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G Company's Bhangra Flashback [Edition 2]

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G Company's Bhangra Flashback is set to take you back into Bhangra history for each edition, uncovering a Bhangra song that has been largely forgotten. So, dust off your tapes & vinyls and get ready to be transported back!

SONG: AJ MAIN PEENI AAN
BAND: DCS
ALBUM: AAO NACH LAO
LABEL: EMI
YEAR: 1986

The year is 1989, it’s summer, it’s a Sunday morning......this could only mean one thing – Panjabi wedding time!

But before I even have a chance to be overcome with emotion by the joyous day ahead for my 5th cousin, pindu, or family friend who I have never actually met, I start guessing which band (yes, one that plays real instruments) will be rocking the wedding party. So I finally arrive at the venue (the obligatory school hall) wearing my best hand-me-downs and in the car park I see an even cooler version of the A-Team van with the letters ‘D C S’ on the side......by this point I am very very excited!

There was a period in the late 80s and early 90s, where DCS seemed to play at almost every wedding I went to, and without a doubt one of the highlights of their set was the anthem ‘Aj Main Peeni Aan from their 2nd official album Aao Nach Lao’. Although this song was released some 3 years before my egotistical rant above, in my opinion the success of it contributed to and helped kick start DCS’s illustrious journey into the world of Bhangra.

The word iconic is often overused in Bhangra songs, especially when it comes to describing the opening few bars, but the trackAj Main Peeni Aanis one that truly deserves this accolade. I have quite literally seen people running to the dance floor upon hearing the opening music segment, then coming to a standstill, arms up in the air whilst they sing along to the distinguishable first lineMenu Hor Pila Thori’.

The finely tuned high octave synthesiser throughout, flawlessly complements lead singer Shin’s pitch perfect vocals and impeccable delivery. Whilst the lyrics may be considered simplistic by some, they cover most of the requirements of a Bhangra party song by including friendship, happiness, and celebration based around the main theme of intoxication.

There was something truly magical about the live, rugged and rustic sound of this song. It had a certain amount of spontaneity to it, almost as if it had been created and developed in the moment and without arduous rehearsal.

The real tragedy is that this gem of a song seems to be absent from most DJ’s sets nowadays and is rarely played anymore. Having said that, I do not think it should be recreated by anyone or even re-recorded by DCS themselves, as this would take away the rawness and artistry of the original.

Yes, I do realise that this is the second article in which I am reminiscing about a song that plagiarises an old melody (answers in the ‘comments’ box below please), but when it sounds this damn good, who really cares!

Buy the song on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-greatest-hits/id411146979 - track 4)


G-COMPANY is a Bhangra producer based in Southampton, who lives and breathes Bhangra. He is currently putting the finishing touches to his untitled 2nd album, which is due for release mid 2013.

Twitter: @GcompanyMusic
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/GcompanyMUSIC

 

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Harjti
+1 #13 Harjti 2013-03-12 12:53
Best mix
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pritam.
-3 #12 pritam. 2013-03-04 22:24
Quoting Huni:
Love the song and really good review
Never heard it so will buy it now.

Pbn one is good too so stop the hating


he is the best producer out there, his latest album puts in the likes of Shinda levels
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gully
+3 #11 gully 2013-03-04 17:15
this brings me back........waa aaaaay back!!!!! love it though
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Huni
+2 #10 Huni 2013-02-23 15:58
Love the song and really good review
Never heard it so will buy it now.

Pbn one is good too so stop the hating
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maanjit singh
+3 #9 maanjit singh 2013-02-23 15:09
Fulll track pleaseeee is there a video to this can't seem to find out :(
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respect
+2 #8 respect 2013-02-23 12:43
Love it G.
Keep them coming !
PBN is better ??lol who ever said that.what a retard
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rajuu
+4 #7 rajuu 2013-02-22 22:40
Quoting Sumiixx:
:O thats unfair as I am just saying what I like and PBN is the the man of the year x


haha people are funny, a classic track brings back some day time gig memories, nice choice
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Sunchild
+2 #6 Sunchild 2013-02-22 22:37
An absolute classic. Awesome album. Brings back some fond memories i must say. Especially when it was played at weddings back then live. G Company you picked out a great one again. By the way whats PBN got to do with a classic. You kids dont know jack!! Lol
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LakiSingh
+4 #5 LakiSingh 2013-02-22 20:57
I just went back and bought this from iTunes!

Great blog
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Sumiixx
-9 #4 Sumiixx 2013-02-22 19:21
:O thats unfair as I am just saying what I like and PBN is the the man of the year x
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Tractor_Bro
+9 #3 RE: G Company's Bhangra Flashback [Edition 2]Tractor_Bro 2013-02-22 19:17
Quoting Sumiixx:
Aj Main Peeni by PBN is much better anytime xxxxx


Sumiixx send me your name n address and we'll get the Dr round to examine your head
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JaspreetSingh
+8 #2 JaspreetSingh 2013-02-22 17:25
Quoting Sumiixx:
Aj Main Peeni by PBN is much better anytime xxxxx


LOL!!! I worry for the future of Punjabis in the UK

#DUMBCOMMENT
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