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 ‘n’ 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 “versatile, happy and funky” tunes at this year’s Glastonbury festival in the UK, the globetrotting quartet is on fire.
“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 Shaa’ir + Func guitarist, Randolph Correia aka Func, who is a close friend,” 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 crew—comprising DJ Major C, bassist Ruell Barretto and drummer Levin Mendes—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.
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 album’s musical vibe will help them reach a wider audience, as it makes their eclectic record more accessible to those who’ve never been exposed to high-energy music. “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 album’s debut here,” concludes the veteran rapper, who hails from Kenya.
Free entry. On Sunday,
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— Anoop Menon