Posts Tagged ‘ mumbai ’

Holi – Ehesaas

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Mumbai-based folk-rock band Ehesaas may be inspired by several of their progenitors, but the quartet – consisting of Amarabha [vocalist, rhythm guitar], Chiranjit [drums], Roy [lead guitar], and Saumit [bass] – still retain a distinct, independent 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/Ehesaas

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Mumbai Till I Die | Full Album |Mumbai’s Finest

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Formed in 2006, Mumbai’s Finest, as the name suggests, is based in erstwhile Bombay. The pack of musicians is fronted by Ace [a.k.a 39] with Kinga Rhymes, Ninja, D Hood and Adro, in ‘Mumbai Till I Die’, they launch an album of largely disparate songs, but all with an underlying genre: hip-hop. In attempting to take rap into pop mainstream, the multiple rappers of Mumbai’s Finest use a strong and yet nimble mic technique to show off their vocal skills, running the keyboard-based tracks of largely mid-tempo pace into a rhythmic flow. From the mainly decent dance tracks on the album, check out the funkiness of “Beast Mode”, the comparatively quiet “Get It Now”, the upbeat “The Mumbai Cypher”and the tangential, but dark “Destruction”. With ‘Mumbai Till I Die’, Indian hip hop finally appears to have come of age.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

Mumbai/Dust On My Window – Zedde

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In 2008, singer 2Blue and guitarist Claver, musicians recognized for their work in bands Vayu and Rust Angels, respectively, branched out to form Zedde along with Akashdeep [bass] and Trevor [drums]. A year later, their first single, “Mumbai”, won the prestigious ‘Anthem Of The Year’ title at Asian music awards AVIMA and, deservedly so, as the track provides justice to 2Blue’s immense vocal range, especially in the softer passages of the rock song. It also provides an emotional thread to Mumbai-ites when 2Blue writes/sings: “She gives you wings so you can fly”. Meanwhile, “Dust On My Window” is a song that came into existence some two years later, an outright rocker that would not be amiss from the ’80s AoR bandwagon. Nevertheless, nothing changes the fact that, if and when the history of Mumbai rock is written, the band can be assured that it will cover names of all artistes ranging from A to – of course – Zedde!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.http://www.artistaloud.com/Zedde

Raga Punch [EP] – Ravi Iyer

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Presently based out of Mumbai, Ravi Iyer has got his name emboldened by the popularity of his prowess on the guitar, amalgamating the sounds of a predominantly Western music instrument with multiple Indian instruments that include tabla, mridangam, veena, and violin. This EP further defines and refines his blistering fusion. Although it contains screaming rock energy and sometimes exaggerated competitive frenzy among the instrumentalists, ‘Raga Punch’ is varied in texture, tightly organised and, thankfully, strong in musical content with songs such as “Veena Vadini”, originally composed by Ravi’s mother, Saraswathi Iyer, and a “reprise” of the song featuring the talents of the Utkarsh Mandal School that supports children with impaired hearing or speech. A remarkable example of precisely choreographed, solo trading appears on “Jogi Blues” and “The Leader Follows”, with the vocal and violin interplay on “Inward Eye” [apparently featured on Ravi’s first album, ‘Rocking Ragaas’] moving at high-speed. Undoubtedly, this is a Raga EP that lives upto its name by providing an effective musical Punch!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Tujhko Dekhe Toh – Divya Venugopal

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Mumbai-based practicing psychologist Divya Venugopal’s “Tujhko Dekhe Toh” is a song that is also composed and [lyrics] written by her. Sung in harmony by Divya too, the song has been described as being “about that awesome feeling that you experience when you have caught a glimpse of your beloved”, and its uptempo beat supports the theme on this catchy song. The instrumental interlude that gives way to a soft passage before Divya’s vocal re-enter is outstanding too, thanks to the music arrangements provided by Anurag Godbole, who does a thorough job of ensuring that the instrumentation does not overawe Divya’s fine vocals. “Tujhko Dekhe Toh” is certainly mainstream pop arriving from an undeniably appealing tune.

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Rewind And Play EP – Grey Area

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Based in Mumbai, Grey Area is a quartet consisting of Elton [bass], Sanchit [drums], Floyd [vocals, lead guitar], and Nestor [rhythm guitar]. Apparently, the quartet’s music is inspired by first-hand experiences and, on this EP consisting of eight tracks, Grey Area craft razor-sharp and exciting pop tunes with lots of spark, soul, and the occasional psychedelic touch. The music itself is young, exciting, and free, resulting in a recording that has turned out to be dynamic, thrilling, and an impressive EP as Grey Area benefits from stripped-down arrangements. The talent of each member is uniquely showcased, especially drummer Sanchit who does a marvellous job on tracks such as “Mistaken” and “Thousand Thoughts”. The songs remain hook-filled, and endlessly catchy – such as “Changing Times”, “Leah”, and “Strawberry Lips” but, above all, the tracks are an exercise in simple fun. The songwriting takes an edge on the comparatively quieter songs too, such as the sweet “Little Lives” and the soulful “Too Much Love”, both of which are sharp and melodic as the band delivers these tunes, as in the others, with vigour. As I have stated in an earlier review, Grey Area is the right forum for “injecting the indie movement with a shot of much-needed rock grit”.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Wrapping Paper – Vivek Date

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When punk rock first arrived – and exploded – in the UK in the late ’70s, more than a few fans of that new genre declared that rock and roll was dead. But, no, just like vinyl continues to thrive in a digital era, rock and roll is not only alive globally, but so too in India. Credit, at least in part, must go to Mumbai-based Vivek Date who may have been predominantly a bassist but here, on his debut album named ‘Wrapping Paper’, he reve[a]ls himself as a songwriter too. Vivek has combined influences of genres ranging from blues, rockabilly, and early rock & roll – nearly all of it dating before 1955 – and approached the classic styles of the past, paradoxically with the energy and nonchalance of what was – thankfully – the short-lived punk rock, but has made his sound for a new generation, conveying that rock and roll is hard, wild, and manic fun and, yet, the production is kept simple. The eight songs here are the work of a writer who knows how to tell stories through his lyrics, which have been married to melodies that are gentle and sweet. Take the opening track, “A Boat”, for instance, an acoustic ballad; or the rockin’ “Mr. Brown”; or the very-Carl Perkins influenced “When I Was 12”; all the songs have an underlying theme of Vivek’s heartfelt music placed in a near flawless form. The obvious influences on the tracks are plain to see – the most notably being The Beatles and The Who – but they are still fresh, and with just enough seasoning to make it practically impossible to gift the roots rock and roll scene of 2015 and onward, in India, without ‘Wrapping Paper’!

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.