Tag: Urban Desi USA

Another repetitive beat…Why N.S? Why?

23Dec

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Believe me… I really wanted to fall in love with this tune, really I did. While it promised an upbeat tempo, the repetitive beat just made me want to gag. There is nothing fresh about this track, that normally N.S delivers – but anyone can have a bad day or in this case a bad track.  We will probably receive death threats from you hardcore bhangra fans… you know the email. Keep them coming. Daru is poop poop.

Simon WANTS You!

1Dec

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We don’t mean Simon Cowell, but a cooler Simon – the one and only Simon Duggal! What an impressive resume he has… founding member/producer/writer for Swami, producer of Shania Twain, producer/writer for Apache Indian and producer/writer for Stereo Nation. He’s currently looking for  male and female singers/rappers, song writers and dancers to participate in upcoming projects.

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Good Luck!

Sunny Leone will break record numbers…

30Nov

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The hot topic this week (for the past few weeks) is Sunny Leone on India’s Bigg Boss show. For those of you who have been living under a rock, Sunny Leone is a porn star here in the states, but having the pleasure of interviewing her (twice), she’s a very smart and intelligent woman. I would bet you all the rupees in the world, the people who are complaining about her, secretly jack off to her videos behind the black curtain.

The complaints are lame, I don’t think Bigg Boss is meant for the younger viewers, but again some people are under the delusion that all entertainment made in India is strictly for families and no one else. Bigg Boss is all about controversy. I’ve seen kids as young as 12 looking at porn in Mumbai internet cafes. I’ve seen couples around marine drive having dry sex on the beaches. I doubt Sunny is going to “corrupt” minds, the sponsors of Bigg Boss will see some major ROI bucks coming in – thanks to Sunny.

Osama and Talal Keeps Us “Balance”

11Oct

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The dynamic duo, Osama Com Laude and Talal Quereshi team up and produce a new single “The Balance” which already has a video to go with it. Osama is known for his underground hip-hop flow with Talal’s beats. When is the album dropping boys???

Nachungi OUT on iTunes

10Oct

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Another hit from Flavashop! You will have Nachungi stuck in your head for sure! It’s been a busy year for Sonia Panesar, her last single with Phat Kat and Mehi “Boliyan” has been flying off the charts from South Africa to Australia. Nachungi features Phat Kat as well.

Purchase Nachungi on iTunes

Can Bollywood Keep Up With Ms. Kardashian?

10Oct

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If there’s a Bollywood Director out there, email us for Kim Kardashian’s agents number, she has recently expressed interest in taking on Bollywood. We’re sure you wouldn’t have any trouble finding a leading man for this Armenian bombshell.

“I would love to be in a Bollywood movie. Every time I see a Bollywood film it seems so glamorous. My brother actually went to India once and came back with all this amazing jewellery and so many stories. I would love to go there.”

India has got the best of Kim, since she’s been spending time in Dubai (We are sure she knows Dubai ISN’T in India) there’s no immediate plans for the Kardashian sisters to open up a Kash store, however, she’s excited to open up”Millions of Milkshakes” in Dubai.

Remember the string of sweet and funny tweets Jay Sean left for Kim? Perhaps the next time he tours India, he should take Kim along!

PS. Bollywood Directors, if Kim has trouble crying on cue? Just hide her earrings! You will get more tears than Kareena Kapoor!

Rapper. Singer. Video Productionist. Photographer. Shar S.

5May

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Our featured artist of the week: Shar.S.

 

This man can do anything. Rap? Yes. Write. Yes. Sing? Yes. Videophotography and Photography? Yes and Yes.

Shar S. is from the Central Valley/So Cal in California, but his hometown is originally from Patiala, Punjab *ahem, that would also be my mom’s hometown*.

He has the look, the voice, and the vibe to be the next big superstar? Perhaps.

Big Ups to Shar .S. for putting CALI on the map!

Urban Desi Radio’s favorite pick of the week is his song, “Akhiyan” music produced by Desi Routz. Loving the urban European-desi style vibe of the song.

(You know I am a sucker for romantic ballads. This track is #1 on my list right now) It is hot!

Catch him at: You Tube , Sound Cloud  or download the song on iTunes now!

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Accent on the Music

17Mar

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By: Reena Mumbai reenadotme@gmail.com

This is going to be the dumbest thing I’ve said in a while, but who cares. It’s like this… You know how when you’re listening to a new song and you’re totally digging it and all, and then you start torrenting the hell out of the band, and within three days you’ve committed their entire discography to memory? Right, and you’re all, “Man, this band is the greatest!” and then you find out they’re a French band, and then you’re all, “Wait, but they sing in ‘American’!”

I told you this would be dumb.

I guess, if I think about it, a lot of famous artists are not American and yet, when they sing, they can suppress their accents and sing in an American voice. Take Phoenix, for example. When I first discovered them, I had no clue they were from France. The same goes for the Radio Dept. They sing with American accents but they’re from Sweden. This doesn’t seem as strange to me, and maybe it’s because they’re Caucasian, because I’ll tell you, if I hear an Indian band sing, and they sound “American”, I’m floored down to hell.

Then I wonder, do singers from other countries practice singing in American accents? Or is it the natural inclination of the musically gifted? It’s the nature versus nurture quandry in the singer’s world. Do vocal cords know nothing of nationality? Or do people believe there is more cacophony in singing English language songs in American accents? If so, why? If you grow up in India, for example, surrounded by Indian accents, and you converse in that accent, and argue in it, and whisper disgusting nothings in each others’ ears in it, why then don’t you sing in that accent? And how come people from around the world are so capable of feigning American accents but Americans, on the other hand, swear they can do “the best British accent”, but come off sounding like a more egregious version of Renee Zellweger, a la Bridget Jones’ Diary?

