Tuesday January 24, 2017

Raees (Music review), Kalyanji-Anandji, Ram Sampath and JAM8

Posted by Karthik

The original Laila from Qurbani, by Kalyanji-Anandji is so compelling a dance track that it’s no surprise the recreation works seamlessly too. Ram’s imagination, particularly Ed Gibson’s amped up trumpets, work brilliantly, as does Pawni Pandey’s spirited vocals. Udi udi jaye is straight out of Ram’s Coke Studio (MTV, Season 3) repertoire, given the heady fusion and the lovely folk’ish rhythm. Sukhwinder Singh and Bhoomi Trivedi lead the vocals fabulously! Ram loads in the attitude in Enu naam che Raees, with a stylish, world-music’ish sound on top of the Gujarati-Hindi lyrics. He sings it himself too, with excellent support from Tarannum Malik. Ram closes his innings with the highly infectious and enthusiastic celebratory number Ghammar. It’s uptempo, very Gujarati and brilliantly sung by Roshan Rathod. Zaalima, by Pritam’s new A&R outfit JAM8, is very-Pritam and very pleasant! Arijit and Harshdeep are pitch-perfect in handling the rendition, and the lilting rhythm makes it instantly likeable. Mika-sung Dhingana, credited to Aheer of JAM8, despite the bravado and Mumbaiya sound, is run-of-the-mill, while Aheer’s other song Saanson ke too is less interesting, mirroring Pritam’s recent, similar songs like Dilwale’s Janam janam. Ram Sampath does the heavy-lifting in Raees, with limited help from JAM8.

Keywords: Raees, Kalyanji-Anandji, Ram Sampath, Aheer, JAM8, Pritam, 200, #200

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