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Gori Tore Nain – Aroon Bakshi

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Film and television actor Aroon Bakshi, who has acted in over 100 Hindi films as well as in Punjabi and Bhojpuri cinema, has reportedly also sung 298 songs. Add one more with “Gore Tore Nain”, a romantic song composed, produced, and sung by Aroon. Having played the role of Mahant Dashrath Tripathi in the year-long TV serial ‘Ishq Ka Rang Safed’ that ended in August last year and apparently featured “Gore Tore Nain”, the song was found strong enough for Aroon to consider adding it to his ever increasing repertoire of songs. Although there is no credit to the musicians or arrangers accompanying Aroon on this track, the one certainty is that the instrumentalists excel and the arrangements are tight enough to ensure repeated listenings of “Gore Tore Nain” despite obvious limitations in Aroon Bakshi’s voice but, in all this, one cannot argue against the artiste’s enthusiasm of being a creative all-rounder.

 

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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You & I – Alpha X Omega

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The men behind Alpha X Omega are Tarush Anand and Lakshya Mahajan, who commenced their musical journey from their school days in New Delhi, and culminated it thereafter by producing their own music. On “You & I”, the duo receive assistance on vocals by Dylan Matthew, with a song replete with R&B, soul, and hip-hop, backed by changing tempos. While the instrumentation may be synthetic, it still remains outward-looking, refined, and bristly for an Indian effort, especially the phrasing bit that goes “t-t-t-tell me” in the obvious love song. Nevertheless, as much as “You & I” has commonality with releases of retro-progressive peers from the past, Alpha X Omega retain a rhythmic core that strikes deep. While on the surface, “You & I” appears to be an unassuming exercise in fusing black music innovations that span decades but then, through repetitive listening, Alpha X Omega’s positive musical intent becomes clear.

-Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Sisterhood – Geetu Hinduja

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Recorded in celebration of Woman’s Day last year, “Sisterhood” receives a timely re-release in 2017 as it speaks about women bonding through camaraderie, nurturing, fostering, compassion, and empathy, not only towards each other, but to humanity too. Credit for this journey goes to vocalist/guitarist Geetu Hinduja, who has trained formally in Indian classical music and jazz, and has composed the acoustic-flavoured “Sisterhood” in conjunction with singer-songwriter Kelli Eagan from Boston, and guitarist Alisha Pais from Mumbai. Geetu’s supporting cast includes six other talented women who, besides Alisha, include: Vasuda Sharma [ukulele/vocals], Vivienne Pocha [vocals], Mynah Marie [accordion], Shubhangi Joshi [vocals], Naama Choonawala [drums], and Nandini Shankar [violin]. Credit to Vasuda for her musical arrangements that feature a fine display of violin playing and the usage of the virtually rendered obsolete accordion [barring those performers still passionate about Zydeco/Cajun music]. Indeed, even the musical side of “Sisterhood” is a revelation.

-Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Paradise – Sam Systematic Seelan

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Tamilian Senbege Seelan, who arrives from Malaysia, promotes a social cause on “Paradise” and, in turn, showcases his diverse talent in moving from tight and punishing metal sounds to the soft with equal spirit. On “Paradise”, Seelan provides his own ode to the homeless, querying: “What we do when see homeless in the streets? What [do] we think of them? How can we relate to them?” Seelan’s knack for also spilling his guts in heart-breaking fashion certainly achieves a new high on “Paradise”, one of the most affecting ballads from the musician, who has composed the music and written its lyrics. The hooks and the heartbreak come together brilliantly on “Paradise” and reiterate Sam Systematic Seelan’s immense talent.

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Tu Jo Mila – Sangeeta Khanna

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Born to a musical family consisting of a father who was a music composer and a mother being a poet/lyricist, it was inevitable that Sangeeta Khanna would follow her parents’ passion. In pursuing formal music lessons from the Bhatkhande School Of Music, alongside her academics, Sangeeta’s studio debut occurred aged 12. Cut to the present and Sangeeta’s resume has expanded and how, covering Bollywood, ghazals, semi-classical, pop, Western, and fusion, with her latest effort being “Tu Jo Mila”, which contains slick sounds of cheery R&B on a mid-tempo ballad designed with a contemporary audience in mind, thanks to the musical composition from Sunjoy Bose, with lyrics penned by Vikas Chauhan. The track becomes enjoyable on repeated listenings, but nothing changes the fact that, although Sangeeta’s vocals may have scored in the East, the track had just the right amount of western feel it needed.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Durge Maata – Hema Sardesai

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Following her last project, “Bappa Morya”, Mumbai-born, Goan-based Hema Sardesai indulges in more devotional content with “Durge Maata”. Even though the playback singer whose exceptional vocals on AR Rahman’s “Awaara Bhavaren”, from 1997’s ‘Sapnay’, catapulted her into Bollywood stardom, versatility remains her forte as she now adds more devotional content to the ever increasing list of genres that she excels in: Indipop, Indian classical, Western pop, folk, and fusion. With an intent of providing spirituality to youth through music, Hema continues her journey of utilising electronica to support devotional material, as on “Durge Maata” this time around, which has been also been written and produced by her. Devotional goes dancing again!

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Find it on Wynk, Vodafone Music, Idea Music Hub

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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!

Stream & Download the album exclusively on Artist Aloud – The App

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.