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Age of `hinglish' remixes

Indipop remixes are beginning to sport a trendy `hinglish' avatar these days. A preview of two new albums in the genre.


IT IS no big deal anymore, that remix albums are selling like hot cakes. A few months ago, Indipop saw a renaissance in the remix scene, kick-started by a song by DJ Aqeel called Tu hai wohi. Kaliyon ka chaman by Shashwati, Kaanta laga by DJ Doll and many more followed — and today, it has become some sort of a rule that every music company must release a remix album, featuring a video where three or four skimpily clad models gyrate to gravity defying pelvic moves! In fact, a couple of these videos have raised some eyebrows of the censor board.

The irony is that these remix albums are musically impressive — and do not need provocative videos to make them sell. Nevertheless, they just do not seem to go out of fashion, and as an offshoot of the remix boom, certain Hindi golden oldies are fused with popular international hits, to give a tremendous vocal effect. Typical examples are Aqueel's Kehdoon tumhe which featured the English oldie hit, I just wanna be close to you and Chadti jawaani by Harry Anand, featuring extracts from The ketchup song.

Last week, two albums featuring the `hinglish' remix funda were released. The first one was UMI 10: volume 4 (Universal; cassette: Rs. 65). Koi sehri babu and Kaliyon ka chaman have been popular in the UMI 10 series earlier. The lead track Saiyan dil mein aana re (originally from the movie Bahar) features vocal samples from Spice Girls' popular song, Wannabe. The English song is blended into the Hindi remix beautifully by Harry Anand, who has used impressive accomplishments to fuse both the sounds. Other tracks which stand out in the album are Yaara seeli seeli (from Lekin) and Pyar zindagi hai (from Muqqadar Ka Sikandar).

The second album is the Mere Naseeb remix by Baby H (Sony Music; cassette: Rs. 55). The first single, Mere naseeb mein tu hai ki nahin (from Naseeb), features a very impressive and infectious hip-hop kind of vocals, sprinkled over the original lyrics, recreated by Hardip Sidhu (one half of Partners In Rhyme) and Prempal Hans.

The song has a very `cute' beginning with the tinkling Sharmagayi mein vocals of Pamela Jain, after which Precha takes over with his hip-hoppish rap renderings. An infectious song, it has been racing up the countdown charts in close tandem with UMI 10.

To sum up, these two albums reflect the changing face of remixes — it's all about being Indian and international at the same time. Time to go `hinglish', folks.

Mixed masala

HERE IS the list of recent remix songs that have made it big in the country, though not in that order necessarily.

Bindu re bindu by Kunal Ganjawala

Chadti jawaani by Harry Anand

Kaanta laga by DJ Doll

Pyar zindagi hain by DJ Suketu

Kehdoon tumhe by DJ Aqeel

Kaliyon ka chaman by UMI 10

Mere naseeb by Baby H

Saiyan dil mein aana re by UMI 10

A. VISHNU

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