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Manasi Scott – High featuring Mr. Doss

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For the past year or so, Mr. Doss has been making a significant mark in the global drum and bass music scene and, he released his first EP, “High”, and this, of course, is the title track featuring  vocals from actress, singer, songwriter Manasi Scott. Her appearance on “High” – which she has also composed – brings direction to this EDM ditty as soon as you begin to pump up the volume in earnest as the jangly keyboards are both thrilling and streamlined. “High” is an unexpected and satisfying [dub]step forward, it deserves full credit for an amalgamation of reckless fun, frivolous thrills, and danceable sounds.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Kamlee – Sonia J Patel

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The State which provided India her present Prime Minister, Gujarat, now appears ready to provide a Prime Vocalist too in Sonia J Patel. Stepping from dancing to play back singing, Sonia appears to have left little of her multi-faceted talent untouched until the launch of her loving song called “Kamlee”. With lyrics and composition by Veeral Patel, it is the arrangements from another Veeral [Mistry solved here!] that is clearly in the mode of “women in rock” with this guitar-based track blending well with Sonia’s voice for big, mainstream rock which, like her present interest in boxing, appears to pack a punch!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

Mori Chaina – Sanket Sane featuring Prajakta Shukre and the Violin Conviction

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Music director-cum-guitarist Sanket Sane combines Western classical with Indian classical, in a manner of saying, on this very ethnic, folk-based melody with lyrics provided by Akshay Shinde. In initiating an intriguing mixture of what initially appears as disparate sounds, the amalgamation of two different worlds – thanks to the Russian female duo known as the Violin Conviction for augmenting “Mori Chaina” with strings – is undertaken seamlessly by Sanket who, simultaneously, provides the perfect platform for vocalist Prajakta Shukre to showcase her talent and soothing voice on a track that is both melodious and charming. Certainly, “Mori Chaina” is worthy listening!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

Rang Rangiyan – Shirin Charania

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Yavatmal-born Shirin Charania is a late bloomer, if you can call her as such, considering that her bio speaks of her breaking out from “13 years of marriage and family life” to make singing into her career. In doing so, Shirin has taken a song that is replete with multiple-genres – ranging from rap to rock rhythms with bhangra as the underlying theme – that has resulted in “Rang Rangiyan”. Shirin sings with a precise, spoken phrasing that provides the lyrics just the right amount of playfulness that the song demands. ‘Rang Rangiyan’ may be a light weight song, but nothing changes the fact that it is pleasing to the ears and, if you want to step into – let’s say, a Christmas – party, it fits well onto the festive dance floor too.

 

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

 

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

Pyaar Insaan Se Karna Sikha Do – Kavita Seth

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Recorded some four years ago, Bareilly-born Kavita Seth has re-launched her tribute to the victims of the 26/11 [2008] terrorist attack in Mumbai, “Pyaar Insaan Se Karna Sikha Do”, as “the song is about bringing harmony to a conflict-torn world”. So true, if one also considers the November attacks that occurred in Paris this year. While Kavita is a consummate singer across genres, “Pyaar” – on which Kavita is the composer too [with lyrics provided by Sudarshan Goel] – almost plays back as a lullaby with keyboards being the dominant instrument. Nevertheless, the arrangements work well on this heartfelt ode which focuses on the key element that makes “Pyaar Insaan Se Karna Sikha Do” work so well which, by now, should be obvious to readers: Kavita’s vocals!

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

 

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.

 

Mann Bawra – Rimi Basu Sinha

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Four tracks make up Rimi Basu Sinha’s current album, named ‘Mann Bawra’, which blends the very obvious Indian classical sounds – thanks to the singer’s training in vocals that began at six, and subsequent music academics in Allahabad – with western instrumentation [guitar, keyboards, and drums] that truly results in world music. All credit for it goes to Rimi, who has composed the tracks with Kislay Jha assisting on the lyrics. Synthesizing Indian classical, folk, and devotional sounds with electric instrumentation, Rimi demystifies the amalgamation of Indian and Western sounds through her mature songwriting skills and adept arrangements on most selections, although “Shyam Rang” sounds disjointed with a mismatch between the vocals and percussion [instruments]. However, that is the only aberration on ‘Mann Bawra’, as the other tracks are well fleshed-out – especially the more quiet, keyboard-laden ballad, “Thujse Lage”. Nevertheless, the common thread remains Rimi, who deserves immense credit for a unique stylised singing that is stunning, her commendable compositional talent, and the stellar sound that Rimi manages to promote on ‘Mann Bawra’.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Clown – White Mug

