Archive for May, 2014

Ankit Tiwari’s very Pritam-style Galliyan is gorgeously mounted; his singing, the guitar and flute, lovelorn lyrics… all come together wonderfully! The film’s leading lady Shraddha Kapoor is surprisingly good despite the occasional rough edges in the unplugged version! Momina Mustehshan carries Soch Band’s (Rabbi Ahmed and Adnan Dhool) Nescafe Basement song, Awari’s ambient recreation mighty […]

Tuesday May 27, 2014 09:27

Reimagining remixes in India

Mikey McCleary’s 3rd album jab at remixes (The Bartender – Classic Bollywood With A Twist) reminds me of an interesting point. I have always been a bit derisive of remixes, but the first remix compilation that changed my mind was Bally Sagoo’s Bollywood Flashback, in 1994. No doubt driven by repeated airplay on Channel V […]

Despite the droning background and absurd lyrics, Caller tune cranks up an interesting tune, along with Neeraj Shridhar’s characteristic vocals. Energetic jhankaar beats style sound of Piya ke bazaar and Hum pagal nahin hai is catchy, much like Himesh’s simple, appealing tune; Himesh actually delivers the latter pretty well too! Khol de dil khi khidki […]

Alphonse Joseph’s tune for Kaatril kadhai irukku is highly imaginative and catchy too; he delivers it really well along with Rita. Sharreth’s Pen megam lola is absolutely enchanting, making use of Brindavana Saaranga (or is it Desh Lavantika?) to scintillating effect, with GV Prakash literally singing to his (and along with) wife, going, ‘En Saindhaviye’! […]

Swaroop Khan pulls off the pulsating Udaari well, but the remixed-Euphoria sound has its limits. The short Uljhi depends a lot on Arijit’s vocals and the guitar, and both don’t let the song down. Shafqat is the star of the haunting, sufi penance-like Bhugol – fairly interesting sound! Bol’s Indipop sound manages to hold the […]

Sunday May 25, 2014 10:47

Holiday (Music review), Hindi – Pritam

Arijit’s delightful singing lifts the already gorgeous tune of Aaj dil shayarana. Pritam’s tune is unusually structured and makes fantastic use of violin the background. Irshad Kamil’s lyrics completely dominate the sombre Naina, Pritam opting for a Rahman’ish pensive sound and Arijit is great form again. Blame The Night is punchy techno dance done well, […]

Kannada siri is a spirited mix of Ilayaraja and Keeravani. Harikrishna pulls it off in style, adorning it with tasteful orchestration! Baba Sehgal’s Maneyali appa is adequately Devi Sri Prasad’ish and catchy in an inane way, while the kuthu mix in Suin tapak is no different – functionally foot-tapping. But Tippu loads enough attitude in […]

Anu Malik’s ululating yell in Tarzan is the most annoying thing one could hear all year; it seriously comes in the way of Parichay’s otherwise functional dance track. Palash Sen’s Phacebook pyaar and Welcome Maiyya are plain horrendous, sounding like really bad bhojpuri songs. His last song 1-2-3 is off the Bhojpuri trip, but is […]

Shalmali breezes through the already popular (Coke TVC!) Aaj ki raat – it’s consistently and tantalisingly groovy! Among her other renditions, Ja ja bewafa, with a lovely reggae base easily works, while Ek ladki bheegi bhaagi, Awara hoon and Woh haseen dard just barely make a mark. Jagjit Singh’s ghazal Tum itna jo turns massively […]

Abhay Jodhpurkar and Karthik do a great job in their respective versions of Gnayiru dhinangalin, a wonderful guitar-led melody, punctuated by lovely violin too! En ulagam does something similar with piano, to end on a Raja’esque strings high! Angry Birds impressively approaches a kids’ song in adults’ world template, Anjali-style; Ranjith is excellent in his […]

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