It’s a puzzler, and I have no answers, but I do have some music from around the world, that I thought was good/interesting/not-good-nor-interesting-but-still-worthy-of-sharing. Is anyone else as curious as I am about what music means in other countries? The last three groups are actually pretty solid. The first two, definitely not my cup of tea.

India- This is a group called IAFWAY, which stands for “I Am Fake, What Are You”, and they are based out of New Delhi, (which, incidentally, is where my family is from.) This isn’t my genre of music. I’s very heavy on the metal and I would never be able to sit through an entire song of theirs, but I am just AMAZED that they can sound so NOT “Outsourced”. Unsaturated

China- This band calls itself Re-TROS. Again, I don’t like this music; it’s too rock-influenced, but still interesting to see what is coming out of other countries. Up Next: Bella Lugosi’s Back

Iceland- The band is called Rokkurro and the lead vocalist is Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir’s. I can’t even begin to imagine how to pronounce the first and last name. Her voice reminds of springtime, whatever that means. I really love this song. I Googled this group and stumbled upon their Tumblr and they use the same template for their page that I do! That pretty much solidified that they were a band worth following. Sólin Mun Skína

Singapore- I kind of love the sound of this group. They’re called Elektone and the synth and vocals remind me of the peg leg jeans I wore in 6th grade. Falling Into You

Ireland- Reverie is actually 21 year old Louise Connell whose album “Melodies” is a big, happy bowl of acoustic pop and ukelele strumming. Get to Know Me

So, there you are. Around the world in five international groups. Maybe you like some of them, maybe not. What do I care, really.

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RIP Nate Dog: 21 Questions and Anthems in Death

16Mar

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By: Reena Mumbai reenadotme@gmail.com

It’s kind of crazy that a lot of breaking news that I learn of is via Twitter. Tonight, for example, I learned that Nate Dogg died. Here’s the crazy in that- I thought it was a hoax because as soon as I saw the tweet I, of course, Googled it, and there were NO hits to corroborate. As it turns out, Twitter beat Google to the punch. Sadly, the world has lost another rapper from my formative intro-to-rap years. Twitter, in the meantime, is blowing up with “R.I.P” shouts and lyrics from famous Nate Dogg songs. When I hear Nate Dogg I immediately think of two songs, probably not unlike many others who grew up on his music. Obviously, one is “Regulate” by Warren G, but the other is probably one that is a less common conduit to Nate because it came later in his career, and that is “21 Questions” by 50 Cent. It has one of the cheesiest, smile-inducing lines in hip hop. The line that then became nauseatingly overused- “I love you like a fat kid love cake.” Granted, that wasn’t actually his line.

Do people ever say to you, “This song always reminds me of you”? I get that from friends and it’s usually either a 90’s song or some random hip-hop song. I was thinking, I wonder what song Nate Dogg would want people playing in his memory. Like, would he scoff if he knew I played “21 Questions” because it was actually a 50 Cent song that he was featured on? Actually, most of the popular songs Nate Dogg is remembered for were collabos with other artists. Then I thought, well, when I die, what song do I want my death to immediately trigger in the minds of my friends?

Hold, please. Time for a 3:40 am cookie…

As I was saying, what song would I want people playing? Yes, I realize this is a big assumption that, somehow, my death will spark a global “kumbaya”, but you never know, so it’s best to have a plan in place. The problem is there are so many great songs that put me in an out-of-body experience. I’m being totally serious- music does that to me, often. Some people use qualudes, some use videogames, I use music. Parenthetically speaking, did you know that quaaludes were first invented in India? It is one of those obscure, but important, facts to spew out to someone you want to impress, like, I dunno, a drugged-out hippie child of the Woodstock era, who maybe manages a famous band.

The problem with picking one song to be your anthem in death is that you want to make sure it’s a “timeless” song. This means most current popular music is out. Ke$ha’s ( I can’t believe I actually dollar-signed her) “Blow” may sound great now, but 30 years from now it’s just going to be eyebrow-raising when this song is trending on Twitter as #RIP Reena.Blow on girl. So, I’m trying very hard to scour my top 50 songs list and come up with the perfect anthem in death for myself. I have none as of yet. But I’d better find one fast. It’s best to be prepared.

Post script: I find Ke$ha distasteful and a big ear soar. However, I will go on the record and say I am totally feeling her new song “Blow” which, when listened to at cochlea-cracking decibels, really just makes you want to dance. Also, this video has unicorns (dammit, are unicorns trendy now??) and Dawson of “Dawson’s Creek” fame. What the?

And for the record, the cookie(s) I ate at 3:40 am were sugarless and homemade, though obviously not by me.

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Check Out “Blow” from Ajaxxx *NEW VIDEO*

16Mar

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Ajaxxx and myself had some friendly banter at the beginning of the year when he said some “sites” (hinting to UDR?) doesn’t give Desi artists in the US enough props. This space is not just for UK Desi artists, but for all artists from all over, Ajaxxx like many others Urban Desi artists here in the States, is a contender to show the US is just as talented as the UK. The UDR platform is all yours Ajaxxx bring it on!! Check out his new video “Blow” (which was featured on one of our sister sites SimplyBhangra.com) Ajaxxx is making waves and doing his thing!