Happenings in Bhangra outside the realm of Bhangraw.
African Boys Got Talent [YouTube]
DJ Nihal breaks down his Top 10 “Eastern Bass” tracks [Bowers & Wilkins]
Bhangra Empire recall how they ended up on Panjabi MC’s Bari Barsi video [Bhangra Empire]
This week’s Bhangra and Beyond Radio Show, hosted by DJ Rekha [BreakThru Radio]
Panjabi MC as you may know, dropped his latest summer anthem “Bari Barsi” this past Thursday, and it rocketed straight into the top 100 UK iTunes charts (so far settling at no. 89)
Lately, whenever PMC releases a song, I can’t help but think that the music is just different enough to make people buy the song, but at the same time, it sounds almost like his previous few songs. Case in point, I played it in my car this past Friday for one of my boys as we were going for lunch, and as soon as the music started, he mockingly started singing the lyrics to “Moorni”.
My spidey senses also started tingling a few weeks ago, when a certain Producer from the UK tweeted something to the sentiment of a Producer he looks up to has the same sound in most of his songs, and that he should start to switch up his sound.
With all of this in mind, I still think Panjabi MC is one of the best Producers out there (obviously). His songs still have a certain polish to them that other Producers still aren’t capable of matching. I can’t help but liken P’s skills to the rest of the people in the Bhangra game as a Toyota compared to a Lexus. Yes, the Toyota is well made, all the fundamentals are there, but a Lexus is just an overly nicer polished vehicle.
Moving on to the video, I’m glad someone finally used Bhangra Empire in a video. They have been working extremely hard on their performances over the years, and I’m glad that they are getting – even more – worldwide exposure.
Also, the fact that Ashok Gill made it on to the video is also a fantastic showcase.
Support the track, and get your copy from iTunes.
DJing at Basement Bhangra in New York over their Thanksgiving Holiday, Panjabi MC debuted his upcoming track on his next album “56 Districts”.
The song has Panjabi MC’s now classic iTumbi sound, along with a heavy synth and bass line.
What do you think?
Oh, before he drops the album, there’s a small matter of releasing the Moorni Remix featuring Warren G.