In a brand new column, Amit Gurbaxani highlights 4 of probably the most fascinating Indian unbiased music releases of the previous couple of weeks — one album, one EP, one single and one music video | #TheGrooveboxJukebox
On this month-to-month spin-off from my column in regards to the Indian music trade, I’ll be highlighting 4 of probably the most fascinating Indian unbiased releases of the previous couple of weeks — one album, one EP, one single and one music video every. To go together with it, I’ve created a ‘Better of 2020’ playlist on Spotify that features all of the tracks I’ve written about within the ‘Just lately Performed’ part of my column in addition to different cool tunes that I like to recommend trying out.
Album: Give Love, Soulmate
Soulmate take a very long time between albums. However after they launch them, they’re all killer, no filler. In anticipation of their new launch — their fourth in a span of 16 years — I listened to their earlier three efforts once more, and located that just about each track on every of them may have been a single. Give Love retains their file intact. The tracks are shorter than on 2014 predecessor Ten Tales Up, a few of the prolonged jams on which had been devised to recreate the vibe of their roof-raising reside reveals. Album quantity 4 boasts loads of festival-friendly ground fillers such because the title lower and a cool remake of “Voodoo Lady” however the slower tunes, political ballads “Gap In Your Soul” and “Troubled Occasions” and pensive instrumental “Nonetheless Loving You”, are equally impactful. It’s one other testomony to my perception that Soulmate aren’t simply India’s best blues duo however one in all our greatest indie acts total.
EP: Rok Nahi Paayega, SlowCheeta
SlowCheeta aka Chaitnya Sharma is the chap who instructed Ranveer Singh’s character Murad to “return” to his gully throughout a rap battle scene in Gully Boy. In actuality, Sharma and Singh reside only some gullies from one another, as they share the identical Mumbai pin code, 50, that of the tony suburb of Bandra. Sharma, who’s signed to Singh’s hip-hop label IncInk, rightfully checks his privilege on this debut EP, which includes three autobiographical anthems. Whereas there’s little radical about Rok Nahi Paayega lyrically, there’s one thing refreshing a couple of set of songs that tells us there’s extra to Mumbai hip-hop than gully rap. Sharma has the power to seamlessly change between Hindi and English and his clean wordplay is backed by slick beats courtesy of producers Mr Doss and Ink Coronary heart. Rok Nahi Paayega is a commendable re-introduction to an artist who’s been considerably beneath the radar as in comparison with his labelmate Kaam Bhaari. The true take a look at will likely be the place Sharma goes from right here, and the way far he tackles subjects past the non-public.
Single: “Marvel”, Karan Kanchan that includes Ramya Pothuri
Karan Kanchan is greatest often called an digital music producer who additionally makes beats for rappers (he’s helmed quite a few hits for hip-hop heavyweight Naezy). This single has him stepping out of his consolation zone with the partnership of vocalist-songwriter Ramya Pothuri, and makes us want he’d enterprise out of it much more. “Marvel” is an irresistible piece of funky disco-soul that would loosely fall beneath the Dua Lipa-created style of “dance crying”. It’s not simply an inventive milestone for Kanchan however for Pothuri too. The nice and cozy brandy-voiced singer, who eloquently examines the shards of a damaged relationship on the monitor, is slowly however absolutely evolving into one in all India’s most versatile R&B exponents.
Video: “Can I Be Ur Buddy?”, Natania Lalwani
US-based Indian singer-songwriter Natania Lalwani made the video for her present single by herself, at dwelling throughout quarantine. You’ll be able to inform. And that’s precisely why it really works so properly. Utilizing cutouts of childhood pictures and the beneficiant use of neon colors that had been so beloved through the 1990s, the video is just about a scrapbook of the 28-year-old’s youth, figuratively and actually marking her progress. As such, it completely suits the theme of the track, which is about her studying to cease being self-critical and offering herself with the identical kindness with which she treats her pals.
Amit Gurbaxani is a Mumbai-based journalist who has been writing about music, particularly the nation’s unbiased scene, for almost twenty years. He tweets @TheGroovebox
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