shows their competence on their respective instruments, it is eventually the fine vocals of Jeven John and his co-singer, Kekhrie Ringa, which make the compositions notable. While there are no detours from Fireflood’s focus, among the highlights are the funky “Rain”, and the rollicking shuffle of “Letting Go”. An impressive effort!

 

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Whine Up – Nasty Ninja

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‘Whine Up’ is a five-track album from desi hipster Sumeet Suvarna, also known as Nasty Ninja, and a co-founder of ‘Mumbai’s Finest’ in 2006, who has since embarked on a solo career. On running through genres like Boom Bap, Trap, and Dancehall, among others, Nasty Ninja’s versatile style combines Hindi and English rap. The unconventional, non-musical model where there is minimalistic instrumentation with the focus being on rapping and drum programming is best showcased on “Falling For You”, which loops into the lyrics of “woo hoo”, which makes me wonder if this really is the future of Indian hip-hop.

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Every Lil’ Girl Of Mine – Underground Authority

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Kolkata-based ‘Underground Authority’ was formed in early 2010 with the merger of two bands, Banned and Skydive. “Every Lil’ Girl Of Mine” is a composition inspired musically and lyrically by the song “What did you learn in school today?” by folk singer-songwriter Tom Paxton that appeared on his 1964 album, ‘Ramblin’ Boy’, which spoke about the American school system misinforming children on the events of history. Similarly, “Every Lil’ Girl Of Mine” takes on the step of protesting against the government’s idle promises on the safety and security of women in our country. Supported by Underground Authority’s rock sounds, “Every Lil’ Girl Of Mine’ is certainly a song that requires widespread support.

 

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Sun Toh Zara – Hiroo Thadani

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It’s never too late to pursue your passion seems to be the underlying theme for “Sun Toh Zara”, an inoffensive, mid-tempo tune from industrialist Hiroo Thadani. In reaching an age when people would, by convention, consider retirement, Hirooji appears to reflect on it just as the beginning of a musical career that commenced for him with a debut album in 2013. The music on “Sun Toh Zara” and its lyrics are provided by Arbind Jha who seems to keep the composition simple for Hiroo Thadani to showcase his energy and, in turn, assist Hirooji into becoming a true inspiration for those who truly believe that age is just a number. Way to go, Hirooji!

 

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Urr Jaoon – Strings

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In saving the best content for the last arrives a song from a band that is single-handedly responsible for the resurgence of Coke Studio, Strings. “Urr Jaoon” is the second song from their album named ‘30’ and opens with a soft, lilting piano and expectedly moves into guitar mellowness featuring lyricist-singer Bilal Maqsood’s mellifluous vocals combined with the quintessential Strings pop-rock sound. There is no denying that the lyrics of “Urr Jaoon” is personal and emotional for String as it sheds light on issues that plague societies, a message that could not be conveyed better than through their musical excellence.

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Amateur Love – Vipul Kapoor featuring Kanika Malhotra

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In continuing with the theme of dance sounds, from the Indian capital arrive the talents of Vipul Kapoor and Kanika Malhotra who combine on the sounds of EDM with a blend of Hindi and English on “Amateur Love”. While the lyrics of Dhruv Yogi and Vipul can best be described by part of the song name itself, amateur, it really is the vocals of Kanika that starts the song off on a crescendo but, as soon as her vocals exit, so does the song despite Vipul Kapoor’s best efforts which fall into a loop of keyboard monotony.

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Bulleya – DJ Shaan featuring Jasbir Jassi

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Unity appears to be the flavor of the fortnight as DJ Shaan, in conjunction with Punjab da Munda Jasbir Singh Bains, better known as Jasbir Jassi, combine to provide a social message through their single, “Bulleya”, which speaks of [quote] “we are all one” [unquote]. A timely message too when you consider the number of messages of disharmony being spread across various channels. Nevertheless “Bulleya”, which has obvious influences of drum and bass, clearly caters to the dance sounds currently being favored by the youth and is both listenable and danceable and, naturally for fans of that genre, has a lot of fun to boot.

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Sufi Acoustica [Sone Piya Piya/Milan Ki Aas/Mann Dagar Dagar] – Tochi Raina

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From a musically inclined joint family in Patiala arrived Tochi Raina, leading him from a forest of commercial jingles into a musical jungle including Bollywood but, through the years, the now Mumbai-based singer has broken out of conventional music shackles with strong selections. Such as on his recent ‘Sufi Acoustica’ EP which consists of three songs, all composed by Tochi Raina with his Band Of Bandagi member Neeru Rawal. In fact, co-composer Neeru is provided an opportunity of showcasing his vocal talent on the mid-tempo “Mann Dagar Dagar” on which Neeru does a satisfying job. However, it is Tochi Raina who inevitably steals the show with his distinctive vocals on the uptempo “Piya Milan Ki Aas” and the catchy “Sone Piya”. The common thread across the three tracks are the tight arrangements and the characteristic guitar playing of Chintoo Singh Wasir. This initiative is executive produced by Thinkerz, with more songs being issued under the ‘Sufi Acoustica’ brand on the 14th of every month. Be prepared!

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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Pragata Bhayo Bhagawan [Raga Bhimplas] – Arunkumar

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Pragata Bhayo Bhagawan [Raga Bhimplas] – Arunkumar

There is a legion of devotional music fans who want their genre to sound exactly as it has always been by convention but, with the appearance of academically qualified vocal musician Arunkumar singing “Pragata Bhayo Bhagawan”, he turns experimental. Arunkumar’s focus appears to be towards a younger audience and, in that, he succeeds with modern instrumentation accompanying a traditional bhajan, notably the usage of guitar and, in turn, it makes the song contemporary enough to cut across generations.

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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