A radio host, artist and musician, SilverFinger Singh presents the Monday Night MixTape on BBC Radio Leeds.
He released his debut album Education Road EP in 2018 and has shared the stage with artists including Ian Brown (The Stone Roses), The Sugarhill Gang, Panjabi MC and Celt Islam. Eastern Eye got him to do a countdown of 10 songs he loves.
How You Dance by Big Narstie Ft Shizzio & Panjabi MC: An amazing bhangra/hip hop fusion. Massive bars by Big Narstie and Shizzio layered with superb production by Panjabi MC. It was brilliant to see my local Leeds dance team Tohr Punjabian Di perform live on the Big Narstie Show on Channel 4.
Like Kings by Jagga: I’ve really enjoyed listening to Jagga’s words, bringing us a bi-lingual rap style where he speaks his native Punjabi mixing it with English, relaying a message of empowerment for the masses.
So High by Sidhu Moose Wala: I’m a huge fan and love how he sings, fusing the traditional bhangra style with hard-hitting hip hop style beats. I do admire the production created by Byg Byrd. A heavy low rider style bhangra fusion making people want to move as soon as they hear it.
High End by Diljit Dosanjh: Another great track by the Lion of Punjab. Amazing vocals backed by a huge bhangra hip hop fusion created by Snappy.
Sympathy For The Future by The Winachi Tribe Ft Rowetta: A brilliant production by The Winachi Tribe. Liam Croker singing to us a meaningful story lifted by powerful vocals from Manchester’s very own queen Rowetta.
Morassi by Aziz Ibrahim: The legendary guitarist and musician has worked with many greats artists, including Paul Weller and Ian Brown. Morassi is a beautiful piece of musical art. This song even influenced sounds across the Unfinished Monkey Business album by Ian Brown, which celebrates 20 years this year.
Yalla Chant by Natacha Atlas: I’ve listened to her music since a young age. Yalla Chant is an iconic production, an amazing fusion of Egyptian sounds and reggae music topped by her haunting vocals.
Country Man by Fun-Da-Mental: Lyrics written by my father Inder Goldfinger. Telling us the story of my grandfather and all the people who made life-changing choices during the time of the India-Pakistan partition in 1947. Backed by Nation Records, the team of Inder Goldfinger, Lalaman, DJ Obeah and Propa-Gandhi created pioneering fusions of Indian classical sounds mixed with hip hop beats.
Welcome To Jamrock by Damian Marley: This had a huge impact across the world music scene. I have had the pleasure of watching Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley perform live many times. His lyrical ability is what appeals to me the most. This king delivers a very deep message with a flow that can’t be rivalled.
F.E.A.R by Ian Brown: “For Each A Road, For Everyman A Religion”, are words written by god-like genius Ian Brown. Originally released in 2001, F.E.A.R is a musical masterpiece. From the lush orchestral strings to the heavy drums and bass to the intricate high pitched tabla tones from Inder Goldfinger.