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Pump up the beat!


Party time could be the best time to play Solid Hits. That's when people want something playing in the background, and don't care to pay much attention to it.

Solid Hits
Sony and Times Music
Rs 65

Dance beats. That's what you'll find in plenty on this tape. Whether it is old Hindi songs, or Vengaboys, or even Colonial Cousins, you'll find them all packaged with modern dance beats.

Of the 14 tracks, three are non-Indian: Alane by Wes, To Brazil by Vengaboys and Uh la la by Alexia. All three are out and out dance numbers.

The Indian tracks range from remixes to original tracks. Saara zamana is a neat remix. The male voice is excellent, and so are the supporting voices. Pity the tape doesn't give detailed credits. Aaja nachle (voice: Hans Raj Hans) is a Bally Sagoo mix of Punjabi and disco beats. Dil le gayee by Jassi is yet another bhangra number. Do lafzon ki hai is sung by an interesting voice, but the remix orchestra isn't a patch on R D Burman's original.

The way we do it by Colonial Cousins is sung by Lezz and Hariharan, backed up by U Srinivas, the southern mandolin wizard. Srinvas plays a couple of quickfire passages. Very little to commend it otherwise. Other Indian tracks, like Tu hi tu and the Jadoo medley, are loud; the beats pound on interminably.

Party time could be the best time to play a tape like this. That's when people want something playing in the background, and don't care to pay much attention to it.







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