Weekend Wrap Up – Prateek Kuhad, SitiveSen, Space Baby, Richie Branco, and Nathan-Paul

Prateek Kuhad – “with you/for you”

Prateek Kuhad’s release “with you/for you” is a mesmerizing blend of indie-pop and acoustic ballads that showcase his musical prowess and introspective songwriting. The song is a perfect companion for quiet contemplation, with Kuhad’s soothing vocals and poetic lyrics weaving stories of love, longing, and self-discovery. Kuhad’s ability to evoke nostalgia and capture the essence of human relationships is on full display here, making “with you/for you” a must-listen for fans of thoughtful, intimate music. Overall, Prateek Kuhad has delivered a stunning work that solidifies his place as one of India’s most talented singer-songwriters. His musical inspirations are summed up in his press kit: “After high school, I moved to New York to attend NYU, and that’s when I discovered Elliott Smith” explains Kuhad. “His music changed everything for me. It was all I listened to my entire freshman year. After that, I started listening to Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie along with newer artists like Laura Marling and Fleet Foxes. It inspired me to get serious about the guitar and begin writing my own songs.”

SitiveSen – “We Belong In Love”

Sitivesen’s “We Belong In Love” is a charming and upbeat indie-pop anthem that celebrates the joy and beauty of being in love. The song features a catchy and infectious melody that’s sure to get stuck in your head, along with Sitivesen’s smooth and soulful vocals that convey a sense of sincerity and warmth. The production is top-notch, with the bright and lively instrumentation perfectly complementing the song’s optimistic and romantic lyrics. “We Belong In Love” is a feel-good tune that’s perfect for any occasion, whether you’re driving down the highway with the windows down or dancing with your significant other in the living room. Overall, Sitivesen has crafted a delightful and uplifting track that’s sure to put a smile on your face and make you believe in the power of love.

Space Baby – “Insufficient Funds”

“Insufficient Funds” by Space Baby is a politically charged hip-hop track with a dope old-school G-Funk beat. The track features a groovy bassline and keyboard riffs, which add a classic G-Funk vibe to the production. The lyrics touch on themes of financial struggles and the economic system, highlighting the frustration of living in a society where money is a necessity even for basic needs. The combination of the politically charged lyrics and the classic G-Funk beat creates a unique and engaging listening experience while delivering a strong social message. Overall, “Insufficient Funds” is a standout hip hop track that showcases Space Baby’s talent as a rapper and songwriter, while shedding light on the need for systemic change to address the financial struggles faced by many in our society.

Richie Branco – “Fight Me”

Branco mentioned some of his influences were Fleet Foxes and The Beatles, and while that mashup doesn’t seem apparent immediately, I can’t help but hear it on subsequent listens. The song’s production features flowy guitar riffs, melodic vocal harmonies, and a driving beat that adds to the energy and urgency of the track. The lyrics, touch on themes of personal growth and self-reflection, specifically in the context of a romantic relationship. The honesty and rawness of the lyrics are reflected in Branco’s delivery, which has a sense of vulnerability and emotional depth that matches the subject matter. Overall, “Fight Me” is an emotive indie-rock track that showcases Richie Branco’s ability to combine personal storytelling with dynamic and engaging production.

Nathan-Paul – “Thinkin Bout Ya”

Let’s slow things down a bit to end things up here. “Thinkin Bout Ya” by Nathan-Paul is a smooth jazz track that showcases the artist’s skills on the saxophone. The song’s production features a relaxing and smooth melody, with a laid-back beat that creates a chilled-out vibe. Nathan-Paul’s saxophone playing is impressive, delivering smooth and soulful melodies that flow seamlessly throughout the track. The song’s overall sound creates a relaxing and effervescent atmosphere that is perfect for winding down and unwinding after a long day. Overall, “Thinkin Bout Ya” is a well-crafted jazz track that showcases Nathan-Paul’s talent as a saxophonist, and is sure to delight fans of the genre.

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