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Juggy D: Reviewing the Punjabi Rockstar’s Return

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Juggy D is one of the most significant icons of modern Bhangra. His ascent to superstar status within the industry has seen him build a litany of accolades and accomplishments. In certain respects, there are few that can boast a CV as impressive as Juggy D’s.

He has featured on remixes alongside legendary mainstream artists, such as Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige. He has also experienced mainstream success of his own, with Rishi Rich and Jay Sean on the trio’s top-20 2003 cross-over single Dance With You. Plus, Juggy D has two perennial favourite, anthemic floor-fillers to his credit, Nahin Jeena and Sohniye. And he achieved all of this within the release of only one solo album! His 2004 self-titled debut album was critically acclaimed, and a major milestone in Juggy D’s career. It entered the national charts within the top 75 – a phenomenal and unmatched feat for a Punjabi album. (Watch Video below)

Moreover, Juggy D’s cross-over success and Pop star-like appeal meant and still means that he holds a very special place in the hearts and minds of a certain generation of Bhangra listeners – myself included. Succinctly put; Juggy D is a massive deal, qualitatively and quantitatively. He’s a highly successful artist who’s generally adored by the fans, as, for a considerable amount of them, he was probably one of their earliest tastes of Punjabi music.

Fast-forward to present day. Juggy D’s been back on the scene since featuring on Taj-E’s 2009 single Vang Teri. Why hasn’t he ignited the Bhangra scene, or accrued a second stack of awards by now? Arguably, it’s because Juggy D’s return has been mismanaged. It seems like an odd decision that he returned after five years... on somebody else’s single. And that’s not at all a slight against Taj-E; he’s a very talented and versatile producer. However, the inherent anticipation and momentum behind Juggy D’s comeback should have been built-up more greatly and then concentrated solely into a strong solo single, thus clearly marking the important return of a bona fide superstar. (Watch Video Below)

 

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But the momentum that was there nonetheless seems to have progressively dwindled via the subsequent string of features for other artists. Again, this is an odd decision. Artists usually appear on other artists’ tracks as a way to maintain audience interest after the release of their own album, not in the lead-up to it.

So, this raises the question of Juggy D’s upcoming album. So far, we’ve seen the primary single, Punjabi Rockstar. It has been described as lacklustre, and I think that’s because Juggy D’s over-compensating. The song’s production is overly perky, complete with corny sound bites, and Juggy D tries too hard to sound lively in his singing style, while also trying too hard to establish his repackaged image.

That’s perhaps the key here; Juggy D doesn’t need to force something, either in terms of vocals or production, that obviously comes so naturally to him. On Sohniye, the endearing qualities of Juggy D’s vocals come across relatively effortlessly. One of Juggy D’s comeback features even demonstrates this disparity. With Vang Teri, the original is somewhat cheesy and over-enthusiastic. In contrast, the urban remix is super slick, and Juggy D’s soothing vocals mesh with the track perfectly.

Take a more recent example; Blitzkrieg’s Take Your Picture. On a cool-than- refrigerated-dayhee beat by Tigerstyle, and armed with an ultra catchy hook, Juggy D’s a priceless addition to the track. It’s through performances of that kind, and on seemingly less-forced production, that he truly shines brightest. That’s when Juggy D’s perfect.

And that’s why I still have much confidence in Juggy D. When he’s not over-compensating, on any level, he’s still the Juggy D that I grew up listening to and that I am still genuinely a huge fan of. While he hasn’t ignited the Bhangra scene with his return yet, he’s still very capable of doing so, as sparks of excellence like the Vang Teri remix and Take Your Picture promise.

Juggy D is at an often turbulent stage of an artist’s career; the sophomore album. But he could easily be back on top and stacking awards again, through a combination of the right sound and vocal style on an impressive and properly promoted solo song, thus discontinuing the missteps of his comeback.

With that as its basis, if the resultant, upcoming album is even half as solid as his debut, it would warrant another five-year break for Juggy D, because that’s probably how long I’d have the album on repeat. I have high hopes and expectations for Juggy D, and I know he’s got the potential to meet them. The Punjabi Rockstar is just in need of an electric solo moment, so to speak.

Written By Govinda Lakha

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+2 #33 0000 2013-01-08 11:19
Quoting Gugs:
Quoting 0000:
juggy d said on dipps bhamrah show he is working on his next album with rishi rich out this year


Are you saying this was a recent show & he's releasing a new album with Rishi in 2013?

