JESAL – “Fitspiration 2013”

Dance, DJ, Mixtape

Brand new DJ mix from Jesal called “Fitspiration 2013” – designed to help you get fit. It’s free to stream and download!

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DJ Fricktion – “This Is What I Do”

DJ, UK Asian

Score: N/A

Being a DJ is hard. When you’re on the come up, people will just literally hate you for the slightest reason: you didn’t play their song one time 8 years ago; dodgy promoters haven’t paid you, and somehow that’s your fault; your MacBook Pro got in the way of somebody’s drink; the one tiny error you made on an hour-long mixtape you gave out for free suddenly makes you wack… The list is practically endless. At SuperCritic we like to champion our DJ’s and make people aware of the vital role that Asians have played in popular DJ culture, full stop. Fricktion has released this (necessary) propaganda piece entitled “This Is What I Do” – a well put-together summary of his “lifestyle” with a few little displays of what he is all about. That basically involves playing to clubs, making artist-hosted mixtapes and producing hip hop beats. It’s a swanky six minutes, and doesn’t show just how hard life is behind-the-scenes, so you should know that Fricktion is doing well, not to mention doing it well. Good stuff. (Written by Jesal)

Panjabi Hit Squad – “Dil Mera” (Featuring Rahat Fateh Ali Khan)

Bashment, Burban, DJ, Panjabi, R&B, UK Asian

SCORE: 6.4

It’s truly heartening to see that, after all these years, Panjabi Hit Squad can still take a perfectly good song and rip it off. In this case, it’s “Mamacita” but it could just as easily have been “Turn Me On” or “Tempted To Touch” (you get the idea). Despite the chronic lack of originality, “Dil Mera” is still a very catchy song, with excellent vocals from Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. Is it original? No. Will it sound good in clubs and make you want to dance? Yes. Pretty much that simple, really. (Reviewed by Sohail)

Dil Mera (feat. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan) - Single - Panjabi Hit Squad

DJ Rags – “Dupatta”

Bhangra, DJ, UK Asian

Score: 8.1

Aside from DJ Rags proving beyond any kind of doubt that DJ’s can’t dance, he’s come correct with “Dupatta” – a well-timed summer anthem, and an oasis in a desert of “typical Bhangra tunes.” Featuring the vocals of Sudesh Kumari and Meet Malkit, forgive the Apple Keynote-ism but everything just works. Musically, it’s subtle, organic and possesses a beautiful rhythm. The vocals are the usual back-and-forth between the male and female leads, but they are handled excellently and with finesse. Finally, the sequencing and pacing of it all means that it has a narrative arc, knows when to accelerate/brake and, most importantly, it trusts the listener. Whether this will stand the test of time is obviously down to the Gods of Bhangra, but for now the result is a top notch effort that you can listen to via headphones, kit car or club – that’s rare praise indeed.

Dupatta (feat. Sudesh Kumari & Meet Malkit) - Single - DJ Rags