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    Urban music outfit, Bombay Bassment, on their new album, upcoming South Indian tour and more.

    This award-winning Mumbai-based act has been travelling the world like funky missionaries. Spreading the love of hip-hop, drum a�?na�� bass and reggae, their deeds are nothing short of visionary. From finding themselves on a line-up with names like Jamaican reggae legend Burning Spear at the Kaloo Bang festival (on Reunion Island) to performing their a�?versatile, happy and funkya�? tunes at this yeara��s Glastonbury festival in the UK, the globetrotting quartet is on fire.

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    a�?Our two-month-old second album, Bombay Bassment X Func VIP, is the electronic avatar of our 2014 debut eponymous full-length release. It is a variation in production (VIP) crafted by Shaaa��ir + Func guitarist, Randolph Correia aka Func, who is a close friend,a�? begins frontman Bob Omulo aka MC Bobkat. While their core dancehall/reggae sound is best heard live (on tracks like Show me what you got), the new album gives their tunes a more club-friendly and upbeat spin. The MC also reveals that the crewa��comprising DJ Major C, bassist Ruell Barretto and drummer Levin Mendesa��will also be performing close to 12 tracks during their 90-minute set on this three-city tour, including some unreleased tunes like Put em up.

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    Since all four of the band members hail from various musical backgrounds (namely punk, alternative rock and hip-hop), it is hard to pigeonhole their tunes. But the artistes believe the change in the albuma��s musical vibe will help them reach a wider audience, as it makes their eclectic record more accessible to those whoa��ve never been exposed to high-energy music. a�?Kochi, Pondicherry and Kovalam are all about beaches and palm trees. The vibe of our music seems to be almost tailor-crafted for such pristine locations. We were destined to make our new albuma��s debut here,a�? concludes the veteran rapper, who hails from Kenya.
    Free entry.A�On Sunday,
    at the Covelong Point Surf, Music & Yoga Festival.A�From 7 pm. Details: covelongpoint.com

    a�� Anoop Menon


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