Maya is back in full effect with this stunning (kinda) new video. Comprising of banging new song “Swords”, then morphing into a genial album track “Warriors” (taken from her 2013 album “Matangi”), it’s fascinating when melded with the visuals. She’s the embodiment of female empowerment, and the anticipation for her new album is building. Partnering with *Apple Music is an interesting strategy that seems to be reaping dividends for Drake, so let’s just hope that Maya’s “Matahdatah” comes soon. (Reviewed by Jesal)
*FYI this was originally released in July but was an Apple Music exclusive.
An interesting new one from Raxstar. Detailing an argument with his missus, the Bearded One flows well over a DJ Harpz beat that has clearly been inspired by Diplo and Skrillex. The breakdown works particularly well, and although the instrumental could have been a touch more well-rounded, it’s certainly a bit different from the norm. “Poison” is definitely worth your time. (Reviewed by Rahul)
Brand new DJ mix from Jesal called “Fitspiration 2013” – designed to help you get fit. It’s free to stream and download!
There’s just one problem with “Back It Up” – the new highly energetic and funky track from Swami… There are three versions, and each has something special. Now, if they could do one version with the best bits of all three, that would be perfect. For the instrumental, we recommend the Nazran Beats Mix featuring Lovely Pawar; we’d have one English Mix verse to lead with; a second verse from the Desi Mix; and more S-Endz (who always adds that extra spice). Regardless, the multiple versions all have much to offer. (Reviewed by Jesal)
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)
Another high budget hot mess. Priyanka Chopra stalks Shakira from afar, hires in will.i.am and subsequently seems hell bent on destroying the whole universe through this abomination of a song. This is just entirely pointless, and if there is any justice in this world, “In My City” will probably sink without a trace relatively soon. No excuse. (Reviewed by Sohail)
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)