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Exclusive Stream: Hear Young Artists Tansen, CZA and MusicByRohit’s New Version of ‘Broken’

The sparse electronic-pop collaboration brings together a trio from Bengaluru, Gurugram and more

Anurag Tagat Mar 23, 2021

Producers CZA, Tansen and Rohit Pandey. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

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Picking up on a song released in 2020, semi-anonymous bedroom producer Tansen teams up with Bengaluru-based producer CZA aka Krishna Vijay and Gurugram-based singer-songwriter Rohit Pandey aka MusicByRohit for a breathy new reimagination of “Broken.” 

The song is taken from CZA and Pandey’s 2020 EP Elucidate, originally released as a guitar-led, heartbreak pop track. Tansen, who has so far released two songs last year — “Varanasi” and “Rum & Her” — decided to pick up on “Broken” and make it a reverb-heavy and forlorn yet beat-driven rendition. The artists say the song became “a canvas for them to capture, frame, and decorate moments and memories from day to day life as a marker for posterity.” 

Created over the span of three months in the midst of “huddles and pow-wows,” Tansen says, “I fell in love with the word ‘photograph’ in the lyrics.” CZA adds, “I have always wanted someone to remake ‘Broken.'” Tansen notes that once the reimagined version was heard by CZA and MusicByRohit, they understood how powerful a reinterpretation can be in terms of making artists “think freely.” A statement from the trio says, “Their happiness knew no bounds as the melody of the song gave them an omen of serenity.” 

Listen to “Broken (Re-Imagined)” below. The song is out on all streaming platforms on March 24th. 

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