Karan Aujla Four You EP Review

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Often considered one of the best urban Punjabi vocalists, the master of melodies, or Geeta Di Machine, Karan Aujla is an enigmatic superstar of this generation. Every time Karan drops, his songs explode on the charts like a shaken-up bottle of Coca-Cola. With each beat, every carefully crafted lyric, and the resolute swagger that defines his unique signature style, Aujla presents us with a symphony of sublime schemes that leave an indelible mark on the Indian musical landscape. After dominating music charts all over the world with his 2021 studio album, ‘Bacthafu*up’, and 2022 EP, ‘Way Ahead’, the hit maker is back with his new EP ‘Four You’. 

Karan Aujla Four You EP Review

The EP ‘Four You’, was released on February 4th, 2023 and as the title implies, has 4 distinct tracks that capture 4 distinct flavors. On this project, Aujla tries to attempt hip-hop music, while also elevating his signature sound. The entire project is produced by Ikky, who’s known for his captivating hip-hop beats and has collaborated with the likes of Diljit Dosanjh, Amrit Maan, NaseeB, Garry Sandhu, and Shubh.

From the very first track, we are thrust into a whirlwind of sonic prowess that electrifies the senses. The opening cut ‘52 Bars’ sees a proper hip-hop vibe with incredible writing, savage delivery, and exceptional beat produced by Ikky. Aujla’s voice sounds a melodic weapon that oscillates effortlessly between commanding and emotive, takes center stage. With an almost hypnotic quality, he weaves narratives that draw you in, delving into the depths of his life experiences with unapologetic candor. Ikky’s production uplifts the song with slapping percussion and a melodic sample that gives the instruments a royal feel. The unique arrangements and song structure makes it even more entertaining, gripping your focus throughout the track. Lyrically, Aujla’s penmanship is nothing short of alchemy. His words, often introspective, paint vivid pictures of life’s highs and lows. From tales of struggle and triumph to odes to love and resilience, each bar carries a profound weight that resonates with listeners on a deeply personal level. Aujla’s authenticity shines through as he flexes his achievements and then reveals his raw emotions and vulnerabilities fearlessly.

On ‘Take It Easy’, Karan Aujla returns to what he does best, but in a more emphasized manner. The song is a light-hearted fun fusion of genres, serving as a testament to Aujla’s willingness to experiment with diverse musical textures. With a soothing old-school hip-hop instrumental and bouncy drums, you find yourself swaying to the sultry rhythms of an urban soundscape, teeming with trap-infused cadences and gritty basslines. Aujla effortlessly bridges these worlds, transcending cultural boundaries and creating an auditory experience that is both riveting and refreshing. Encapsulating an unpredictable beat switch, playful drum arrangements, and a catchy chorus, ‘Take It Easy’ seems like a true collaboration between singer Karan Aujla and producer Ikky. 

As ‘Fallin Apart’ opens with its chorus, the collective ache of lost love reverberates in every beat. The melody carries the weight of unfulfilled promises and shattered dreams, piercing through the armor we wear to shield our hearts. Aujla’s composition strikes the perfect balance between sorrow and resilience, igniting an indomitable spirit that enables us to heal and embrace our own vulnerabilities. Aujla’s lyrical prowess shines like a radiant moon, while he writes pain from a female perspective, illuminating the darkest corners with profound metaphors and poetic imagery, he paints a vivid canvas of emotions, allowing us to visualize the tangled emotions and raw vulnerability of his character. The lyrics cascade like a waterfall of melancholic Shayari, drenched in bittersweet beauty that seeps into our very being. Each line can give you goosebumps as he sings — ‘Ve tu taan ho gaya ae ve paran ton paran, udari la gaya ae main paran ton daran, ve tere muhre aa main dairy karaan/Tu kivein chhaddeya main shayari karaan, nibha ke farzan banawan tarzan, likh vi leya te gaa vi baithi aan’ — showcases the power of his heart-wrenching poetry.

Karan wraps up the EP with ‘Yeah Naah’, which sounds simple but says a lot. Aujla’s words resonate deeply, perfectly capturing the ups and downs of his career. We can’t help but sing along, as the hook grips us, and the simple yet powerful lyrics make us understand his mindset. The maestro unveils a personal journey, talking about the rules he follows in his life. With each line, he peels back the layers, revealing the raw vulnerability hidden within. It serves as a reminder that life takes a lot from you before providing anything in return, but it’s in the struggles and journey where true lessons are found. In a nutshell, ‘Four You’ is a well-executed effort that provides a lot in its short run time, whether it’s checking off boxes on a rap song or the ethereal allure of a soulful crooner, every song feels purposeful, a carefully curated ensemble that adds depth and dimension to Aujla’s artistic vision.

Production-wise, the album is a marvel of modern music engineering. The meticulous attention to detail is evident in every layer of sound, from the nuanced melodies to the expertly layered instrumentals, thanks to Ikky. Each track is an intricately woven tapestry, where no sound is superfluous, and every element serves a distinct purpose in building the sonic world. With his unyielding talent, Karan Aujla proves once again that he is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. This EP stands as a testament to his artistry, pushing the boundaries of creativity and leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of listeners. Prepare to be enthralled by a sonic symphony that will linger in your soul long after the last note fades.

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