2018 – Non Film Music + Dinchak Playlist + Useless Gyaan

This post first appeared here You can find old year round ups non filmi here - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 If you don't want to waste time reading (you know because blogging is dead), scroll down straight to the playlist. The post is filled with links and you must check out few … Continue reading 2018 – Non Film Music + Dinchak Playlist + Useless Gyaan

2018 – Film Music Round Up + Playlist

  In the last 5 years, 2018 was easily the best when it came to film music. It was also the year in which the drip irrigation music release technique ('release one song when you want and let them wait for the album') was at its peak(?). At the time this post is getting baked, … Continue reading 2018 – Film Music Round Up + Playlist

Jab Harry met Sejal – Music review

Pasting the review that first appeared on moifightclub here. You can listen to my music review on B.B.C. link here. One of the things you have to do when you review film music is to review almost every film album, and when you summarize the year, you get a real picture of the music scene – … Continue reading Jab Harry met Sejal – Music review

Kailash kher – Ishq Anokha review

This review appeared first here - https://www.thequint.com/entertainment/2016/04/08/kailash-kher-ishq-anokha-music-album You can listen to my music review on B.B.C. here - http://www.bbc.com/hindi/multimedia/2016/04/160407_bbc_music_review Ishq Anokha The ‘title’ song is generally something that sets up the tempo for the entire album (and most likely the one that gets the first ‘video’). On the freshness count, the song is not exactly something … Continue reading Kailash kher – Ishq Anokha review

Talvar – artist credits (full)

Easily the most anticipated film of the year, Talvar will hit the screens October 2. Last year it was Haider that appeared on the same date. Here are the full artist credits, the music is out on iTunes.  You can stream all the songs for free here Thank you @NotsoSnob and Junglee pictures for the … Continue reading Talvar – artist credits (full)

CokeStudio Season 8 Episode 3 #CokeStudio8

You can read the Episode 1 review here and Episode 2 review here Man Amadeh am - Gul and Atif give us a folk-pop-routine fused song which is brilliant in bits but cacophonous in the rest. I would have loved a slightly subtle arrangement in the middle portions of the song. Absolutely loved the way … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 8 Episode 3 #CokeStudio8

CokeStudio Pakistan Season 8, Episode 1 #CokeStudio8

Aankharli Pharookai - A somewhat familiar ring of Mai dhai’s voice immediately transports you to a desert where a lover is singing and calling out to her beloved who is out somewhere on his camel and that camel advances with a rhythmic bustle. The song is just not about the commanding rendition by Mai Dhai. … Continue reading CokeStudio Pakistan Season 8, Episode 1 #CokeStudio8

Music review – Hamari Adhuri Kahaani

Like it or not, Mohit Suri gives out contemporary melodies which resonate long after the film leaves. Hamari Adhuri Kahani music is no different. With a new talent 'Ami mishra' giving out the 'teri galiyan-sque' song for the film and Arijit in top form in the title song (Thanks to his collaboration with the soothing … Continue reading Music review – Hamari Adhuri Kahaani

Music review – Dil Dhadakne do

A soundtrack which will depend on 'Great locales', 'exotic settings' and 'tourist attractions' to get wah wah from the crowd. On standalone basis, it is a disappointing joke of an effort from S.E.L. who sound exactly how they have been sounding since quite a while with rare exceptions like D-Day, Bhaag Milkha and few more. … Continue reading Music review – Dil Dhadakne do

Queen – Music Review

An abridged version of the review first appeared here http://www.timeoutmumbai.net/music/cd-review/album-review-queen Amit Trivedi teams up with the lyricst Anvita Dutt to give us the music of Phantom films’ Kangna Ranaut - Raj Kumar Rao starrer Queen. True to the film’s theme, London Thumakda starts in Punajbi celebration mood and Labh janjua doesn’t miss a single beat … Continue reading Queen – Music Review

CokeStudio Pakistan, Season 6, Thoughts on Episode 1 to 3

The yearly ritual of waiting for the new season of CokeStudio 'Original wala' was rewarded by the entire team of CokeStudio Pakistan. While most musicians are still struggling with 'fusion', Rohail has upped the ante and has moved the entire CokeStudio Pakistan to the next level of fusion this time round. You can read more … Continue reading CokeStudio Pakistan, Season 6, Thoughts on Episode 1 to 3

Thagni – Music review (And we MUST hear this album)!

