First Listen: ‘STAYLO’ By Sid Vashi
26 November 2015
Sid Vashi is a producer and multi-instrumentalist from the suburbs of Detroit, currently living in Mumbai, who we’ve been following since the release of his impressive 2012 EP and subsequent LP - ‘Motherland Tourism’.
Vashi’s 2013 ‘Motherland Tourism’ LP was one of our favourite releases that year, with its distinct brand of Bollywood infused (without being cheesy), soulfully vocalised, sensual hip-hop/pop. The greatest testament we can give is that it’s amongst the few Indian alternative releases that still sits pretty on iTunes 2 years later.
‘STAYLO’ is the first track Vashi has shared from an upcoming, unnamed release. Despite a slew of live performances this year, it’s also the first proper song he’s shared in a long, long time (though you should check out everything on his SoundCloud – particularly the excellent ‘Daniel Glover’ cover).
“I’m working on a lot right now so things are all over the place, but this is the first song I’m releasing in a long time. I’ve learned a lot since then - I took some time off to learn about sound design and engineering so it’s more of a realisation of what I’ve been trying to do. There's still a Bollywood influence but I’m trying new styles, just arranging sounds in a way to create space and you know, still try to make pop tunes. I’m really happy with it.” – Sid Vashi
Based on our premature evaluation of his intricately produced new tune, Vashi’s next release seems to be increasing the tempo and leaning towards a more chewed up, very textural pop sound which we’re very keen to hear more of. There’s still some Bollywood influence but it’s a lot less obvious. Album art comes courtesy of Annie Yang and deserves a special mention too for packaging 'STAYLO' with quiet, elegant uneasiness.
Art credit (thumb): Annie Yang
Image credit (main): Kirti Virmani
Words: Diya Gupta