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B2KDA - Album Review: Rising

17 Oct 2015 // A review by jck2


Rising is the latest full length album from B2KDA (Formerly known as Batucada Sound Machine). In a career spanning 12 years this interesting group of dedicated musicians from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities have travelled the world playing their brand of high energy fusion music.

I've known about B2KDA for some time but I never connected with their music because of their strong Latin influences. Latin music is alien to me and I've always found it too "fruity" to be taken seriously.

But in this latest offering they have refocused their aim and in my opinion hit a direct bulls eye. I would even go as far as to say that Rising is a masterpiece.

On this album B2KDA have found a brilliant balance between complicated rhythmic and melodic virtuosity and simplistic catchy songwriting. This is very difficult to accomplish and these two musical approaches are seldom seen together these days, but B2KDA have found a formula where the two co-exist in exquisite harmony.

I was hearing similarities to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Salmonella Dub, Six60, Fat Freddy's Drop, Kora, Jimi Hendrix, No Doubt, Santana, and elements of Pacific Urban/Hip Hop to culminate into what I can only describe as kick ass summer festival music.

B2KDA hit you with great song after great song on their new album. I listen to a lot of new music and review a lot of artists but seldom feel the level of inspiration I'm currently feeling from listening to Rising. I'm feeling the singer who reminds me a little bit of Tiki Taane, but without the faux Jamaican accent. There's nothing fancy about his singing voice but he connects to the listener and I find his vibe relatable. The dude has a descent rap flow too. A solid all rounder.

I found it quite funny that the last song on the album is the B2KDA Sound Machine I remember from the past, with the fast paced Latin music in a language I don’t speak. Almost as If they knew what I was thinking and put it in as a cheeky "Stuff You"

This music is too good to be ignored and I think B2KDA are going to do great things with this latest offering. The whole album is full of hits in my opinion. So I hope to be hearing these songs all over the radio in New Zealand. And If NZ radio is dumb enough to pass them over I have a strong feeling the rest of the world will be all over Rising by B2KDA Sound Machine.

Rising is available from all major online music stores. check it out you wont be disappointed.

Check out Same Old by B2KDA.


About B2KDA

B2KDA (Ba-Too-Ka-Da) is the new name for the decade spanning, world, afro, fusion mash up that was Batucada Sound Machine. The band has changed again with an injection of youth and exuberance getting the old boys to look up and notice. If anything, they've added even more styles to the repertoire with heavy rock, electro and dub entering the domain of the boys from Tamaki Makaurau. Even so, they remain rooted to the initial concept; roots music from around the world.

They've been around the globe 3 times since their last album and all that touring has informed their newest work, Rising.

If you've seen them live you'll know what kind of party they bring. They can now add in the sound from the clubs of Berlin, Seoul, London, Singapore and Amsterdam that have been a massive part of their musical journey.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for B2KDA


Batucada Sound Machine EP
Year: ????
Type: EP
Year: 2015
Type: Album
Don't Keep Silent
Year: 2012
Type: Album
Rhythm & Rhyme
Year: 2007
Type: Album
Live At The Bowl Of Brooklands
Year: 2006
Type: Album

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