24 Hours Irresponsible by Shibani Kashyap & Quino featuring Stylebhai

24 Hours Irresponsible

Born in New Delhi, singer Shibani Kashyap is a graduate in English Literature, largely composing music in the Sufi-western blend with songs like “Sajna Aa Bhi Jaa”, “Ho Gayi hai Mohabbat”, and “Zinda”. However, on “24 Hours Irresponsible”, Shibani takes a tangent, and how.

Taking on pop-inflected reggae – courtesy composers Bruce Carlin and Rajesh Roy – Shibani does as much to the song to move it away from mainstream reggae and right into international appeal due to the support of fellow vocalist, Joaquin McWhinney, the frontman of Big Mountain, a band that had its genesis in the U.S. and scored a ‘Top 10’ in 1994 with a rendition of guitarist Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way”. Singer Joaquin is more popularly known as “Quino”, who is of Mexican/Irish heritage, where several of his family members were musicians that performed mariachi, a genre that is atypical of Western Mexico. Quino’s interest in reggae occurred after viewing a documentary about Bob Marley.

Nevertheless, returning to “24 Hours Irresponsible”, both singers Shibani and Quino have retained their attention-grabbing, radio-friendly voices, delivering it with that big blast of light musical sunshine that extends from reggae to raga, covering the languages of English and Hindi.

For those interested in trivia, Shibani was one of the 29 independent and mainstream artists who were part of Hungama Digital Media Entertainment’s then new independent music venture in 2010, ArtistAloud.com which, according to Shibani, “is a great site as it gives artists their individual space and a platform.”

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Stream & Download ‘24 Hours Irresponsible’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – Talent First App.

Also Available on:
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Also Available on iTunes International, Wynk Music, Reliance Jio Music, Idea Music Lounge.

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Kabootar by Euphoria

Kabootar

New Delhi-based Euphoria was formed in 1988 by then medical student Dr. Palash Sen with his like-minded, musically-inclined friends. Shifting through several lineups since, success remained elusive until 10 years later when their debut studio album, titled ‘Dhoom’, released in the October 1998, contained the massive hit, “Dhoom Pichuk Dhoom”, thanks to its popular music video.

It is almost 30 years now since the band’s inception and Euphoria still survive. Much credit for that is because they are not caught in any time warp, but have reinvented themselves with changing times, moving away from the pure pop of the past by presenting progressive punk rock for the future as can now be witnessed with “Kabootar” which is, says the media release, “Euphoria’s tribute to millions who suffer from syndromes of the mind, and [from] mental illnesses”.

Given the chaos surrounding the endless genres of music currently available on the internet, Euphoria shakes off cluttered distractions and return to setting precedents by a fresh maturity in their songwriting on “Kabootar” – thanks to the composition by vocalist Palash Sen and bassist Debajyoti “DJ” Bhaduri – with their obvious rock influences; a marked departure from most of their work from the past, including last year’s “Halla Bol”. “Kabootar” retains a sense of righteous indignation reminiscent of early The Who [for those who listen to Classic Rock from the West] with harder stabs at social significance, but “Kabootar” also shifts the focus back on how the band really can craft dynamic rock songs, showing Euphoria having retained a flair for the dramatic, especially with its manic guitar courtesy of member Amborish “Ambo” Saikia.

With “Kabootar”, it is obvious that Euphoria is a more experimentation mode rather than treading merely into the comfort zone of combining Indian instrumentation with safe Western sounds. Of course, speedy, catchy punk rock is, at the moment, the forefront of the group’s sound and, with it, Euphoria proves that their sound on “Kabootar” is paradoxically no longer pigeon-holed!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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

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Andheron Ke Khwaab – Amaan Sheikh

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Andheron Ke Khwaab – Amaan Sheikh

Although admitting himself to be a certified “23-year-old music maniac from Goa”, singer Amaan Sheikh’s strong point may not be versatility, but he has certainly made monotony a virtuosity with exactly the same beat pervading across the entire track known as “Andheron Ke Khwaab”. But that really does not matter as Amaan creates a piece of melodic disco that reminisces the ‘80s with its incessant usage of keyboards and programming, undoubtedly appealing to those patronizing dance clubs with its relentless beat and hooks that are undoubtedly catchy. Although the sounds have all been heard before and better and, while Amaan may not be an innovator but, then again on “Andheron Ke Khwaab”, he does not need to be anything musically beyond what he really is: Sheikh, rattle, and roll!

