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The Punjabi Folk Star who goes by the name of Kulvinder Johal has a new single out. Will ‘Nach Nach Ke’ featuring Kaos Productions find its way onto the heavy-laden shelf of much-loved hits sang by Johal?
The simple yet catchy lyrics to ‘Nach Nach Ke’ depict the sweet image of a party scene and were chosen by Kulvinder Johal himself. This is a party and dance track with appropriate lyrics to appeal to all ages. Some might say that makes it cheesy, but it appeals to the dance floor where catchy phrases like that can make a smash hit – you can’t really go wrong with this formula!
‘Nach Nach Ke’ has an immensely clean and sharp sound. The record shows diversity at the start where Kaos Productions throw in some reggae snippets and that same influence continues with a deep baseline throughout the track. Amo from Kaos Productions uses his skills as a self-taught mandolin player to great effect and together with the sarangi give it that traditional vibe.
The producers explained that this song had been made for a live audience and to work well on a P.A. The song might seem a little repetitive, but is more than fit for this purpose. The beat is continuous largely so people have no reason to stop dancing from start to finish again fitting in with the caliber of this type of record. Feedback to the release has been widely positive and there is no doubt that the song has already made into current party playlists.
Kulvinder Johal has been in the UK since the 1980s and is now an accomplished folk singer in the bhangra industry. He began singing and reciting verses from ‘shaheedi’ songs when in high school, but it was only a hobby until his full potential was seized upon by producer Tru-Skool. The two have worked together over a number of years now and the producer is largely credited with turning him into the smash hit maker he is today.
Whilst Kulvinder Johal is a great singer and has fans in awe from his dance hits to date, it could be said that this release is rather playing it safe. It would be great to see him come out with something quite different and show off his versatility. Perhaps that is what lies next, as an untitled album is due for release this year from which ‘Nach Nach Ke’ is the first single. Kaos Productions too have an album in the works which it is rumoured will not be a conventional album – something for all us bhangra junkies to look forward to!