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Ab Toh Jaag – Deepa Nair Rasiya

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London-born singer-songwriter Deepa Nair Rasiya may have commenced her musical voyage with Carnatic traditions, but she has not ignored the North Indian side too and, with the blending of two music worlds [Western and Indian], results in the vocalist/composer conquering the world with this amazing track, “Ab Toh Jaag”, based on a poem written by legendary 17th century poet Bulleh Shah, who practised the Sufi tradition of Punjabi poetry.  The song radiates the confidence from master craftsman in sound engineering and production KJ Singh, who also doubles up in playing drums and bass. “Ab Toh Jaag” is a brilliantly constructed Sufi confection with top-flight support from Sanjoy Das [guitars], Partha Paul [keyboards], and Manas Kumar [violin]. Deepa’s turns on phrasing, along with her tight compositional skills, create a fresh sound and perspective all of her own, resulting in a classic platter buoyed by several moments of sheer brilliance.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/deepanairrasiya

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Rocket – Mauj Maharaja [featuring Rhys Sebastian D’Souza]

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This quartet from Mumbai, Mauj Maharaja, consists of Tanmay Bhattacharjee [guitar/vocals], Aalok Padhye [keyboards/vocals], Stuart DaCosta [bass/vocals], and Jehangir Jehangir – yes, the name is repeated as the surname too or vice-versa – on drums.

They introduce a very vintage sounding, and a pleasantly chugging track in “Rocket” which, to me, appears to be intriguingly influenced by the Johnny Otis composition, “Willie And The Hand Jive”. Partners in the musical crime are an extremely extensive horn section consisting of Armeet Panesar [trombone], Kishore Sodha [trumpet], and the now omnipresent alto saxophonist Rhys Sebastian D’Souza, which arrive during a musical interlude that permits some Bobby McFerrin-type scatting too, just prior to the somewhat abrupt ending to the song. Mauj Maharaja’s gift for capturing a perfect blend of early rock and roll twang and making it sound perfect for today is probably their biggest

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/maujmaharaja

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

Orphaned [Win Peace] – Subhrojyoti

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Singer-songwriter Subhrojyoti arrives from Pune, and shuffles smoothly between roots rock origins to jazzier variations on “Orphaned”. Not only as a songwriter, but as an instrumentalist too, Subhrojyoti’s pretensions on “Orphaned” indicate his musical skills on the instrumental arrangements contained therein, helped by a new wave-tinged pop production. While Subhrojyoti’s vocals have obvious limitations, they actually help the listener concentrate on the musician’s progressive rock inclinations when they take hold of the song. Subhrojyoti establishes a sound of laid-back shuffles and intricate, bluesy guitar playing.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/subhrojyoti

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Bhulaadiya [instrumental] – Sugarzzz featuring Ali Mustafa

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This is an instrumental version of “Bhulaadiya” by Sugarzzz – also known as Sweta Bhatt, who has origins in Gujarat but has, since, gone global [read Dubai] – featuring the talent of music composer Ali Mustafa. A variety of instruments and their variants are combined to create an excitable multitude of ever changing rhythms, tones, and pitches, that all fuse neatly into each other, resulting in a surprising instrumental plethora of sounds. Keyboards start the song off slowly, as percussion wriggles its way into the current sound that is heard, until there is a grand unison of sounds that turn soothing to the ears. Throughout the song, the tempos range from soft to intense to utterly surprising, making for some excellent musical culmination. This instrumental of “Bhulaadiya” is a fine excursion into the realm of new age music.

 

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/sugarzzz

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Holi – Ehesaas

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Mumbai-based folk-rock band Ehesaas may be inspired by various counterparts, but the quartet – consisting of Amarabha [vocalist, rhythm guitar], Chiranjit [drums], Roy [lead guitar], and Saumit [bass] – still retain a distinct flavour for festivities on “Holi”. Incorporating local elements with modern sounds appear as the musical differentiator for Ehesaas as their acoustic sounds are supported by simple lyrics sung in a very traditional, ethnic manner, but it is the live instrumentation  – especially the bass which lends tremendous support to the rhythm section –  that provide Ehesaas’ music its unique character, which is amply displayed on “Holi”.

