Arjun – “Same Girl” (featuring Guru)

Hindi, Pop, R&B, Tamil, UK, UK Asian

Score: 7.7

Here is the brand new, entirely original track “Same Girl” for your viewing pleasure:

Oh, I’m sorry. Easy mistake to make though… Our shiny new globetrotting star – it must be said – shamelessly delves into a track that has been done before (not just by R Kelly & Usher, either). In fairness, he “met this girl only last Saturday” – if we take that literally, Arjun could only have known her for a maximum of nine days. Why so upset? I mean nine days or less. Be cool, dude. Aside from the general neediness of modern men, this is a pleasing track. Arjun’s production is relatively sparse, with a subtly addictive guitar melody. It’s understated enough to let the focus remain on the two singers: the main man is on fine form here, and thankfully the over-compression/layering of his vocals isn’t on display here, with a more personal delivery working well on the verses. Guru is clearly letting Arjun take the lead, and plays his supporting role very well indeed. It might not be particularly original, but it’s a track that has an incredibly high replay value, which bodes well for his forthcoming album. Good stuff. (Reviewed by Rahul)

Same Girl (feat. Guru) - Single - Arjun

LYRICS

VERSE 1

ARJUN
I met this girl only last saturday
Since then I’ve been living in a fantasy
She and I fell in love instantly

GURU
Tenu mein apni baare dasdan
Hai ohde jehi sohni
Tu vekhi nhi honi
Lakk patla rang gora

ARJUN
You just gotta see her
The girl is a winner
Ain’t no competition, she holding the crown

GURU
Hai ohde kol Audi
Te paundi Armani
Dil le gayi marjaani

ARJUN
She only wears the best
She’s rocking her Chanel
It’s almost like we’re dating the same, the same girl

CHORUS

GURU
Teri akhiyan ch pyar hai mera
Tu hi te ik yaar hai mera
Tere naal dil raat rahan mein
Jiva te tere naal maran mein

ARJUN
Hate to admit it but we fell for the same girl
Can’t believe that we fell for the same girl
Don’t wanna say it but you know it’s the same girl
We’ve been loving the same girl

VERSE 2

ARJUN
Tell me more, tell me more about this girl
She seems to be a little too familiar
All the things that you’ve been saying ’bout her
Remind me of my own, of my own lover

ARJUN
She’s got the cutest little dimples
She makes it look so simple
I’m telling you she’s one of a kind

GURU
Ohdiyan vi gallan vich toye
Te ohde asi hoye
Ohde wargi na koi

ARJUN
Bro I’ve got this feeling
That you and me are dealing
With the same girl and she’s playing us both

GURU
Mainu v eho lagge
Asi jehri kudi piche
Saade naal khed di

CHORUS

GURU
Teri akhiyan ch pyar hai mera
Tu hi te ik yaar hai mera
Tere naal dil raat rahan mein
Jiva te tere naal maran mein

ARJUN
Hate to admit it but we fell for the same girl
Can’t believe that we fell for the same girl
Don’t wanna say it but you know it’s the same girl
We’ve been loving the same girl

BRIDGE

ARJUN
She’s been leading us along
We’ve been playing the same song
And it’s time we set this straight once and for all

CHORUS

GURU
Teri akhiyan ch pyar hai mera
Tu hi te ik yaar hai mera
Tere naal dil raat rahan mein
Jiva te tere naal maran mein

ARJUN AD LIBS
You’re the only one
I gave you all my love
Are you lying next to him
Are you loving the same, loving the same
I only live for you
Girl I would have died for you
Are you loving him the same?
We’ve fallen for the same, same girl

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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

Raxstar – “The Other Man” (Featuring RKZ)

Hip Hop, Pop, R&B, Rap, UK Asian

Score: 5.3

Whilst we are wary of judging “The Other Man” too quickly (“Jaaneman” took a while to grow into the classic that it is), we feel more confident in airing our disappointment with the new effort from Raxstar. On a basic level, any modern song must function on certain levels: the beat, chorus, lyrics. Sometimes, a bit of magic can confuse the issue and mask certain qualities, but everything is lacking here. The instrumental from Sunit is solid enough, but it doesn’t mesh well with the RKZ chorus (which is decent but doesn’t carry the song forward). We’ve received truckloads of hate mail for criticising him on a couple of more recent efforts, but Raxstar’s poor flow really sounds out-of-sync. Where “Jaaneman” was wonderfully focussed, with the Luton MC completely locked on, this genuinely sounds rushed and half-baked (even the mixing/mastering sounds off). That won’t stop girls from hearting it (or guys from being hypnotised by the stunning Emma Singh in the video) but it’s definitely a below-par follow up.

Skepta – “Asian Girl” (Featuring Chipmunk & Shizzio)

Bhangra, Grime, Hip Hop, R&B, Rap, UK, UK Asian

Score: 5.2

A track that stoked up a bit of “controversy” – which in 2011 basically means a few dozen people bickering on social media – found Skepta releasing “Asian Girl” featuring Chipmunk. Shizzio decided to make an unofficial remix, sandwich himself between the two (that sounds wrong) and release it. So whilst Shizzio is not officially endorsed, he claims to have had their blessing. Setting aside everything else, let us address the various aspects of this number: firstly, the beat is excellent, with a catchy-as-hell flute melody searing into your brain, and percussion/synths all working in harmony. The chorus, delivered by Chipmunk, is brash, cocky and suits the song perfectly. Now, we get to the verses. Up first is Skepta, who seems to have damaged his reputation beyond repair (thanks to his recent stint in pornography) – his verse is as corny as you’d expect, complete with off-point references, and his voice is completely lacking in charisma. Shizzio’s verse is average, not dissimilar to Skepta’s nonsense, actually. Only Chipmunk emerges with any credit, and you kind of wish he’d just done the whole song himself and put it on “Transition.” As for the more inflammatory aspects: well, Skepta is currently a joke figure who will (literally) do anything for fame; Shizzio makes an ill-advised reference to a Hindu deity; Asian fans complain, and some of the more hardcore element start their usual racist mud-slinging. So nothing new to report there, then.