Unthemed selections in both segments, bookend by fierce female truth-sayers Jasmine Sandlas and Natasha Noorani. Dancehall, disco, folk, and fight the system vibes spawn the 60 plus minute podcast this week. Plus, a question about the perils of overly dependent digital existence.
Raf Sapera and Sukwinder Shinda keep it classic and put a fresh spin on a ubiqutous South Asian rhythm.  Vocalist, rapper, and producer, Raj Kumari, drops a certifiable anthem with a collaboration with some of the best cypers from India.
Legendary producer Tru-Skool never disappoints, proven by his new track for Karan Aujla. Also, a dancehall inflected mini set precedes tracks by Garry Sandhu and DJ Rekha’s contender for best song of the year by Jasmine Sandlas. The beyond set is a grab bag from Manara, Ayesha and new discover, Jordan based artist Amjad Shahrour.
It was time for a deep dive into game changer Jasmine Sandlas, with no shortage of bangers. We listen to the depth and range in her catalogue. The beyond set showcases proverbial b-sides and her tracks that were released as vinyl records including a track demonstrating what made her an underground sensation.
Game changer Jasmine Sandlas does it again with a generically titled but entirely unique Punjabi song. With no shortage of bangers, her best is when her lyrics feel introspective and authentic. The beyond set highlights relatively mellower tracks from the pleasantly frenetic Daytimers compilation raising funds for Covid-19 relief in India.
Summer classic by birthday boy Roack Killa with Bilal Saeed on a current dance floor jam in the Bhangra set. For the beyond segment, the range of Talal Qureshi is displayed via two very distinct tracks, plus a show favorite from Van City’s Khanvict.
Classics, and a few newer tracks, make it into this set of songs that deserve to be played at high volume. In an open windowed car or in public spaces, these have to be pushed to the limits of local sound ordinances. The beyond set includes choice Bollywood tracks that fit the bill for this episode, including a classic track from Nucleya.
Bally Sagoo's Kinna Chauna, from his latest full-length release, gets a refix that changes the vibe of his 90's influenced track into a more contemporary tropical bass sound. Pakistan’s Natasha Noorni invokes the spirit of Nazia Hassan in new pop number and summer ear worm.
DJ Rekha digs through massive Jazzy B discography and selects their favorite tunes from the Prince of Bhangra’s trove of hits. Plus, Tibetan duo Anu, Talal Quereshi and more in the beyond segment.
Jazzy B and Babbu Maan collaborate on what is sure to be a wedding reception, end of the night, drunken classic. The beyond segment features good vibe tunes from an array of genres including Swiss-Tamil star on the rise, Priya Ragu.
Triple play from Jassi Gill, new senti tune from Jasmine Sandlas and Raaginder, and another spin of what the number one song of the year might be. Plus, DJ Rekha selects an array of Palestinian artists in the beyond segment in support of the occupied.
New track by Bhangra powerhouse Miss Pooja with Geeta Zaildar has a contemporary vibe, but DJ Rekha plays one of the favorites by the duo. The beyond segment features songs from Pakistan and its diaspora, including an Oscar nominated actor.
In anticipation of DJ Rekha's first outdoor show in front actual humans in a long time, they pick their likely selection of Punjabi tunes they want to road test. In the beyond segment, new tracks from Africa, the Caribbean as well as Columbia electro tropical royalty, Bomba Estéreo.
Mankirt Aulakh teams up with Gurlez Akhtar, plus a lot of throwbacks sprinkled in the first segment. In the beyond set, we hear new tunes from Arooj Aftab, electronic musician Renu, and India’s Dee MC.
Specialist and Tru-Skool have influenced many a bhangra producer, as evident in the DJ Frenzy’s track with Raf-Saperra. The beyond section features tracks for the compilation, Inquilab, which features music written, performed, composed and produced by South Asian women, trans, nonbinary and/or gender fluid sonic artists. From the Subcontinent to the diaspora across the globe, these artists span across genres and fields in the music industry: film scoring, spoken word, lo-fi, electronica, pop, vocals, carnatic fusion, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, sound design, EDM, etc.
