Arjun – “Why This Kolaveri Di” (Remix)

Burban, Classic, Hindi, Pop, R&B, Remix, Soul, Tamil, UK Asian, Video

SCORE: N/A

Seeing as Arjun’s remix of “Why This Kolaveri Di” has become a career-defining moment for him, it’s only appropriate we post a reminder and a heartfelt congratulations on reaching 5 million YouTube views. Stunning. (Posted by Jesal)

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Kee – “Pyar Hai”

Hindi, Pop, R&B, UK Asian

SCORE: 7.9

Kee returns with a whole load of gorgeous mushiness for all you lovers out there. Whilst it is now customary for artists to take advantage of Valentines Day – hey, why not when V-Day takes advantage of us? – it’s clear that some do it better than others. Exactly a year ago, Raxstar dropped “Jaaneman” and Kee lent him an extraordinary assist on the chorus, helping to mould a classic. In 2012, she returns with production courtesy of regular partner-in-crime Arjun, who continues his superb form with an ingenious instrumental (it has a touch of the Stargate/Ne-Yo’s to it, complete with unexpected switch-ups). It’s just an honest, beautifully delivered, slightly uptempo, sugarcoated love lament – and it most certainly deserves your time. (Reviewed by Sohail)

Pyar Hai - Single - Kee

Arjun – “Kabhi Kabhi” (Featuring Shivali & Natasha)

Hindi, UK Asian

Score: 5.9

It’s not that we don’t like “Kabhi Kabhi” – Arjun’s take on the old classic, heavily assisted by Shivali and Natasha. It’s just that we feel it could have been handled significantly better. Arjun isn’t someone who goes into things half-heartedly, but this time, the end result just doesn’t grab you. That, unfortunately, is down to the part the two ladies play – the male lead does his job, with a solid beat, sweet verses and the syrupy voice. Then, just when you want a rousing chorus, Shivali and Natasha don’t deliver with enough feeling, gusto or technical ability. It’s the sort of chorus any singer should be willing to die for, but they just don’t invest enough of themselves into it. Missed opportunity.

Rani – “Play This Game”

R&B, Soul, UK Asian

Score: 7.1

This is the debut effort from Rani, and it is a long time coming. Is it really worth the wait? Well, the most bizarre thing about this is the lack of confidence she displays on the vocals: it is truly perplexing, because if you watch the video from her own showcase (where she initially debuted the song), she sung it quite beautifully, and for some reason that hasn’t translated as well to the recording. Aside from that, you have a beautifully evocative instrumental from Arjun, a solid chorus and some catchy melodies. If you read that alone, you might be wondering why it has scored so highly – well, sometimes a track doesn’t have to be technically perfect to make you fall in love with it, just as the guy Rani is writing “Play This Game” about clearly had imperfections. We can’t really explain why this song is so damn catchy, nor why we love it so, but we really do. Sometimes, that’s just about enough.

Hardee – “Tere Naal”

Bhangra, UK Asian

Score: 0.3

It’s difficult to tell who hates the UK more. The rioters currently hell bent on destroying it; Carlos Tevez, with his pathological distaste of Manchester; or Soundpipe Records. There can be no other explanation, for surely this label is attempting to destroy the country from within. Why else would they enable and facilitate someone so clearly lacking in any kind of vocal ability – Hardee – to record this song and make a video? Just five seconds in, your ears start to bleed (if you’re that intent on blood loss, persist). It’s pure insanity, and one must wonder whether Soundpipe (who we initially thought was doing pretty well) has now just become an amoral cash venture, one that doesn’t even bother to actually vet tracks in the first place. This atonal nonsense is an aural offence, worthy of a Downing Street e-petition.

Arjun – “Vampire” (Featuring Starz)

Burban, R&B, Rap, Soul, UK Asian

Score: 8.1

Is “Vampire” going to be Arjun’s breakthrough moment? Probably not. Is it, however, another marker detailing his progress towards genuine stardom? Absolutely. The strong beat is reminiscent of a stringless “Candy Shop” and the video, incidently, is a huge step up in quality. The inclusion of Starz works pretty well, and Arjun commits to the central concept (the vampyrical tendencies of his next alluring target) enough that it is consistent but not cheesy. There are a couple of caveats that prevent it from being top notch – the mixing/mastering of his vocals is very “Rishi Rich” in nature, and is almost too layered and compressed. As for his own vocal performance, we know that he can sing better than this, but it’s still relatively fitting for the dark subject matter, and hey, it’s a club track (though it does heavily borrow those “da-da-da-daa’s”). Now that it is here, we’re not entirely sure that “Vampire” works as a potential “big single” (mainly due to the lack of a soaring chorus) but it will fit perfectly into an album – and it is a quantum leap forward, in every respect, from this time last year. We predict that you will be seeing Arjun on T4, MTV, Kiss TV and other such mainstream music portals within 18 months, for this is an Asian singer you can be genuinely proud of.

