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Boom time

THE INDIAN music scene is going through a transition period with film composers trying their hand at making music for non-film albums.

Three film albums, `Boom', `Mumbai Matinee'and `Khel', were released the past week.

Kaizad Gustad's `Boom' has been in the news for many reasons (mostly wrong), ranging from star-cast to censorship hurdles.

But the music album, `Boom' (Sony Music; Cassette: Rs. 65), has enthralled movie-lovers.

The album, "inspired by the movie", features big names such as Talvin Singh and Sandeep Chowta.

The title track is unique, with Ila Arun's impressive vocals and compositions by tabla player Talvin Singh.

The next track is by Panjabi MC.

His Mundiyan To Bach Ke has made it to the U. K. Top Five.

It topped the charts in Italy and Germany.

The song, incorporated in the theme of the `Night Rider' series, is part of `Boom's soundtrack.

Another track, hugely popular, is the `bhangra mix' of Groove Armada's popular club hit, I See You Baby.

Couch potatoes would remember this as the title music for Channel V's promo, `Club V'.

The Boom version throws in Hindi and Punjabi vocals between the original tune, giving a fusion-like feel.

The second soundtrack album that is likely to catch your attention is `Mumbai Matinee' (Times Music; Cassette: Rs. 55).

The film is about a middle-aged man falling in love with two young women at the same time.

The soundtrack has music by Anand Raaj Anand, a Hindi film regular, accompanied by Farhad Wadia, who has composed a few soothing English numbers.

The vocalists are mostly Indi-pop artists who have made it big in recent times — Sashwati (`Kaliyon Ka Chaman'), Kunal Ganjawala (`Bindu Re Bindu'), and Shaan.

The catchy Loot Gaye has made it to the charts. The remix version of the evergreen Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost, by DJ Na'Ryan, is good.

`Khel' is a soon-to-be-released film, starring Sunil Shetty, Celina Jaitley and Ajay Jadeja (Oh yes! This isn't a printing goof-up!). The composer, Dude's Music Company, makes the album interesting.

Aimed at "nurturing fresh music talent from the country", the music of `Khel' (Times Music; Cassette; Rs. 55) features Babbu Mann, who specialises in Bhangra and Punjabi folk music, and Daboo Malik, who has composed music for films such as `Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam' and `Tumko Na Bhool Payenge'.

The jumpy Sharrata, rendered by Sukhwinder Singh and Shaan's Chori Chori stand out.

All three albums have something new to offer.

A. VISHNU

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