JoSH are back to centre stage after a 5 year hiatus with the release of their widely anticipated album, Beyond Kismat.
Only a clutch of artists make an impact around the world like the Canadian JoSH have done so – by breaking barriers with their music. Toronto based, via Pakistan and India, the duo, Rupinder Magon (p/k/a/ Rup)and Qurram Hussain (p/k/a/ Q) have delivered a sound that is unique, addictive and universal. They have sold over 2 million records worldwide allowing them to play sold out arenas.
The new album Beyond Kismat has been 5 years in the making, has had fans eagerly perched on the edge of their seats and it doesn’t disappoint. It is set to fast become one of the most incendiary albums of 2011 delivering a feast of Punjabi tarka, soulful melodies complete with an underpinning of rock.
JoSH have been touring extensively and regularly around the world since the release of their massive 4th studio album that was entitled Mausam featuring hits Mausam and Mahi Ve, Ajnabi which didn’t leave them with much time to write, record and put together a body of work. By the time we were done writing, we had 25 songs and we ended up choosing eight songs from that which we put on the album explains Q.
The album is made up of facets of JoSH’s creativity and showcases both Rup and Q’s influences. There is a selection of Punjabi-centric tracks including the reggae tinged party track O Kurieh, an excellent remake of the 80’s superhit by Johnny Zee Hun Ta Main Nachna and also the lead single Pyar Ho Gaya.
Achi Ajeeb Ho Tum is a funked up rock meets electronic track that celebrates the romantics that go against the grain. Zara Zara fuses traditional harmonium and dhol with a toe tapping drum beat and electric guitar, laden with a cheeky, sexy, romantic vocal – definitely not heard before. Meri Rahon Mein is again electronic led and again fuses this with Indian bansuri and tabla beats.
There is a percussion and electronic heavy, epic that is Meri Dua and it’s lighter sister track Meri (Dusri) Dua. JoSH present to a new generation of listeners a beautiful classic, (their guitar led version of) the R.D. Burman original Yeh Zameen.
Finally, the lead single, Pyar Ho Gaya features a captivating melody and the JoSH vibe but with a modern edge. The video for the track was shot in Mumbai (Sunil Bhardwaj) and sees JoSH performing in the studio, which turns into an impromptu nightclub party.
JoSH look forward to performing for their fans around the world as part of the promotion for the album. The album will be available to buy on iTunes and in your local record stores via VIP Records