If that is the case then it's not saying much for Rishi's career ambitions.

yes the latest show he talks about this album
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Gugs
+3 #32 Gugs 2013-01-08 09:53
Quoting 0000:
juggy d said on dipps bhamrah show he is working on his next album with rishi rich out this year


Are you saying this was a recent show & he's releasing a new album with Rishi in 2013?

If that is the case then it's not saying much for Rishi's career ambitions.
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Pop  Star
+2 #31 Pop Star 2013-01-07 20:03
Quoting 0000:
juggy d said on dipps bhamrah show he is working on his next album with rishi rich out this year


That muppet Dipps bhamrah still has a show??
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+1 #30 0000 2013-01-07 18:23
juggy d said on dipps bhamrah show he is working on his next album with rishi rich out this year
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+4 #29 0000 2013-01-07 16:30
even juggy d knew its shit n so did moviebox thats why it just released out the blue no promotion no hype just a date.
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Gugs
+3 #28 Gugs 2013-01-07 15:59
Quoting Jatt Mirza:
Quoting Realist.:
Quoting chinajatt:
personaly i liked juggy comeback im a 30 plus punjabi guy who listen to k manak and surinder shinda so juggy has done something right if you dont like his songs why comment ??? just a thought


So let me get this straight, you grew up listening to Kuldeep Manak and Surinder Shinda and your telling us that Juggy D is the same calibre artist compared to them as your happy to listen to his music now? Seriously, are you trolling?


I think the the Chinajatt guy is trying to say if you can listen to proper bhangra folk that doesnt necessarily mean you cant listen to bhangra pop


I think chinajatt is tripping which ever way you cut it.
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Jatt Mirza
-1 #27 Jatt Mirza 2013-01-07 15:39
Quoting Realist.:
Quoting chinajatt:
personaly i liked juggy comeback im a 30 plus punjabi guy who listen to k manak and surinder shinda so juggy has done something right if you dont like his songs why comment ??? just a thought


So let me get this straight, you grew up listening to Kuldeep Manak and Surinder Shinda and your telling us that Juggy D is the same calibre artist compared to them as your happy to listen to his music now? Seriously, are you trolling?


I think the the Chinajatt guy is trying to say if you can listen to proper bhangra folk that doesnt necessarily mean you cant listen to bhangra pop
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Realist.
+4 #26 Realist. 2013-01-07 15:20
Quoting chinajatt:
personaly i liked juggy comeback im a 30 plus punjabi guy who listen to k manak and surinder shinda so juggy has done something right if you dont like his songs why comment ??? just a thought


So let me get this straight, you grew up listening to Kuldeep Manak and Surinder Shinda and your telling us that Juggy D is the same calibre artist compared to them as your happy to listen to his music now? Seriously, are you trolling?
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Gugs
+3 #25 Gugs 2013-01-07 15:18
Quoting chinajatt:
personaly i liked juggy comeback im a 30 plus punjabi guy who listen to k manak and surinder shinda so juggy has done something right if you dont like his songs why comment ??? just a thought


Kuldeep Manak & Surinder Shinda?? Now I know your comment has got to be a wind-up! How you can even put JD in the same boat is beyond me!
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chinajatt
-2 #24 chinajatt 2013-01-07 15:13
personaly i liked juggy comeback im a 30 plus punjabi guy who listen to k manak and surinder shinda so juggy has done something right if you dont like his songs why comment ??? just a thought
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Gugs
+1 #23 Gugs 2013-01-07 15:07
1. Juggy D needs to put the mic down. Put him toe to toe with another young UK born Punjabi singer ‘JK’ – vocally he absolutely murder’s JD.
2. Why on earth does JD shout out his producer’s name at the start of songs?? If the producer was any good then the track should do the talking and people would search out the production info themselves.
3. Tikana has got to be hands down one of the worst tracks I have ever heard. Can somebody kindly explain what type of song it’s supposed to be? I cant imagine anybody actually dancing to it (unless you’re a homo) or even bopping their head! The music production is bukvaas as is the video!
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+5 #22 Punjabi Flopped-Star 2013-01-04 08:43
Quoting Realist.:

On his day, he brings out decent songs but a lot of his songs are good because of production and lyrics so basically the song makes him, he doesnt make the song.


Spot on comment.
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