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Non-stop hungama

Remixes no longer mean simply adding jhankar beats to old songs.

REMIXES HAVE not only given a facelift to popular olden goldies but have also re-invented some not-so-popular songs as well. In the early years of Indi-pop, remixes only meant adding some synchronised beats keeping the vocals intact and ultimately ending up in a loud spoilt version of the song. Later with artistes such as Bally Sagoo entering the scene, the vocals were re-sung and some rap and percussion were added and songs such as "Chura Liya" soon became club favourites.

Today, remixing has become a professional genre of music with club DJs ripping albums, adding their own musical bits, and finally giving us a product which is often groovier than the original version. Last year was a boom time for this form of remixing with albums being released almost every month. If the album featured all the popular numbers, it sure was a sell-out. This is exactly what Nonstop Party Shots (Times Music, CD, Rs. 195) hopes to do.

Featuring 29 tracks in a non-stop format, this is one punchy album with 70 minutes of back-to-back music, mixed skilfully by Jatin Sharma with creative inputs from Abbey and DJ Akbar Sami. Kicking off with "Flute Fantasy", the album glides from one popular number to another, maintaining a smooth tempo, while keeping the listener interested all through. Evergreen hits such as "Yamma Yamma", "Saara Zamana", "Yeh Mera Dil" along with newer remixes such as "Ojha Awake", "Raat Baki", "Jalwa" and so on are beautifully remixed with occasional rap sequences. "Makossa", "Kajra Mohabbatwala", "O Haseena Zulfonwali", "Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar", "Aye Sanam" by Abbey and many more also feature in the album.

It is an ideal album if you want to have a blast with your friends or when you are driving your car on the highway.

Though this concept of rearranging remixed songs is something new in the album, the concept of non-stop songs was started for Hindi film soundtracks quite early, especially during the dandiya season.

These are the earlier forms of remixes where jhankar beats were randomly added according to the tempo of the song. Though things have advanced much beyond that, the non-stop trend has not completely changed. The sixth volume in the 28 Non-Stop Remix (T-Series, CD, Rs. 99) was released last week. Featuring top hits of 2002, in Indipop (mostly Bhangra) and Hindi films, the album kicks off with "Haaye Meri Billo" and goes on to feature popular songs from films such as Kaante, Aap Ko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Biwi No. 1 among others.

With remixes, very often, the flow from one track to another is jerky and the sudden variations in the pitch could be harsh on one's ears. You wonder why jhankar beats are still used in remixes.

Given a choice between the two albums, ignore the second and run for the first before it disappears off the stands, and let the party begin!

A. VISHNU

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