This review goes out to Honhaar gunda who gifted me this album..a priceless gift my friend, and thank you for it! Mora saiyyan - Violin and guitar start this track. Shreyas takes the first shot and throws his soothing voice in a control that you get only because of good amount of ‘riyaz’. A track … Continue reading Thagni – Music review (And we MUST hear this album)!

Jagjit Singh – The Master And His Magic (New album)

Last year on October 10, music lost Jagjit Singh. Sony has released this album to ensure some more ghazals reach out to us that were previously unheard by most of us. The album starts with Tu Ambar ki Aankh ka taara and Jagjit Singh announces something that is impossible to put in here. This track is … Continue reading Jagjit Singh – The Master And His Magic (New album)

Somrass – Pankaj Awasthi – Review…almost!

Pankaj Awasthi is one of the strongest voices we have in our music scene. Some of his previous work can be found here, here and here. His characteristic shiver in the loud alaaps pierce right through your soul. Do try to catch up on some of his work if you have time. You can listen to this album here … Continue reading Somrass – Pankaj Awasthi – Review…almost!

Aiyyaa – Meezik review!

Wakda - Excellent Morchang starts the song with the mridangam joining in later and superb nadaswaram leading the way for Amit Trivedi (who is now joined by the keyboards as well, by the way). A song talking about the ‘inevitable’. The song has a leisurely pace occassionally lifted by nasaswaram and a lot of tabla and … Continue reading Aiyyaa – Meezik review!

ik Bagal mein chand hoga – Lyrics – Gangs of WasseyPur

Self explanatory 🙂 इक बगल में चाँद होगा, इक बगल में रोटियां,  इक बगल में नींद होगी, इक बगल में लोरियां,  हम चाँद पे रोटी की चादर डालकर सो जायेंगे,  और नींद से कह देंगे लोरी कल सुनाने आयेंगे.  इक बगल में खनखनाती सीपियाँ हो जाएँगी,  इक बगल में कुछ रुलाती सिसकियाँ हो जाएँगी,  हम सीपियों में … Continue reading ik Bagal mein chand hoga – Lyrics – Gangs of WasseyPur

Gangs of Wasseypur – Music review (Ok…Almost!)

ये पोस्ट सबसे पहले यहाँ छपी है - The complete track listing and credits and an option to buy can be found here  1. Jiya ho bihar – The song starts with faint ‘thaaps’ as if a traditional song but soon is joined by electric guitars and then the techno arrangement leads us to the very … Continue reading Gangs of Wasseypur – Music review (Ok…Almost!)

CokeStudio Season 5, Episode 1 – First impressions

The cokeStudio Pakistan is back with Season 5! The episode 1 premiered on YouTube 3 hours back and here are some first impressions of the same.. The House band remains more or less the same - Asad Ahmed on guitar, Babar Ali Khanna on dholak, Javed Iqbal on violin, Kamran ‘Mannu’ Zafar on bass, Omran … Continue reading CokeStudio Season 5, Episode 1 – First impressions

SOTD – Khoye Hain (A band called – SAFAR )

Came across this thanks to @fonseyka I feel bad for the skeptics. The skeptics who felt Indipop scene is dead. Take a look at this song. (Ok agree that video is kind of 'cute' but listen to the song). This is a band called - Safar This is there homepage - http://www.safarmusic.com/SAFAR_Official/Welcome.html (do hear the soundcloud byte they … Continue reading SOTD – Khoye Hain (A band called – SAFAR )

SOTD – REIDI GUL – YASIR & JAWAD Khan Abdul ghani khan

Wish  I could write a thing or two in praise of this song...the poetry...but am scared I will dilute the beauty of this composition and poetry so here it is   Intro: Yawa wraze yao Sahra ke pa khkaar ootay wam rawan Yo Gulab me walar olid prakeda, khaista khanda Verse 1: Yawa wraze yao … Continue reading SOTD – REIDI GUL – YASIR & JAWAD Khan Abdul ghani khan

Music review – Irshaad – Rekha Bharadwaj and Sudeep Banerjee

Long back, when MagnaSound records was a music company famous for giving out plastic cases for the audio cassettes and that 'extra sweet' recording, came an artist with his debut Album 'Phir Bhi'. His name is Sudeep banerjee. If you haven't heard that album, trust me you are missing a lot. After nearly 10 years … Continue reading Music review – Irshaad – Rekha Bharadwaj and Sudeep Banerjee

