Shut Up When Ajay Mathur’s Talking Loud LP Is On

By Deuce

The musicianship on Ajay Mathur’s Talking Loud Long Player, which just dropped last month, is simply without peer.

One of the clear cut ways to get an inkling of this fact is by simply analyzing the cast of characters involved. Including Mathur there are 16 musicians and vocalists all together, which is likely fitting, since this is a solid 15-cut project.   

So go ahead, just try and listen to his ballad, “Any Time At All”, and deny that the first, oh, six bars or so, would make for a brilliant sample. Any rap, hip hop, trap producer would immediately swoop that one up, with the mounting string-like synths in the background, as well. Put the right drums behind that and you’ve got a sure shot record almost no one would deny.

Cold thing about it, Mathur’s much more renowned for his work on the guitar, which dominates the majority of the album and is where his true laurels have been earned. Nonetheless, that doesn’t stop Richard Hugener from getting down on the bass on the titular track. Actually, Hugener is funking things up royally on this one, and is aided by good, crisp, programmed drums—which would typify the best of millennial R&B songs, and wouldn’t steer too many rap ones in the wrong direction, either.

Hugener reprises his prolificacy on “Ain’t Going Nowhere From Here”, which is supplemented by somebody (could be Mathur) on the funk guitar that’s imbued with a hint of distortion on a playful, fun number.

But come on, really, dig the way somebody’s just a rolling the rhythm guitar on “Don’t Want the Phone to Ring”. You can’t find that anywhere, and you’re lucky if you can even buy playing that accomplished. Plus, the babes are hitting some “shoop shoops” in the background for a winning formula.

Mathur arguably puts down his best work at the beginning of the project. The leadoff, “Sooner or Later”, has a swift electric guitar riff, good bass line, and the sort of verve that’s danceable—especially when some of the young ladies chime in with him on the hook. “Real” utilizes this same combination—although the rhythm guitar is going to town on this one—and is just further proof that few people can do what Mathur’s done with the music on this album.

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