Monday, November 4th, 2019

Sidhu Moose Wala x MIST x Steel Banglez x Stefflon Don – 47

Punjab meets Birmingham…


Thomas Inskeep: Exciting. A great bhangra track + Sidhu Moose Wala, who can rap and sing with equal measure (c.f. Lauryn Hill) + trap drums + 3 excellent British spitters = a record I want to listen to on a loop. And do.

Alfred Soto: Imagine: a bhangra track in which the performers mesh instead of collide. Sidhu Moose Wala’s groove buoys them.

Scott Mildenhall: If anything, hits like this should be more common in the UK, so it’s a boon that Steel Banglez is in a position to create them. His legwork is extremely evident in an unfussy but up-front production, allowing MIST and Stefflon Don to coast. Their presence is worthwhile, but their contributions are far more prosaic than those of the absorbing Sidhu Moose Wala. Non-English speakers are the ones who will get least out of a translation.

Tim de Reuse: Since time immemorial, Western producers have used five-second samples of South Asian music to give Ethnic Flavor™ to otherwise bog-standard beats. Sidhu is no surface-level imitation — his voice gives that away immediately — and so this feels refreshingly un-cynical. If it gives the North American public more of a taste for North Indian music, then, yeah, I’m all for this project; the one gripe I have, though, is that the other rappers don’t contribute a whole lot. I assume their sole purpose was to entice English speakers to tune in.

Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: Overswelled with sounds — Moose Wala and MIST keep coming back for more verses and hooks, almost to the point of self parody, while Steel Banglez’s beat drills itself into your skull. Stefflon Don’s feature is the only part that really distinguishes itself — she’s a welcome and charming reprieve from the tough guy fronting of the rest here — but the track knows what it’s about and gets it done in style.

Kylo Nocom: A grand exhibition of fascinating voices all beckoning you to step into the groove. The way Stefflon Don’s verse segues into Sidhu’s hook is the highlight of a track that never wavers in its sheer confidence.

Julian Axelrod: For a song with so many voices in play — Stefflon being the most notable, Sidhu the most promising, and MIST the most engaging — it’s the searing, claustrophobic violin runs that steal the show. Steel Banglez might fuck around and turn “curdled milk trap” into an international sensation.

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