[Rahmania is where my fanboism for A.R. Rahman's musical genius, will find a good home. Here, I will be discussing many of the gems composed by the Mozart of Madras - A.R.Rahman]
One of the most common instruments that A.R.Rahman features in his sound arrangement is the Bass Guitar. I know how wide ranged Rahman’s musical spectrum is, and yet there is a unique structure and sound to Rahman’s compositions which make it uniquely Rahman. Just like other musical greats, you can tell when it is a Rahman song, or even when others tend to start sounding like Rahman. Coming back to the topic of Rahman’s “bass”-i-licious tracks, we can categorise them into 3 different categories.
a) The Groove – aka the Bass groove song, on which the song rides -
e.g. Urvashi, Urvashi -Kadalan, Mustafa Mustafa – Kadal Desam, O Bhanvre – Daud, Choti Si Asha – Roja, Dil Se – Dil Se, Chaiyya Chaiyya – Dil Se… the list is endless here.
b) The Rhythm – one where the bass guitar is played as a strong Rhythm section.
e.g. Dhaka Laga Bukka – Yuva, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na – Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na.
P.S. In Dhaka Laga Bukka, the bass has a prominent ‘harkat‘ which you can clearly notice, a tune of its own.
c) The Slap – And then we have the slappers; the ones which remind us of bassists like Flea, the ones where the bass is not a guitar but almost a percussion instrument.
Here we list 5 of those gems. Yes, 5 big ones. There are a few more contenders, but not all of them can make it to this prestigious list. So hold your breath, as we unleash..
*The TOP 5 Bass Slapping Tracks Of A.R.RAHMAN*
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