Album Review: Buraka Som Sistema - 'Komba'

Clanking rhythms, bleeps and whistles

  • Release Date 31 Oct, 2011
  • Producer Buraka Som Sistema
  • Record Label Enchufada
  • Fact 'Som Sistema' means 'Sound System' in Portuguese
7 / 10
Komba’ is an Angolan ritual, and not one you’d particularly hanker to be the subject of. You’re dead, basically, and all your friends are celebrating your life with a boogie to your favourite song. Which is nice, but you’re, y’know, still… dead. This is the subject of the second album from Portugal’s Buraka, who blend a traditional African sound, kuduro, with techno and, inevitably, dubstep. Its mix of clanking rhythms, bleeps and whistles is certainly insistent, although it’s the vocal tracks that stick: see ‘Eskeleto’, like a voodoo ceremony held at Plastic People, featuring Afrikan Boy rapping about dissecting chickens and eating pig tails. Goths, eh?

Louis Pattison

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