A special selection of tracks by Madras based Alternative Indie band The F16s with a penchant for the weird. A crisp selection showcasing a diverse range of interests from shoegaze to desi rap to some folky alt and “South Indian Bop”.
My Bloody Valentine – Only Shallow
The pioneers of shoegaze have finally made their way onto streaming services after signing with Domino. And what better introduction to their trailblazing sound than one of the all-time great album openers.
Prabh Deep – Antar
The grimy centrepiece of the rapper’s concept album TABIA places him with arms out and chest puffed in assertion with one of the catchier hooks in desi hip-hop.
Squid – Houseplants
British post punk revival with a frantic mindfuck energy, perfect lockdown soundtrack, as thin slices of daily life were served to us thru isolation, we gardened and watched the world shoot itself in the leg. The lyrics in the outro going ”And I find myself looking for a future that doesn’t exist. This is my beautiful house and I can’t afford to live in it” – sounds too close to reality
Shame – March Day
Another young English post punk band with extreme self-awareness and raw energy that makes their music irresistible. March day is a great workout track. As a sucker for everything that was produced by James Ford (simian mobile disco) from arctic monkeys to Foals this might be the band that lasts in my lists for over a decade.
Black Foxxes- Badlands
Alex Laney- Perth Traumatic Stress Disorder
Great music to brave the Chennai heat to.
Pond – Pink Lunette
Addictive and infectious groove
Syan Saheer – Yellam Inbame
Bop from south India, good lyrics