“Dear Music” is a unique ode to song from Chicago’s @AashMehtamusic and vocalist Capelle

AASH MEHTA and CAPELLE, “Dear Music”

I tend to write a lot about uptempo, upbeat music, but every now and again an intriguing slower song creeps into my mix.  “Dear Music” is a beautiful electronic ode to song, personified like being in a relationship, courtesy of the much-respected producer from Chicago, Aash Mehta, about whose music I’ve written numerous times.  The vocalist Capelle has sang on other songs by Aash in the past, and her rich tones embody one side of the relationship as she wistfully sings “where do you go when the music’s gone?”.  “Dear Music” is a fine song for slow dancing by a small fire on a beach as the sun sets – *big deep sigh* – and it’s hard not to enjoy.

Published in: on July 31, 2020 at 9:36 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chicago-based producer @AashMehtamusic returns with lovesick “Vodka Soda” featuring Apollo Gray

AASH MEHTA and APOLLO GRAY, “Vodka Soda”

Following the success of last year’s progressive, lush electronic pop album Discover Infinity, Chicago’s Aash Mehta is back with his first 2019 offering, “Vodka Soda”.  It’s a departure from his swooning romantic stories, and this time we find a protagonist (through a captivating vocal by Apollo Gray) so lovesick, perhaps with someone who doesn’t reciprocate, and he doesn’t quite know what to do about it.  So while he might be drowning his sorrow in his drink – or maybe not – “Vodka Soda” is also his metaphor for this particular crush.  Aash’s music really plays to your heart strings for this down-on-his-luck guy, and “Vodka Soda” ends up being a real slice-of-life story, for not only the downhearted, but perhaps for that target of affection who will be on your mind for a long, long time.

Published in: on April 15, 2019 at 9:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Smooth electronic rhythms enhance the inviting stories of “Discover Infinity” by @AashMehtamusic

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AASH MEHTA, Discover Infinity

What does ‘infinity’ mean to you?  Chicago-based producer Aash Mehta may help you out with that question with the songs in his new album Discover Infinity, which is a follow up full release to last year’s EP Stardust. 

Like its predecessor, Discover Infinity focuses on the softer side of electronica that is full of bigger, special moments.  The stories of love, romance and friendship are earnest and appealing to anyone.  There is a fine in-house repertory company of male and female vocals within that offer different perspectives in their songs. 

To me if you like the stories offered by folks like Above & Beyond and the Alan Parsons Project but enjoy the ear-catching quieter melodies of others like Chet Porter and San Holo, then the music of Aash Mehta is for you.  Aash anchors the album with a couple of preceding singles that I wrote about, “Infinite Summers” featuring Lydia Kelly, and “Say Goodnight” featuring the duo of Capelle and Gavin Garris.  Lydia and Capelle appear again in other strong songs “Silver Linings” and “Edge Of What We Know” respectively, and the album is punctuated, like a good, progressive electronica album should be, by a few interesting instrumental interludes. 

With each release, Aash’s songs and music grow stronger, and I think the adventurous choice on the album is “The Call”, featuring singer Andy Sandrick, which has an ages-old, folky flavour to it which meshes well into the electronic genre.  “Running With The Bulls” is a dramatic, eventful instrumental that provides the album’s climax, so to speak.  The album finishes with its most thoughtful song, “Equal”, featuring male vocalist Rence, which is your impetus to do something about discovering your own ‘infinity’.

Head over to Aash’s Facebook page where he fills you in on the backstory of each song in Discover Infinity.  The album is terrific food for thought with silky melodies that you can dance and sway to, and stories that everyone can embrace.  Give a solid listen at the Spotify link below.

Aash Mehta opens up for Elephante on his Glass Mansion tour in Chicago on October 20 at The Bottom Lounge.

 

Published in: on October 4, 2018 at 7:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Sad songs say so much: “Going Numb” by @AashMehtamusic and @BriTolani

AASH MEHTA and BRI TOLANI, “Going Numb”

It’s always a pleasure to listen to the softer, romantic side of electronic dance pop with music by Chicago-based producer Aash Mehta.  He returns with the familiar voice of Bri Tolani as collaborator with “Going Numb”.  Bri was of course featured in Aash’s Stardust EP last year on “In Your Eyes” but her voice is well known in dance pop.  With dance or electronic pop music, there aren’t many outright sad songs, usually in favour of uplifting, post-relationship tunes.  Well life doesn’t always work that way and “Going Numb” tells a realistic and heartfelt story about those feelings right after a breakup, nicely conveyed by Bri amid Aash’s usual lush but gentle synths.  “Going Numb” is solid electronic pop for your mind and heart. 

Published in: on April 14, 2018 at 1:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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With “No Secrets”, Chicago-based producer @AashMehtamusic channels singer/songwriter @AlexaLusader’s emotional story

AASH MEHTA featuring ALEXA LUSADER, “No Secrets”

Following his lush, often romantic electronic pop EP Stardust, Chicago-based producer Aash Mehta returns with “No Secrets” featuring L.A. singer/songwriter Alexa Lusader.  It’s a special release because it chronicles Alexa’s own experience harbouring a constraining secret for many years.  Working through it all, the song allows her to “inspire others to speak up, free themselves, and live life” the way it should be.  It’s less about the music and a lot about the solid vocal and well-thought lyrics.  Similar to his way to tap into a romantic ballad, in “No Secrets” Aash channels the story through his graceful production.  Listen closely to “No Secrets” at the link above. 

