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.

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.

 

 

 

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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

Reality Insanity – Sheldon Pereira

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Having performed in various bands in and around Mumbai, musician Sheldon Pereira appears to have specialised in updating retro sounds combined with the era of new wave sounds of the ’70s as part of his solo career as well as on “Reality Insanity”.  While the song does contain Sheldon’s philosophy [about living in “a world of misery”, and advising about getting “away from this cruel world”], there is no denying that the arrangements are well executed. “Reality Insanity” is hook-filled, endlessly catchy and, above all, it is smart, infectious, and an exercise in simple fun. When is power pop legitimate anyway? Sheldon and his band fuse new wave harshness and conviction with mainstream rock textures on this purposeful and intelligently effective under-rated production by Nyzel D’Lima that works!

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI