Homegrown loves bringing to you emerging artists and those who have established a niche in alternate genres hidden from the mainstream. Keeping things super fresh, we will be curating a weekly list of numbers we could not get enough of through the week and that we know will earworm themselves to your heart as well.
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Mumbai-based independent music project ‘Arrows’, the brainchild of musician and music journalist David Britto, released its second single ‘Buried to Dust’ in collaboration with seasoned vocalist, composer and playback singer, Siddharth Basrur. While the sound seems fairly generic at first, the hard-hitting rock ballad will be playing in your head longer than you’d anticipate. Of the track, David Britto said, “Buried to Dust was initially written a couple of years ago when I was deep in thought mulling on life after death and what we leave behind. I picked up this shelved project after my good friend, Denver Cardoz, showed me a poem he’d written on the same lines. With this release, I venture into a much heavier rock sound – one that’s been my comfort zone and I couldn’t have asked for a better collaborator than Siddharth Basrur who’s done more than I could imagine to my thoughts and tune.”
Chennai-based playback singer Dhee released her first-ever independent single ‘Enjoy Enjaami’. Produced by Santhosh Narayanan, and featuring Chennai-based, lyrically gifted rapper Arivu – also the song’s lyricist – ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ is the first release on the artist-first platform maajja (co-founded by A.R. Rahman in January this year). With a message of sustainability at its core, ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ is an endeavour to celebrate the elements that add to our shared experience. “This song is about celebrating life, earth and our ancestors,” says Dhee of the idea behind the track. The percussive beat coupled with samples of the traditional Parai (a wooden frame drum used mostly in temples of Tamil Nadu) gives the single a unique sound.
Dhruv Kapoor ‘Jeene De’
New Delhi-based singer-songwriter Dhruv Kapoor released his debut Hindi single titled ‘Jeene De.’ Jeene De is a simple ballad that revolves around the theme of enigmatic fondness and perplexity surrounding a relationship. It explores the wavering nature of one’s feelings depending on situations, the turmoil that follows, and the calm after the chaos. All of this finds a way in the 3 minutes of solitary expression with a backdrop of warm acoustic and classical guitar strumming. Dhruv’s sound as a new-age artist bears semblance and can even be seen as being heavily influenced by indie musicians Ankur Tewari and Prateek Kuhad. Perhaps with the next few releases, we will see an evolving sound, much closer to his own musical identity.
Music, like most art forms, is born out of a search for one’s identity. Multi-lingual artist Hanumankind proves the same. Perhaps one of the most underrated rappers in the scene, his production and lyricism keep getting better each time and his latest single ‘Genghis’ is a move in that direction. The clean and crisp track has a certain spunk to it without trying too hard and the bareness of frames with his voice adds to the dichotomy of laidback and urgent. His soundscape on Genghis almost ended up reminding me of Kanye in the early years (when Kanye’s sound and themes were revolutionary).
Prabh Deep ‘Tabia’
Critically-acclaimed rapper Prabh Deep released his much-anticipated album tiled ‘Tabia.’ A rich tapestry of soundscapes, it is an intensely- vulnerable and no-hold-barred deep-dive into his mind. The album comprises 16 tracks and explores themes of multiplicities within oneself, the battle between the material temptations and one’s soul and the complex and necessary monologue that stems from accepting and confronting one’s demons in a bid to find true happiness. The album also explores his evolving new sound – one that juxtaposes jazz’s unpredictable moments with jungle, breakbeat, and alternative hip-hop soundscapes and uses Prabh’s uncanny ability to pen memorable pop hooks as the binding agent that holds it all together. Of the album, he says, “Tabia represents the journey I undertook in order to answer these questions for myself. I was lost and my warped understanding of what happiness is and how it could be achieved led me to chase, conquer and control the different elements that dominated my life - wealth, love and power. This album is a journal documenting my descent into madness – about how I was consumed by the temptations that were offered to me by the world outside. These temptations can kill you. I’m worthless to the world if I’m dead. A dead man can’t live again – this line is important. You’ll find this lyric at the centre of the narrative thread that guides the album. No matter how much success I had in terms of achieving the control I chased, I always wanted more.”
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