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Coke Studio Season 9 Episode 5

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Broadcast on September 10, Season 9 Episode 5 continues the high standards set by Coke Studio through the years. While most will be driven by the popularity of Rahat Fateh Ali or the sounds of “Jhalliya”, sung by Javed Bashir, Shahzad Nawaz, and Masuma Anwar, my vote goes to the continuing brilliancy of music director Noori who, this time around, has provided the riff-driven “Main Raasta”, sung by Junaid Khan and Momina Mustehsan. This potential pop-rock anthem is awash with pounding drums and blistering guitars, masterfully blending one into another. Apparently, the teamwork of the vocalists goes beyond lending their voices as the duo spent several days confined in a studio working on the melody and the lyrics. Junaid’s perfect falsetto puts the deep tonality of Momina’s vocals at the forefront of the track featuring a guitar solo against an unstoppable groove, a bouncing chorus, and a manic drumbeat, making Episode 5 as sweetened as its carbonated sponsor, Coke.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Saathiya – Tripet Garielle

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Music director-producer Atif Ali has found the perfect mix of combining infectious pop music with UK-based Asian singer Tripet Garielle’s vocals to provide a standard for dance-pop with the bass heavy “Saathiya”, which contains lyrics by Waqqas Qadir Sheikh. Because the song cleverly incorporates stylish, state-of-the-art beats, where all of the parameters may not particularly appear impressive, independently – the arrangement, synth, and drum programming are fairly rudimentary; whereas, Tripet’s singing in a “language that she cannot speak” has its obvious limitations – but, taken together, the elements blend together to create an irresistible standard of dance-pop where the hooks and rhythms are something to celebrate…on the dance floor!

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Aviral Part I – Sarit Das feat. Swarnima Gusain

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There is a legion of devotional music fans who want their genre to sound exactly as it has always by convention. But with the appearance of music director Sarit Das leading the way of being experimental, he conveys that it appears ridiculous to merely think that his sound would be satisfied by complying to popular demand. “Growth is necessary; change is inevitable” appears to be the underlying theme on ‘Aviral Part I – A collection of Rare Mantras from Ancient Scripts’ on this album, which appears like one extended song that has been broken into four parts: “Ajam Nirvikalpam”; “Saraswati Namasyami”; “Namastestu Mahamaye”; and “Vashudevam Hrishikesham”.  In the case of Sarit’s brand of devotional music, different does not automatically mean bizarre as the amalgamation of spiritual lyrics and a potpourri of sounds that include keyboard-based orchestration, choir singing and, in moments, a clear jazz feel…often results like a background score of early Hollywood films, thanks especially to Cris Masand in the programming seat, and the mastering of Ahitanga ‘Tito’ Dasgupta, which is crisp, direct, and sharp. The mixing by Santanu Mukharjee may be defiant and appear brash but, paradoxically, it is heartfelt too. While singer Swarnima Gusain may have her moments, there are several passages in which her vocals are clearly stretched, but that should not take away the passion behind the songs composed by Sarit Das, who has decided to have devotional music flow into [a] new wave.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Sherni – Hard Kaur

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Born Taran Kaur Dhillon, this Meerut born’s success as Hard Kaur occurred when she returned to Indian shores after having based herself in Birmingham. Since then, Hard Kaur has indulged in Bollywood as well continued a parallel career as an independent singer with evolving sounds from pop rap to – and in living up to her name – hard core as on “Sherni”, where the lyrics have been written and the music composed by the artiste herself. Sherni is a song on women empowerment, where Hard Kaur will urge all women to be strong and be shernis in real life. While her new musical identity and rap approach makes Hard Kaur’s sound leaner as on the existing arrangements of “Sherni”, her rapping has got tougher and more fluid. “I represent female empowerment to my core. I wrote this song four years ago but didn’t release it till now as I didn’t think people were ready for this kind of track. We don’t really get much support for this kind of material because it’s not commercial. So now that the digital scene is so big, artists like me can afford to drop our music independently and let our fans enjoy our true work,” said Hard Kaur. She added, “With all the bullshit that’s been happening in our country regarding rape, sexism, and ill treatment towards women, I think we are done taking all this crap. Enough! We all need to be shernis and let the world know that.”

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Ehbaab – Sunil Kumar featuring Dalbir Virdi and Roop Sagar

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Punjab-born Sunil Kumar is a ghazal singer and composer who is also academically qualified in the musical sphere that he indulges in and, having completed his masters in music, he is apparently pursuing a doctorate in ghazals. Of course, this assists on “Ehbaab” where Sunil’s soulful voice and clear diction on the poetry of Roop Sagar, who has got his poems published across several books, combines well with music director Dalbir Virdi’s arrangements using Western instrumentation with Indian, notably santoor. All this while maintaining ghazal traditions that are closely tied both historically and by contemporary sounds that remain appropriate on this light guitar-laden, mid-tempo selection which is melodic, pleasant, and soothing.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Ranjha Ranjha – Chintoo Singh Wasir

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Bringing a certain – and effective – reading on his rendition of “Ranjha Ranjha”, a classic poem by Baba Bulleh Shah, Chintoo Singh Wasir’s arrangements and earthy vocals fit perfectly into making the ethnicity of the track surprisingly contemporary. Much credit to Chintoo’s arrangements and instrumentation, including his usage of the Rubab, a lute-like musical instrument that had its origins in central Afghanistan. Synthesizing Indian folk and sufi sounds with ethnic instrumentation appears to be undertaken with comfort and with cleverness by this multi-instrumentalist who has, through the years, diversified from being a competent guitarist to his proficiency on playing the Rubab, an instrument that he also played on Shania Twain’s 2002 multi-platinum selling ‘Up!’, a word that is also appropriate for the manner in which Chintoo’s career appears to be moving!

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Translucence [album] – Divya Krishnan

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With no essential information forthcoming regarding Divya Krishnan, this “mystery” singer is still undeniably the artiste of the week as the five diverse tracks on this album are all supported by fine musicianship, marvelous arrangements, and tight production. From the soft “Angel”, quiet idealness of “Utopia” [containing passages reminiscent of John Denver’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane”], the R&B querying “You Know”, the guitar carnival of “Stairway Blues”, to the concluding – and this reviewer’s favourite – harmony backed, folky “Warriors,” Divya and her musical crew bring worldliness to both lyrics and to melodies that lead them to the level of A-listers. For most part, if not all, ‘Translucence’ is certainly one album that is destined to take this pop artiste to the top of her game.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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