Dholna is blessed with an old world charm and the simplicity with which it has been put together makes it endearing and affable. It starts off with clap beats, followed by simple tabla beats (as if it's being played in a village party and not in ornate big studios) nudging-n-winking at the acoustic guitar plucking. The rustic atmosphere continues with an inebriated harmonium melody line flirting with salubrious dhapli while Shreya Ghoshal's pristine vocals jocularly nestle with Sonu Nigam's mastery. The reason why Dholna endears immensely is that it never tries too hard to attract attention. It's as if the team that made this song is having fun without worrying about anything else in the world. Dholna in the first listening may sound a bit too simplistic but as you listen to it more, it just grows on you. A song that is like Piyu Bole from Parineeta, shall grow on people with each passing day and stay with them for a long time.
Dholna - Love is in the Air Remix by DJ Whosane is not your usual remix. For, it's not a blatant fast tempo, nonsensical rapping and needless chorus singing kinda number. It starts off with a DJ sound in a hip hop mould. Tabla is replaced by an alternating clap beat, lightweight rolls, brass-n-piano fillers and the sedate vocals of Sonu and Shreya give another perspective to this wonderful track. The end result is a lounge mix on which you can groove as well as just enjoy a few moments of togetherness in the dark corner of a club.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy became synonymous with scintillating chorus singing sections since the haunting chorus section in the title track of Dil Chahta Hai became nation's favourite humming anthem. In the title track of Heyy Babyy, one of the most noteworthy aspects is the chorus singing line…ae e o Aa ae e o Aa ae e o Aa with which it starts in a quirky likable manner. Marching rhythm beats and retro brass-n-bass combo pulls up the curtains on this fantastic number. Out of the four male voices featured in the song, the one name that stands out is that of Pervez Quadir. Pervez along with KK was The most prolific jingle singer in the 1990s. He released an album, sang for very few films and was out of sight-n-ears. It's great to have such a talented singer back in reckoning with a track that shall surely get noticed by one-n-all. Other voices comprise of the very talented Neeraj Sridhar (he is having a great year), Raman and Loy. Ishq mohabbat pyaar ki baaten bekaar ki baaten….jhoote hain saare vaade.. Heyy Babyy….jee lene de is pal ko, kal ki sochenge kal ko…The hookline Heyy Babyy sounds wonderful every time it is repeated, the rapping is cool and it effortlessly gels with the overall retro feel of the song. Nothing can stop Heyy Babyy from being one of the biggest hits of the year.
Heyy Babyy (The Big 'O' Remix) by D J Whosane is a brilliantly produced club number that makes your legs start shaking-n-groovin the moment it picks up the tempo. The reasonably fast paced pop-techno beat, oomph-prone female chorus fillers, an interesting bass line, occasional saccharine piano fillers, brass rolls, the rappin-n-male chorus singing revved up by DJ effects and an overall ambience of fun-n-games makes this remix a strawberry shake that you'd love to have more-n-more of.
There's another version of Heyy Babyy title track by an Australian girl band Australian Divas. This one's a happening number too. It carries the flavour of a live performance as the girls coax the audience to sing along with them amidst cheers and claps. The ae e o Aa ae e o Aa ae e o Aa chorus singing line sounds pleasantly different in female voices. The overall song is aided by a feverish tempo (it fluctuates up-n-down interestingly), keyboard drum rolls, brass melody sections and bubbly techno fillers. It's a predominantly English track with a smattering of Hindi as it urges to turn you on and rock away with me all night long. Burn the night spots with this one guys.
I wanna make it up to you pretty baby, I wanna see you smile, I wanna make it up to you…Gustakhi maaf kar de, ab to insaaf kar de apna dil saaf kar de…kehna to maan le…Jaane bhi de jo bhi hua Jaane bhi de…It's a frothy number that makes you feel: hey life is worth giving another try….there's so much of romance dripping from the crevices of hope. Jaane Bhi De is one of those Achcha ji main haari chalo maan jaao na kinda songs with dingdingding cuteness, simple beats that graduate to a danceable tempo and crisp male-female chorus-n-harmony vocal sections (both have their own zing and both are very attractive). Shankar Mahadevan is in great form as he sings with oodles of soft romance (thankfully he sings mostly in middle octave which suits him the best in film songs). Loy's singing in English portions is great fun. Sameer's lyrics are simple and charming giving this song a longer shelf life merely because of its content. Jaane Bhi De is going to be the youth anthem. It will be a played on the canteen desks as the glasses-n-spoons will cling to create the rhythm. Relish-n-cherish!
Jaane Bhi De - Hiphop Hiccup Remix stands true to its title. For there are a few hiphop hiccups (literally in the singing) before it gets going. Clap beats, rolls, mouth generated percussion sounds, brass melody and lots of rapping makes it another cool remix. The tempo is not too fast but it will prove to be the one of the most played party/club track nevertheless.
It's really surprising as to how Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy manage to swiftly move from rocking hiphop, pop-rock numbers to a song like Mast Kalandar which is embellished with the treasure of Indian classical music. They've been doing this since the beginning of their career, right from Main Aayi hoon UP Bihar lootne to Kajra Re and with Mast Kalandar they've proved their versatility yet again. Earthen fresh vocals of Salim Shehzada, Rehan Khan assiduously collaborate with sporadic vocals of Shankar Mahadevan touching the highest notes of ecstasy as the tabla-dhol combo beats around in aplomb layered with a powerful bass line. Mast Kalandar is a qawwaali that retains the jewels of traditions in its purest forms. Wah!
Meri duniya meri duniya tu hi re, meri khushiya meri khushiyan tu hi re…raat din tere liye sajde karoon duaen mangoon re, main yahan apne liye rab se balayen maangoon re….oyoho o o…Meri Duniya Tu Hi Re is the best song of the album for its sheer uncomplicated beauty and the fact that it touches the simplest of chords within…something that endears you to kids (your own or maybe a kid you see in a mall or multiplex). It starts off with the sound of chimes meant to lullaby a sweet little angel to sleep. Ethereal electric guitar section in the middle, hauntingly beautiful chorus singing, strings in the distant background, simple clap beat rhythm arrangements and touching lyrics by Sameer singing praises-n-promises for someone special, a baby (or should we say babyy) that changes lives with its nascent innocence. Pull the curtains down, lower the light bulbs, hold your little one in your arms and experience the most amazing joy in the world as Meri Duniya Tu Hi Re gently oozes out of your music system. A treasure of a song.
The music score of Heyy Babyy is undoubtedly the best soundtrack of the year so far. Every track is a gem in its own way. Be it Dholna, Heyy Babyy, Meri Duniya Tu Hi Re, Jaane Bhi De, Mast Kalandar and all the remixes, every single track stands out for its sheer variety and immense entertainment quotient. To add to it, the entire album is extremely well produced (special mention has to be made of the delirious chorus singing sections). Heyy Babyy is a must buy.