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Tuesday, 23 January 2024

Bombay Velvet Album Cover

Bombay Velvet

What a stunner of an album. Jazz in Bollywood. Amit Trivedi, and a host of singers1 having a ball! I’m yet to watch the movie that this is a soundtrack to, but the album I cannot get enough of.

Dhat teri
Iski har saza kubool ho jise
Yahan wohi wohi bari hua hai
Ispe jo mukadmaa kare
Aji wahi wahi mara hai

Ka Kha Gha

Released almost a decade ago in 2015, but feels as fresh as a well aged spirit. So many things to like here – music arrangements with the abundance of wind instruments and a diversity of quirky sounds rarely found in bollywood music, yet not one of them feels gimmicky or out of place. The ever changing rhythms and time signatures telling a story of their own with ample twists and surprises. (More three and half minute intros please, more trumpet solos please!)

Inki botal bhi goron ki gulaam hai
Roothi hai mehbooba
Roothi roothi sharaab hai
Hey aam hindustaani teri kismat kharaab hai

Aam Hindustani

The lyrics, so conversational and the vocabulary so familiar that the commentary almost creeps up on you out of nowhere. The show-stealer though, hands down, is the vocals. The singers are in a league of their own.

  1. Neeti Mohan, Shefali Alvares, Shalmali Kholgade, Papon, Mohit Chauhan 

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