What They’re Listening To In India This Autumn

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Updated: 5 October 2016
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India’s music festival season is almost here, with the Rajasthan International Folk Festival in September, Bacardi NH7 weekender in October followed by Magnetic Fields Festival and more. It’s the best time to appreciate the many independent music artists who have revolutionized the country’s music scene over the past few years. Added to that, Bollywood is releasing quite a few anticipated movies over the coming months with equally awaited soundtracks. Here we run through India’s music scene to bring you the best of what everyone is listening to.


India’s bass king, Nucleya, is back and all set to release a brand new album, Raja Baja. Two tracks from the album are already out: Bhayanak Atma Feat. Gagan Mudgal and Take Me There feat. Kavya Trehan. For everyone who has been grooving to Bass Rani on loop for a year, the new tracks indicate that the wait is totally worth it.

Dualist Inquiry

Electronica lovers are getting rewarded endlessly this season. Another much anticipated LP is out this month, Dreamcatcher by Dualist Inquiry, the brainchild of music producer and guitarist Sahej Bakshi. Featuring collaborations with the likes of Sohrab Nicholson, Kavya Trehan and The F-16s, Dreamcatcher is on the playlist of every electronic lover in the country.


Sandunes, aka Sanaya Ardeshir, one of the country’s finest and most recognized electronic music producers, has a new much-awaited album named Downstream due very soon. One track, ‘Crystal Pink’ is out already making her fans very excited. Check it out!


Aditya Alamuru’s electronic music act, MALFNKTION has a track out from upcoming EP, Vote For Worms. The new track ‘Roaches’ experiments with a variety of melodies, familiar sounds and distinct bass to create a unique listening experience.


Naved Sheikh, aka Naezy the Mumbai-based rapper, has a new single out. Rapping in Hindi about his journey growing up in a chawl in Kurla, Asal Hustle was first penned down as an autobiographical song for the award-winning short film on his life, Bombay 70. With its sharp, genuine lyrics and chilled beats, the single is already getting the attention it should.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

There’s always space for some Bollywood in our playlist and this season we have quite a few film releases with promising soundtracks lined up. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has that irresistible, deep and melodious Pritam Chakraborty sound that cries ‘add to playlist’, which is exactly what most of the country is doing.


Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s latest film, Mirzya, based on a tragic Punjabi folklore of lovers, has a brilliant soundtrack – as one would have expected with Shankar-Ehsan-Loy on music production and Gulzar on lyrics. Its title song particularly stands out with its folk sound featuring vocals from some of the South Asia’s finest, the Nooran Sisters, Sain Zahoor, Akhtar Chinnal and Daler Mehndi.

Rock On!! 2

India’s favourite pretend rock band from Bollywood, Magik is back. With the recent music launch for Rock On!! 2, Bollywood lovers from around the country have an interesting new album to check out. With a strong rock sound and raspy vocals from the fabulous Farhan Akhtar, the movie’s soundtrack album is on every Magik fan’s playlist.

Baar Baar Dekho

Baar Baar Dekho is one of the many Bollywood films that will remain memorable for its soundtrack rather than the film itself. Featuring a number of catchy pop tunes, including the one song we haven’t been able to avoid all season, Kala Chasma, the album has been playing on repeat since July all over the country.

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