#HauteSounds: What We’re Listening To This Week
We already debuted our new music column #HauteSounds with two international tracks — Justin Timberlake’s infectious Can’t Stop The Feeling and Coldplay’s Up&Up — earlier this week, so now it’s time to focus on some desi artists making waves for all the right reasons currently.
1. Naezy — Haq Hai
First up is Mumbai-based rapper Naezy (aka Naved Shaikh), who burst onto the scene last year with a smashing collaboration called Meri Gully Mein with Divine. Staying true to his hard-hitting lyrical style, there’s some expert wordplay on government apathy and raising your voice to fight injustice. This is one political voice worth listening to.
2. Divine — Jungli Sher
The above-mentioned collaborator with Naezy on Meri Gulli Mein, Divine is another desi rapper to watch. The slum kid-turned-hip hop star shot this video across 43 locations in Mumbai with an iPhone 6, navigating his way through this urban jungle like a bonafide fighter. If you want desi rap that’s not Honey Singh, Divine will quickly become your new favourite artist. The voice of the streets, people!
3. Your Chin — Fighting The Sumo
Electro-pop artist Raxit Tiwari — aka Your Chin — is also the frontman of one of my favourite indie bands Sky Rabbit, and his new EP Peeping Till It’s Noise is a continuation of his exploration of dance music led by sing-along vocals, something that’s done so well for him over the years. Fighting The Sumo is definitely catchy, and you’ll find yourself happily nodding along to the bouncy beats. Tiwari goes on tour with the new EP starting in Bangalore today, followed by Mumbai next week, then on to Pune, Delhi, and Kolkata. Go check him out live. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
4. Peter Cat Recording Co. — I’m Home
Although this track is off the Delhi band’s 2015 album Climax, the video for I’m Home released earlier this month and is as languid and surreal as the track itself. Directed by its frontman Suryakant Sawhney (aka Lifafa), the slow-mo video depicts him as the Grim Reaper drunkenly making his way from the Great Wall Of China to a funeral in Hauz Khas. There are many interpretations to what the video is really about, and the band leaves it open-ended making for one hazy little gem of audio-visual magic.