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Album: Soorma

Album: Soorma

Genre: Bollywood

Shaad Ali’s Soorma, a biographical film based on the life of hockey player Sandeep Singh, stars actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh, Taapsee Pannu and Angad Bedi in pivotal roles. The album of five tracks created by the phenomenal combo of lyricist Gulzar and composers Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa, is undoubtedly one among the best this year. Each song has its own strengths, and are distinct — whether it is the rich lyrical content or the fresh soundcapes — and will urge music lovers to press replay.

Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan own the first track, Good Man Di Laaltain. The fun bhangra number has a happy vibe to it and its foot-tapping beats will invariably make get up and your break into a jig. It is a pleasing amalgamation of EDM, drums and some traditional tabla taals — an unbeatable signature SEL. The singers do complete justice to all the musical nuances.

Soorma Anthem is a witness to Shankar’s prowess as a seasoned singer. Gulzar’s inspiring lyrics make this one a go-to track for everyone who has a fighter inside.

That Diljit is not just a talented actor but a good singer as well, is proved in the way he renders Ishq Di Baajiyaan. Right from the high-pitched beginning to the slow melodious mukhda, to the antara – this Sufiqawali is one of those romantic compositions that will steal your heart and stay with you for a long time. Shankar’s supporting vocals add to all the various layers this composition has, in terms of arrangements. The track debuts at the Mirchi Top 20 Charts this week.

Pardesia has a slow, mellow 90s vibe, with generous use of classical traditional instruments and an ensemble singer-cast including Shankar, Ehsaan, Hemant Brijwasi, Sahil and Shehnaz Akhtar.

The last song in the album, Flicker Singh, is the longest track at over six minutes. A motivational Punjabi number Flicker Singh with its hookline — sadda hockey da woh king, has fun beats, and a peppy ring to it.

In a world of remixes and OTT EDM, this is one album you should not miss.


Album: Nasir

Artist: Nas Genre: Rap

N as is undoubtedly one of the finest rappers alive, and one who has enriched the genre by introducing complex rhyme schemes, estqablishing new production techniques and forcing rappers to up their game when it came to talking about issues. His debut album Illmatic is unparalleled, and some would even divide the history of rap as pre-Nas and post-Nas. Since he has released 11 studio albums before this one may wonder if there’s anything he still has to say? If you listen to Nasir, you realise that until there will be injustice in society, rappers like Nasir will always have something to say.

The very first point the rapper makes, as always, is through album art. A black and white picture of little boys with their hands up holding semi-automatic weapons tells you what the politics in the album is about. And Nas does not hold anything back. The very first one, Not For Radio, talks about the historical mistreatment of African Americans and how they are still being undermined and denied justice. The depth of historical knowledge on it will definitely expand your view of slavery. The second track starts in the most unusual way— with a joke by the late Richard Pryor. Kanye West does need to be given credit for his top-notch production on the album. It seems like Kanye put all his creativity in making this album good instead of his own which also released earlier this month. Listeners will also be pleasantly surprised to find that RD Burman’s music has also been sampled on Bonjour, an absolutely delightful track that is sexually charged and is very high on style. Tony Williams singing on it is a stroke of genius. Big props to Kanye for introducing a brilliant array of sounds to the album. At 26 minutes, it’s a very small album, but the tracks on it are pure fire. Some of the best ones include White Label, Adam & Eve And Everything. The tight rhymes and Nas’ dangerously addictive flow are the strongest points, while Kanye singing on Everything is the weakest. One would not listen to a Nas album to hear Kanye West sing! While its length may give a case to complain, the content never does.


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