Here’s a rare video back from 2003. It features Jas Virdees track “Rifle”, from his album “It Has Begun.”
Featuring the vocals of Manak-E, and a heavy Reggae b-line, this was one of a couple Jas Virdee tracks I bumped.
You may also know, Jas Virdee formed one third of Big Poppa Cartel, which also featured Dark MC, and Ricky Singh.
Capping the series of year end posts, let’s deal with the best songs of 2009.
There were a lot of albums released this year, and every album released, should have at least one “it” song. This list I have compiled is not based on sales, or anyone else chatting in my ear. The only thing in my ear was the music itself. People’s taste in music is subjective – but you guys should take me as an authority on this subject anyways (joke) – So the way I chose these songs, is based on what got the most airplay in my mp3 player.
Number 10 – PBN featuring Miss Pooja “Aashiq”
If there is one thing that the UK Bhangra industry in 2009 may be known for, it’s the rise in fame of Miss Pooja. Seems like everyone loves her. Everyone except me. But she still made the list – with PBN’s production skills of course – due to the fact this one song had a huge effect on the dance floors across the world.
Number 9 – Northern Lights featuring Ashok Gill “Nakreh”
This was an awesome debut song, and video for Northern Lights. I’ve talked enough about how good this album is, so enjoy the video.
Number 8 – Twin Beats featuring Jaswinder Daghamia “Twins Tappe”
I still can’t get enough of this track, the dhol intro is just too sick.
Number 7 – Jus Ritz featuring Raj Kaul and RKZ “Nehio Nibhani”
You may be surprised with this selection, but like I said in the intro, this track got crazy airplay from me. I was impressed with Ritz’ first track “Tere Na Te Glassy,” but when this track came out, it was like “whoa!” RKZ and Raj Kaul smashed it, and the video is a positive piece of work as well.
Number 6 – DJ Dips featuring Ashok Gill “Ek Gera”
Look at that, the vocals of Ashok Gill make the list twice. This track by DJ Dips did not get the video treatment. Quite surprising since it’s the best song on the album.
Number 5 – JK “Pat Liyah”
JK and Tru-Skool have made a killer combination, and although we’re still waiting on a full album release, this song held me over just well. I was mad at whoever made the decision to slowly release just singles after singles, but now I’ve changed my mind. These days, variety is the spice of life, and listening to one artist for ten songs straight get’s a little boring.
Number 4 – Dark MC featuring Jaswinder Daghamia “Chori Chori Takna”
This track is a monster, Dark MC gave us some great tracks a few years ago on “It’s Getting Dark in Here,” and although this album I feel, was a letdown, the one track you would find yourself continuously rocking out to is “Chori Chori Takna” with vocals provided by Jaswinder Daghamia.
If you haven’t heard it, by all means go and search for it. I can’t post the video due to the lovely games MovieBox like to play.
Number 3 – Taj-E featuring Bee2 “B.I.G.”
In my opinion this is the biggest UK Bhangra dance floor track. Not many people recognise it as much as “Aashiq” on these ends still, but trust me when I say, I listened to this song almost as much as….
Number 2 – Swami “Sugarless”
Since the inception of Bhangraw.com, I’ve raved on and on about Swami. So why stop now? Even when I talk to people about Swami, they look at me as if I’m preaching about someone (I must admit, at times it sounds like I am.) This track continued in the footsteps of where they left off with the tracks on “Equalise” except, this was 100% all Swami right down to the lyrics.
Number 1 – Imran Khan “Amplifier”
I hate to admit it, but I ended up listening to this track more than anything towards the latter part of this year. Yikes! Any get together for any type of party, and it was this track that brought the masses together in a drunken stupor, trying to act out all the lyrics “On kara A/C!!!” Of course, if it wasn’t for the production of Eren E (who I think Imran Khan should take a bullet for if that should ever happen) on this track, it wouldn’t be as massive as it turned out to be. With the solid production, came that darn infectiously memorisable chorus “Nai woofer heh tu meri…meri, meh tera amplifier…FIRE!” And if that isn’t proof enough, the video has over 2.6 million views!
Go ahead, judge, criticise, mock. But these ten songs will go down for me as the biggest of 2009.
I am truly looking forward to this CD. “It’s Getting Dark in Here” was a bad man’s album!
Now Dark MC is on his way back, with a new ten track album featuring what he is calling the anthem of 2009.
“Chori Chori.” features the vocals of Jaswinder Daghamia, and his vocal abilities have not been utilised by many Producers. (If you haven’t heard “Gabru Gulab Warga” on Gupsy Aujla’s album, you are missing out!)
“Incisive,” which is set to be released on the MovieBox label in the fall, will feature vocals by (Late) Kaka Bhaniawala, Nirmal Sidhu, Labh Janjua and more.
The tracks are predominantly written by Bhindi Laltonwala. I’m sure you have heard tracks written by him before, including the free downloads Dark MC gave away in June. I don’t know what’s been going on with Bhindi Laltonwala as of late, because his lyrics make me want to go out and do baaaaad things.
The Dark MC hit us with some crazy tracks back in 2007, when he released “It’s Getting Dark in Here.”
This Summer, Dark is back for another release, and to give you a taste of what’s to come, he’s given out two free downloads.
“Baarah Boredi” is a massive tune. Good B-Line and a manic hook.
Dark MC had a relatively successful release last year with the album “It’s Getting Dark in Here.”
Well, Dark MC wants you to remember that “Haan De” was one of the best tracks on the album. So he’s put together “Haan De Part 2.”
The intro to the song is Kaka, and the vocals are provided by Lembher. You may call it a long promo, but I call it a free download.
Don’t legal downloads warm the cockles of your heart?
To keep tabs on Dark MC hitup his MySpace page.
UK Bhangra tortured me last year.
There were only three albums that I enjoyed listening to, and they were all released at the same time – The second half of 2007 (I was in agony!)
The Dark MC released two videos of songs I like. There is also a couple more songs on the “It’s Getting Dark In Here” album that were hot.
“Haan De” (The bass line is sick!