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)

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Ziggy Bonafide – “Has Ke Bol” Featuring Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Hindi, Pop, UK Asian

Score: 3.2

God knows what is going on in “Has Ke Bol”. It really is the sonic equivalent of a Quattro Formaggio pizza. It’s like watching those boys that covered “Crossroads” or seeing East 17 as middle aged men. The production could be used to sweeten Coca Cola. Ziggy’s vocals are more strained than baby food, only rivalled by his acting in the video. The only redeeming featuring is Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (as per usual). Otherwise this isn’t up to the better Bonafide efforts, and doesn’t really need your attention. (Reviewed by Rahul)

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)

Raxstar – “Ego”

Burban, Hindi, Hip Hop, Panjabi, Rap, UK, UK Asian

Score: 7.6

We’re a bit depressed here at SuperCritic. You see, we were waiting until today to post this – which is Raxstar’s birthday – and expected to see a slew of “Ego” reviews around the rest of the internet. Much to our consternation, this was absolutely not the case and, yes, we had a bit of a Twitter rant about it. Why are so few other music critics and writers actually posting reviews of music from the kind of artists we cover on this site? Really, you can count them on one hand (more on this another day). It turns out that the birthday boy’s latest number is certainly worth highlighting, and also writing about. It’s full of hip hop quotables laid over a menacing trap beat (courtesy of Sunit); the combination of the final verse with the accompanying visuals is something special to behold (ONE TAKE). It takes practically a minute for Rax to even get going (this may well be the opening salvo of his album) and there are plenty of excellent couplets on this ‘controlled aggression’ brag-fest. The only qualm we have is the occasional example of (minutely) off-beat delivery. It’s interesting, as Eminem was recently talking about how his first two major albums – “The Slim Shady LP” and “The Marshall Mathers LP” no less – still irk him to this day, simply because he now believes that his delivery wasn’t crisp enough: he was too frequently “playing catch up” to the beat. That’s always been a wild variable of Raxstar’s – it’s something that most fans probably wouldn’t even notice, but hip hop heads can identify immediately. Putting that aside, “Ego” is another solid statement of intent from the Luton MC. After all, a bit of ego never hurt anybody. (Reviewed by Jesal)

RTP – “Tujhe Maan Loon” featuring Kishan Amin & Priti Menon

Hindi, Pop

Score: 7.1

A strong offering here from RTP – that’s Rax Timyr Productions – underscoring a lovely, lilting duet between Amin and Menon. The male lead (Amin) actually has a unique timbre to his voice, and in the future, this should be brought out (not subdued, as occasionally it is here). There’s nothing wrong with being unconventional, as Priti Menon has proved so admirably over the last couple of years, and the joining together of these two artists makes perfect sense. The song itself is, as one would expect, a solid modern Hindi love song – nothing spectacular, but enjoyable nonetheless. In fact, the only aspect we’re slightly disappointed by is the somewhat lacklustre drumkit – it’s missing that touch of crispness. It’s truly a minor complaint, and “Tujhe Maan Loon” will certainly please the intended market, all the while aiding the ascension of the two singers themselves. (Reviewed by Sohail)

 

Tujhe Maan Loon - Single - Rax Timyr Productions, Kishan Amin & Priti Menon

Imran Khan – “Satisfya”

Hindi, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap

Score: 6.3

Enough with the “Satisfya rhymes with Amplifier rhymes with Tumble Dryer!!!!!!” jokes. Enough. Imran Khan is back, and – unfortunately – it’s hard to disagree with him when he states that not enough artists have stepped up in his absence. Yet, his new track hardly aims for lofty heights – it’s acceptable to simply settle for mindlessly entertaining blockbuster single, but we’re not sure even does that particularly well. It’s definitely a cool song to drive to, but the melodies aren’t super catchy. The chorus is ok but again, a notch below what we’re used to. The lyrics? Pretty terrible, actually – at various points, Khan doesn’t even bother to make them rhyme. So what saves the day? The production by Eren E – the undoubted star of the show. “Satisfya” is perfectly alright, but we’re not sure it will age particularly well. (Reviewed by Rahul)

Rita Morar – “Piya”

Hindi, Pop, Soul, UK Asian

Score: 7.0

If you basically ignore the nicely shot performance video, and opt in favour of focusing solely on the song itself, “Piya” is an interesting number from a fascinating talent. Rita Morar is an artist with a God given talent (and we do not say that lightly). She’s sings equally well in different languages, but also knows how to inflect those vocals with a raw, overpowering emotion, seemingly at will – when she sings in English, yet in a Hindi style, that’s when our spine really tingles (we’re sure that Abi Sampa must be a fan). After all that, however, it must be noted that the quiet storm beauty of “Piya” needs assistance when it comes sequencing. There is a beauty in brevity, and the chorus is simply repeated too often, meaning that we can’t help feeling it is a touch overdone. It feels barbaric to simply state the chopping a minute off this song would increase our affection for it, but when all the other parts of it have functioned so admirably, it genuinely does come down to something so basic. Still, there is so much to admire here – moreso with Rita Morar than “Piya” perhaps, but it’s essential listening nonetheless. (Reviewed by Jesal)