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Chandrakauns – Studios Sound Garage Season II (featuring the Jains: Shreya, Shruti, and Shyam)

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The head of Studios Sound Garage, Sanjay K Pathak, who also acts as the resident producer/composer, continues to marvel at churning out delectable pieces of ethnic melodies, this time around opening “Chandrakauns” with a classical bandish prior to fusing the genres of ghazal with semi classical genre. Apparently, the song “talks about a story of two generations of a family where the daughters learn, from their father, a song that brims with emotion”, which is precisely what is implemented on this song as a call [from the father] and response [from the daughters, mainly in harmony]. Sanjay’s remarkable arrangements – especially the focus provided to flautist Mandar Tandel – and his team’s warm production provide ideal support to the uplifting vocals from sisters Shreya and Shruti on “Chandrakauns”. Brilliant stuff!

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/SSGSeason2

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

Yaad Ke Gaon Se – Priyanka Chitriv

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Probably more popularly known for her renditions of devotional songs, Priyanka Chitriv takes a slight tangent on “Yaad Ke Gaon Se”, singing a track that has a distinctive folk feel. Keyboard-backed, Priyanka’s clear vocals take the song to another level with support from its instrumentation, notably the manner in which the percussion is arranged to complete the ethnic feel. Credit to Priyanka’s marvellous vocals is undoubtedly due to her academics in music and the programming from her husband, music composer Ankur Shrivastava, whose combined talents demonstrate the subtlety of sounds, approaches, and folk traditions on “Yaad Ke Gaon Se”.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Khatti Meethi – Anurag Dixit

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Singer-lyricist-composer Anurag Dixit continues making effective usage of his compositional talent on this mid-tempo acoustic track, “Khatti Meethi”, as the song revives fond memories of the middle of the road sounds of the ’60s. This is a fun-loving song that is infectious with an interlude wherein keyboards are utilized to mimic the sound of an accordion. “Khatti Meethi” continues to focus on one of India’s young pop’s better voices as Anurag indulges in smooth and urbane sounds in most respects, with a style that could be categorised as easy listening.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Storeys Unknown – Sonali Vij

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Born in Delhi, and bred in New Jersey, Sonali Vij’s talent for musical instrumentation arose when she commenced playing the guitar at age 7 and has, since, written over a thousand songs. Some of them get showcased on this EP, the cleverly titled ‘Storeys Unknown’, which reminds me about the flat treatment mete out to apartment owners by builders once the building goes for redevelopment. Nevertheless, humour aside, Sonali’s alternative rock foundations remain intact on the six tracks of ‘Storeys Unknown’, with her vocals matching the compositions, and the one aspect of the EP that becomes increasingly perceptible with each listen is how romantic it feels, albeit in a somewhat unsettling manner. While the lyrics are personal and yet, paradoxically, universal, they are also straightforward and, simultaneously, a synthesis of accessible songs and abstract sounds, right from the comparatively loud “Rebel”, the acoustic ballad of “Looking Glass”, the musical consciousness of “Hypnosis”, the addiction cultivating “Lady Of Gardens”, the haunting sounds and alternating beat contained within “Welcome To My World”, to the off-balance production of “Crown Of Thorns”. Sonali is definitely a composer to reckon with, with her well-constructed Storeys ranging from daytime to bedtime!

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

String Of Shining Pearls – GD Prasad

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A commerce graduate from Chennai and presently pursuing a masters in Advertising & Marketing in England, GD Prasad has been composing music since ten and, over the years, has worked on several English theatre productions, short films, and radio and television programmes, among other musical initiatives. A pianist, who has learnt to play drums too, he has put his compositional skills to fine usage on “String Of Shining Pearls”, which is largely instrumental – though it does contains lyrics by Gauri Gupta – wherein the so-called vocals are virtually non-existent and are, often, reminiscent of Gregorian chants. The fascination of the song is clear though, as Prasad’s production finds him venturing into multiple instrumentation with keyboards as the backbone as he combines the sounds of flute, lead guitar, violin, drums, and what sounds like the santoor, adding texture to Prasad’s composition. Although the artiste himself describes his music in the “broad genre of world/experimental music” but, to me, this is definitively reminiscent of the progressive sounds from the ’70s, moreso due to its ever changing tempos. A noteworthy effort!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Dil Ki Baat – Greg & Stan

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Singers, composers, and producers Greg and Stan have built their musical confidence on their past in Hindi pop to now venture into their second track for ArtistAloud with “Dil Ki Baat”. It is a song which, explain the duo [although the lyrics have been written by Greg only], is “about the nervous teenage romantic who experiences love at first sight and doesn’t have the courage to express” it [“Dil ki baat, kahoon na kahoon?/Mulakat, karoon na karoon?”]. On the musical side of things, on first listening, it surely takes time to accept the mix wherein the vocals are subdued and the instrumentation – mainly guitar, supported by a drum machine and keyboards – is upfront but, by the time you reach the song’s inevitable end, you begin to appreciate the looped beat, sultry bass groove, and subtle guitaring, placing the arrangements in perspective. Undoubtedly, every further listen to “Dil Ki Baat”, makes the song grow fonder!

