M.I.A. – Matahdatah Scroll 01 “Broader Than A Border”

Bashment, Dance, Hindi, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, Reggae, Tamil, UK, UK Asian, Video

Score: 8.1

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.

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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