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Stream & Download ‘Andheron Ke Khwaab’ exclusively on Artist Aloud – Talent First App.

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Eid Wali Raat – Manav Shaunki

Eid Wali Raat

Sufi receives a radical change of speed on “Eid Wali Raat” courtesy of college professor-cum-singer Manav Shaunki which is produced by Funkbox.  Adapting indigenous musical heritage to fast-paced pop sounds, music composer Rampal Banga has created rhythmic and melodic arrangements for “Eid Wali Raat” that transcends way beyond traditional Sufi music, and yet maintains musical notes on rhythms and folk melodies that exist in the heart of Sufism, blurring the lines where terrains, spiritual practices and, of course, musical ideas meet, meld, and mutate to contemporary sounds. Sufi is the music of joy and reverence and, as it bridges the various aspects of cultural traditions, “Eid Wali Raat” creates, via the sheer beauty of its sound and its lyrics, a portrait of a world that seamlessly and constantly shuffles between pleasure and pain.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Nida Fazli’s Suno Tum by Jazim Sharma

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A concept album of sorts, ‘Suno Tum’ is the very first musical album based on poetry written by Muqtida Hasan Nida Fazli, more popularly known as Nida Fazli, who passed away on 8th February 2016. As a prominent Hindi and Urdu poet, lyricist, and dialogue writer, Nidaji was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 for his contribution to literature. But before we move further, let us consider what makes a concept album? Although there is no simple answer, I believe that a concept album could be a collection of songs by an individual composer/lyricist or with a particular theme or with a certain sensibility. This album – containing 11 tracks – largely encompasses all these arguments on multiple levels and, simultaneously, supports Nidaji’s belief that the feel of a poet is similar to that of a painter or a musician and, coincidentally, all these arts have been made to fall within the purview of the ‘Sonu Tum’ project.

The musical presentation of Nidaji’s poetry is supported by composer-singer Jazim Sharma along with vocalist Parul Mishra whereas, outside the realms of music, paintings based on selected works of Nidaji have been handled by Geeta Das. While some tracks contain a recitation of lyrics by Tom Alter, the singing on ‘Suno Tum’ is competent enough, as are the musical compositions, but the instrumentation – largely the programming – does get repetitive. Nevertheless, this constructive criticism should not take away from the tremendous efforts placed behind commemorating the eminence of the late Nida Fazli’s poetry.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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

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The Rain – Bombay Bairag

The essence of world music remains alive and kicking, thanks to the continuing efforts of indigenous talent Bombay Bairag, a collaboration of two singers – Ashish Ranjan Thakur and Harpreet Hassrat – who owe the name of the band to the spirit of Mumbai city where their music was created. While the typical Western elements are fused here with Indian instrumentation, the sound is much closer to the deep foundation roots of Bombay Bairag’s ethnicity, courtesy the members’ tutelage in Indian classical music. Their singing, and the prominent usage of flute, makes it obvious. Often, though not always, the aim of world music is to find ways to create unity and harmony between Western instrumentation and more earth- and nature-oriented cultures as can be found within India. In time, fusion has become a favorite way for adventurous contemporary musicians to broaden their sound with newly found rhythms, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with it and, even if you may have heard several similar collaborations in the past, this seasonal offering from Bombay Bairag remains refreshing.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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

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Vichodeya – Aroon Bakshi

 

Passionate and vividly ecstatic, Sufi music is both philosophical and mystical as it tackles the themes of love and death with refreshing humanity. On “Vichodeya”, Ludhiana-born and raised film and television actor Aroon Bakshi provides his own slant to it, as he explores the traditional art form through modern instrumentation. Thanks to music arranger Raajesh Rathod, that is precisely what he does in making the song excel as the interlude of keyboards providing a lilting piano feel, and the changed tempo with the introduction of guitar just prior to the melody returning to the sounds of its commencement, really provide the support that the singer’s gruff voice requires to make this song – both composed and written by Aroon Bakshi – eminently listenable.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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

Also Available on:
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Also Available on iTunes International, Wynk Music, Reliance Jio Music, Idea Music Lounge.