Bikram Singh – “Kawan 2” featuring Gunjan & Tigerstyle

Bhangra, Hindi, Panjabi, UK, UK Asian, USA

Score: 7.2

We’ve given Bikram healthy doses of shit over the years, but we always review every new song with a fresh pair of ears. And so it’s great to tell you, dear Reader, that alongside pals Gunjan and Tigerstyle, he’s delivered the charming “Kawan 2”. Gunjan’s gorgeous vocals are pure ear candy, and Tigerstyle’s relaxed production is definitely on point too. Mr Singh himself gives a passionate performance, and this is definitely one to just kick back and enjoy life to. (Reviewed by Raman)

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Nihal’s “Burban in the Booth” – Sam Kay & Mz Bratt

Bhangra, Burban, Freestyle, Hip Hop, Rap, UK, UK Asian

Score: N/A

The inaugural “Burban in the Booth” from Nihal’s Radio 1 show. First up, Sam Kay and Mz Bratt (going over the “Jaaniye” beat by Bikram Singh & PropheC). Arson.

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.

Bikram Singh – “Beyonce”

Bhangra, F***ing Unclassifiable!!, Hindi, Hip Hop, Pop, R&B, RIP, UK Asian, USA

Score: 0.7

YouTube is a strange beast, with many quirks and foibles. The comments are usually ridiculous, occasionally hilarious and frequently more entertainment than the video itself. There are two dead giveaways, however, when it comes to “Beyonce” – the new track from Bikram Singh. Firstly, “Adding comments has been disabled for this video” (which is never a good sign). Secondly, the Likes/Dislikes ratio. Anytime it gets worse than 20%, it usually means that people really hate the song, the video or the artist. Here, it might just be the cheek of shamelessly naming your song “Beyonce.” So, you should know that Singh’s video is not faring well, at all. When a song inspires genuine hatred, we must ask why – here, the reasons present themselves immediately. Firstly, the video is tongue-in-cheek, sure, but it’s appallingly bad, with some poor models who will probably have their careers tainted for life. Secondly, the beat is ear-aching – considering Tigerstyle usually do a good job, this is a pure flop and shows up their recent arrogance (it comes across on Twitter more and more). The clashing melodies, the over-compression, the atonal quality of the synths – nothing works in the slightest. Lastly, Bikram Singh himself. He’s written a truly terrible song that probably worked well in his head… He runs out of breath halfway through the chorus; the Auto Tune is turned up to 11; he looks and sounds as if he’s literally going to ejaculate at certain points. Finally, calling the song “Beyonce” and trying to piggyback her fame is just a sin. It is doubtful that she’ll ever hear this (her “people” will rightly protect her from it), but if she does, she would have every right to slap two shades of shit out of Singh for pure outright defamation.