Published in: on November 18, 2017 at 10:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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One last dance on the beach makes “Infinite Summers” by @AashMehtamusic featuring @Lydia__Kelly_

AASH MEHTA featuring LYDIA KELLY, “Infinite Summers”

Following up his lush and romantic EP Stardust, should we expect anything less than a song about “Infinite Summers” from Chicago-based producer/DJ Aash Mehta?  Working once again with Lydia Kelly (you’ll remember last year’s “FriendZone”), “Infinite Summers” is one of those songs for a last dance on the beach at the end of summer, knowing that those kinds of moments will always be in our thoughts if not in real time.  So there’s a mix of emotions as a result, happy but forlorn, and even the synthesized horn sounds have a warm appeal about them.  So give the summer another whirl for now and forever, and check out “Infinite Summers” above while you’re at it 🙂

Published in: on September 4, 2017 at 7:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Say Goodnight” keeps romance alive and well thanks to @AashMehtamusic featuring #Capelle and @GavinGarris

AASH MEHTA featuring CAPELLE and GAVIN GARRIS, “Say Goodnight”

Chicago-based producer/DJ Aash Mehta follows up his gorgeous EP Stardust with another lushly produced original ode to romance called “Say Goodnight”.  Aash continues to select A+ vocalists for his songs, this time one with both male and female vocal parts courtesy of Gavin Garris and Capelle.  “Say Goodnight” could be the beautiful start to a two or three song set of slower songs, but as with other songs by Aash he doesn’t let it get too comfortable without interjecting a few bars of melodic big-sounding synths which will reverberate appropriately from large speakers.  There aren’t too many dance music producers creating high calibre romantic songs like this, and Aash has created some pretty unconventional remixes in the past, but he kind of has this market all to himself if he wants, which is not a bad thing.  Support “Say Goodnight” by checking it out at the link above, and then purchase this independent release at your favourite digital music store.

Published in: on July 17, 2017 at 10:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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For the #EDM romantic in us all there’s “Stardust” the new 6 song EP by @AashMehtamusic

AASH MEHTA, Stardust (EP)

Now based out of Chicago, producer/DJ Aash Mehta firmly establishes a unique approach to EDM with his new 6 song EP Stardust on release by Casual Jam Recordings.  It’s lush and romantic to be sure, with songs telling stories out of personal experience, initiated by the instrumental introduction “Welcome To Stardust”.  It’s also light and playful, echoing sentiments that one does feel in a romantic relationship.  

The music often relies on repetitive synth effects to accentuate joyfulness, and there are a number of fine vocalists showcased throughout the EP.  Best of all, I’m so glad “Wings”, featuring a beauty of a vocal by Jess Forman, is included.  I wrote about this particularly outstanding song back last summer and it has even more potential these months later.  Also key is the effortless-sounding “Friendzone” featuring another top notch vocalist with whom Aash has recorded before named Lydia Kelly.  Aviella carries two songs brimming with emotion, “Hold Onto Me” and “Never Gonna Stop”, while the remaining track “In Your Eyes” features Bri Tolani and Zephure.  All of the songs glide by in the best of ways but I think your attention will be stuck to “Wings” and “Friendzone”.  Stardust is a great start to a full body of original music by Aash Mehta.  

Given the many varied remixes Aash concocted in 2016, Stardust represents a significant turn-of-the-page with loads of possibilities for what’s next in 2017.  Be sure to pick up Stardust at your favourite digital store.

Start that fire: “Ignite” by @AashMehtamusic featuring @theJeanLucmusic

AASH MEHTA featuring JEAN-LUC, “Ignite”

California-based Aash Mehta has released some beautifully consistent songs this year that emphasize a lot of quality along with some highly appealing voices to make the songs memorable.  After a bit of a break, Aash continues with the pop-tinged futuristic (but not too busy) sound of “Ignite”, which again is a gorgeous song lyrically about escaping the past for a true and powerful love.  Aash employs New York vocalist Jean-Luc to great effect, taking time for “Ignite” to build using his soaring range to perk up your ears while leaving some parts imperfectly rough-around-the-edges which gives the song a grounded feel at times.  All-in-all “Ignite” has so many positives that you should give it a listen above and then pick it up at your favourite digital store.

Published in: on October 31, 2016 at 10:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Spread for love: “Wings” by @AashMehtamusic featuring #JessForman

AASH MEHTA featuring JESS FORMAN, “Wings”

Currently based out of San Francisco, producer/remixer/performer Aash Mehta returns with quite possibly his best original song to date, “Wings”, featuring NYC vocalist Jess Forman.  It’s a lovely layered effort, quite the beautiful song lyrically too.  The progressive future bass backdrop meshes amazingly with the diverse voice of Jess Forman.  So all of the pieces to this song end up front and centre and competing for your attention, which is a good thing as there’s lots to remember about “Wings”.  Be dazzled at the link above and then pick it up on iTunes.

Published in: on July 31, 2016 at 9:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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