Jus Reign – “Kabootaran Di Shaan”

Bhangra, Canadian, Diss, Panjabi, Parody, Rap, UK, UK Asian, Video

Score: 7.0

Some days, I recall the original video that Jus Reign references and just start repeating to myself “BBCAsianNetworkBBCAsianNetworkinnit”. True story. That shit was the funniest takedown of UK bhangra I had ever seen. And yes, a lot of artists didn’t like it (probably because it struck a bit too close to home). Anyway, Jus is back and this time he’s made good on his promise: this is a fully-formed parody song/video and features cameos aplenty. Clearly he’s spent a bit of money here, but it does show how easy it is to deliver a formulaic bhangra track. Even if we did the “Available on iTunes” gag here first, you should still bow to the Canadian master. (Reviewed by Jesal)


Bikram Singh – “Kawan 2” featuring Gunjan & Tigerstyle

Bhangra, Hindi, Panjabi, UK, UK Asian, USA

Score: 7.2

We’ve given Bikram healthy doses of shit over the years, but we always review every new song with a fresh pair of ears. And so it’s great to tell you, dear Reader, that alongside pals Gunjan and Tigerstyle, he’s delivered the charming “Kawan 2”. Gunjan’s gorgeous vocals are pure ear candy, and Tigerstyle’s relaxed production is definitely on point too. Mr Singh himself gives a passionate performance, and this is definitely one to just kick back and enjoy life to. (Reviewed by Raman)

Free Mixtape: TaZzZ – “TaZzZMania2”

Bhangra, Burban, Dubstep, Hindi, Hip Hop, Panjabi, Pop, R&B, Rap, UK Asian

Score: N/A

Having downloaded and listened to the new mixtape from that little TaZzZMania-n Devil himself, you should probably check it out for free at this link. The first half is more compelling for you rap fans, while the second half basically gets pretty Bollywood. Go listen. (Posted by Jesal)

Offlicence – “Style” (Featuring Trilla & Panjabi MC)

Bhangra, Grime, Rap

Score: 3.7

A chilling car crash of a mess here from Offlicence. Aside from the bizarre infatuation with Audi, Trilla’s contributions are jarringly bad; Offlicence themselves are plain awful; Panjabi MC, we assume, Skyped in the beat (which is pretty much the only redeeming feature). We watch and listen to all this shit so that you don’t have to. Avoid. (Reviewed by Sohail)

TaZzZ – “Jhoom”

Bhangra, Burban, Dance, Garage, Grime, Hindi, Hip Hop, Rap, UK Asian

Score: 6.2

TaZzZ pulls a slightly sneaky one here, although it is well within his rights to do so – naturally, he provides the beat, but on his opening verse, he also steals the show with the most energetic and translatable verse on display. The beat itself is solid as opposed to spectacular, but it has an undeniable brute charm. The guest MC’s are variable: Words Ali is a good lyricist, but doesn’t seem vocally suited to this particular instrumental (at the very least, the sample could have been lowered in volume to accommodate his voice); anchorman Immi actually comes across best in some ways, his commanding demeanour grabbing the track by the scruff of the neck. All in all, it’s pretty good, but perhaps just misses that lasting appeal. (Reviewed by Rahul)

Jhoom (feat. Words Ali, Menis & immi) - Single - Tazzz

Prem Singh – “Shaal Marke (Jump)”

Bhangra, Garage, Panjabi, UK, UK Asian

Score: 8.4

Whilst we include the straight bhangra video for “Shaal Marke” by Prem Singh, it is simply for the sake of it. The other video is audio-only of a lovely garage remix by Artful, and that will be the focus. The chopped up vocal sampling is expertly done, and that classic Artful sound helps to bring out the better aspects of the track (originally smothered in pretty typical bhangra-esque fashion) as it swiftly turns into an infinitely repeatable track to vibe to. This is definitely worth your time, and as Nihal says at the end of this radio rip, it could well be a subtle contender for one of the best tracks this year. Great stuff. (Reviewed by Jesal)

Shaal Marke (Jump) [feat. Artful] - Single - Prem Singh