Home-grown goodness: Indie Music Review, Sartek

Don’t Stop (Sartek): When Sarthak Sardana took on the musical alias of Sartek, he did much to put India on the Global Dance Music map. The accolades are numerous. First Indian DJ on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings and to get all his releases on the Beatport Top 100 charts. Opening act for Justin Bieber, Steve Aoki, Armin van Buuren, Nicky Romero, Axwell and numerous other luminaries on their India tours. Creator of music that has drawn support from the likes of David Guetta, Bassjackers, Hardwell, Chuckie (DJ), Afrojack and Sander van Doorn.
The song hits all the right notes for club-goers and aficionados of the spontaneous dance. It’s consistently high-energy, with a couple of drops that keep you on your toes (literally, if that’s your thing). There’s not much in the way of variation, but the length of the track prevents boredom. It does all that is needed, and definitely deserves to be heard by those who like their Friday nights drenched with alcohol and elevated heartbeat.
Thug Ranjha (Sartek Remix): Akasa Singh’s pop single has been extensively remixed by numerous DJs since its release. But the reason we picked our Sartek’s spin is that it is the Indian DJs first play on a desi song. It has all the components for an effective stint at the club or the festival EDM set, and doesn’t really stand out with any discernible deficiencies. It does edge close to the generic side of things, given that individuals outside the genre’s dedicated following probably wouldn’t find much to be drawn in by. However, given that EDM has one of the largest fan bases in existence, one can safely say that Sartek has covered his bases. If one assumes that Sartek plans to keep fans dancing, this song works just fine.
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