Vampire (ft. Starz) - Single - Arjun

ARJUN – VAMPIRE LYRICS

(Rap verse by Starz)
Yeah, uh
Baby, I ain’t playing a game, I love the way that you say my name
OK, you’re a (++VAMPIRE++) – I call the shots, I’m an umpire
You can burn with the kid cos I’m on fire
You can shine bright, in the limelight
Throw the clocks out the window – time flies
You know I can treat you better
A vampire, so baby we can live forever

(Arjun)

Body shaped like a coke bottle
Baby girl you’re a role model
Guess you’re rocking with the most swagger
All the guys up in here wanna get to know you
All the ladies wanna do it like you
Girl, come here, let me get up on you
Yeah, everybody’s talkin’ bout you
They wanna know…

Can you work that back, baby?
Can you give that body to me?
When you bite that lip, lady
I’ve never seen a thing so sexy
Can you bring that fire, baby?
I can see your body burning
Can you feel my body yearning?
Can you do it like…

Now I ask you to wait, it’s too little too late
Cos I’m well on my way, to being your next victim
I’ve got to run away, already going insane
Da-da-da-daaa Da-da-da-daaa

Cos you’re a Vampire (can you be my darkest fantasy?)

And now you’re coming on strong
Girl you’re gonna get it cos you got it going on
I’ve been up in here watching you grind
And I ain’t gonna lie, girl, I wanna get dirty
I’ll suck the blood out my veins
Girl you must be famous
Ya blud clot
Your body is so tight that it’s making me thirsty

Can you work that back, baby?
Can you give that body to me?
When you bite that lip, lady
I’ve never seen a thing so sexy
Can you bring that fire, baby?
I can see your body burning
Can you feel my body yearning?
Can you do it like…

Now I ask you to wait, it’s too little too late
Cos I’m well on my way, to being your next victim
I’ve got to run away, already going insane
Da-da-da-daaa Da-da-da-daaa

(Rap Verse 2 by STARZ)

Baby understand…
I could be your wonderman
I can see that you’ve got a smile like a hundred grand
I’m just trying to let you know that I’m the man
We can fly like a G6
Cos I need this, and you need me
So if we “Connect” like BT
We can fly outta this world – ET

(Back to ARJUN)

Body move like a scorpion
Baby girl you’re the champion
Lick a bum like a Vampire
Got your eyes on the prize and there ain’t no stopping you

Now I ask you to wait, it’s too little too late
Cos I’m well on my way, to being your next victim
I’ve got to run away, already going insane
Da-da-da-daaa Da-da-da-daaa

Can you work that back, baby?
Can you give that body to me?
When you bite that lip, lady
I’ve never seen a thing so sexy
Can you bring that fire, baby?
I can see your body burning
Can you feel my body yearning?
Can you do it like…

Cos you’re a Vampire (can you be my darkest fantasy?)

Kee – “Jaaneman – Part 2” (Featuring Raxstar)

Hindi, Hip Hop, Pop, R&B, Rap, Remix, Soul, UK Asian

Score: 7.2

There are so many interesting openings into “Jaaneman – Part 2” that it seems almost perverse to start with someone who has nothing to do with it at all. Yet aside from the witty freestyles and Twitter rants (although he’s sadly currently in self-imposed “#TwitterJail” right now), it’s easy to forget that Jesal is also a pretty great DJ. His “UK Asian Mixtape Volume I” (http://soundcloud.com/jesaltv/jesal-uk-asian-mixtape-1) was an unselfish attempt to shine a light on his peers, and – tellingly – he opened up with Raxstar’s original version of “Jaaneman” but stopped it after a verse, reloaded, and perfectly mixed it with the instrumental of “My Love” by Justin Timberlake. Suddenly it all made sense: the BPM and sequencing was identical (we obsessively checked ourselves). Clearly, someone else in the Raine Records camp cottoned on to a potential vocal number as well, and persuaded Sunit/Raxstar to rubber-stamp this version, driven by Kee (who subtly transformed the original). Despite sounding essentially the same, it has an almost entirely different feel: for one, it’s longer, allowing more breathing space for Sunit’s instrumental; but it’s also, well, longer, which unfortunately dilutes that excellent chorus a touch too much. The sequel is even more melodramatic, and this time Raxstar returns the favour of balancing out the tone with a well-written verse, sure, but truly totemic delivery (he really is on fire right now, with a quiet authority leaving him peerless). Whilst “Part 2” could have been a touch better/tighter (the pre-chorus in particular weighs the song down at times) this, even more than the original, is a song that demands you listen with feeling, not thought.