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Formed in 2011 in Bengaluru, White Mug – consisting of Mathew CM [acoustic guitar, vocals, harmonica], Louis CM [lead guitar], Sachin Ramesh [bass], and Vivian Christopher [drums] – has recently launched ‘Clown’, the quartet’s second album. With reminisces of the weird, quirky world of new wave and post-punk of the late ’70s, this effort is a skewed amalgamation of pop, surf, avant-garde, amateurish punk, white funk – and once you listen to it – please feel free to add your very own description[s] here. The nine tracks showcase wide-ranging selections, with the better ones being the catchy, largely acoustic and guitar-based ‘Brain Chewer’, the blues feel of the title song that features the mouth harp [“harmonica”] speeding-up the song with its entry, the softer “Little Thing” and “Wasted”, the riff-filled “Sunshine”, and the drum-dominating “Sorry I Fell In Love With You”. In all this, the background arrangements feature harmonies supporting dead-camp vocalising over songs that the band describes as “alternative rock ‘n’ roll”. While the production has intentionally been left loose on ‘Clown’, the sound on the album takes time to appreciate but, once you do, you realise that White Mug is just having an extended party and they want you to join in!

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Music UnLtd.

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Formed in Mumbai by Milin [also known as Milind Chitnavis], the eight selections on this debut from the band consist of songs sung in English and in Hindi, with a few minus one tracks common among them. That, of course, is not a bad thing at all as it caters to audiences who prefer listening to songs in a particular language. However, the content is strong – with all the songs composed and written by Milin [who also plays guitar and sings], with Hindi lyrics being shared by Tushar Bhatia, Ibrahim Ashq, and Farooque Rehman. Notable of the dual language songs are the keyboard-opened ballad “Armaanon Ka Sapna”/ “Dreams”, and ”Sparkling In The Night” that is a likable guitar-based track overlaid by keyboards. Other tracks that ring in the feel of retro, yet managing to steer away from that bygone era by sounding fresh is the lovely, mellow “Just Slips Away” featuring female vocals that engulf the listener with a gorgeous feeling of awe and wonderment. Music UnLtd’s influences may be manifold, but the one that comes out clear to me is progressive rock. Nevertheless, nearly all the tracks seem to have been nurtured to glory over the years as labours of love, but what is simply awesome on this collection from Music UnLtd is their ability to captivate the listener. Take a bow, Milin!

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Kaho [album] – Nusrat Hussain

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Founder-member of Vital Signs – a band in which he played guitar – and, thereafter, as a member of Junoon – where he played keyboards – Nusrat Hussain soon left his musical past by opting for a career as an airline pilot. After 19 years, Nusrat decided to return to music with an offering of a full length album, ‘Kaho’, in 2012. Reflecting on Nusrat’s multi-faceted musical skills and experience in the music industry, on ‘Kaho’, Nusrat’s emotional resonance enlivens his music, breathing life into his songs even when the production often appears too clean. Still, the juxtaposition of contemporary themes and classic production is precisely what makes the album distinctive where its underlying musical theme is mainly of mellowness, such as “Har Subha”, the title-track, “Tum Bin”, and “Chalay Aana” [which actually features on Nusrat’s 2009 album, ‘Amrit’]. But the outstanding tracks are those that are most musically diversified, such as the beguiling “Intezar”, the perfect pop of “Maza Dard Ka”, the darkness of “Shor” with its thick vocals and liberal usage of keyboards, and the riff-driven heavy metal of “Manzil”. ‘Kaho’ sounds fresh because Nusrat’s writing is keen, and his confident singing makes each song sound intimate and immediate.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI.