Jus Reign – “Kabootaran Di Shaan”

Bhangra, Canadian, Diss, Panjabi, Parody, Rap, UK, UK Asian, Video

Score: 7.0

Some days, I recall the original video that Jus Reign references and just start repeating to myself “BBCAsianNetworkBBCAsianNetworkinnit”. True story. That shit was the funniest takedown of UK bhangra I had ever seen. And yes, a lot of artists didn’t like it (probably because it struck a bit too close to home). Anyway, Jus is back and this time he’s made good on his promise: this is a fully-formed parody song/video and features cameos aplenty. Clearly he’s spent a bit of money here, but it does show how easy it is to deliver a formulaic bhangra track. Even if we did the “Available on iTunes” gag here first, you should still bow to the Canadian master. (Reviewed by Jesal)


Urvah Khan – “Storm Clouds”

Canadian, Dance, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap

Score: 7.4

There is something so wonderfully charming about Urvah Khan. Aside from her stunning looks, brash personality and inimitable style, she’s just such a frickin’ one-off. It is no surprise that The Gospel of Urvah isn’t being spread effectively, as most people probably just don’t “get” her. But that is absolutely fine – in this case, it is them with the problem, not her. She has a wonderful musical ear, a talent for melody, a brutal honesty and a talent for penmanship. She is a classic artist in many respects: whilst so many Asians “do music” for image, popularity, money or sex, Khan needs to express herself through music. There is no other option. “Storm Clouds” is a different kettle of fish to “War Drum” – similar musically, but chronicling love, loss, despair and hope. Again, her influences are relatively clear, and that voice is something to get used to – but nothing worth having comes easily, and we urge you to just give the girl a chance. (Reviewed by Jesal)