Friday June 3, 2016

Raman Raghav 2.0 (Music review), Hindi – Ram Sampath

Posted by Karthik

Qatl-e-aam, in its Unplugged version, has a phenomenally beautiful—very ghazal style—melody at its core and Sona Mohapatra delivers it incredibly well. The soft, lilting Punjabi rhythm and the persistent guitar backdrop makes the tune all the more better. In its other techno version, Ram pushes the envelope mindbogglingly ahead, with an unsettling and enormously interesting hard trance Qatl-e-aam hook delivered by Yash Divecha’s processed voice (who also handles the occasional vocalized taal very well!) amidst grating electronica! The contrast between the melody and the hook, in this version, is a boldly imaginative move by Ram. Behooda is a pitch-perfect desi Bond title song, featuring Nayantara Bhatkal’s tantalizing lead vocals—brilliantly backed up by Vivienne Pocha and Nalini Krishnan—and Varun Grover’s delightfully wicked lyrics that cover a whole gamut of badasserry. Paani ka raasta‘s evocative tune gains hugely from Siddharth Basrur’s alluring vocals, and the portions he sings along with Ram. Ram also layers mellow strings and guitar orchestration to go well with the tune. Raghav Theme‘s punchy and progressively heavier techno/trance sound includes haunting strains of sarangi that adds a unique coating to the instrumental track. Ram Sampath’s music has been consistently inventive and Raman Raghav delivers on that promise too!

Keywords: Raman Raghav 2.0, Ram Sampath, 200, #200

Listen to the songs on Gaana.

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