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Circle Of Love’s 10 Best Indian Singles Of 2023

From scorching metal and mellifluous synth-pop to fun indie-rock and dancey electro beats, here are songs that stood out this past year 

#1 Komorebi – “I Grew Up”

Komorebi I Grew Up

New Delhi producer-vocalist Tarana Marwah aka Komorebi released her ethereal track "I Grew Up" this year which is a captivating musical journey that seamlessly blends electronic and indie elements. The song showcases the artist's unique ability to create a sonic landscape that is both nostalgic and innovative. The haunting vocals paired with the mesmerizing synth arrangements evoke a sense of introspection and growth. "I Grew Up" stands out as a testament to Komorebi's artistry, offering listeners a rich and immersive experience that resonates with the complexities of life and self-discovery.

#2 Long Distances – "Lovesong for an Apocalypse"

Long Distances Lovesong for an Apocalypse

Mumbai's indie-rock trio, Long Distances, comprising vocalist Aarifah Rebello, guitarist-producer Apurv Agrawal and guitarist-producer Zubin Pastakia, unveiled their sophomore single this year, "Lovesong for an Apocalypse." With infectious vocals, a pulsating bassline and irresistible guitar hooks, the track packs in plenty. Long Distances enlisted the talents of seasoned Mumbai drummer Jai Row Kavi and collaborated with bassist-producer Krishna Jhaveri and producer Sandunes, who contributed additional synths. The band describes the song's core as a portrayal of a protagonist who is simultaneously vulnerable, hopeful and nostalgic yet grounded in reality.

#3 Mali – "Semi Automatic Butane"

Mali Semi Automatic Butane

Chennai-bred and Mumbai-based singer-songwriter Maalavika Manoj aka Mali’s feisty track "Semi Automatic Butane" is a sonic adventure that blends alternative rock with synth pop. The song showcases Mali's mastery of dynamic vocals and a fearless musical approach. "Semi Automatic Butane" is also a gritty anthem that delivers a powerful sonic punch, leaving listeners hooked on its rebellious spirit and unapologetic energy.

#4 Dot. – "Indigo"

Dot. Indigo

Ahead of her role in The Archies film, New Delhi-native and Bengaluru-based singer-songwriter Aditi Saigal aka Dot. released the laid-back pop-folk track "Indigo." The impeccably crafted song features polished production, whimsical lyrics and Dot.'s effortless and velvety vocal delivery. The song touches upon preconceived notions about others' opinions on your own work. "Indigo" stands as a testament to Dot.'s artistry, inviting listeners into a captivating musical realm.

#5 Anoushka Maskey, Cosmic Grooves - "The Search for Wild Geese"

Anoushka Maskey, Cosmic Grooves  The Search for Wild Geese

Mumbai-based artists, singer-songwriter Anoushka Maskey and producer Pranay Bakshi aka Cosmic Grooves converge on "The Search for Wild Geese," a collaborative effort that juxtaposes soulful vocals with nuanced production. Initiated by a bossa nova-inspired bassline, the track navigates the realms of friendship and heartbreak, addressing mental struggles with resilience. The song’s poignant lyrics mirror the duo's organic process, as the track unfolds with Maskey's entrancing count, leading into the groovy bass and melodic guitar. Radiant vocals, delicate percussion and standout horn parts intertwine seamlessly, creating an immersive sonic experience.

#6 Sandunes, Ramya Pothuri – "The Surge"

Sandunes and Ramya Pothuri The Surge

Mumbai producer Sanaya Ardeshir aka Sandunes teamed up with U.S.-based singer-songwriter Ramya Pothuri on the mesmerizing "The Surge." Featuring the blissful vocals of Pothuri, the track is a sonic marvel, showcasing Sandunes' signature production prowess. The track’s shape-shifting sounds evoke the emotions of significant change, resonating with the experience of departing from one’s comforts. "The Surge" captures the essence of transition to the tee.

#7 Taba Chake – "Halfway"

Taba Chake Halfway

Arunachal Pradesh singer-songwriter Taba Chake's "Halfway" transcends love ballads, delving into universal themes of guilt and survival. With caressing vocals and poignant lyrics, Chake navigates the struggle between the past and present, pleading for freedom and embracing the fleeting moments. The track's dynamic progression and enriched vocals culminate in a driving groove. "Halfway" marks a compelling return to English releases, reaffirming Chake's narrative prowess beyond linguistic boundaries.

#8 Bhayanak Maut – “Just A Metal Kid”

Bhayanak Maut Just A Metal Kid

Mumbai metal outfit Bhayanak Maut's "Just a Metal Kid" is a metal anthem that pays homage to India's vibrant metal scene. With historical nods to influential peers like Demonic Resurrection, Scribe, Undying Inc, Inner Sanctum, Skyharbor and Providence, the lyrics capture the essence of growing up immersed in Indian metal culture. Featuring a surprise appearance by rock veteran Uday Benegal (from Indus Creed) who sings the song’s hook, "Just a Metal Kid" is a spirited celebration of India's metal legacy, capturing the intensity and camaraderie of the genre.

#9 Parimal Shais, MC Couper, Hanumankind, Thirumali – “AYYAYYO”

Parimal Shais, MC Couper, Hanumankind and Thirumali AYYAYYO

A collaborative effort by artists Parimal Shais, MC Couper, Hanumankind and Thirumali, the bouncy “AYYAYYO” draws inspiration from South India's traditional folk instrument, the Nadaswaram, which has been recrafted into a fusion of bass and trap beats for this song. With impactful verses, the track serves as a vibrant ode to freedom, capturing the spirit of cultural evolution within the realm of contemporary music.

#10 Yuhina, Reuel Immanuel – “OMW”

Yuhina, Reuel Immanuel OMW

Gangtok-bred and Bengaluru-based producer-singer Yuhina teamed up with fellow artist Reuel Immanuel on the electro-pop track “OMW.” The song features Yuhina’s captivating vocals which rest neatly on a bed of layered production elements that range from synths, bass, electronica and more. Lyrically, the song encapsulates a journey of healing, transcending the past and embracing a resilient gaze towards the future.



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