Preeya Kalidas – “Love Between Us”

Classic, Hindi, R&B, Soul, UK, UK Asian

Score: 8.8

If you can ignore the pointless low-budget video – and we suggest you do just that – try to focus on this stunning new number from Preeya Kalidas, collaborating with Davinche to devastating effect. It feels strange to say out loud, but bizarrely enough it wouldn’t be hyperbole to suggest that this is reminiscent of that glorious Aaliyah/Missy/Timbaland triumvirate. The airy vocals from Kalidas are perfectly understated; the production from Davinche is incredible; the melodies will infiltrate your brain; and it is all delivered with just the right balance.  Well done, Preeya. (Reviewed by Jesal)

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Sid Sriram – “We Found Love” (Cover)

Cover, R&B, Soul, UK Asian

SCORE: N/A

It’s fair to say that, like fast food, we’re not the biggest fans of covers (not as an everyday source of food, anyway). However, as an occasional treat – and if we have behaved well – the right choice can provide a bit of nourishment for the soul. And there is plenty of that in a quite stunning rendition of “We Found Love” by Sid Sriram, a performance that’s cast-iron sure to get him noticed. The pitch perfect way he sings, the thoughtful melisma, the emotion he infuses into a dance song turned slow, the heart/soul he pours into it… Just watch for yourselves. (Reviewed by Jesal)

Sam Khan – “I Love Your Lady”

Grime, Hip Hop, Mixtape, R&B, Rap, UK

Score: 6.9

This song is starting to gain some serious traction. That’s not surprising: it has a decent video, the chorus is catchy, it has a funny cameo from Charlie Sloth and the Zaheer beat is something like an R Kelly (pre-insanity) party beat. It’s not the kind of song that is designed to withstand critical assessment. That’s lucky, because you could pick holes in it ALL DAY. The main problem is that Sam Khan (or his character) comes across as a bit of a dick. I mean, who really does that? Try and steal somebody’s girl at a house party? He’s talking about love, but treating it like lust, and it’s quite jarring. It’s OK to be a dick on record – hey, Jay-Z did it on his first 5 albums – but there’s an art to it that Sam Khan clearly hasn’t quite mastered yet. I Love Your Lady - Sam Khan & Charlie Sloth