New Music Releases by Indian Artists in January 2024

Coupled with a slew of staggering number of music festivals and concerts, January 2024 also saw an avalanche of eye-catching and noteworthy music releases. Music shrouded with an artist battling his internal struggles, a tribal community stakes their claim as original inhabitants of a forest patch, an age-old romantic tragedy gets reworked, and yet another video presentation steeped in AI tools, January 2024 had much to offer! We highlight a few standout releases by Indian musicians that emerged in the first month of the year –

‘Ranjha’ – Hashbass featuring Divyam Sodhi

‘Ranjha’ – Hashbass featuring Divyam Sodhi

Bassist and producer Harshit Misra aka Hashbass kicked off 2024 with ‘Ranjha.’ It is a nifty collaboration with Gazal singer Divyam Sodhi inspired by the timeless classic ‘Heer Ranjha,’ a romance-tragedy tale from Punjab. Released via Misfits Inc., the melody that graces your ears is melancholic, emotive, and poignant, and skillfully melds modern and classic themes.

“I have always felt this soulful space within me ever since I wrote ‘For Anita’… It’s honest and very emotional, almost like a child,” says Hashbass. In a statement, Sodhi remarked, “I’ve cherished and deeply valued ‘Ranjha’ long before delving into my own rendition of this beloved song.”

‘Farishtey’ – Siddhant Goenka

‘Farishtey’ – Siddhant Goenka

Kolkata-based singer/songwriter Siddhant Goenka is no stranger to crafting cinematic experiences in tandem with his music releases. January was no different as the indie artist sounded out ‘Farishtey,’ a call back to the heyday of 90s indie music with a modern swirl. The track exudes sleek acoustic and electric guitar segments, a wholesome vocal display, and passionate lyrics. Molded via the use of AI tools, Goenka also dropped a mesmerizing music video for the song depicting a battle sequence in medieval times. Since its release, the music video has garnered over 43K views on YouTube, with heaps of praise in the comments.

‘Around The Clock’ – Charitrh

‘Around The Clock’ – Charitrh

Singer/songwriter and producer Hardik Bansode, who goes by Charitrh, served up his third musical outing ‘Around The Clock,’ a song about being constantly on the clock and the weight of time as a concept. The acoustic single snaps in at nearly five minutes and squeezes in plucky guitar strumming, delicate synth work, and heavenly flute arrangements.

Charitrh presents the single as “An argument with time,” expressing, “You keep running around the clock for your survival, whether it is physically running for work or mentally running with your thoughts. Thus failing to be present in the moment.”

‘Kehke Toh Dekh’ – Suhasini x TZEJAX

‘Kehke Toh Dekh’ – Suhasini x TZEJAX

Delhi-based singer-songwriter Suhasini and beatmaker TZEJAX team up for yet another piece, ‘Kehke Toh Dekh,’ a feel-good indie pop/dance number. The Hindi-worded song is glazed with neat electro-pop production and riveting vocals. The artist submits, “Kehke Toh Dekh is a love confession from a girl’s perspective because boys like to be swayed too!”

‘Baby, we can make this right…’ – Cinnamon Cigars

‘Baby, we can make this right…’ – Cinnamon Cigars

Nagpur-based musical duo Shubham Kundu and Geetika Chatterjee, collectively known as Cinnamon Cigars, opened the new year with ‘Baby, we can make this right…’ Touted as “an anthem of reassurance,” the soul-stirring track is brightened by robust vocal performances and expertly arranged instrumentation.

Discussing the themes of the song, the duo shared, “It speaks to the inherent belief that, no matter how dire the circumstances may seem, the love and connection shared between two people have the power to transcend challenges.”

‘Tu Abr Sa Mera’ – Ishaan Nigam

‘Tu Abr Sa Mera’ – Ishaan Nigam

Mumbai-based musician Ishaan Nigam sets the stage for his debut EP by introducing his first release of 2024, ‘Tu Abr Sa Mera,’ a three-minute Hindi pop melody. In his fourteenth release as an artist, Ishaan reels in music producer Sagar Godavaria to produce this melancholic romantic ballad. The song is plugged in with Nigam’s crooning voice, captivating lyrics, and sprinkled with heady synth patterns.

‘Adivasi’ – Swadesi featuring Prakash Bhoir

‘Adivasi’ – Swadesi feat. Prakash Bhoir

Multilingual and socially conscious hip-hop force Swadesi checks back with Adivasi activist Prakash Bhoir from Aarey Forest on their new release, ‘Adivasi.’ The account of the moolniwasis (natives), who have slowly begun to lose their land and culture due to rabid development, is communicated in the song. Swadesi and Prakash Bhoir band together on this rap/folk tune to revive their dying community while reiterating their claim that the Adivasis are the real forest warriors. The proximity of the forest to the recently built Mumbai metro car shed appears in the opening and closing frames of the music video, a construction that sparked much controversy.

Prakash Bhoir previously joined the collective on their eye-opening smash hit single, ‘The Warli Revolt’ (2019).

‘Imaaratein’- COSTHETA

‘Imaaratein’- COSTHETA

After taking unnecessary counsel givers to task on ‘Faltu Advice,’ singer/rapper and nu metal act COSTHETA swings in ‘Imaaraatein.’ Roping in PrabhuNeigh on mixing and mastering duties once again, the latest single is the third track of his debut album, ‘Crackhead Diaries.’

Weaved from a medley of influences, including rapper Lil Peep, alternative metal outfit Deftones, and nu-metal great Linkin Park, Imaaraatein’s lyrics stem from the artist’s internal struggles with self-confidence. Sung in Hindi and English, the music bounces off a gloomy hip-hop bop beat and a feisty hard rock/metal theme.

Artists mentioned in this list: Hashbass | Siddhant Goenka | Charitrh | Suhasini x TZEJAX | Cinnamon Cigars | Ishaan Nigam | Swadesi | COSTHETA

Listen to all of these new songs and more on Spotify now –

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