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#BhangraThursdays – Going above and beyond in High Heels, with No sign of the Major Record Label – 30th August 2012

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Another hectic day in the Bhangra industry as todays #BhangraThursdays gives us 5 tracks, check out what we thought of them and leave your own opinions and comments below! Read on for a breakdown of each release and don’t forget to purchase the tracks you like from iTunes or other legal download sites!

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Another hectic day in the Bhangra industry as todays #BhangraThursdays gives us 5 tracks, check out what we thought of them and leave your own opinions and comments below! Read on for a breakdown of each release and don’t forget to purchase the tracks you like from iTunes or other legal download sites!

Before we begin a special mention to Panjabi Hit Squad and Alyssia who have released a cracking acoustic version of Rab Rakha from their album World Famous, a really talented vocalist who deserves as much attention as she can get! You can check out all the info by clicking here

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Jaz Dhami – High Heels feat Honey Singh:
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There were no surprises when this track went above and beyond normal Asian tracks on iTunes by placing close to the top 100 in the iTunes singles chart. At the time of writing it is currently sitting at mightily high 122nd position. When you feature two of the most well known names in Asian music, Jaz Dhami and Honey Singh, its easy to expect just as much. This track sees Jaz Dhami lose his own style and adapt what Honey Singh has been working on in his own music and in Bollywood.

The track seems to have an unhealthy resemble to ‘jab bhi koi ladki’ the Bollywood classic from back in 1994. Jaz Dhami has made it his own using creative lyrics and his own soothing voice. The concept altogether is something fresh and unique, especially to the UK Bhangra scene where many artists stay inside their comfort zone. Jaz Dhami and Honey Singh have led the way forward, complimented by the marching sounds of brass instruments with a pinch of ‘We No Speak Americano‘.

Jaz Dhami has made his own trends in terms of promoting this release, from playing with the Philharmonic Orchestra at the London Mela to his high profile ‘High Heels’  School Promotion tour. He has identified his audiences and done a great job getting their attention!  This track was more than just pushing two huge names together, the industry needs to pay attention to how this track has been built and pushed. It wont appeal to everyone, but if its not an anthem globally and specifically in India, we are in the wrong business!

Nav Sidhu – Love Story feat Tigerstyle:
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One of the labels we enjoy our relationship with is Soldier Sound Recordings, they provide the media with exactly what they need and when they need it. As the track was sent to as in advance it gave us enough time to analyse it the way we like! Nav Sidhu is at a stage in his career where he is coming out from under the spotlight of his father Nirmal Sidhu, with his own identity and style. So far its been a mixed bag of results, his previous tracks with DJ Dips, Rajeev B etc lacked that killer touch. So have Tigerstyle lit the torch?

Tigerstyle’s production on this track reminds us of Panjabi Hit Squad’s ‘Miss Soniyeh‘ with the slight leaning towards Bollywood Caribbean flavour. The music works perfectly well with the feel of the track. We cant say the same for the vocals or the lyrics though! Why do Punjabi singers feel the need to use English phrases in songs (we lost count of how many mentions he gives to Lamborghini/Yahoo Chat/iPhone etc).

You can see that Nav has dictated what happens on this track, we can never see Tigerstyle featuring this type of track on their own album or work, not the Tigerstyle we know anyway!

Dev Dhillon – Ankhi feat Aman Hayer:
Not Available from iTunes [EDIT] Now available from iTunes. The label have informed us of the following:- “The release has been given to iTunes but due to their new rules and QC (quality control) procedure selected releases have to go through longer checks before they can go live.

Would you review a track when the label and artist have sent you no press release, audio promo or video? That’s exactly the position we find ourselves in on a weekly basis. Would the label release an album without listening to it or meeting an artist? Some record labels never learn, adding a video teaser to Youtube is not online promotion!

To make matters worse and justify what we have just written before we get phone calls, the track hasn’t even been uploaded yet on iTunes for release. So we cant tell you how great or poor it is. We’ll let you judge it for yourselves from the 30 second clip on the Moviebox Youtube Channel. We’ve always been fans of Dev Dhillon and Aman Hayer has always complimented him well with his production. The previous single from the duo ‘Hor Nachna‘ was a cracking track with a unique melody and solid music, if it was backed by a better online promotion campaign by the label, compared to the lengths other labels goto.

Enkay – Sohni Lagdi feat Ashok Gill:
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Enkay was an artist we didnt think much of when he first came on to the scene, when first impressions count for everything, we thought he was just another artist seeking 5 minutes of fame. However, this track has surprised us, with clean quality instrumentals including a beautiful sarangi piece that introduces the smashing vocals of Ashok Gill. It’s a catchy track with simplistic lyrics and chords which do just enough to keep the listener tuned in. It’s a job well done and definitely one to add to your iTunes library. Our only advice to Enkay would be to change up the music and experiment more midway through the track to prolong the attention of the audience.

Dream B3ats – Nachna Pao feat Major Chanalia:
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They described it as “bringing a modern 80’s bhangra blow out back to the table!“. Anyone who has ever been flogged vocals will know of Major Chanalia, not the sweetest of voices but he has a certain edge to him which is why the likes of Highflyers have used him in the past. The track itself is too ordinary to be a “dance floor, crowd pleaser, bhangra song”. Its one you’re more likely to skip due to its ordinary lyrics and the production doesnt stand out at all. As for the video, some people should just not feature in bhangra videos!

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

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