10 Enkore – Dhalta Chaand STILL COUNTED AMONG the seasoned hip-hop artists to rise from Mumbai, it seems like Enkore took a minute to catch his breath following his knockout 2018 record Bombay Soul. A few collaborations in between, Enkore was kind of invisible but he didn’t let another prolific year of Indian hip-hop pass him by without bearing his bilingual rap flourishes. On Dhalta Chaand, Enkore rages like he missed it (“Hey Bhagwaan”) and invites rapper Yashraj to share the mic (and perspectives about struggle) on the title track and offers a (mostly) unfiltered take on mental health (“Heal AF”). – ANURAG TAGAT
9 Ferry Tales – Long Time, No Sea
MUMBAI POP-ROCK BAND FERRY TALES — comprising vocalist-guitarist Akshay Dakhane, drummer Nilay Singh, guitarist Nischal Chaubey, bassist Raghukul Mathur and keyboardist Nishant Nair — show off their pop sensibilities and playful yet laidback sonic approach on their six-track sophomore EP titled Long Time, No Sea. The whole EP is filled with dexterous moments, some flavorful guitar parts, stellar songwriting as well as blissful and mellifluous vocal melodies. Long Time, No Sea features straightup pop tracks (“Lies” and “Sneak”), relaxed arrangements (“Home” and “Medicine”) and heavier elements (“Strong” and “Infinite Love”). — DAVID BRITTO
8 Sandunes – Nowhere to Stand
THERE’S PLENTY OF EMOTION that can be felt wholeheartedly on Mumbai-bred producer Sanaya Ardeshir aka Sandunes’ 2021 four-track EP Nowhere to Stand’s dreamy opening track “A Little While.” The song features her frequent collaborator composer/singer-songwriter Sohrab Nicholson aka Landslands. On the effervescent and bold “Shadow,” Sandunes enlists Hudson Valley-based musician Nandi Rose aka Half Waif on vocals, while Indo-American artist Sid Sriram steps in on vocal duties for the record’s title track. The EP closes with the pensive “Ghosts” in which the producer calls upon singer-songwriter Ramya Pothuri’s elegant voice. Lyrically, Nowhere to Stand covers themes of uncertainty, wistfulness and longing, while sonically, Sandunes has explored plenty of electro-pop soundscapes on the record. — D.B.
7 Kayoben – Asrar
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