Mumbai: Mumbai-based rapper MC Altaf known for teaching ‘Bambaiya’ dialect to Hindi movie star Ranveer Singh in Ravine Boy, released their new single titled “Bliss” on Thursday. The track marks his first collaboration with New Delhi-based DJ/producer Gurbax and contemporary Punjabi singer Burrah.
Soothing and wholesome, the genre-defying track delivers the message of propelling peace, love as well as positivity in times of uncertainty. The lyrics also talk about humanity not running in endless circles and being caught in the vicious cycle of materialism or vulnerability.
Shedding light on some genuine and not-so-stereotypical thoughts of every middle-class person, the three artists effortlessly deliver a relatable and thoughtful track.
Burrah sings in his signature folk tone that creates great chemistry with Gurbax’s shrewd, ambient rhythm alongside MC Altaf’s deep poetic verses.
Speaking about how the track came about, MC Altaf said in a statement, “When I first listened to Gurbax’s rhythm with Burrah’s vocals, I found it quite unique and full of feeling. I saw the track go into the RnB (rhythm and blues) zone and the guitars gave me a direction to write about something more spiritual.
He mentioned that this track pushed him to take a little detour from his style, “I usually talk about social issues but when I heard ‘Bliss’ I turned to spirituality because I believe in a higher power and that’s why my verses are with ‘banaya usne’ khoobsurat is jaha ko’ My writing on this project is about praising the Almighty, preserving our humanity and having a good heart.
“We don’t usually see such projects hitting the Indian music circuit as they cross multiple genres and styles while keeping each artist’s individuality intact. Fingers crossed and hope our fans enjoy it.”
For Burrah, her medical emergency was an inspiration for the track.
He shared, “The track came into my life literally as ‘Bliss’ in 2020 when I was left paralyzed due to injury. Even though I couldn’t release new music, I still continued during my recovery and during one of my studio sessions I met Gurbax where he played me a catchy beat, which he didn’t really like it at first but i vibrated with it. I said I could turn it all into Punjabi and started writing down my thoughts.
Revealing how the song was fleshed out in record time, he said, “The lyrics flew out and in 10-15 minutes I wrote the chorus, the verse as well as the bridge. I guess it was mostly an innocent time to allow the ever-embracing being, the inner child, to sing whatever he wanted. The words oozed with acceptance. There’s a confident, playful presence that you can’t describe in words – it’s not achieved, and it can never be achieved from the outside, it’s just there.
He said: “That state of acceptance and presence is probably ‘Bliss’ hence the title of the project. In March 2021, Altaf hopped onto the track with their beautiful verse in sync with our line of thinking and it all came together. is put together like it was meant to be Fast forward to today I’m grateful that this project has finally come out with Gully Gang it really warms my heart to express this and to share it with all of you.
“Bliss” was released via Mass Appeal India and Hip Hop collective Gully Gang.