Once again i was looking through my music collection at i dug out one my personal favourite UK Bhangra albums of all time. Let me rewind to July 2004, 9 years ago. Genie Records, one of the Bhangra front runners at time released a compilation Album Genie Us.
The track listing had some of the biggest and upcoming Bhangra Artists –
Billo Ft KS Makhan & G-Money
Theka Ft Lehmber Hussainpuri, Sun ED & MC Special
GT Road Ft Late Kuldeep Manak
Sonhe Munde Ft KS Makhan
Rang Ft Sunny Nijjar
Yaar Ft Lehmber Hussainpuri
Chardi Jawani Ft Pav
Vair Ft J Deep
Nachna Ft Ruby
Phulkari Ft Lehmber Hussainpuri
Theka (Desi Mix) Ft Lehmber Hussainpuri
Dil De De Ft Manak-E
This album followed up from Dr Zeus’ Unda The Influence and we saw 4 tracks from at the time the biggest start Lehmber Hussainpuri. This album catered for all fans at the time. You had proper desi tracks like Billo, GT Road and Yaar, but also featured urban vibes with G-Money and the drum and bass track Theka. This was the first album that we saw the likes of Sun ED and MC Special appear as MCs.
Listening to this album nearly 10 years later and it still sounds as good as it did the first time when i heard it. If anyone asks me what is my favourite Bhangra albums, this will always get a mention.