When we talked to Pops and Raj aka Tigerstyle, the producers of Glasgow's finest bhangra, in Issue 36, they explained their melting pot styles this way, "Scotland is home, but we’re travelin’ so much that it kinda becomes irrelevant where you are." At that point they'd already worked with artists from India to London to North Carolina and remixed a mess of dancehall. They also looked really cool in the photos. So it's good to see them continue their international ways, throwing Vybz, a Punjabi folk singer (Mahal) and a Glasgow-via-Manchester pop singer on the first single for their upcoming album Mystics, Martyrs & Maharajas. You can stream "Balle! Shava!" from Chakdey's MusicBox below. However, Sinden sent us his official remix, which extracts the tumbi and adds some eerie synth stabs, and generally makes us want to leave the office immediately and dance in the street. That is dangerous though, so we will just spin around in our office chairs. The "Balle! Shava!" single will be out on September 3rd on Nachural.
August 22, 2008