Tigerstyle have succeeded in delivering fresh sounds and a big album.
Jaskirt Dhaliwal 2009-02-25
Tigerstyle - brothers Raj and Pops - return to the forefront of the scene with a bang. Featuring some of the biggest names in Bhangra, as well as some lesser known but equally talented artists, the album does what only Tigerstyle can, fuse Bhangra, left field drum and bass with helpings of R 'n' B and hip-hop too.
Tigerstyle's last full album release, Virsa, six years ago meant a long wait for Mystics, Martyrs And Maharajas, despite a smattering of one-off tracks and remixes in the intervening years.
The album kicks off with the thumping dhol beats of Maan Doabe Da, and alongside Bol! Bol! Bol! and Nachne Nu Dil Ta featuring Kaka Bhainiawala and the Lembher track, Jatt Mele Chaliya, there is enough on the album to keep the Bhangra-heads happy.
The production quality is brilliant across the album, and Bol! Bol! Bol! is a real showcase of that. Miss Rimpi stars in what is one of the best gidda tracks in recent years, and what will most likely become a wedding anthem which starts a new dance craze and/or becomes an excuse for women to impersonate spinning tops!
Tigertsyle also have to be given credit for showcasing the talents of lesser known artists like Miss Rimpis. It's a fresh sound, with Asian Woman featuring Punjabi vocals from Surinder Shinda and Apache Indian being one of the stand out tracks on the album. The dark and dirty beats make you feel like you should be in some dingy, sweaty club. And let's not get started on the lyrics…
There's been a lot of hype around the album, and it's justified. Along with plenty of great Bhangra tracks, the conscious lyrics of Son Of A Sardar (with beautiful vocals by Gunjan) it's the more experimental hip-hop and drum 'n' bass tracks which really push the boundaries in an exciting way.
Although a little too long at 17 tracks, Tigerstyle have succeeded in delivering fresh sounds and a big album.