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)


Shizzio – “Blaow!” (Featuring Humble the Poet)

Burban, Canadian, Hip Hop, Rap, UK, UK Asian, USA

Score: 6.1

Produced by Moghul, this fiery new track from Shizzio (that he’s been “sitting on”) has a somewhat throwback vibe to it. The production is cheeky and uptempo, and along with Humble the Poet, the two rappers basically just bullshit for three minutes – in the finest traditions of braggadocio hip hop. The flows are a bit hit-and-miss, and the punchlines are variable too. But the artists are clearly not taking this light-hearted song too seriously, so neither should we. (Reviewed by Jesal)

Anjulie – “You And I”

Canadian, Dance, Pop

Score: 4.8

Imagine a big budget version of Jaya’s hilariously insane visuals for “Outta Control” and you could well end up with “You And I” – one of the worst videos in recent memory. From the otherwise talented Anjulie, it’s an absolute disaster, complete with slobbering PDA’s, random acts of villainy, off-kilter dancing, an acoustic guitar being played in places where there is literally no acoustic guitar being played, a half-done hair dye, and an ass-grabbing callous disrespect for road safety… Honest to God, by the end you’re rooting for the police to just shoot (or at least taser) Anjulie and her hired in model. As for the song, the poor production only serves highlight the poorly written verses and poor chorus. Anjulie is usually far better than this (“Brand New Bitch” was solid enough). But then, at 3m45s, the video stops (thank fuck) and cuts to the singer, with her guitar, beautifully singing a stripped down version of “You And I” – and suddenly it all just works. This would surely have done much better way to go (imagine a Track & Field/Nelly Furtado ’00 vibe). It just goes to prove: you can have a record deal, tracks with Nicki Minaj and Cassie, a VEVO account… But one can never legislate for the poor decision-making, and we suspect Anjulie was probably told what to do here. (Reviewed by Raman)

Urvah Khan – “Storm Clouds”

Canadian, Dance, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap

Score: 7.4

There is something so wonderfully charming about Urvah Khan. Aside from her stunning looks, brash personality and inimitable style, she’s just such a frickin’ one-off. It is no surprise that The Gospel of Urvah isn’t being spread effectively, as most people probably just don’t “get” her. But that is absolutely fine – in this case, it is them with the problem, not her. She has a wonderful musical ear, a talent for melody, a brutal honesty and a talent for penmanship. She is a classic artist in many respects: whilst so many Asians “do music” for image, popularity, money or sex, Khan needs to express herself through music. There is no other option. “Storm Clouds” is a different kettle of fish to “War Drum” – similar musically, but chronicling love, loss, despair and hope. Again, her influences are relatively clear, and that voice is something to get used to – but nothing worth having comes easily, and we urge you to just give the girl a chance. (Reviewed by Jesal)

Roach Killa – “Oh Girl”

Canadian, Hindi, R&B, Reggae

SCORE: 6.1

It seems strange that so many people having been raving about how “original” Roach Killa’s new song is. To all intents and purposes, it’s a Sean Paul song mixed with “Amplifier” – and originality is the last word we’d use. That doesn’t mean it’s not an effective and pleasant number: the constant barrage of “Oh Girl” bangs you over the head until you’ve got the message in a couple of different languages; the instrumental provided by Surinder Rattan initially seems a touch tacky, but it’s actually well suited and tuneful; Roach himself delivers (courtesy of our old friend Auto Tune) some decent vocals; and it’s just got a nice summery vibe to it. Which is pretty much the sum total of its ambitions. (Reviewed by Raman)

Oh Girl - Single - Roach Killa