A little bhangra, a little magic – Coke Studio’s ‘Neray Neray Vas’ is a song to get you dancing – Music
Coke Studio season 14 has everyone on their toes waiting for the next blow to land. It started with the ‘Tu Jhoom’ banger and has since given us the “real magic” it promised in the form of diversity and musical mashup. Producers injected bhangra and “desi traditions” into SOCH The Band’s six-year-old “mellow” song “Neray Neray Vas” and turned it into a groovy Punjabi number for the latest Coke Studio Release.
“You know when you spot someone across the room, and then you realize it’s gone? That’s the song for it,” the team describes.
Coke Studio reunited SOCH and the Butt Brothers for their fifth song and transformed SOCH The Band’s mellow mid-2000s tune into “a hopeful bhangra-style track” under the direction of Xulfi and associate music producer Zain Ali.
Usually more traditionally desi songs are changed to make them more trendy, but this time, Coke Studio decided to go upside down and inject “desi traditions” straight into the song. The original ‘Neray Neray Vas’ holds its own but at the same time is “richer” with an “expanded soundscape” and energy that makes you groove.
Adding a touch of Punjabi tradition to the song with a harmonium, tumbi and matka and combining them with a hint of “Coke Studio appropriate chimtas” forms the perfect recipe for a song that has its own unique pulse.
SOCH’s Adnan Dhool and Rabi Ahmed are back and their collaboration with the Butt Brothers is an unstoppable force. And then there’s the video which has all the charm of being in a mehndi with “an epic soundtrack”, according to Coke Studio. Director Murtaza Niaz fashioned the performance-based cut to enhance the song’s celebratory vibe.
Netizens are already on the beat and have stamped the song with a tag that reads banger. Coke Studio himself professed it was a dance number, tweeting “Brb. Im going to dance”.
Fans are impressed with the season as a whole, saying “this musical diversity was absolutely necessary for the revival of #Pakistani music. Great job #CokeStudio14.”
They have the “light groovy dance number” on repeat.
Users love the vibe and wouldn’t be surprised “if this song was included in an Indian Punjabi or Bollywood movie.”
Did the song also make you dance? What Coke Studio 14 is your favorite song?