Mixtape # 3 : Pyar Di Ganderi et al
Mixtape # 3 is here, with a bit of write-up this time around
Symt is a new band, and they have been impressing with their talents. Their second single “Pyar Di Ganderi” is much, much more than a cover of a Naseebo Lal song. The only thing common with the original song is the chorus and the spirit! Look out for them!
Munni Badnaam – OST Dabangg
Dabangg is gradually getting into my must-see movies, and I guess this song captured that spirit.
The Kominas – Kuj (From Escape to Blackout Beach)
The Kominas continue press all the buttons recently, and they’ve got to another level by covering a lovely Punjabi work by Munir Niazi.
“Kuj Unj We Rawaan Okiyaan San
Kuj Gal Ich Gham Da Toq Ve Se
Kuj Shehr De Log Ve Zaalim San
Kuj Saanoun Maran Da Shoq Ve Se”
The “Mahiya” girl is back with another mediocre but addictive album! And I had to include it to get in on the fun of shoe-throwing!
Saima Jahan and Tauseef Dar – Piplaan Di Chaan (from Zill-e-Shah 2008)
From the wonderful movie that was Zill-e-Shah, this is an epic 8-9 min song (which I tried my amateur editing skills on to cut it to 5mins without losing a lot). Based on a tune of an old Tasawwar Khanum tune, this song is just the most soothing Punjabi duet you can possibly imagine.
Indian Ocean (from Peepli Live OST) – Zindagee Say Dartay Ho
The last song ever recorded by the late Asheem Chakravatry for the soundtrack for the upcoming indie-Bollywood movie. It is a fantastic little rock ditto (Makers of Rock On!!, this is how it is supposed to be done!) The lyrics are based on a Noon Meem Rashid poem
Mekaal Hasan Band – Bhageshwari (From Saptak)
Arguably the best band from Pakistan these days (even after the departure of Javed Bashir), Mekaal Hasan Band is a treat to listen to (even though one has to be patient when one starts listening to it, because heavy influence of Classical Hindustani Music). This song is one of the easier songs to digest, from the second album “Saptak”, featuring the voice of Javed Bashir.
Rizwan – Muazzam – Jana Jogi De Naal (From Coke Studio Live Sessions)
You cannot ask a Pakistani to put together a mixtape without adding any aspect of Coke Studio in it! This fantastic Qawali redux is just, just amazing!
Cornershop – Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)
The Brit Desi band sings for Asha Bhosle! Enough said! (Though one should check out the original version of the song, as well)
“Everybody needs a bosom for a pillow!”
Qayaas – Tanha
Something came up from the Islamabad (I think) underground music scene and took me by surprise! This is just a huge rock anthem from Qayaas, whose work I am also looking forward to!)