JEP STING NAINA
I know next-to-bugger-all about Chutney, to be honest. For the uninitiated, Chutney is a Carribean music-form from Trinidad that's a weird hybrid of, erm, Soca, Indian film songs ("Filmi") and, probably, a bunch of other influences that I'm not aware of. Its musical etiology is kinda twisted: it involves a fusion of Indian and West Indian musics/traditions, and it's also inextricably tied up w/ the notion of Carnival. Sundar Popo's 1970 hit "Nana and Nani" fused traditional instruments such as the dholak and dhantal w/ electric gtr and cheesy synths, creating a template for the modern Chutney sound and earning him the title "The King of Chutney". (Well, who wouldn't want to be The King of Chutney!?) These days, popular Chutney crews incl. Dil-E-Nadan, Melobugz, Karma, Gayatones and JMC 3Veni.
The two biggest tunes of recent months/current season are apparently "Jep Sting Naina" and "Rum and Roti". "Jep Sting Naina", like many Chutneys is a localised retwist of a Bollywood song, but this one has become a mainstream pop-radio hit and is threatening to go international. The folks responsible - Hunter, Drupatee, Andy Singh, Big Rich and Hitman - are an all-star team-up of some of Chutney's biggest solo artists.
Anyway, I really like the dense-sounding processed drums, the surreal vocal interjections and the weird audio-effect that sounds like an angry wasp puppet. Plus the fact that it's as catchy as fuck.
Play it loud.