Archive for the ‘Non-film’ Category

Wednesday February 12, 2014 19:50

French Kiss (Music review), Indipop – Sharib-Toshi

The title song is as much fun as a post-two-pegs song in a Delhi bar – nice and catchy. Its international club mix is apt after the 6th peg. Hai soniye has mitti di khushboo emanating even out of its concrete exterior – tuneful Punju ballad. Its Pind version eschews concrete to offer more earthiness. […]

Wednesday February 12, 2014 19:42

Armaan (Music review), Indipop – Armaan Malik

Armaan ropes in Salim Merchant for the techno ballad Krazy Konnection – passable, with a catchy hook. Its Dubstep mix is headache-inducing, though. Roke na koi tries something similar, and manages to annoy with ease. What love is has a 80s one-hit-wonder pop sound, while Tu hi tu meanders aimlessly like only a templatized Indipop […]

Parasiva seems like the perfect candidate for a arena-folk anthem – with incredibly catchy percussion and superb vocals and acoustic guitar by Raghu, this is a fabulous opener! The package is so ebullient that the language, or it sounding alien to a large segment in India, hardly seems to be matter. Rain Song‘s possibly Gambheera […]

Monday November 4, 2013 16:19

Matters of the Heart (Sandeep Chowta)

Matters of the Heart and Angels in the Desert are pleasantly lounge’ish and ride on Naveen and Dave Valentin’s fascinating flute, respectively, besides Tom Schuman’s piano in the latter. The melody in Close Your Eyes is enchanting, made better by Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s Mohan Veena joining Russel Ferrante’s piano and topped with William Kennedy […]

Saturday October 19, 2013 22:39

Coke Studio @ MTV, Season 3 (Music review)

In my view, Season 3 of Coke Stuio @ MTV was shades below Season 2 (but obviously far better than Season 1, of course!). Season 2 set the standard quite well that this season seemed to be struggling to match. But yes, there were some terrific songs in this season too. My two favorite episodes […]

That Kutle Khan and Bismila Khan can infuse manic energy in their singing is a given, but it is Nancy Aren Ao who surprises with her fantastic support in the vocals here, in Anth Bahar! Aditya Bhasin’s vocals gets drowned, in comparison. The tune, though, despite all that work on the guitar by Func, is […]

Sukhwinder Singh lords over Chan kitthan like only he can, with Hitesh creating a Punjabi power-ballad! Tapas Roy’s mandolin replaces the usually expected iktara, even as the backing vocalists – Fateh Shergil, Akram Khan, Nazam Khan, Neha Khosla, Aman Khan, Shipra Goel, Anu Chauhan, Sandeep Kaur and Alamgir Khan – offer fantastic support, till they […]

The severely under-rated Tochi Raina is the highlight of Rabba. The man lords over the lovely melody Amit cooks up, with some support from Jaggi’s rap. Sukhjinder Singh’s constant algoza sound is a lovely native Punjabi infusion in the tune, while the three ladies providing backing vocals – Dawn Cordo, Murishka Dcruz, Ardelia Dcruz – […]

Baisara beera Papon ropes in Assam-born, Bhojpuri singing sensation Kalpana Patowary to join him in a Assamese-Rajasthani song… how is that for fusion! That interlude featuring Akhlak Hussain Varsi’s harmonium and Kalyan Baruah’s guitar, and the consistently impressive backgrounds from traditional instruments including Nagada (Nathulal Solanki) and Ravanhatha (Sugana Ram) make this song a winner! […]

Rudine rangeeli’s showstoppers are clearly Karsan Sagathia, who brings his unique style of high-pitched, flawless folk singing, and Paras Nath, on the flute. Paras’ extended finale, with Sulaiman Merchant Darshan Joshi on the percussion is exhilarating. The overall track, though, doesn’t flow as beautifully as its individual highlights. Salim and Sulaiman smoothen Rudine’s overall state […]

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