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#BhangraThursdays – £3.99 for a Swiss Knife, £3.19 for a Pint of Milk or 79p for a Theka? – 9th August 2012

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We are back again for another episode of #BhangraThursdays and we literally don’t know where to start! We’ve had 5 single releases today as well as 3 top album releases. What we’ll do this week is analyse the best tracks from the albums as well as pointing you all in the right direction as to which track is worth your money in our opinion! You’re probably wondering what the title ‘£3.99 for a Swiss Knife or £3.19 for a Pint of Milk or 79p for a Theka’ is all about, all will be revealed as you read on in the review!

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We are back again for another episode of #BhangraThursdays and we literally don’t know where to start! We’ve had 5 single releases today as well as 3 top album releases. What we’ll do this week is analyse the best tracks from the albums as well as pointing you all in the right direction as to which track is worth your money in our opinion! You’re probably wondering what the title ‘£3.99 for a Swiss Knife or £3.19 for a Pint of Milk or 79p for a Theka‘ is all about, all will be revealed as you read on in the review!

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Bups Saggu – Milky feat Jati Cheed
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It is only right that we start with the highest entry onto the iTunes World Chart on this bright and sunny day! Bups Saggu, having signed to VIP Records has shown he is capable of making a real impression on the scene. His previous track ‘Punjabi Hurrr‘ received a massive response on Chakdey.Com’s poll pitting it against the music man Sukshinder Shinda and it comfortably came out on top. He has once again teamed up with Jati Cheed, having worked with him on ‘Vang Chanke‘ and ‘Kolaveri Di (Remix)‘. This time they team up on, wait for it… ‘Milky‘! When we first read the title we were left wondering how they’d used the term in a Punjabi song, they ended up comparing the brave lad to the milky bar kid!

On to the track, Bups Saggu has a clean meticulous hand in his production from the breaks, the hoi’s, the riffs and the subtle tumbi & chords give it a magical feel. It might be a blessing in disguise but he doesn’t seem to have a signature sound which is repeated, whether this lasts long term we will have to wait and see. Jati Cheed is quite an under-used and under-appreciated vocalist, which he has no reason to be, his capabilities on a track or performing live are clear. This track is semi skimmed; popular and with a slightly high % of humour that just makes it hard not to groove to!

Tej Hundal – Punjabian Da Raaj feat Ravi Bal:
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Moving onto something that contains slightly more calcium (OK we’re milking the jokes.. see what we did there?!) When was the last time an 8 track UK Bhangra album without any remixes retailed on iTunes for £3.99? Moviebox may have pulled off a masterstroke with the competition for today’s releases, when you compare the price to Bups Saggu’s E.P which has just one track with a radio edit, instrumental and acapella for £3.19. You don’t have to be a genius at mathematics to see where your money will be best spent.

The only track we remember hearing from Tej Hundal on previously was ‘Naseebo’ by Tarli Digital. He hooks up with decorated composer Ravi Bal on his new release which kicks off with the title track ‘Punjabian Da Raaj‘, its so addictive that we`ve pressed repeat before its even ended! Tej sounds quite different on this outing, a smoky or raspy voice like a clash between Surjit Khan and Romey Gill. Ravi Bal showcases his immense talent with so much variety from one track to the other that its difficult to pick out any weaknesses. Just jumping to track 2 ‘Naina Waale Teer‘ we are treated to a head bopping experience suited to global dancefloors, like we’ve been transported back to the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Gabhru kar kar minta haare, Hun tha hadh hogayi Nakhre tere di mutiyaare!“, uff what a line on track 3, oh and did we mention the algozey? One thing is obvious with Ravi, he doesn’t just make music for DJ’s to put out at 4am in the morning, there is something for all ages including a slow bollywood-esque punjabi folk ballad titled ‘Teri Fida‘. Just a quick mention to the duet with Rani Randeep on ‘Dollar Ta Pound‘, which is teasingly magnificent as Tej Hundal jumps crazily from a high pitched frequency to a low deep tone. We’d review the whole album but Hark Bhambra is pretty spot on in his press release – take a read here!

Sukhdev Darapuria – Under The Radar feat E=MC:
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We are sad to see what we have witnessed with this release. Sukhdev Darapuria is one of our favourite vocalists, his album could not be more aptly titled as ‘Under The Radar‘. Why don’t artists and labels get proper schedules and promotion teams set up? Does this album really deserve next to no media attention? Having teamed with E=MC, this album is crazy from  vocals to production, we have a speed tumbi & eerie stringed instruments on ‘Fashion‘, deep bass grooves on ‘Kundian‘, a track that could be the Punjabi Alcoholics Anonymous anthem with ‘Rauj Shamnu‘ and a mad duet on ‘Tera Naa‘. Fauj was one of our all time favourite albums when it came out and this is just as spectacular! For any UK based label reading this, why have you not picked up on this album? All we can say is if you have purchased any E=MC, Untouchables UK or Sukhdev Darapuria release GO GET THIS NOW!

The best of the rest:

The Truth – Tum Kya Jano: (iTunes Link) No doubt this individual is the best rapper on the UK Asian music scene, he has done so much in the past year its crazy where we’d begin. Winning multiple awards in his genre, to performing at Olympic events, Glastonbury, Mela’s all over the country and playlisting on mainstream BBC Radio stations. The album ‘Tum Kya Jano‘ features 15 tracks  and sees The Truth teaming up with a who’s who of producers including Bobby Wonda, Mentor and DJ Fricktion as well as his partner in rhyme Mehi Gharou.  If there is one Urban album you purchase in 2012 from an Asian rapper MAKE IT THIS ONE!

Bol Punjab De (Harvi Bhachu) – Chak Deya Ge: (iTunes Link) This track is militantly hardcore! It deserves a bigger review from us than a few lines, we apologise for that in advance. The vocals, the lyrics, the dhol beats, sarangi pieces and the army parade style sound effects will get you marching upto your worst enemy and punching the headlights out of them! (Disclaimer: We dont condone violence!)

Kubs Matharu – Gera feat Sanjay Dhaliwal: (iTunes Link) Kubs Matharu, drops his debut single Gera alongside Sanjay Dhaliwal, a vocalist that has been making the rounds like a milkman recently (we couldn’t help ourselves the white stuff is getting to us!). The production is different from what you get from your typical newcomer/dj/roadshows, a positive step to start with. The chords have a ‘Next Episode/Shaft‘ styled hip hop feel and the tumbi takes us back to the days of EnvyRoma with the likes of Stin, Lil Sach and Swami. The track does seem quite short and the vocals lack the feeling to make it a hit. It’s good but not great, which is what you’d expect from a debut, with the follow up hopefully raising the bar.

The ‘Leave It Yeah’ or ‘Tu Rehndeh’:

Amrit Saab – Theka: (iTunes Link) As a lyricist Amrit Saab is up there with the best, however as a vocalist he will do well to get anywhere close to the success of Kabza. This is a track that will largely get ignored for all the right reasons – its as average as you can get! 79p… save it for a rainy day.

Danny C – Laung Gawacha: (iTunes Link) we nearly cried when we heard this track. Rules 1) – Never ruin a classic 2) Don’t  get a male vocalist singing female songs 3) Stop saying ‘Yay, Yeah’ over your track. Sometimes we wish the Laung wasn’t the only thing that disappeared from UK Bhangra, Mussarat Nazir and Bally Sagoo we feel for you, Soundpipe have a word!

Thats our verdict…. What’s yours? Leave your comments and opinions below, maybe just maybe the artists will take notice!

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