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Dirty Linen
September 2002

"Bhangra Beatz is seasoned with reggae, rap, R&B, and dance music elements...The music has a driving, high-energy sound, with booming bass to spare. This is street music, amazing music, particularly if your preconceptions place rock and traditional Indian music poles apart."

J. Poet
Pulse (Towers Record), July 2002

"The language may be a Punjabi dialect, but it1s got a killer beat and you can dance to it. The Sahotas' Sahotas Boliyon is as good a reggae/R&B fusion as you've ever heard, Balbir Bittu's Sounds From the Des mixes traditional acoustic instruments with a punishing beat, while Jazzy B's Lak De Hulareh should captivate anyone who loves good pop with its unforgettable hook."

Jazziz Magazine, June 2002

"Bhangra Beatz is the more modern, with heavy bass vibes on 11 tracks. Electric Highlife's 13 tracks are more traditional and acoustic. Both are standouts."

Billboard, May 2002

"Bhangra is the traditional folk music and dance of the Punjab region of India. A celebratory music associated with the annual harvest, its polyrhythmic vibe, centering around the dhol (two-headed drum), is clearly intended to induce dancing. Immigrants brought the music to England decades ago, and Kiss Records-one of the leading South Asian labels in the U.K.-has been a prime site for bhangra artists. The tracks featured here were chosen from the sides of 10 Kiss artists and provide a fine bhangra sampler. Stylistic variations are noticeable. "Sounds From the Des," by Balbir Bittu, evinces a pronounced North African influence, while K.B. & the Gang's "Nachde Punjabi" shows an affinity for electronica and turntablism we associate with Asian underground acts such as Joi. Soni's "Doli" fuses a traditional song and a pop arrangement. Distributed by Naxos of America.

Doctor Rhythm, April 2002

"the Naxos sampler hits hard and would work great as a party disc."

Davena Mok
Hong Kong i-Mail, September 2000

There's just as much industry talk about bhangra music infiltrating the mainstream audience as there is about Bollywood movies set to play at a cinema near you one day. So what the hell is the former? Well, anyone who has ever seen a Bollywood movie will be familiar with the lengthy song-and-dance sequences which break out every 20 minutes or so during the screenplay. Based on the percussive rhythm of the dhol drum, bhangra is the music which Bollywood actors cannot resist wobbling their heads, waving their arms and swaying their hips to. Historically, bhangra is an energetic folk tradition to celebrate a farmer's harvest season. Today, however, youths across the subcontinent party on down to this fast-paced music - and even some DJs in the UK have remixed bhangra songs with reggae, rap and electronic influences. Bhangra Beatz captures the contemporary best of this music and serves as the perfect introduction to this unique genre.

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