 

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/SuryaveerwithEhsaas

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Soyi Soyi – Nikita H Chandiramani

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Any debut album for a singer is always filled with expectation – especially for the musician than anyone else. I do not know if there are any other songs that have been released prior to this, but “Soyi Soyi” is rocked-out collaboration with music composer Santosh Nair and lyricist Alok Ranjanjha. It contains classic sounds from the ‘80s rock era with the vocals of Nikita Chandiramani heralding the sounds of Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Alannah Myles, and ilk. Loud, tight guitars, a killer chorus, with Nikita’s husky voice appearing upfront. It is a bracing call to arms that lets the listener know right away that Nikita knows how to rock, not just a little, but a lot. Indeed, “Soyi Soyi” conjures up the days of the simple good-time rocker with angry blasts of punk energy that sound truly inspired and tough, containing all the hooks and style of a bygone era.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/kirannikitahchandiramani

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Chithira – Archan Chakraborty featuring Kuhoo Gupta and Jash Chakraborty

The challenges of collaborating online and its culmination can be gauged on “Chithira” – which, in Bengali, means ‘Letter’ – when singer Kuhoo Gupta from Pune and composer Archan Chakraborty from Kolkata met in Mumbai during the ArtistAloud Awards in 2013. Blending the best of two words – Bengali [with lyrics written by Jash Chakraborty] and Hindi [by Kuhoo] – the paradox is that lyricist Kuhoo has sung the Bengali part of the song, leaving Archan to sing in Hindi, resulting in an amalgamation of disparate talents who, together, really shine here with their clear vocals. “Chithira”, with its strong keyboards base, reflects well on the mid-tempo melody, making the song well-crafted and enduring.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/Chithira-ArchanFt.KuhooandJash

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

The Human Towers – The Human Tower Ensemble

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New York-based The Human Tower Ensemble had its genesis in 2011, following the recording session for the soundtrack of a documentary named ‘The Human Tower’. The result is a crossover song between psychedelic music and Eastern sounds, commencing with the sounds of an aarti, before the introduction of tabla and sitar, leading to uptempo sounds on the Andres Subercaseaux and Rene Veron composition. However, it is the haunting vocals of Falguni  “Falu” Shah, based in North America too, which are mixed deep in the background that manages to bridge the gap between kitsch and fine art on “The Human Towers”.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/TheHumanTowerEnsemble

– Review by PARAG KAMANI

Unreal: Revolutionize The Revolutionary – Point Of View

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I have not heard anything previously from Point Of View, the five-member band from Dubai, but I am assuming that their usual hard rock sounds would eventually lead them to new territory too, such as a mid-tempo ballad of sorts. “Unreal” is certainly one of them, which is lyrically sensitive (and musically positive) and, in it, the band shows a strong desire to experiment and push the boundaries of the rock format with this guitar-based song that continues to grow on you with every listen. While the band has been associated in performing on stage with various international rock acts through their journey, Point Of View also needs to be commended for donating proceeds from their album sales towards creating awareness against poaching and saving animals. Both their sounds – and vision – are definitely endorsed here!

 

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/RevolutionizeTheRevolutionary

– Review by PARAG KAMANI

Imagination – Srimallya Maitra

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The sound of piano, followed by violin, give way to orchestral sounds created by keyboards, resulting as the base of musical repetitiveness that arrives from Kolkata-based Srimallya Maitra. Ambient music’s original vision as an unobtrusive musical wallpaper, later fused with warm house rhythms and given playful qualities by various artistes in the ’90s, found an opposite in a style known as ‘Dark Ambient’. Populated by a wide assortment of artistes through the years, dark ambient features toned-down or entirely missing beats with unsettling passages of keyboards, eerie sounds, and treated instrumental effects, which is often the feel that “Imagination” provides. Like most styles related in some way to electronic music of the ’90s, ambient music – dark or otherwise – remains a very nebulous term; many artistes enter or leave the style with each successive release, and it would be interesting to listen to where Srimallya’s next effort goes.

 

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/SrimallyaMaitra

– Review by PARAG KAMANI