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Feathers From The West – Chaitanya Kolluri

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Sensitively woven tranquil textures of sound wash through the mind of the listener on “Feathers From The West” that arrives from self-taught keyboardist/pianist/programmer Chaitanya Kolluri who admits to having started off his career as a lobby pianist. The instrumental, backed by changing tempos, includes multi-layered sounds of synthesisers, piano, and guitar, among other “instruments”. However, the best aspect of this track is the passage that only contains bass with percussion, creating atmospheres of light, airy and, paradoxically, lyrical. The gentle melody is supported by soundscapes that are dynamic and bold and will surely appeal to fans of the synth sounds from the Seventies.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Out Of Control – Oz

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The Mumbai-born former Omkar Chikhalkar, who calls himself Oz, has now resurfaced as a solo artiste with a fresh musical identity and rap approach on “Out Of Control”. Getting help from hip hop new school producer Yantam and debuting a video on YouTube, Oz’s sound is lean, his rapping tough and fluid, and his subject matter – in a manner of saying – speaks for itself. The results seem to have worked well for this young rapper, who has sung, written the lyrics, and composed the music for “Out Of Control”, which is backed by the effective usage of keyboards, resulting in the musician becoming a kind of rap-synth wizard of Oz.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

 

Vaada Karo – Prajoth D’Sa featuring Adil Nadaf

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Prajoth D’Sa is an Udipi-born, Bangalore-based musician who lives a dual life shuffling between a profession [as a software engineer] and passion [music]. Although “Vaada Karo” has no distinctive style, it matters little on this song that is perfectly attuned to the essentials of pop sounds.  However, “Vaada Karo” still finds occasional flashes of ingenuity like the introduction of violin and the usage of flute that prove that Prajoth is a far more interesting musician when venturing outside a middle of the road comfort zone. Nevertheless, nothing changes the fact that “Vaada Karo” is a surprisingly enjoyable slice of organic pop.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

 

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MUMBAI: The DopeStudio bagged three trophies at the 2014 ArtistAloud Music Awards, with wins for Best Sound, Best Composition and Best Lyrics. Band member Abhishek Dasgupta was presented the award for Best Lyrics by ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, while Best Sound and Best Composition were given to the indie rock band by composers Leslie Lewis and Salim Merchant, respectively.

Soul singer Viraj Bahri and Bollywood playback singer Sujata Majumdar tied with two wins each. Bahri along with his mother, singer Promila Bahri, won Best Group and Best Video for ‘Vande Mataram Reprise Acoustic Version’. The award for Best Video was presented by singer Sona Mohapatra, while Best Group was presented by Turnkey Music & Publishing Pvt. Ltd MD Atul Churamani.

Majumdar won Best Female, which was presented by popular Bollywood playback singer Shaan. She also won the Bajate Raho Best Song award for her single ‘Manwaa’, which was given to her by RJ Malishka.

The Best Male award was presented to Hindi pop/rock singer Anurag Dixit by famous Bollywood musician Shankar Mahadevan, while Sanjay Pathak took home the Best Album award for his self-titled album, which was presented to him by Bollywood singer/ composer/ actor Himesh Reshammiya.

Meanwhile, one half of the Salim- Sulaiman composer duo- Sulaiman Merchant presented the 9XO Best International Artist award to Mick Clarke. Bollywood playback singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya presented Shruti Pathak with the Best Genre award, while live electronic act The Sanket and Rajan Project was awarded the Best Single (Jury) for the track, ‘Kahani’, by actor turned singer Priyanka Chopra.

On the awards, ArtistAloud VP Soumini Sridhara Paul said, “The most credible aspect of the concept was that it is totally democratic. When the public votes were being tallied, the technology ensured that there was nothing wrong in acquiring the correct numbers. When the jury votes were being tallied, the jury members were unaware of the final winners. Also, who we thought would win, ended up winning, especially in the jury categories. Short-listing the 40 nominees was a challenge since all of them were so close. We are satisfied with the final winning list, as it helped us prove the point that we truly put forth good content, and even the jury members acknowledged it.”

The 2014 ArtistAloud Music Awards were presented digitally, on Facebook, Twitter and the ArtistAloud website on 18 May, between 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

 

Courtesy : RadioandMusic.com