Hum dekhengey – Faiz – Translation

Yet another attempt to cage  the lyrics of a composition I live by...This is by Faiz. Please suggest changes if any. Blog from which I have copied these lyrics mentioned below. A must check out blog if you like ghazals. Hum dekhenge Lazim hai ke hum bhi dekhenge Wo din ke jis ka wada hai … Continue reading Hum dekhengey – Faiz – Translation

Don 2 – Music review

After being thoroughly disappointed by the music of Zindagi na milegi dobara, (You can read my thoughts on ZNMD music here https://almostareview.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/znmd/)  I was literally afraid to listen to this album but then how can you NOT listen to DON 2? The teasers were too tempting for me and I gave in. Let's see if the … Continue reading Don 2 – Music review

A Chance to show you can create music!

The golden opportunity to be a part of a Hindi film album/soundtrack is here! Introducing the "Kaafiron Ki Namaaz Song Contest"! This specially designed contest gives you an opportunity to get your self-composed, original song featured on the Audio CD of a forthcoming independent Hindi film produced by Lorien Motion Pictures (titled, Kaafiron Ki Namaaz). … Continue reading A Chance to show you can create music!

Rockstar – Music review

This post first appeared here - http://bit.ly/moifightclub In the times of ‘gone with the click’ I cannot remember the last time when the curiosity of a music score being released was even half as it was for the soundtrack of ‘Rockstar’. Guilt is my witness as I shamelessly searched all the ‘shady’ sites to catch hold … Continue reading Rockstar – Music review

Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster – Music review (and a loud Brrrrrrruuuaaaaah!)

1. Right from the word go, You know what you will be getting from jugni, a quick pace superb dance number. Thanks to hindi film music, we always imagine a punjabi song to be ‘dance and balley balley’  and while some songs try very hard to be ‘different’ but this one is what i will call … Continue reading Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster – Music review (and a loud Brrrrrrruuuaaaaah!)

GhazalJeet singh – Live in Bombay 16 September 2011

Yet another concert ticket! So we went to listen to Jagjit Singh (I went to be awestruck because he is GOD). Anyway, here is a ghazal by ghazal update of the evening. The signature 'alaaps' before all the ghazals were present so I will spare the reader those details. 1. The concert was kick started … Continue reading GhazalJeet singh – Live in Bombay 16 September 2011

Aaj Piya Ghar aavengey – Kailash kher

A song originally featured in one of Kailash Kher's album came back haunting thanks to Coke studio at MTV. Pasting the youtube  video link. If the song's introduction didn't let it out that Kailash kher wrote this at the time his father left this world, we could never have guessed the depth of this song.. … Continue reading Aaj Piya Ghar aavengey – Kailash kher

Alif Allah

Just another attempt to capture the words which affected me, in a good way. The credit for translation goes to various Pakistan websites who helped me put this here...so thank them if you need to 🙂   Alif allah chambay di booti, tey meray murshid mann vich lai hoo My master has planted the fragrant … Continue reading Alif Allah

Curious case of Coke studio and Byomkesh bakshi

Having grown up watching Doordarshan (and bashing it shamelessly!), I remember how we used to sit and wait for Byomkesh Bakshi, (In those times, there were NO repeats. Yes it is true.). Sometimes, they would end Byomkesh bakshi as 'to be continued....'. My God knows that the entire week used to be so difficult to … Continue reading Curious case of Coke studio and Byomkesh bakshi

Na Raindee hai…cokestudio (Pakistan)

This post is just an effort to cage the lyrics of this beautiful song at a ready reference point. If you haven't heard it...you must try at least once...here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxH5wQtWZqQ These lines by Baba Bulleh shah just go on to underline the fact....one should not look OUTSIDE. The truth is within...(Guiding philosophy of Vipassana as … Continue reading Na Raindee hai…cokestudio (Pakistan)

Coke Studio India…the journey begins June 17th

A well established fact remains that music is a universal language that knows no boundaries and has the power to break down barriers and bring people together. To celebrate and further the cause of love and togetherness through music, Coke has done the world a huge favor by introducing us all to Coke Studio. Coke … Continue reading Coke Studio India…the journey begins June 17th