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Five unmissable tracks of summer
We’ve been showered with a bunch of great new EPs and albums from indie-scene newbies and favourites, both. We pick five tracks from the best summer releases you need to make time for.
Peeping Till It’s Noise by Your Chin
Your Chin is a solo project by Mumbai-based electro-pop artist Raxit Tewari, who is also the vocalist of alternative rock band Sky Rabbit. He is popular for his eccentric, lovable lyricism and sound. With his second release, he graduates from the chocolatey avatar of his debut, Scatter Nature, experimenting with a slightly more futuristic sound. From his recent gig at antiSOCIAL, Mumbai, we can tell ‘Hawk’ is a definite crowd-favourite.
Boy by Madboy
Imaad Shah, or Madboy, is one half of electro-funk-jazz-swing duo Madboy/Mink. We see a gifted producer with a rigorous approach to his compositions stand out in his solo EP, Boy. We like ‘Jellyfish’ and its relaxed, whispery, ’80s lounge vibe.
Requiem by When Pandas Attack
When Pandas Attack is Delhi electronica producer Ankur Chauhan. Chauhan has played nu-jazz and metal, a versatility that lends itself well to producing the thick, lush sound of his solo-produced electro work. On this three-track EP look out for ‘Push’ – a pretty, minty-fresh cooler of a song that entices you to throw yourself into the rest of it at once.
A.M. Beats by Luna Toke
Luna Toke is a side project of Goa-based artist Sachin Shetty, who also goes by Drift. His first EP, A.M. Beats rustles with dynamism in both sound and style. It’s got a contemporary oriental texture – think xylophones and strings – that drips into rhythmic bass. We think ‘Murakami’ is a nice, happy one to start with.
Mwah by Hoirong
Few bands call themselves the ‘fat and ugly stepsister of pop music’. Ballsy, noisy and hard to slot (genre-wise), the rock/lo-fi/noise/punk outfit Hoirong’s music is slightly on the heavier side, but Mwah is still quite accessible. You can listen to the rest of the album on Bandcamp here.