Monday, 27 April 2009

The Sounds of The Hood

By reading the title, you're probably thinking, "Oh crap, dont tell me hip-hop and/or rap is gonna be posted".

Well, yes and no. You'll see why soon.

The band im gonna post about is about my countrymen from the capital, and named after one of its neighbourhoods, Buraka Som Sistema.

These guys nearly created a new style for a genre called "Kuduro". And what that might be, you ask?
Well, "Kuduro" stands for "hard ass" in Portuguese. (except its written with a "C")
And its caracterized by African beats, ass shaking (and lots of it. Some of those guys can put any belly dancer to shame) and rapping.

Buraka got that, added some synths and now are more of an "electro-kuduro" band.

Now, the 3 tracks im posting are all about what they can do: Original, remixed and remixing.

The original is called "IC19", after one of Lisbon's main highways.
This one is quite instrumental, much unlike their hits, which include tons of vocals. And seriously, after hearing people and radios shouting "Wegue Wegue" at me every day for the past few months, i had to find something calmer.

It does have vocals, but its just a few vocal samples fiddled around with. At about the 1 minute mark, this synth comes in, with another in the background helping out the beat. They even go Dn'B for a second, before rturning to their caracteristic beats and african sounds.
A bass line comes in aswell, whilst the ununderstandable vocal sample keeps talking.
This remains until the end, creating a track thats not a banger, but not a chill track. Just the way i like it.

Buraka Som Sistema - IC19 [right click to download]

The second is a remix of their hit "Sound of Kuduro" by one of our favourites, DJ Mehdi. This remix isnt very known, since it only came out on one of the 12" releases, but i was surprised by the fact that he had remixed Buraka.

The remix isnt quite what i was expecting, taking a more cinematic turn to the song. With a great bassline, he maintains most of the vocals, but puts a little melodic keyboard line to it, along with the main beat. Its a bit more chill than what i was expecting, but its still mighty fine.

Buraka Som Sistema - Sound Of Kuduro (DJ Mehdi's Sound Of Terror Remix) [right click to download]

The final one is their remix of Lykke Li's song called "Dance Dance Dance".
This one has been on my favourites last week, becuase it shows what Buraka can do on their own, without any help.

Using a simple beat, a bit of the vocals, and a synth line more to the background, this track is nice to wobble the noggin around. And if you listen carefully, you can hear a Deadmau5 sample. You'll see where.

Lykke Li - Dance Dance Dance (Buraka Som Sistema Remix) [right click to download]


Watching the fog settle,


Hani said...

I'm going to see Buraka Som Sistema this summer at open'er festival, and I hope they're fucking crazy live :D