The spring harvest festival of Vaisakhi coincides with the release of this episode of the show, and DJ Rekha digs up an RDB and somewhat dark ode to the day. Bup Saggu drops a new song with DJ Harpz and Manwal. In the beyond segment, DJ Rekha, recalls Mona Haydar’s Hijabi, as support against the French government banning the head covering, plus a new one from Khanvict.
In a bhangra world driven by voluminous single releases, Bally Sagoo and G. Sidhu release well thought out full-length albums. Never afraid to switch up her style, Jasmine Sandlas drops a hip-hop hybrid, dropping bars and verses in English and Punjabi. Plus, Brooklyn producer Ayesha, and some Afghani infused beats in the beyond segment.
Kulwinder Billa returns with a sequel to his hit Palazzo, cleverly named Palazzo 2. Jaz Dhami drops a new collab with urban desi crooner Sama Blake. The beyond segment revisits a song from Riz Ahmed’s breakup album, in celebration of his Oscar nomination.
Jassie Gill drops a much teased playful vowel laden tune with Simar Kaur. The beyond segment includes tracks from the Vancouver based Snakes and Ladders label and their latest release by Protokhal, plus other selections from a Desi infused dance label.
Amrit Maan latest duet with Nimrat Khaira rivals the impact of his earlier monster song with Jasmine Sandlas, Bamb Jatt. Speaking of Jatts, Bups Saggu provides beats for DJ Kam Kang and Manwal with his lasted joint. In the beyond segment, DJ Rekha shares some selections from their programming for New York’s Sona Restaurant slated to open later this month.
Bally Sagoo revisits his tried and true themes from his folkier repertoire of bhangra songs, with a new single from his forthcoming album.  Brooklyn based Ayesha gently infuses South Asian sounds in her release from last fall, the second of her’s during the pandemic. Plus, a new tune from ciphers Chee Malabar and Prabh Deep.
DJ Rekha reflects on the untimely passing of Punjabi legend Sardool Sikander. A new track dropped from Jaz Dhami’s collaboration with UK Grime artists to keep attention on Indian Farmers protest, plus an exciting song about a universal dish.
Amrit Maan teams up with Nimrit Khaira on a Desi Crew produced bhangra powerhouse, plus some Jatti jams. In the beyond segment, Sonny Singh and a pandemic collaboration from Cambridge, MA, New York and New Mexico.
With the farmers protest gaining international attention, G. Sidhu’s Kisaan Sun De, is still in heavy rotation. Plus, a seemingly randomized selection of tunes with a high percent of Kaur B in the Bhangra segment and in the beyond set Ali Sethi, Talal Quereshi and more.
Anointed Godfather of Bhangra, Bally Sagoo, returns with his signature 1990s low-end heavy sonics with a new track from an untitled forthcoming album. DJ Rekha dives into his catalogue from its 30 plus year career. Diljit Dosanjh and Intense release a record breaking quick response to Rihanna’s tweet, shining light on the farmers protest in India.
G. Sidhu kicks off the Bhangra segment with his song for Punjabi farmers, prompting a throwback from DJ Sanj celebrating the land of five rivers. In the beyond segment, Sweat Shop Boys, Ritviz, Reggae Rajahs and more.
Scottish powerhouse Tigerstyle dropped a solid tune with an even more solid remix by US producer Navdeep. No assistance needed in the beyond segment with Sire, Divine, and from Pakistan emerging R&B-er, Hasan Raheem.
DJ Rekha revisits their mix tape capturing hits from the mid 2000s from producers Panjabi MC, Dr. Zeus and DJ Sanj. Plus, a new track from Twinbeatz and a classic collaboration from Bally Sagoo and Qawali Master Nustrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Diljit Dosanjh support of the farmers movement deserves a dedicated Bhangra set with some of DJ Rekha’s favorites from his repertoire. Plus, new tunes from Talal Quereshi, Asian Dub Foundation, and a revisit of a poignant track from Riz Ahmed.
Part two of the 2020 round up is very Diljit Dosanjh and Nimrat Khaira forward, with some almost forgotten tunes from earlier in the year. The beyond section revisits stand out tracks from the Krunk Kollective crew, new comers Rashmeet Kaur, Ayesha, and more.