Thursday, March 24, 2011

CD Review: Botown's 'The Soul of Bollywood'

The Soul of Bollywood

U.K.-based Ajay Srivastava formed Botown in response to the classic Bollywood music taking the world by storm. The Soul of Bollywood contains many hits by SD Burman, Himesh Reshammiya, RD Burman, AR Rahman, Kalyanji Anadji, and Laxmikant Pyarelal. The spy-thriller vibe of "Jhalak" and "Om Shanti Om," Cambodian-sound of "Dum Maro Dum," bass-ladened "Haule Haule," reggae vibe of "Chura Liya," pop ballad of "Kal Ho Na Ho," and the funky soul song, "Chaiyya Chaiyya" stand out as some of the best tracks. For a retro-revisit, The Soul of Bollywood stirs up some classic tracks with a vibe straight out of the 1970's. The Hindi songs incorporate funk, reggae, soul, jazz, blues, rock, and electronic elements. For a funkadelic ride down memory lane located somewhere in Calcutta, then Botown is the right band for you. A stellar release! ~ Matthew Forss

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