[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*
5: Halla Gulla – Bombay
Bombay, by itself, was a landmark soundtrack. Each and every song was a gem, and this one is no exception. This is Indian fusion at its very best. Tabla and bass guitar losing control as the vocals keep hold of the catchy tune – Halla Gulla, Halla Gulla. [ YouTube Link]
4. Rangeela Re – Rangeela
Urmila’s dream moment both onscreen and off, takes shape with a funky bass groove transforming into a mad bass slapathon. It is one of Asha Bhonsle’s best songs with Rahman. With elements of rock and even 90′s pop, this one’s just one really fun song which never wears off. [Youtube Link]
3. Osaka Moraiya – One 2 ka 4
This was one of the most under-appreciated soundtracks of Rahman’s discography. It had some really good tracks, of which Osaka stands at no.2 [no.1 being Khamoshiya]. Osaka Moraiya is proper funk from top to bottom. [ YouTube link]
2. Aye Udi Udi – Saathiya
Adnan Sami with a very lazy voice grooving to the bass in a very reggae tone with minimal help from the piano notes. You gotta love Aye Udi Udi. And coupled with some lovely choreography set with a rewind button, we are good to go. [YouTube Link]
So, here we are, all set for the no.1 spot. You wanna know…
The no. 1 spot goes to…
1. Dil Hai Sanam / Thee Thee – Chor Chor / Thiruda Thiruda
When I say bass like a percussion, the first song that pops up in my head is this one. Again a brilliant example of awesome Indian fusion music in Rahman’s work. The serene and thin female vocals are brilliantly complimented by the rough, sharp and hard hitting male chants of Takidha Takidha Tha…and of course, the slapping bass multiplies the awesomeness. [Youtube Link]
So, that was my list. The ones which are worthy of a mention here in this post are -
Latka – Indian, Girlfriend – Boys, Konjum Mainakkale – Kandukondain Kandukondain
Feel free to comment below with your own additions to the list, and be back for more Rahmania.