Up-tempo reggae & fun Afro-beats rule Bombay Bassment’s latest album
Bombay Bassment's latest album, OK, Dance, comes as a breath of fresh air. Describing it a path between acoustic and electronic, rapper Bob Omulo says, “Making OK, Dance has been less stressful because we already know our methods of working. Earlier it was a struggle because we were figuring things as we went along by trial and error.” The singer, who is also popularly known as Bobkat, along with Ruell Barretto (bass/guitars) and Major C (samples/scratch), recently concluded their country-wide tour.
Those who have been listening to their songs from the beginning will agree that their sounds have changed over the years. Bobkat agrees, admitting that their music has certainly evolved. “We started out trying to figure out how to make the sounds in our heads. One track would sound acoustic and next one electronic. We have now established a zone that straddles the middle area, with happy lyrics to top it off,” he says, adding that some of the themes that they have touched upon in their earlier songs are politics, romance, tribute to old school hip-hop and even sports like basketball.
Describing the way they complement their respective styles, Bobkat says, “Most of the time Major C comes up with samples and plays them for us. Once we pick on one that suits our fancy, one copy goes to the bassist and one to the vocalist/lyricist. Each works on his part then we meet in the jam room to tighten it up, then when it's ready, we decide when to debut it on stage.”
Their latest album is right in the 'middle area zone' that Bobkat speaks about. From it, Miss Goody is a clear winner, one that is inspired from an Ugandan song. With a fast-paced tempo and a Bob Marley-sque vibe, the song has been liked by many and is also the band's personal favourite. Yes, Yes, Y’all, the first track in the list, is a throwback to the band’s initial sounds from the ’90s. Catch its video on their Facebook page, filled with clips from live gigs and behind the scenes action. The other three tracks that complete the album are Put Em Up, Party Party and Pump It Up, all equally capable of upping the party ante.
Listen to their songs on saavn.com