Bonafide – “Feel It Sohniye”

Bhangra, Burban, Hindi, R&B, UK Asian

SCORE: 8.1

Whilst the predictable incorporation of the word “sohniye” into any song title usually gives you a fair idea of what to expect from a track, we’re willing to forgive this transgression as Bonafide put every ounce of their energy into this most infectious of dancefloor fillers. There is absolutely nothing original present: from the Hunterz production to the repetitive lyrics, the Punjabi intersections or random half-rapping breakdowns (it’s like ’04 all over again). But who cares when it all just works brilliantly… The chorus is simply indelible, and the kinetic beat has a real vibrancy to it. The vocal delivery isn’t necessary perfect, but still implores you to (literally) just “Feel It Sohniye” and, judging from the stunning amount of YouTube views it’s currently racking up, mission complete. Superb fun, and that hook will be lodged in your head for days. (Reviewed by Sohail)

Feel it Sohniye - Feel It Sohniye - Single

LYRICS:

Girl you driving me crazy, and I’ve been feeling you lately
And nobody can make me feel the way I’m feeling about you
Girl you driving me crazy, and I’ve been feeling you lately
And nobody can make me feel the way you do

Know that I feel it sohniye
Know that I need it sohniye
Know that you got it sohniye
Know that I want it sohniye

(Give it to me)

I’ve been watching you dance and I need a little romancing
And if you give me a chance then I’ll show you how I feel about you, now
I’ve been watching you dancing, I need a little romancing
And if you give me a chance then I’ll show you how I feel

Know that I feel it sohniye
Know that I need it sohniye
Know that you got it sohniye
Know that I want it sohniye

(Give it to me)

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M.I.A. – “Bad Girls”

Arabic, Burban, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, Tamil, UK Asian

SCORE: 8.1

The journey of M.I.A. has taken her from Acton/Sri Lanka (Arular), to all around the world (Kala), subsequently marrying the heir to a billionaire and having a child (Maya) and finally to bonafide global superstar. If any further confirmation were needed, just watch the SuperBowl halftime show tonight – she appears alongside Nicki Minaj and Madonna, an extraordinary feat that nobody would have dared to predict 8 years ago. Back in her own right, the precursor to her forthcoming album is the incessantly catchy “Bad Girls” produced by Danja. The Romain Gavras video (shot in Morocco) is perhaps one of the most overblown and visually arresting in recent memory, making Lady Gaga’s visuals look like they were recorded on a Flip. Danja’s production is, of course, reminiscent of his collaborations with Timbaland circa 2006, all Arabic strings, flutes and pomp, and Maya herself just repeats baiting catchphrases, beating you over the head until you submit. It’s sexy, empowering and gutsy. Just like M.I.A. herself. (Reviewed by Jesal)

Bad Girls - Bad Girls - Single

LYRICS:

Live fast, die young- Bad Girls do it well (x4)

My chain hits my chest
When I’m bangin’ on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I’m bangin’ on the radio

Get back, get down
Pull me closer if you think you can hang
Hands up, hands tied
Don’t go screaming if I blow you with a bang

Sukhi Sukhi / I’m coming in the Cherokee / Gasoline / There’s steam on the window screen/ Take it, take it / Wheels bouncing like a trampoline / When I get to where I’m going, gonna have you trembling

Live fast, die young, Bad Girls do it well (x4)

My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the radio

Yeah back it, back it/ Yeah pull up to the bumper game/ Read the signal/ Cover me, cause I’m changing lanes/ Had a handle on it/ My life, I broke it/ When I get to where I’m going, gonna have you saying it

Live fast, die young, Bad Girls do it well (x4)

My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the dashboard
My chain hits my chest
When I’m banging on the radio

Get back, get down
Pull me closer if you think you can hang
Hands up, hands tied
Don’t go screaming if I blow you with a bang

Go into bitch, yeah I’m seeing four million / Accelerating fast, I can do this in a second / Looking in the rear-view, swaggin’ going swell / Leaving boys behind, cos it’s leaving just to kill / Shift gear automatic, damned if I do / Who is gonna stop me when I’m coming through? / What we’ve got left is just me and you / But if I go to bed, baby, can I take you?

Get back, get down
Pull me closer if you think you can hang
Hands up, hands tied
Don’t go screaming if I blow you with a bang

Live fast, die young, Bad Girls do it well (x8)

Horizon – “One More Time”

Hip Hop, R&B

Score: 4.2

A particularly disappointing effort from Horizon, unfortunately. The video is terrible (we get it, he is intelligent cos he plays chess, and can poorly fake playing a violin). The beat is bare as bones, the chorus is almost non-existent and the verses are just awful. I’m not quite sure who made the decision to spend money on this, but it was a poor one. His previous effort “Remember Me” was far superior.